Wycliffe Associates

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Because of the work of national Bible translators supported by faithful donors, prayer partners, and volunteers, people are hearing the truth.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Wycliffe Associates Inc.
PO Box 620143
Orlando, FL 32862

Website: wycliffeassociates.org

Phone: (800) 843-9673

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 952584324

CEO/President: Semoun Ung

Chairman: Linda Allen

Board size: 7

Founder: Cameron Townsend

Ruling year: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Today, we empower and equip national Bible translators-native speakers-to translate Scripture into their heart language using resources and tools provided through Bible translation workshops under the guidance and authority of the local church. Because these national Bible translators are native language speakers-and they are using resources and tools created by linguists and software specialists-they are able to complete translation of the Scriptures quickly and accurately!

Around the world, word is spreading that Church Owned Bible Translation is the way for all people groups to have God's Word in their language and share the truth with their neighbors.

Mission statement

Wycliffe Associates accelerates the work of Church Owned Bible Translation by empowering national Bible translators to provide God's Word in their own heart language; partnering with the local church to guide and guard translation work, harnessing their passion and desire for God's Word; and engaging people from around the world to provide resources, technology, training, and support for Bible translation. Because millions of people around the world still wait to have the Scriptures in the language of their heart, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as we can to see every verse of God's Word translated into every tongue to speak to every heart. We are directly involved with speeding Bible translation by providing technology, training, resources, logistics, networking, expertise, volunteers, and support. By empowering Mother Tongue Translators and the local church around the world, we are striving to achieve the goal of having a Bible in every language.

Statement of faith

At Wycliffe Associates, God's Word is central to everything we do. Our Core Beliefs are drawn from the teachings of the Holy Bible. In that spirit, we adhere to the following truths:

The divine inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures.
The doctrine of the Trinity.
The fall of man, his consequent moral depravity, and his need for regeneration.
The atonement through the substitutionary death of Christ.
The doctrine of justification by faith.
The resurrection of the body, in the case of the just and the unjust.
The eternal life of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating759 of 111013 of 16
Fund acquisition rating1012 of 111115 of 16
Resource allocation rating715 of 111114 of 16
Asset utilization rating289 of 11103 of 16

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$198,648$89,098
Short-term investments$14,843,963$13,183,825$9,890,179$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$143,128$95,011
Total current assets$18,550,196$17,161,721$14,737,077$2,293,387$2,606,039
Long-term investments$0$0$0$367,000$0
Fixed assets$1,581,596$1,668,821$1,625,713$414,681$436,017
Other long-term assets$1,004,239$1,342,618$1,699,785$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,585,835$3,011,439$3,325,498$781,681$436,017
Total assets$21,136,031$20,173,160$18,062,575$3,075,068$3,042,056
Payables and accrued expenses$488,507$717,047$762,740$385,893$313,028
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$117,808$56,816
Total current liabilities$488,507$717,047$762,740$503,701$369,844
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$488,507$717,047$762,740$503,701$369,844
Net assets20202019201820042003
Without donor restrictions$15,608,951$14,372,144$13,583,198$1,349,105$1,484,062
With donor restrictions$5,038,573$5,083,969$3,716,637$1,222,262$1,188,150
Net assets$20,647,524$19,456,113$17,299,835$2,571,367$2,672,212
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$45,131,646$48,463,714$36,611,658$6,150,192$5,915,497
Program service revenue$0$0$0$1,565,443$1,067,700
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$782,359$604,846$359,854$117,340$158,377
Other revenue$45,332$66,196$673,426$827,827$628,454
Total other revenue$827,691$671,042$1,033,280$2,510,610$1,854,531
Total revenue$45,959,337$49,134,756$37,644,938$8,660,802$7,770,028
Program services$35,418,938$37,688,222$30,060,864$5,255,642$4,929,924
Management and general$2,088,272$2,163,089$2,901,195$1,081,792$1,078,714
Total expenses$44,767,926$46,978,478$39,743,602$8,761,647$8,169,250
Change in net assets20202019201820042003
Surplus (deficit)$1,191,411$2,156,278($2,098,664)($100,845)($399,222)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,191,411$2,156,278($2,098,664)($100,845)($399,222)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1967, Bill Butler, Dale Kietzman, and Rudy Renfer-friends of Bible translators who were deeply concerned with the future of Bible translation - discovered that translators were spending an increasing amount of their time on tasks unrelated to translation, like accounting, building maintenance, and more. They also noticed that Christian business professionals with a heart for service and a wide variety of skills could volunteer and accelerate Bible translation, freeing up thousands of hours of translation time each year.

Knowing hundreds of millions of people were still waiting for God's Word in their own language, they committed to giving these people access to the truth of the gospel, so they could know the God who loves them and desires a relationship with them.

That year, they founded Wycliffe Associates.

Since then, the generosity of Bible translation supporters has allowed us to expand our services to Bible translators to include advanced technology, efficient translation strategies, greater financial resources, and logistical and operational support. Wycliffe Associates empowers national Bible translators under the authority of the local church in each community. Together with our donors and prayer partners, we are following God's call to accelerate Bible translation in the most remote, most antagonistic parts of the world.

In 2014, Wycliffe Associates developed and tested a revolutionary Bible translation methodology, MAST-Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation. MAST equips national translators to quickly and accurately translate the Bible under the guidance of the local church and to bring God's Word to their own people.

Program accomplishments

Currently accelerating the work of Bible translation in 68 countries

Installed 549 Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAKs) in 48 countries for 793 language communities since started installing BTAKs

6,523 Tablets for National Translators (TNTs) were distributed in 67 countries to date

1,299 Bible Translation Recording Kits (BTRKs) were distributed since the program first started

131 Print On Demand (POD) systems have been deployed around the world to date

Improved hundreds of facilities for Bible translation around the world


Despite these incredible strides, hundreds of millions of people still are waiting to read God's Word in their heart language. With the dedicated support of Wycliffe Associates donors, volunteers, and partners, national Bible translators around the world are working through the local church to ensure that we will have a Bible in every language.

Continually advancing technology and increased support means this massive goal is well within reach, but to accomplish it these Bible translators need your help!