Christian Blind Mission / CBM

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CBM is a Christian international development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world irrespective of race, gender or religious belief.

Contact information

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


Phone: 800-937-2264

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362959883

CEO/President: Dr. Peter Schiel

Chairman: Dr. Peter Schiel

Board size: 4

Founder: Mr Ernest Christoffel

Ruling year: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1983


Our Vision: An inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Mission statement

Our Mission: CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating151 of 102518 of 85
Fund acquisition rating155 of 102713 of 85
Resource allocation rating62 of 10279 of 85
Asset utilization rating665 of 102553 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$77,259$5,539$359,478$503,149$798,151
Short-term investments$6,316,804$5,009,810$4,999,374$4,847,777$3,440,947
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,582,662$5,232,973$6,112,616$6,036,015$5,776,994
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$50,974$50,974$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$461,774$437,653$432,810$432,810$50,974
Total long-term assets$512,748$488,627$432,810$432,810$50,974
Total assets$7,095,410$5,721,600$6,545,426$6,468,825$5,827,968
Payables and accrued expenses$6,307$25,925$23,090$13,954$72,275
Other current liabilities$0$0$565,523$590,479$478,348
Total current liabilities$6,307$25,925$588,613$604,433$550,623
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$75,539$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681
Total long-term liabilities$75,539$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681
Total liabilities$81,846$131,728$843,415$964,353$1,070,304
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$696,760$580,062$714,707$687,978$277,764
With donor restrictions$6,316,804$5,009,810$4,987,304$4,816,494$4,479,900
Net assets$7,013,564$5,589,872$5,702,011$5,504,472$4,757,664
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,650,515$7,988,155$150,209,301$223,423,342$80,294,477
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$211,537$116,753$113,580$113,101($1,982)
Other revenue$0$0$29,726$0$0
Total other revenue$211,537$116,753$143,306$113,101($1,982)
Total revenue$7,862,052$8,104,908$150,352,607$223,536,443$80,292,495
Program services$7,513,783$7,983,421$149,776,684$222,423,387$79,631,398
Management and general$160,536$249,963$431,328$336,167$414,185
Total expenses$7,818,127$8,384,008$150,357,306$223,073,432$80,177,673
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$43,925($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$43,925($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822


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

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/27/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel, born in 1876 in Rheydt/Rhineland, Germany, was CBM's founder and director for many years. Ernst Christoffel laid the foundations for CBM as a modern organisation working together with Partners to serve persons with disabilities.

The Beginning: Turkey
In 1908, Christoffel set out for Turkey and founded a home in Malatia for blind and otherwise disabled and orphaned children, with the support of only a handful of friends. The mission societies to which he had applied before saw no commission for helping the blind in the Orient.

World War I
Christoffel's work came to an end when the First World War broke out. In 1919, he was expelled and Turkey remained closed to him, as to all Germans.

From Turkey to Iran
As soon as the ban was lifted, Christoffel set out for Turkey again, but the house in Malatia was lost. Attempts to start again in Constantinople (later Istanbul) resulted in renewed prohibition, so Christoffel went to Iran. In 1925 and 1928, two homes were set up in Tabriz and Isfahan, respectively, for blind and otherwise disabled young people.

Persecution during World War II
The Second World War destroyed everything, and the threat of deportation was imminent. Christoffel did not want to leave his charges on their own. In 1943, he was arrested and spent three years behind barbed wire, but his will remained unbroken.

Return to Iran
As soon as he had access in 1951, Christoffel returned to Isfahan. Despite the fact that he was ailing and 70 years of age, he went on helping the disabled, poor, and abandoned in the name of Jesus Christ. Pastor Christoffel died on 23 April 1955. His tombstone in Isfahan names him the "Father of the Blind, Deaf-Mute, Physically Disabled and Orphans".

The commitment of Pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffel to the education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities laid the foundation for an organisation that is today one of the leading international development organisations for persons with disabilities worldwide.

Over time, CBM's policy has widened from serving blind people to giving all persons with disabilities access to basic healthcare services. There are 600 million persons with disabilities in the world. Most of them live in developing countries. About 2.5% of these people- a target population of 10 million-are covered by CBM's programmes.

Program accomplishments


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