Christian Blind Mission / CBM

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We go to the world's poorest places, to work with people living in the most difficult circumstances - so the most vulnerable are not left behind. We find the children like Fatima, living with cerebral palsy in the middle of a slum. With your help, we set up remote surgical units, battling brown-outs and tropical diseases, to give the miracle of sight. Our mandate is to ensure people with disabilities are included in development programs and emergency relief efforts.

Jesus spent his life caring for people on the fringes of society - people who were blind, poor, forgotten. That's our inspiration.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Blind Mission
PO Box 340
Wheaton, IL 60187-0340


Phone: 800-937-2264


Organization details

EIN: 362959883

CEO/President: Dr. Peter Schiel

Chairman: Dr. Peter Schiel

Board size: 4

Founder: Mr Ernest Christoffel

Ruling year: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1983


We are doctors, health officers, community workers and funding partners like you, passionate about giving hope & healing to children and families trapped by poverty and disability. Why? Because we believe no one should be forgotten. We believe following Jesus means caring for forgotten people. Our faith drives us to work in the world's poorest countries and communities.

Mission statement

CBMI uses the following to communicate its mission:

CBMI is an interdenominational Christian medical organization, working to prevent blindness, restore sight and impart living skills to the blind and disabled.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating129 of 103115 of 85
Fund acquisition rating161 of 103314 of 85
Resource allocation rating70 of 103311 of 85
Asset utilization rating558 of 103144 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,539$359,478$503,149$798,151$734,490
Short-term investments$5,009,810$4,999,374$4,847,777$3,440,947$3,197,230
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,232,973$6,112,616$6,036,015$5,776,994$5,482,773
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$50,974$0$0$0$1,563
Other long-term assets$437,653$432,810$432,810$50,974$50,974
Total long-term assets$488,627$432,810$432,810$50,974$52,537
Total assets$5,721,600$6,545,426$6,468,825$5,827,968$5,535,310
Payables and accrued expenses$25,925$23,090$13,954$72,275$31,484
Other current liabilities$0$565,523$590,479$478,348$797,694
Total current liabilities$25,925$588,613$604,433$550,623$829,178
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681$320,196
Total long-term liabilities$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681$320,196
Total liabilities$131,728$843,415$964,353$1,070,304$1,149,374
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$580,062$714,707$687,978$277,764$168,420
With donor restrictions$5,009,810$4,987,304$4,816,494$4,479,900$4,217,516
Net assets$5,589,872$5,702,011$5,504,472$4,757,664$4,385,936
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Total contributions$7,988,155$150,209,301$223,423,342$80,294,477$158,748,771
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$116,753$113,580$113,101($1,982)$4,883
Other revenue$0$29,726$0$0$5,458
Total other revenue$116,753$143,306$113,101($1,982)$10,341
Total revenue$8,104,908$150,352,607$223,536,443$80,292,495$158,759,112
Program services$7,983,421$149,776,684$222,423,387$79,631,398$157,831,146
Management and general$249,963$431,328$336,167$414,185$235,177
Total expenses$8,384,008$150,357,306$223,073,432$80,177,673$158,563,714
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Surplus (deficit)($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822$195,398
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822$195,398


Dr Peter SchiesslBoard Chair/CEO$172,514
Dr M Babar QureshiSecretary$148,040
Thorsten SchmidtTreasurer$134,795

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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Ninety years ago, Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel (born in Rheydt, Germany, in 1876) set up his first home for blind, physically disabled and orphaned children in Turkey. This was the inception of Christoffel-Blindenmission. There are few organizations which provide services for the disabled in poor countries, yet the need is immeasurably great. Back in the seventies, supporters were therefore sought also outside Germany.

One of the visions of former CBMI director Siegfried Wiesinger was to set up an international network of supportive associations, also in order to reduce the risk of a decline in donations in one country or another.

In North America, Australia and various European countries, independent CBMI organizations came into being. Step by step, this "CBMI family" grew, making it necessary to establish a modern structure to coordinate the activities of the national associations.

Joining forces is not just a reaction to the increasingly difficult situation of donor organizations in the donor countries. Instead of strengthening existing institutions, the number of aid organizations continues to grow. At the same time, the overall social conditions are deteriorating. In such times, CBMI, which is, after all, the major international NGO for disabled persons and eye patients, has set itself the task of ensuring professional standards of donation acquisition, and of gradually expanding the financial basis for the services it provides.

Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel opens the first home for blind, physically disabled and orphaned children in Malatia, Turkey.

Opening of a residential school for the blind in Tabriz, Iran.

Death of Pastor Christoffel in Isfahan, Iran, at the age of 78.

"Christliche Blindenmission" changes its name to "Christoffel-Blindenmission" in honour of its founder.

Pastor Siegfried Wiesinger (1930 - 1989) is appointed Director of the mission.

Ophthalmic work begins in Afghanistan, shortly afterwards also in Iran.

CBM extends its work to the first African countries - Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

CBM supports its first aid project in South America (Peru).

An independent association is founded in the USA. Further CBMI associations follow in Canada (1978) and Australia (1983).

The millionth cataract operation is performed by a CBMI-supported project since 1966.

The large number of CBM friends in Austria and Switzerland means that independent member associations are established in these two countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes CBM/CBMI as a collaborating agency in the fields of preventing and curing blindness.

CBM constituencies in western Germany (Bensheim) and eastern Germany (Potsdam) unite.

All Christoffel-Blindenmissions and "Christian Blind Missions" join hands under the umbrella of CBM International, with head office in Zurich.

Opening of CBM in Britain, followed in 1997 by CBM Belgium.

The three millionth cataract operation is enabled by CBM International.

Program accomplishments

CBM works in 54 low income countries. We have 530 projects and provide empowering, ability-restoring services to people with disabilities.


CBM International has communicated the following needs:

The ministry has several different projects in need of sponsorship. More information may be found on their website.