United Bible Societies

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The United Bible Societies (UBS) is the collective name for our fellowship of 146 individual Bible Societies working in over 200 countries and territories. From wherever and however they operate, Bible Societies all share the mission of placing the Word of God in the hearts and minds of the people they serve.

We're constantly innovating and partnering with like-minded organisations to ensure people around the world are able to access the Bible in a format that is accessible and engaging for them.

Our Digital Bible Library® is one example of this. Through this backend digital curation of thousands of translations, partners like YouVersion are able to make these available to audiences of more than 5.6 billion people around the world.

Our literacy training helps around 100,000 people across the globe every year to learn basic reading and writing skills.

Contact information

Mailing address:
United Bible Societies
Swindon Wiltshire
Sn5 7pj
United Kingdom,

Website: unitedbiblesocieties.org


Email: info@biblesocieties.org

Organization details

EIN: 980428633

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Robert Cunville

Chairman: Elaine Duncan - Global Council Chair

Board size: 0


Year founded: 2006

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We've translated the entire Bible into the languages of more than half of the world's population. That's around 70 percent of all Bible translations that exist today. Yet there are still so many people waiting for a Bible translation in their own language, including the users of all but one of the roughly 400 sign languages around the world.

Our goal over the next 20 years is, by God's provision, to complete 1200 translation projects, which will provide around 600 million people with access to Scripture.

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Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating99 of 8171 of 15
Fund acquisition rating52 of 8171 of 15
Resource allocation rating15 of 8171 of 15
Asset utilization rating536 of 81710 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$25,243,777$25,144,229$24,210,092$26,493,769$22,195,114
Short-term investments$30,911,329$24,640,773$23,729,665$23,898,729$21,327,587
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$83,905,086$72,614,829$67,048,741$63,808,180$63,583,207
Long-term investments$5,007,973$6,771,069$7,251,448$7,408,389$9,096,479
Fixed assets$1,881,697$2,152,601$2,337,856$3,053,743$9,802,302
Other long-term assets$7,614,145$7,804,218$8,321,556$8,635,750$0
Total long-term assets$14,503,815$16,727,888$17,910,860$19,097,882$18,898,781
Total assets$98,408,901$89,342,717$84,959,601$82,906,062$82,481,988
Payables and accrued expenses$15,114,361$15,132,589$13,508,980$10,003,939$10,353,624
Other current liabilities$2,724,017$2,648,827$248,912$2,005,017$1,682,134
Total current liabilities$17,838,378$17,781,416$13,757,892$12,008,956$12,035,758
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,917,161$8,608,853$10,585,522$11,786,424$8,214,006
Total long-term liabilities$8,331,411$9,141,978$11,473,919$12,717,886$9,257,396
Total liabilities$26,169,789$26,923,394$25,231,811$24,726,842$21,293,154
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$72,239,112$62,419,323$59,727,790$58,179,220$61,188,834
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$48,410,465$43,781,219$42,985,800$42,969,232$41,463,846
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$3,430,780
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$372,645$1,147,311$1,425,967$1,805,160$2,084,883
Other revenue$1,234,856$589,323$268,538$246,826$194,281
Total other revenue$1,607,501$1,736,634$1,694,505$2,051,986$5,709,944
Total revenue$50,017,966$45,517,853$44,680,305$45,021,218$47,173,790
Program services$43,610,398$43,969,155$42,699,362$42,420,874$40,021,302
Management and general$680,322$625,659$762,416$2,513,648$2,457,950
Total expenses$44,290,720$44,594,814$43,461,778$44,934,522$42,479,252
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$5,727,246$923,039$1,218,527$86,696$4,694,538
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,727,246$923,039$1,218,527$86,696$4,694,538


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/6/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


William Wilberforce helped found the first Bible Society while working tirelessly for the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of slaves in Britain in 1804.

In 1946, immediately following World War II, a movement that had grown to little more than a dozen Bible Societies came together to found the global fellowship of 'United Bible Societies'.

Today, by God's grace, United Bible Societies (UBS) has grown to become one of the most globally expansive not-for-profits in the world.

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