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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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating125 of 9411 of 15
Fund acquisition rating67 of 9431 of 15
Resource allocation rating30 of 9431 of 15
Asset utilization rating660 of 9419 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$30,922,098$25,243,777$25,144,229$24,210,092$26,493,769
Short-term investments$27,411,602$30,911,329$24,640,773$23,729,665$23,898,729
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$79,828,014$83,905,086$72,614,829$67,048,741$63,808,180
Long-term investments$3,800,152$5,007,973$6,771,069$7,251,448$7,408,389
Fixed assets$1,708,559$1,881,697$2,152,601$2,337,856$3,053,743
Other long-term assets$7,684,547$7,614,145$7,804,218$8,321,556$8,635,750
Total long-term assets$13,193,258$14,503,815$16,727,888$17,910,860$19,097,882
Total assets$93,021,272$98,408,901$89,342,717$84,959,601$82,906,062
Payables and accrued expenses$15,893,174$15,114,361$15,132,589$13,508,980$10,003,939
Other current liabilities$2,529,678$2,724,017$2,648,827$248,912$2,005,017
Total current liabilities$18,422,852$17,838,378$17,781,416$13,757,892$12,008,956
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$8,924,989$7,917,161$8,608,853$10,585,522$11,786,424
Total long-term liabilities$9,223,435$8,331,411$9,141,978$11,473,919$12,717,886
Total liabilities$27,646,287$26,169,789$26,923,394$25,231,811$24,726,842
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$65,374,985$72,239,112$62,419,323$59,727,790$58,179,220
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$49,106,143$48,410,465$43,781,219$42,985,800$42,969,232
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,446,935$372,645$1,147,311$1,425,967$1,805,160
Other revenue$385,842$1,234,856$589,323$268,538$246,826
Total other revenue$1,832,777$1,607,501$1,736,634$1,694,505$2,051,986
Total revenue$50,938,920$50,017,966$45,517,853$44,680,305$45,021,218
Program services$49,428,999$43,610,398$43,969,155$42,699,362$42,420,874
Management and general$2,473,519$680,322$625,659$762,416$2,513,648
Total expenses$51,902,518$44,290,720$44,594,814$43,461,778$44,934,522
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($963,598)$5,727,246$923,039$1,218,527$86,696
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($963,598)$5,727,246$923,039$1,218,527$86,696


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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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