Radio Bible Hour, Inc.

Summary

Radio Bible Hour, Inc. ("RBH") is a gospel broadcast ministry heard on 51 radio stations throughout the United States, as well as over four short-wave radio stations, which can be heard in most of the countries of the world. The broadcasts are presented on various stations seven days a week. A television ministry was begun in 1996 which can now be seen each week on a number of stations in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee as well as in Monroe, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The organization is also involved in the publication and distribution of Christian literature, Bibles, spiritual books, audio and video recordings, and the publication of a monthly news magazine (Your Good Neighbor) which reaches approximately 10,000 readers a month. RBH also supports a number of missionaries and mission projects throughout the world. RBH is a faith ministry, operating within it's budget under the direction of a dedicated Board of Directors. This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
141 Western Plaza Way
P.O. Box 99
Newport, TN 37821-7821

Website: www.radiobiblehour.org

Phone: (423) 623-3400

Email: info@radiobiblehour.org


Organization details

EIN: 756004774

CEO/President: Dr. J. Donald Smith

Chairman:

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. J. Harold Smith

Year founded: 1955

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Radio Bible Hour, Inc. ("RBH") is a gospel broadcast ministry heard on 51 radio stations throughout the United States, as well as over four short-wave radio stations, which can be heard in most of the countries of the world. The broadcasts are presented on various stations seven days a week. In July 1996, a new television ministry was begun which can now be seen each week on a number of stations in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee as well as in Monroe, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The organization is also involved in the publication and distribution of Christian literature, Bibles, spiritual books, audio and video recordings, and the publication of a monthly news magazine (Your Good Neighbor) which reaches approximately 10,000 readers a month. Another aspect of the ministry is the support of a number of missionaries and mission projects throughout the world.

At the present time, the Radio Bible Hour helps support 31 home and foreign missionary projects, including two children's homes, three seminaries or colleges, and missionaries to Russia, Haiti, Japan, the Bahamas, the Philippines, Central America, and Africa, as well as a multitude of other home and foreign evangelism projects. RBH is a faith ministry, operating within it's budget under the direction of a dedicated Board of Directors.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

RBH communicates its mission as follows:

"The purpose or purposes for which the Corporation is organized, is for the support of a benevolent, charitable, educational or missionary undertaking in the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."


Statement of faith

Radio Bible Hour, Inc. uses the following to communicate its values:

Doctrinally,

We believe in the Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, without error, and is the only rule of faith and practice for the Christian.

We believe in Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, as our Lord and Savior, whose death on the Cross provided for the redemption of sinners and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for all those who come to God by Him.

We believe in the local Church as the body of Christ and the bride of Christ.

We believe in the Second Coming of Christ and we are looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%0%3%3%2%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%0%3%3%2%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
94%0%99%98%85%86%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%0%1%2%1%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
6%100%1%2%15%14%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%83%91%89%90%90%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
102%-843%177%165%141%155%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
82%-695%161%148%127%140%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
-2%943%-77%-65%-41%-55%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
-3%0%-154%-56%-27%-27%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%17%8%9%8%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.980.003.531.380.910.73
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.490.001.071.041.091.08
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.130.003.771.430.990.79
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
5.810.000.0034.9727.1639.03
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.150.000.000.030.040.03
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.030.003.188.1411.6214.75
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%0%0%3%3%2%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
62%0%28%70%106%133%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$0$127,470$342,264$209,246$577,213
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$9,828$61,514$109,903$72,218
Short-term investments$0$0$8,007$290,435$151,376
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$0$137,298$411,785$609,584$800,807
Long-term investments$0$0$0$37,889$48,929
Fixed assets$0$9,120$14,802$18,028$14,838
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$421$616
Total long-term assets$0$9,120$14,802$56,338$64,383
Total assets$0$146,418$426,587$665,922$865,190
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$11,774$22,441$20,516
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$11,774$22,441$20,516
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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$0$0$11,774$22,441$20,516
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$0$0$0$0$0
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$0$146,418$414,813$643,481$844,674
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$0$288,414$349,621$363,519$352,304
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($8,624)$213$6,398$26,711$57,282
Other revenue($6,905)$3,627$224$39,779$0
Total other revenue($15,529)$3,840$6,622$66,490$57,282
Total revenue($15,529)$292,254$356,243$430,009$409,586
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$108,002$470,636$527,330$546,954$573,918
Management and general$22,887$39,358$53,005$50,924$50,997
Fundraising$0$7,585$9,061$8,387$10,004
Total expenses$130,889$517,579$589,396$606,265$634,919
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($146,418)($225,325)($233,153)($176,256)($225,333)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($146,418)($225,325)($233,153)($176,256)($225,333)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
J Donald SmithPresident/General Manager$26,400
Jennifer RughSecretary/Treasurer$15,650

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Since it's beginning in 1935, the Radio Bible Hour, Inc., under the direction of it's founder Dr. J. Harold Smith, has spread the message of the Christian Gospel around the country. In July, 1996, Dr. Smith began a new television ministry which is now seen each week on a number of stations in the Southeast. On June 14, 1997, Dr. Smith celebrated his 87th birthday. For almost 65 years he had been preaching daily; a total of more than 70,000 sermons. Until a series of small strokes temporarily slowed him down, he was maintaining a full schedule of evangelistic meetings around the country, as well as his radio and television ministries.


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