The Seed Company

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We accelerate the work of Bible translation by connecting local field partners around the world with investors, resources, and training.

Through these global partnerships, God's people are being equipped to reach communities still waiting for Scripture in the languages they understand best.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Seed Company
220 Westway Pl
Ste 100
Arlington, TX 76018


Phone: 817-557-2121

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 330838929

CEO/President: Larry Jones

Chairman: Matthew Mancinelli

Board size: 10

Founder: Bernie May

Ruling year: 1999

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


God's Word transforming lives in every language in this generation.

At Seed Company we are passionate about accelerating the translation of God's Word in every heart language that needs it by 2025.

Mission statement

To accelerate Scripture translation and impact for people without God's Word through Great Commission partnerships.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible, the inspired Word of God, is completely trustworthy, speaking with supreme authority in all matters of belief and practice.
We believe in one God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe all people, being created in the image of God, have intrinsic value, but as a result of sin are alienated from God and each other, and therefore in need of reconciliation.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully human; He demonstrated God's love for sinners by suffering the penalty of death in their place, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where He intercedes for His people.
We believe all who repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior are, by the grace of God, declared to be right with Him, receiving forgiveness and eternal life.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally in glory, raise the dead, and judge the world.
We believe all people will rise from the dead, those who are in Christ to enjoy eternal life with God, and those who are lost to suffer eternal separation from Him.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who imparts new life to those who believe in Christ; through His indwelling presence and transforming power He gives assurance and equips believers for holy living and effective service.
We believe the Church is the body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating754 of 111211 of 16
Fund acquisition rating763 of 111412 of 16
Resource allocation rating568 of 111411 of 16
Asset utilization rating665 of 11127 of 16

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,091,661$1,975,122$1,915,629$2,021,843$41,006
Short-term investments$10,803,465$12,954,733$18,894,714$20,546,259$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$41,633,624$25,297,227$29,440,565$29,722,223$17,493,456
Long-term investments$1,197,385$1,197,385$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,873,118$3,554,598$5,195,562$4,052,359$60,175
Other long-term assets$553,192$764,572$902,025$542,723$225,714
Total long-term assets$3,623,695$5,516,555$6,097,587$4,595,082$285,889
Total assets$45,257,319$30,813,782$35,538,152$34,317,305$17,779,345
Payables and accrued expenses$1,588,734$1,818,612$1,595,602$864,048$447,914
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,588,734$1,818,612$1,595,602$864,048$447,914
Due to (from) affiliates$79,057$197,586$450,699$524,690$0
Other long-term liabilities$453,704$483,951$514,198$544,445$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,804,236$681,537$964,897$1,069,135$0
Total liabilities$4,392,970$2,500,149$2,560,499$1,933,183$447,914
Net assets20202019201820172009
Without donor restrictions$15,187,803$9,185,914$12,893,948$12,596,264$5,999,171
With donor restrictions$25,676,546$19,127,719$20,083,705$19,787,858$11,332,260
Net assets$40,864,349$28,313,633$32,977,653$32,384,122$17,331,431
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Total contributions$56,291,920$43,930,565$49,352,546$41,659,602$16,715,216
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$603,716$474,158$848,666$758,278$502,460
Other revenue($83,195)$9,414$64,133($3,482)$76,279
Total other revenue$520,521$483,572$912,799$754,796$578,739
Total revenue$56,812,441$44,414,137$50,265,345$42,414,398$17,293,955
Program services$39,210,423$42,299,964$38,148,946$29,571,755$6,737,004
Management and general$3,396,574$3,491,922$3,879,116$4,637,044$1,495,906
Total expenses$48,123,200$53,050,613$49,671,814$39,283,754$10,595,613
Change in net assets20202019201820172009
Surplus (deficit)$8,689,241($8,636,476)$593,531$3,130,644$6,698,342
Other changes in net assets$3,861,475$3,972,456$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$12,550,716($4,664,020)$593,531$3,130,644$6,698,342


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1991 - Wycliffe Bible Translators, Seed Company's parent organization, identifies the need to focus on national translators to gather the momentum of the global Bible translation movement.

1993 - Partners With Nationals-which would soon become Seed Company-begins with 10 projects funded by 10 financial partners.

1999 - Seed Company and the Jesus Film Project form the Luke Partnership to bring heart language Scripture to life on film.

2004 - A bold vision plan is approved to bring the total language engagements up to 1,000 in the next 10 years.

2014 - Seed Company begins its 1,000 language engagement. Seed Company helps form illumiNations, an alliance of Bible translation and resource partners working together to eradicate Bible poverty in this generation.

2015 - Seed Company's Bible translation principles-called the Common Framework-are more widely recognized and adopted by other Bible translation agencies to accelerate Bible translation.

2017 - Seed Company forms Avodah Labs, a nonprofit that harnesses artificial intelligence to accelerate Sign Language Bible translation.

2018 - 1,500th language engagement begins.

2021 - Seed Company starts its 1,800th language engagement.

Program accomplishments

1800+ Languages Engaged in Bible Translation
2 Billion People Reached with God's Word in Their Language
596 Local Interns Trained to Guide Translation and Outreach