Christian Blind Mission /CBM

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Christian Blind Mission International is the world's leading agency working towards the prevention and cure of blindness and towards the enablement of people with disabilities in developing countries. Founded in 1908, CBMI helps over 10 million sick and disabled people each year at more than 1,000 projects in over 100 of the world's poorer countries.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 19000
450 East Park Avenue (29601)
Greenville, SC 29602-9602


Phone: (864) 239-0065


Organization details

EIN: 362959883

CEO/President: Mr. Ron Nabors

Chairman: Dr. Van C. Joffrion

Board size: 10

Founder: Mr Ernest Christoffel

Year founded: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1983


CBM International ("CBMI") is an independent aid organization of Christians of various denominations, dedicated to helping blind and other disabled people in "Third World" countries, irrespective of nationality, race, sex or religion. The work focuses on healing and preventing blindness as well as on the education and vocational training of blind people and their integration into society. CBMI works together with more than 600 partners (national churches, international missions, local self-help groups and Christian aid organizations).

The present number of 131 seconded eye doctors, orthopedic surgeons, special educators, physiotherapists, rehabilitation experts and project managers see their foremost task as that of training national co-workers. This reflects the principle that by training hundreds, hundreds of thousands can be healed. Approximately 10,000 national experts are financed by CBMI via the partner organizations.

The project work is performed through a joint network of nine Regional Offices and a project coordination office in Germany.

CBMI supports over 1,000 development projects in 109 countries, most of them in the "Third World" - hospitals with eye units, mobile eye-care services, village health and rehabilitation centers, schools, training institutions and many other facilities.

Thirty years ago, CBMI departed from the long-established tradition of those missions which felt themselves obliged to found or maintain their own stations. As a provider of services, CBMI instead set itself the task of enabling national partners to take care of their own suffering compatriots by means of professional advice, financial aid and support through qualified personnel.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

CBMI uses the following to communicate its mission:

CBMI is an interdenominational Christian medical organization, working to prevent blindness, restore sight and impart living skills to the blind and disabled.

Statement of faith

CBM uses the following to express its mission:

A whole-hearted acceptance of the revelation of God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

A confession of faith therein set forth and summarized in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds summarily stated as follows:

  • a. One God eternally existent in three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • b. The Deity and perfect humanity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to heaven, His mediatorial work, intercession and reign and His personal return in power and glory as judges of all mankind.
  • c. The universal sinfulness of human nature in consequence of the fall, making man subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
  • d. Redemption from the guilt and power of sin through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as our representative and substitute and the justification of the sinner by grace through faith alone.
  • e. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration of the sinner and sanctification of the believer.
  • f. The unity in the Holy Spirit of all true believers in the Church which is the body of Christ.
  • g. The divine inspiration of all Holy Scriptures, its trustworthiness and its supreme authority and sufficiency in all matters of faith and conduct.
The Church, being the body of Christ, held together and growing up in Him - both as a total fellowship throughout the world and as the local congregation in which believers gather, is subject to the commission of Christ and the command of Christ.

The commission of Christ is to proclaim the Good News to all people, making them disciples and teaching them to obey Him.

The Command of Christ includes loving God with all of our heart, mind and strength and loving our neighbors as expressed in service to the Church and society, in seeking reconciliation for all with God and His people - serving them in body, mind and spirit.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating128 of 91316 of 75
Fund acquisition rating136 of 91512 of 75
Resource allocation rating80 of 91510 of 75
Asset utilization rating530 of 91339 of 75

