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unfoldingWord is a Bible Translation organization that equips and empowers the global church for excellence in Bible Translation and Theological Formation, collaborating with other equippers of the church to make disciples of every people group.


Leading the unfoldingWord project to provide unrestricted biblical content, technology tools, and training resources (including translationAcademy) to empower the global Church for Bible translation.

Extending the Gateway Languages Strategy in collaboration with Church networks worldwide in order to provide essential biblical resources to 100% of people groups in their own languages, through languages of wider communication.

Promoting the use of and encouraging translation of Open Bible Stories, an easy-to-understand, visual overview of the Bible. These fifty key stories, from Creation to Revelation, are effective for evangelism & discipleship, in text, audio, and video, on any mobile device, in any language, for free.

Developing translationCore, an innovative, open-source Bible translation platform with a focus on empowering the Church to improve and confirm the trustworthiness of their Bible translations.

unfoldingWord® is a 501(c)3 non-profit, a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and has achieved the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Contact information

Mailing address:
10524 Moss Park Rd
Ste. 204-402
Orlando, FL 32832-5898

Website: unfoldingword.org

Phone: 407-900-3005

Email: finance@unfoldingword.org

Organization details

EIN: 141888977

CEO/President: David Reeves

Chairman: Michael Vos

Board size: 6


Year founded: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


The church in every people group, the Bible in every language.

Mission statement

We work with Church leaders around the world who are seeking to establish their churches in sound doctrine but lack access to Bible translations in the languages their people speak. By equipping these leaders with biblical resources and effective training, they are empowered to translate the Bible with excellence and efficiency in every language that needs one.

Statement of faith

The following statement of faith is in agreement with these historical creeds: Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed; and also the Lausanne Covenant.

We believe that Christian belief can and should be divided into essential beliefs and peripheral beliefs (Romans 14).

Essential beliefs

Essential beliefs are what define a follower of Jesus Christ and can never be compromised or ignored.

We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, sufficient, authoritative Word of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 10:30).

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 2 Peter 1:1).

We believe in the humanity of 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, and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Matthew 1:18,25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 2:22-24).

We believe that every person is inherently sinful and so is deserving of eternal hell (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 64:6-7).

We believe that salvation from sin is a gift of God, provided through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, attained by grace through faith, not by works (John 3:16; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:3-7).

We believe that true faith is always accompanied by repentance and regeneration by the Holy Spirit (James 2:14-26; John 16:5-16; Romans 8:9).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the follower of Jesus Christ is enabled to live a godly life (John 14:15-26; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 5:16-18).

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, from all nations and languages and people groups (Philippians 2:1-4; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:12,27).

We believe in the personal and physical return of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:30; Acts 1:10-11).

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the unsaved will be resurrected to eternal damnation in hell and the saved will be resurrected to eternal blessing in heaven with God (Hebrews 9:27-28; Matthew 16:27; John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:31-46).

Peripheral beliefs

Peripheral beliefs are everything else that is in Scripture but about which sincere followers of Christ may disagree (e.g. Baptism, Lord's Supper, the Rapture, etc.). We choose to agree to disagree agreeably on these topics and press on together toward a common goal of making disciples of every people group (Matthew 28:18-20).

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

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CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating203 of 9402 of 15
Fund acquisition rating76 of 9422 of 15
Resource allocation rating818 of 94214 of 15
Asset utilization rating59 of 9401 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$44,220$12,527$32,202$5,504$6,734
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$766,229$315,630$135,955$223,656$168,183
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$7,878$0$0$19,619$18,363
Other long-term assets$0$0$90,000$0$0
Total long-term assets$7,878$0$90,000$19,619$18,363
Total assets$774,107$315,630$225,955$243,275$186,546
Payables and accrued expenses$232,435$139,789$6,055$22,617$20,934
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$232,435$139,789$6,055$22,617$20,934
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$232,435$139,789$6,055$22,617$20,934
Net assets20192018201720142013
Without donor restrictions$328,925$16,689$180,205$152,440$153,622
With donor restrictions$212,747$159,152$39,695$68,218$11,990
Net assets$541,672$175,841$219,900$220,658$165,612
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,238,786$3,308,959$1,052,370$385,688$256,854
Program service revenue$0$0$252,025$59$272
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$13$32$74
Other revenue$221$43$24$0$0
Total other revenue$221$43$252,062$91$346
Total revenue$4,239,007$3,309,002$1,304,432$385,779$257,200
Program services$2,765,419$2,425,247$647,875$238,710$159,502
Management and general$1,085,587$869,970$460,109$71,316$91,330
Total expenses$3,873,176$3,353,061$1,149,938$330,733$262,504
Change in net assets20192018201720142013
Surplus (deficit)$365,831($44,059)$154,494$55,046($5,304)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$365,831($44,059)$154,494$55,046($5,304)


Timothy JoreInnovation & Strategy$115,350
David ReevesPresident & CEO$114,988
Eric SteggerdaCOO$114,000
Christopher KlappResearch & Development$106,000
Jan PerryCFO$65,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/7/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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