SIL International

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We are a global, faith-based nonprofit that works with local communities around the world to develop language solutions that expand possibilities for a better life. SIL's core contribution areas are Bible translation, literacy, education, development, linguistic research and language tools.

We are eager for the day when all people enjoy equal access to education, to socio-economic opportunities, and to resources for spiritual growth - no matter what language they speak or sign.

Contact information

Mailing address:
SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75236-5629


Phone: 972-708-7300

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 751840827

CEO/President: Dr. Michel Kenmogne

Chairman: Hans Combrink

Board size: 15

Founder: William Cameron Townsend

Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


We long to see people flourishing in community using the languages they value most.

SIL's service with ethnolinguistic minority communities is motivated by the belief that all people are created in the image of God, and that languages and cultures are part of the richness of God's creation. SIL is founded on the principle that communities should be able to pursue their social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual goals without sacrificing their ethnolinguistic identity. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, SIL works alongside language communities as they discover how to harness the power of their language to address challenges and reach their goals.

Mission statement

Inspired by God's love, we advocate, build capacity, and work with local communities to apply language expertise that advances meaningful development, education, and engagement with Scripture.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating702 of 103194 of 135
Fund acquisition rating236 of 103234 of 135
Resource allocation rating644 of 103275 of 135
Asset utilization rating982 of 1031130 of 135

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,908,481$6,433,642$5,503,097$6,044,611$6,021,907
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$36,218,580$27,044,851$19,877,799$25,300,520$21,693,146
Long-term investments$49,522,016$39,072,672$37,781,830$36,189,866$33,426,438
Fixed assets$32,048,270$30,312,980$27,633,935$29,260,706$30,433,645
Other long-term assets$2,543,333$1,801,171$1,527,587$1,239,572$1,812,637
Total long-term assets$84,113,619$71,186,823$66,943,352$66,690,144$65,672,720
Total assets$120,332,199$98,231,674$86,821,151$91,990,664$87,365,866
Payables and accrued expenses$36,967,805$26,973,181$21,356,034$23,250,980$20,037,352
Other current liabilities$2,197,169$2,083,314$719,292$600,134$482,681
Total current liabilities$39,164,974$29,056,495$22,075,326$23,851,114$20,520,033
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$395,137$432,285$415,630$399,607$384,190
Total long-term liabilities$395,137$432,285$415,630$399,607$384,190
Total liabilities$39,560,111$29,488,780$22,490,956$24,250,721$20,904,223
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$70,083,784$62,242,398$58,508,385$60,568,222$59,877,752
With donor restrictions$10,688,304$6,500,496$5,821,810$7,171,721$6,583,891
Net assets$80,772,088$68,742,894$64,330,195$67,739,943$66,461,643
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$31,201,534$26,880,971$25,918,427$26,976,968$25,854,576
Program service revenue$8,023,183$8,322,176$10,188,109$11,004,733$10,913,053
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,699,306$636,478$834,736$2,401,120$3,179,134
Other revenue$1,391,559$1,630,585$1,960,099$1,673,715$2,088,728
Total other revenue$12,114,048$10,589,239$12,982,944$15,079,568$16,180,915
Total revenue$43,315,582$37,470,210$38,901,371$42,056,536$42,035,491
Program services$31,915,973$30,509,793$32,241,084$32,472,137$38,074,074
Management and general$6,138,715$6,815,408$9,052,628$8,197,660$2,939,988
Total expenses$38,589,539$37,452,784$41,401,056$40,738,865$41,043,117
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$4,726,043$17,426($2,499,685)$1,317,671$992,374
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,726,043$17,426($2,499,685)$1,317,671$992,374


Michel KenmogneExecutive Dir.$148,276
Mark RobinsonDirector$74,448
George ShultzSecretary$60,532
Daniel AgeeDirector$50,862
Eleanor Berry - Assist TreasurerCOO$45,755
Sunny HongDirector$39,718
Donald P Buhler - CFOTreasurer$31,467
Liz Thomson Vice ChairDirector$25,733
Mary PearceDirector$22,332
Yuko Takata - OutgoingDirector$20,705
Eugene C Burnham - AssistantSecretary$8,454
Aboubakari SamaDirector$7,927

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/16/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The principal founder of SIL International was William Cameron Townsend (1896-1982). He began cross-cultural work with the Kaqchikel people of Guatemala in 1919. By 1929, Townsend's vision had broadened to include other peoples who also needed language development. SIL International (then known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) began in 1934 as a summer training program in Arkansas, USA, with two students. The enrollment of these summer classes grew each subsequent year.

Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000) was one of five students in the 1935 course. He began work on the Mixtec language in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This work launched Pike into his life-long work in linguistics and the study of language in the context of human behavior. Dr. Pike served as President of SIL until 1979.

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Program accomplishments

As of October 2021, we are involved in approximately 1,633 active language projects in 98 countries. These projects impact more than 855+ million people within 1,347 local communities. SIL's work brings together more than 4,200 staff from 84 countries who work alongside thousands more local partners and community volunteers worldwide.