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,539$359,478$503,149$798,151$734,490
Short-term investments$5,009,810$4,999,374$4,847,777$3,440,947$3,197,230
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,232,973$6,112,616$6,036,015$5,776,994$5,482,773
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$50,974$0$0$0$1,563
Other long-term assets$437,653$432,810$432,810$50,974$50,974
Total long-term assets$488,627$432,810$432,810$50,974$52,537
Total assets$5,721,600$6,545,426$6,468,825$5,827,968$5,535,310
Payables and accrued expenses$25,925$23,090$13,954$72,275$31,484
Other current liabilities$0$565,523$590,479$478,348$797,694
Total current liabilities$25,925$588,613$604,433$550,623$829,178
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681$320,196
Total long-term liabilities$105,803$254,802$359,920$519,681$320,196
Total liabilities$131,728$843,415$964,353$1,070,304$1,149,374
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$580,062$714,707$687,978$277,764$168,420
With donor restrictions$5,009,810$4,987,304$4,816,494$4,479,900$4,217,516
Net assets$5,589,872$5,702,011$5,504,472$4,757,664$4,385,936
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Total contributions$7,988,155$150,209,301$223,423,342$80,294,477$158,748,771
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$116,753$113,580$113,101($1,982)$4,883
Other revenue$0$29,726$0$0$5,458
Total other revenue$116,753$143,306$113,101($1,982)$10,341
Total revenue$8,104,908$150,352,607$223,536,443$80,292,495$158,759,112
Program services$7,983,421$149,776,684$222,423,387$79,631,398$157,831,146
Management and general$249,963$431,328$336,167$414,185$235,177
Total expenses$8,384,008$150,357,306$223,073,432$80,177,673$158,563,714
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822$195,398
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($279,100)($4,699)$463,011$114,822$195,398


Dr Peter SchiesslBoard Chair/CEO$172,514
Dr M Babar QureshiSecretary$148,040
Thorsten SchmidtTreasurer$134,795

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

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Ninety years ago, Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel (born in Rheydt, Germany, in 1876) set up his first home for blind, physically disabled and orphaned children in Turkey. This was the inception of Christoffel-Blindenmission. There are few organizations which provide services for the disabled in poor countries, yet the need is immeasurably great. Back in the seventies, supporters were therefore sought also outside Germany.

One of the visions of former CBMI director Siegfried Wiesinger was to set up an international network of supportive associations, also in order to reduce the risk of a decline in donations in one country or another.

In North America, Australia and various European countries, independent CBMI organizations came into being. Step by step, this "CBMI family" grew, making it necessary to establish a modern structure to coordinate the activities of the national associations.

Joining forces is not just a reaction to the increasingly difficult situation of donor organizations in the donor countries. Instead of strengthening existing institutions, the number of aid organizations continues to grow. At the same time, the overall social conditions are deteriorating. In such times, CBMI, which is, after all, the major international NGO for disabled persons and eye patients, has set itself the task of ensuring professional standards of donation acquisition, and of gradually expanding the financial basis for the services it provides.

Pastor Ernst J. Christoffel opens the first home for blind, physically disabled and orphaned children in Malatia, Turkey.

Opening of a residential school for the blind in Tabriz, Iran.

Death of Pastor Christoffel in Isfahan, Iran, at the age of 78.

"Christliche Blindenmission" changes its name to "Christoffel-Blindenmission" in honour of its founder.

Pastor Siegfried Wiesinger (1930 - 1989) is appointed Director of the mission.

Ophthalmic work begins in Afghanistan, shortly afterwards also in Iran.

CBM extends its work to the first African countries - Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

CBM supports its first aid project in South America (Peru).

An independent association is founded in the USA. Further CBMI associations follow in Canada (1978) and Australia (1983).

The millionth cataract operation is performed by a CBMI-supported project since 1966.

The large number of CBM friends in Austria and Switzerland means that independent member associations are established in these two countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes CBM/CBMI as a collaborating agency in the fields of preventing and curing blindness.

CBM constituencies in western Germany (Bensheim) and eastern Germany (Potsdam) unite.

All Christoffel-Blindenmissions and "Christian Blind Missions" join hands under the umbrella of CBM International, with head office in Zurich.

Opening of CBM in Britain, followed in 1997 by CBM Belgium.

The three millionth cataract operation is enabled by CBM International.

Program accomplishments


CBM International has communicated the following needs:

The ministry has several different projects in need of sponsorship. More information may be found on their website.