SIL International

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Summary

SIL International is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide as they build capacity for sustainable language development.


Contact information

Mailing address:
SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75236

Website: sil.org

Phone: 972-708-7400

Email: info_sil@sil.org


Organization details

EIN: 751840827

CEO/President: Michel Kenmogne

Chairman: Karel van der Mast

Board size: 19

Founder: William Cameron Townsend

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


Purpose

SIL's service with ethnolinguistic minority communities is motivated by the belief that all people are created in the image of God, and that languages and cultures are part of the richness of God's creation. SIL is founded on the principle that communities should be able to pursue their social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual goals without sacrificing their ethnolinguistic identity. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, SIL works alongside language communities as they discover how to harness the power of their language to address challenges and reach their goals.


Mission statement

SIL advocates, builds capacity, and works with local communities to apply language expertise that advances meaningful development, education, and engagement with Scripture. This assistance includes linguistic research, orthography development, training in translation principles, consultant help, and development of relevant materials.


Statement of faith

Articles

3/17/2021MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: SIL International (Summer Institute of Linguistics)

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating625 of 94074 of 105
Fund acquisition rating158 of 94220 of 105
Resource allocation rating611 of 94272 of 105
Asset utilization rating882 of 940103 of 105

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%64%62%67%66%68%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%36%38%33%34%32%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%80%93%91%91%93%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%97%98%100%95%104%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%77%91%91%87%97%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%3%2%0%5%-4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%2%1%0%4%-2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%20%7%9%9%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.280.440.470.480.530.54
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.273.644.034.175.753.67
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.851.611.892.023.021.99
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.811.061.061.060.971.29
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.940.950.941.030.78
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.860.430.340.34-0.121.34
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%26%24%23%18%22%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
74%166%162%159%155%144%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$19,255,909$15,671,239$15,376,017$8,927,621$16,573,586
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,044,611$6,021,907$4,980,990$5,206,336$5,951,117
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,300,520$21,693,146$20,357,007$14,133,957$22,524,703
Long-term investments$36,189,866$33,426,438$30,981,088$30,462,148$22,041,495
Fixed assets$29,260,706$30,433,645$32,511,943$34,612,318$36,685,133
Other long-term assets$1,239,572$1,812,637$1,120,585$2,048,295$1,315,059
Total long-term assets$66,690,144$65,672,720$64,613,616$67,122,761$60,041,687
Total assets$91,990,664$87,365,866$84,970,623$81,256,718$82,566,390
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$23,250,980$20,037,352$18,815,095$14,140,850$16,894,767
Other current liabilities$600,134$482,681$366,669$432,693$618,343
Total current liabilities$23,851,114$20,520,033$19,181,764$14,573,543$17,513,110
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$399,607$384,190$376,092$361,560$347,576
Total long-term liabilities$399,607$384,190$376,092$361,560$347,576
Total liabilities$24,250,721$20,904,223$19,557,856$14,935,103$17,860,686
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$60,568,222$59,877,752$58,308,885$59,683,351$57,706,049
With donor restrictions$7,171,721$6,583,891$7,103,882$6,638,264$6,999,655
Net assets$67,739,943$66,461,643$65,412,767$66,321,615$64,705,704
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$26,976,968$25,854,576$27,387,840$29,664,306$29,199,375
Program service revenue$11,004,733$10,913,053$11,186,279$11,592,598$11,846,056
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,401,120$3,179,134$1,323,897$2,452,618$1,042,396
Other revenue$1,673,715$2,088,728$1,157,801$1,329,263$1,147,257
Total other revenue$15,079,568$16,180,915$13,667,977$15,374,479$14,035,709
Total revenue$42,056,536$42,035,491$41,055,817$45,038,785$43,235,084
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$32,472,137$38,074,074$37,454,205$39,016,724$41,723,874
Management and general$8,197,660$2,939,988$3,618,139$3,666,703$3,061,693
Fundraising$69,068$29,055$29,992$22,855$20,335
Total expenses$40,738,865$41,043,117$41,102,336$42,706,282$44,805,902
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,317,671$992,374($46,519)$2,332,503($1,570,818)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,317,671$992,374($46,519)$2,332,503($1,570,818)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Fredrick A BoswellExecutive Director (outgoing)$105,939
David T CramTreasurer (outgoing)$84,602
Mark RobinsonDirector$76,164
Michel KenmogneExecutive Director (incoming)$67,756
Andrew ClarkDirector (outgoing)$63,804
Doug BaughmanDirector (outgoing)$55,331
John R WattersPresident (outgoing)$45,207
Eleanor BerryChief Financial Officer (outgoing)$38,774
Daniel M AgeeDirector$37,999
Barbara GrimesDirector$36,977
Bonnie NystromDirector (outgoing)$36,868
Elizabeth ThomsonVice Chair$29,629
Yuko TakataDirector$25,486
Dave PearsonDirector (outgoing)$24,721
Hans CombrinkVice President (outgoing)$22,897
Don BuhlerTreasurer (incoming), Chief Financial Officer (incoming)$22,606
Mary PearceDirector$20,664
George ShultzDirector (outgoing)/Secretary (incoming)$14,558
Eugene C BurnhamSecretary (outgoing)$9,628

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2016


Response from ministry

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History

The principal founder of SIL International was William Cameron Townsend (1896-1982). He began cross-cultural work with the Kaqchikel people of Guatemala in 1919. By 1929, Townsend's vision had broadened to include other peoples who also needed language development. SIL International (then known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics) began in 1934 as a summer training program in Arkansas, USA, with two students. The enrollment of these summer classes grew each subsequent year.

Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000) was one of five students in the 1935 course. He began work on the Mixtec language in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This work launched Pike into his life-long work in linguistics and the study of language in the context of human behavior. Dr. Pike served as President of SIL until 1979.


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