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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

96.99

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 96.99
  Financial 98.57
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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

98.57

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 08/03/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
80.0%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.91
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.3%
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) 96.99
World Missionary Press (IN) 90.35
World Mission (MI) 92.41
Bibles For The World (CO) 86.69
Dare 2 Share Ministries (CO) 87.61

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,022,134
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,022,134
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $7,022,134
   Other Revenue $204,069
TOTAL REVENUE $7,226,203
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,743,173
   Administrative Expenses $537,779
   Fundraising Expenses $470,858
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,751,810
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,474,393
   
Net Assets $12,837,072

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 $3,042,625 81.3%
Program Ministries $700,548 18.7%

Ratings History
Lutheran Bible Translators has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 08/03/2021 96.99
2019-12 05/01/2021 97.01
2018-12 02/01/2020 94.05
2017-12 12/21/2018 93.26
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.03
2015-12 02/01/2017 90.01
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.80
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 92.47
2013-12 07/01/2015 90.31
2012-12 12/01/2013 95.96
2011-12 06/01/2013 92.61
2011-12 02/01/2013 92.31
2010-12 04/01/2012 81.36
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.87
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 72.80
2008-12 12/01/2009 81.20
2007-12 06/01/2009 88.68
2006-12 10/01/2007 88.07
2005-12 11/01/2006 79.53
2004-12 10/01/2005 76.55

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)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$124,668 2.62% Michael Rodewald Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lutheran Bible Translators (MO) 96.99
World Missionary Press (IN) 90.35
Life Action Ministries (MI) 94.48
Mesorah Heritage Foundation (NJ) 90.09
Pioneer Bible Translators (TX) 96.77

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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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