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Lutheran Bible Translators

Making the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts

four stars

92.03

205 South Main Street P.O. Box 789
Concordia, MO 64020
tel: (800) 532-4253   Web Site
EIN: 95-2630437

Board Leadership
Jeremy Pekari
Chair

CEO
Mike Rodewald
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.03 four stars
  Financial 88.74 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1964, Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is an independent mission organization dedicated to helping bring people to faith in Jesus Christ by making the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts. There are more than 6,900 different languages spoken in the world. More than 4,500, or 66%, still have no portion of Scripture translated. LBT believes that no language or cultural barrier should prevent people from having access to God's Word. That is why LBT works with Lutheran church bodies and Bible translation organizations worldwide-- so that every person has the opportunity to read, hear, and understand God's Good News in the language of their hearts.

Founded in 1964, Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) is an independent mission organization dedicated to helping bring people to faith in Jesus Christ by making the Word of God available to those who do not yet have it in the language of their hearts. There are more than 6,900 different languages spoken in the world. More than 4,500, or 66%, still have no portion of Scripture translated. LBT believes that no language or cultural barrier should prevent people from having access to God's Word. That is why LBT works with Lutheran church bodies and Bible translation organizations worldwide-- so that every person has the opportunity to read, hear, and understand God's Good News in the language of their hearts.

Financial

three stars

88.74

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.6%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.07
  Program Expenses Growth -2.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lutheran Bible Translators on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lutheran Bible Translators on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lutheran Bible Translators (MO) 92.03 four stars
Mike Silva International (OR) 88.55 three stars
Dare 2 Share Ministries (CO) 85.23 three stars
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (GA) 90.31 four stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.17 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,441,412
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,441,412
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,441,412
   Other Revenue $581,688
TOTAL REVENUE $5,023,100
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,056,275
   Administrative Expenses $424,272
   Fundraising Expenses $179,752
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,660,299
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,362,801
   
Net Assets $4,678,345

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Field Services $2,465,754 80.7%
Program Ministries $590,521 19.3%

Ratings History
Lutheran Bible Translators has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.03 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.01 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.80 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 92.47 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 90.31 four stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 95.96 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 92.61 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 92.31 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.36 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.87 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 72.80 two stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 81.20 three stars
2007-12 06/01/2009 88.68 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 88.07 three stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 79.53 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.55 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 78.88 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 74.98 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 77.78 two stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 83.77 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-2630437
Name in IRS Master File LUTHERAN BIBLE TRANSLATORS INC
NTEE Code X20
NTEE Classification Christian
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (1) Church, synagogue, etc
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date May, 1969
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,493 2.74% Michael Rodewald Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lutheran Bible Translators (MO) 92.03 four stars
Hosanna/Faith Comes By Hearing (NM) 99.13 four stars
Mike Silva International (OR) 88.55 three stars
World Missionary Press (IN) 91.39 four stars
Bibles For The World (CO) 94.86 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lutheran Bible Translators
205 South Main Street
P.O. Box 789
Concordia, MO 64020
tel: (800) 532-4253
fax: (630) 897-3567
EIN: 95-2630437

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Board Leadership

Jeremy Pekari
Chair

CEO

Mike Rodewald
Executive Director

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