United Bible Societies

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Summary

The United Bible Societies (UBS) is the collective name for our fellowship of 146 individual Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories. From wherever and however they operate, Bible Societies all share the mission of placing the Word of God in the hearts and minds of the people they serve.

We're constantly innovating and partnering with like-minded organisations to ensure people around the world are able to access the Bible in a format that is accessible and engaging for them.

Our Digital Bible Library® is one example of this. Through this backend digital curation of thousands of translations, partners like YouVersion are able to make these available to audiences of more than 5.6 billion people around the world.

Our literacy training helps around 100,000 people across the globe every year to learn basic reading and writing skills.


Contact information

Mailing address:
United Bible Societies
STONEHILL GREEN WESTLEA
Swindon Wiltshire, Sn5 7pj

Website: unitedbiblesocieties.org

Phone:

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 980428633

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Robert Cunville / Dick Gevers

Chairman: Elaine Duncan - Chair of Fellowship Council

Board size: 7

Founder: William Wilberforce

Ruling year: 2006

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

We've translated the entire Bible into the languages of more than half of the world's population. That's around 70 percent of all Bible translations that exist today. Yet there are still so many people waiting for a Bible translation in their own language, including the users of all but one of the roughly 400 sign languages around the world.

Our goal over the next 20 years is, by God's provision, to complete 1200 translation projects, which will provide around 600 million people with access to Scripture.


Mission statement

The objective of the Association is to promote the widest possible effective distribution and use of the Bible or any parts of the Bible throughout the world, including translation into any language or languages, printing and publication of the Bible or anypart of the Bible.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating201 of 11122 of 16
Fund acquisition rating79 of 11131 of 16
Resource allocation rating29 of 11131 of 16
Asset utilization rating930 of 111211 of 16

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%92%92%96%91%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%8%8%4%9%4%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%97%95%94%95%95%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%95%95%89%98%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%91%91%84%93%97%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%5%5%11%2%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
11%3%2%6%2%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%3%5%6%5%5%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.960.410.360.400.560.56
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.231.131.111.071.081.17
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.920.460.400.420.610.65
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.043.754.425.224.654.33
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.270.230.190.210.23
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.4919.0723.1822.9415.5514.20
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
15%24%21%20%23%30%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
80%187%219%201%138%126%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021202020192018
Cash$48,422,592$51,350,598$39,443,410$34,917,145$21,494,314
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$22,236,460$14,908,119$21,010,556$19,500,356$30,922,098
Short-term investments$29,905,874$37,985,897$35,796,131$32,119,028$27,411,602
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$100,564,926$104,244,614$96,250,097$86,536,529$79,828,014
Long-term investments$4,340,377$4,871,259$5,020,793$5,227,215$3,800,152
Fixed assets$1,457,308$1,486,509$1,523,784$1,598,111$1,708,559
Other long-term assets$7,408,827$5,015,800$0$0$7,684,547
Total long-term assets$13,206,512$11,373,568$6,544,577$6,825,326$13,193,258
Total assets$113,771,438$115,618,182$102,794,674$93,361,855$93,021,272
 
Liabilities20222021202020192018
Payables and accrued expenses$24,389,182$22,575,688$18,435,794$17,518,539$15,893,174
Other current liabilities$2,425,199$987,656$0$1,079,844$2,529,678
Total current liabilities$26,814,381$23,563,344$18,435,794$18,598,383$18,422,852
Debt$132,086$140,658$178,847$194,218$298,446
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$103,062$568,033$2,305,334$2,265,169$8,924,989
Total long-term liabilities$235,148$708,691$2,484,181$2,459,387$9,223,435
Total liabilities$27,049,529$24,272,035$20,919,975$21,057,770$27,646,287
 
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$86,721,909$91,346,147$81,874,699$72,304,085$65,374,985
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021202020192018
Total contributions$45,154,286$40,334,656$43,800,495$48,705,058$49,106,143
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,768,020$2,148,335($89,648)$1,924,359$1,446,935
Other revenue$2,116,255$1,377,134$2,020,628$3,073,318$385,842
Total other revenue$3,884,275$3,525,469$1,930,980$4,997,677$1,832,777
Total revenue$49,038,561$43,860,125$45,731,475$53,702,735$50,938,920
 
Expenses20222021202020192018
Program services$44,795,498$39,839,448$38,342,107$49,829,375$49,428,999
Management and general$1,601,899$1,931,321$2,370,217$2,605,347$2,473,519
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$46,397,397$41,770,769$40,712,324$52,434,722$51,902,518
 
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$2,641,164$2,089,356$5,019,151$1,268,013($963,598)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,641,164$2,089,356$5,019,151$1,268,013($963,598)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Michael PerreauDirector General$220,430
Steven VothHead of Translation Skills Facilitation$163,416
Ralph LibierSupply Chain Management Coordinator$151,368
Professor Alexander SchweitzerExecutive Director Global Bible Ministry$143,860
Steven BernekingDirector of Bible Ministry Technology$132,217
Andrew Warren-RothlinTranslation Roadmap Coordinator$129,563
Adrian WhiteChief Operating Officer$123,575

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022


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History

William Wilberforce helped found the first Bible Society while working tirelessly for the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of slaves in Britain in 1804.

In 1946, immediately following World War II, a movement that had grown to little more than a dozen Bible Societies came together to found the global fellowship of 'United Bible Societies'.

Today, by God's grace, United Bible Societies (UBS) has grown to become one of the most globally expansive not-for-profits in the world.


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