Bridges for Peace, Inc./ BFPUSA

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Bridges for Peace is working to build relationships between Christians and Jews and encouraging the church about its rich Biblical history and heritage. They assist Jewish immigrants and the poor in Israel by providing food baskets, blankets, medical assistance, etc. In addition, they provide education and ministry through various means such as YouTube, Facebook, other social media, website, prayer, teaching letters, on site speakers, and a bi-monthly magazine - Dispatch from Jerusalem.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bridges for Peace
PO Box 410037
Melbourne, FL 32941-0037


Phone: (800) 566-1998


Organization details

EIN: 411334042

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Jim Solberg

Chairman: Rev. Rebecca J. Brimmer

Board size: 12

Founder: Dr. G. Douglas Young

Ruling year: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


It is our desire to see Christians and Jews working side by side for better understanding and a more secure Israel.

We are committed to the following goals:

  • To encourage meaningful and supportive relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.
  • To educate and equip Christians to identify with Israel, the Jewish people and the biblical/Hebraic foundations of our Christian faith.
  • To bless Israel and the Jewish people in Israel and worldwide, through practical assistance, volunteer service and prayer.
  • To communicate Christian perspectives to the attention of Israeli leaders and the Jewish community-at-large.
  • To counter anti-Semitism worldwide and support Israel's divine God-given right to exist in her God-given land.

Mission statement

Bridges for Peace: Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.

Statement of faith


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating147 of 9994 of 41
Fund acquisition rating557 of 100122 of 41
Resource allocation rating131 of 10014 of 41
Asset utilization rating153 of 9996 of 41

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$118,097$124,339$119,097$164,310$147,472
Short-term investments$191,899$190,938$159,450$160,568$201,164
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$932,334$615,237$607,686$650,889$691,954
Long-term investments$380,466$384,334$394,582$376,399$346,594
Fixed assets$56,043$66,413$79,949$98,842$134,926
Other long-term assets$17,015$1,000$740$640$2,703
Total long-term assets$453,524$451,747$475,271$475,881$484,223
Total assets$1,385,858$1,066,984$1,082,957$1,126,770$1,176,177
Payables and accrued expenses$73,182$141,283$292,840$239,020$339,439
Other current liabilities$79,611$20,469$20,469$17,269$13,819
Total current liabilities$152,793$161,752$313,309$256,289$353,258
Due to (from) affiliates$0$49,673$29,046$49,153$22,959
Other long-term liabilities$158,764$149,523$154,772$134,789$103,434
Total long-term liabilities$158,764$199,196$183,818$183,942$126,393
Total liabilities$311,557$360,948$497,127$440,231$479,651
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$759,914$478,671$341,675$375,946$433,221
With donor restrictions$314,387$227,365$244,155$310,593$263,305
Net assets$1,074,301$706,036$585,830$686,539$696,526
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Total contributions$1,976,637$1,901,766$1,970,414$2,091,469$2,166,305
Program service revenue$2,832,305$2,397,233$2,456,567$2,505,228$2,588,309
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$27,508$46,330($17,853)$31,959$17,652
Other revenue$3,009$5,878$7,177$6,155$7,392
Total other revenue$2,862,822$2,449,441$2,445,891$2,543,342$2,613,353
Total revenue$4,839,459$4,351,207$4,416,305$4,634,811$4,779,658
Program services$4,032,455$3,705,419$3,941,442$4,008,257$4,082,100
Management and general$218,946$278,613$255,262$282,213$291,685
Total expenses$4,471,194$4,231,001$4,517,014$4,644,798$4,763,871
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$368,265$120,206($100,709)($9,987)$15,787
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$368,265$120,206($100,709)($9,987)$15,787


Rev James B SolbergCEO$85,000
Rev Edwin J SmelserRegional Dir$80,000
Rev William P AdamsDirector$80,000
Wilford R DeweeseCFO$80,000
Rev Gregory L AllenRegional Dir$75,000
Rev John F AnthonyRegional Dir$75,000
Richard J LaplanteCOO$70,000
Ms Lora SingerStewardship Mgr$41,600
Rev Victoria BoesemanExec. Assist.$40,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2010

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 7/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Bridges for Peace was founded in 1976, built on the work of Dr. G. Douglas Young, who first came to Israel in 1957. Today Bridges for Peace is an international organization with 10 offices serving 6 continents. Bridges for Peace is a ministry of hope and reconciliation. Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, BFP gives Christians the opportunity to actively express their Biblical responsibility to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish people.

Program accomplishments


Bridges For Peace has communicated the following needs:

  • Prayer
  • Financial Partners
  • Volunteers