American Leprosy Missions, Inc.

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American Leprosy Missions is the oldest and largest Christian, non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and related diseases around the world. During its more than 100-year history, American Leprosy Missions has provided holistic care to more than four million people including medical treatment and training, medical supply deliveries, health system strengthening, research, community development, and disease mapping and management.

Contact information

Mailing address:
One Alm Way
Greenville, SC 29601-9948


Phone: (864) 271-7040


Organization details

EIN: 135562163

CEO/President: Mr. Bill Simmons

Chairman: Chris A. Hogue, M.B.A.

Board size: 11


Year founded: 1906

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


More than one billion men, women and children are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including leprosy and Buruli ulcer. These diseases affect the poorest and most neglected people and can lead to profound pain and suffering, lifelong disabilities, increased poverty, stigma and isolation.

For more than 100 years, the organization has acted as a channel of Christ's love, helping people suffering from these terrible diseases be healed and restored to lives of dignity and hope.

Today, American Leprosy Missions continues to lead a global fight against NTDs, working to cure and care for those affected, and actually end these devastating diseases in our time.

Mission statement

American Leprosy Missions' Mission Statement is:

American Leprosy Missions exists to serve as a channel of Christ's love to persons affected by leprosy and related diseases, helping them to be healed in body and spirit and restored to lives of dignity and hope.

Statement of faith

American Leprosy Missions uses the following to express its Statement of Faith (adopted from the National Association of Evangelicals):

1.We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2.We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3.We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

4.We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that this salvation is received through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and not as a result of good works.

5.We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to perform good works.

6.We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

7.We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating810 of 81769 of 69
Fund acquisition rating780 of 81766 of 69
Resource allocation rating672 of 81761 of 69
Asset utilization rating802 of 81767 of 69

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$185,182$196,366$175,340$245,572$316,723
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,188,961$565,989$618,485$881,501$603,526
Long-term investments$9,129,114$9,431,996$4,938,142$5,760,660$7,057,782
Fixed assets$116,518$122,761$122,025$153,447$204,039
Other long-term assets$6,190,315$6,124,573$5,768,632$5,286,119$5,616,791
Total long-term assets$15,435,947$15,679,330$10,828,799$11,200,226$12,878,612
Total assets$16,624,908$16,245,319$11,447,284$12,081,727$13,482,138
Payables and accrued expenses$196,169$162,950$538,506$234,426$286,407
Other current liabilities$167,851$0$0$1,385$3,089
Total current liabilities$364,020$162,950$538,506$235,811$289,496
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$134,329$142,685$246,281$276,359$308,881
Total long-term liabilities$134,329$142,685$246,281$276,359$308,881
Total liabilities$498,349$305,635$784,787$512,170$598,377
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$7,412,768$960,554$1,153,855$1,064,983$1,062,046
Permanently restricted$0$6,331,306$5,975,702$5,476,698$5,810,142
Net assets$16,126,559$15,939,684$10,662,497$11,569,557$12,883,761
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Total contributions$13,465,316$19,277,069$13,123,786$12,529,567$12,853,642
Program service revenue$0$0$124,814$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$118,702$205,927$291,522$399,648$416,212
Other revenue$8,348$1,180$2,331$2,187$8,263
Total other revenue$127,050$207,107$418,667$401,835$424,475
Total revenue$13,592,366$19,484,176$13,542,453$12,931,402$13,278,117
Program services$10,517,342$11,770,082$11,870,294$10,680,273$11,640,620
Management and general$621,326$499,083$415,799$387,027$345,818
Total expenses$13,642,297$14,614,575$14,980,451$13,465,448$14,221,398
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($49,931)$4,869,601($1,437,998)($534,046)($943,281)
Other changes in net assets$236,806$407,586$530,938($780,158)($209,079)
Total change in net assets$186,875$5,277,187($907,060)($1,314,204)($1,152,360)


David W SimmonsPresident/CEO$211,323
Darren SchauppVP of Programs$144,395
James OehrigChief Programs Officer$136,011
Beverly H ElmoreVP of Finance$131,181
Christina Miller-ColtonVP of Development$121,077
Sarah HesshausVP of Bus. Process & Comm.$112,171
Stefanie WeilandVP Special Initiatives$26,947

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/17/2020. To update the information below, please email:


In 1906, a group of mission executives, ministers and businessmen met in New York City. Compelled by their faith and spurred by their compassion for some of the most marginalized and impoverished people in the world, these seven men founded what would become American Leprosy Missions.

During the early 1980s, American Leprosy Missions became one of the first organizations to use the new multi-drug therapy, a combination of three antibiotics, to cure leprosy.

During the early 1980s, American Leprosy Missions became one of the first organizations to use the new multi-drug therapy, a combination of three antibiotics, to cure leprosy.

In 2002, the organization began development of the world's first leprosy-specific vaccine.

Today American Leprosy Missions partners with more than 50 organizations around the world on policy development, program coordination, innovative research, advocacy, technical training, community development and more, in order to best serve people affected by leprosy and related diseases.

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Program accomplishments

In 2019, partners like you helped relieve suffering and restore hope to more than 200,000 men, women and children around the world.

  • 2,983 pairs of special footwear distributed
  • 61,842 people screened for NTDs
  • $5,408,051 worth of critical medicines and medical supplies sent to Central African Republic and Nepal
  • 4,372 toilets constructed in India and Nepal
  • 5,149 nerve function tests administered
  • $510,067 invested in pioneering research in 18 countries.
  • 25,749 households reached with education on sanitation, hygiene and NTDs
  • 2,442 patients received wound care treatment
  • 1 leprosy vaccine successfully completed Phase Ia clinical trial


It costs just $348 to cure and care for one person suffering from leprosy. This includes medical treatment, health worker training, medicine, reconstructive surgery and more.