United Bible Societies

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Summary

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

Phone:

Email: info@biblesocieties.org


Organization details

EIN: 980428633

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Robert Cunville

Chairman: Elaine Duncan - Global Council Chair

Board size: 0

Founder:

Year founded: 2006

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

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.


Mission statement


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

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

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
10%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
9%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%97%96%96%95%88%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
9%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%3%4%4%5%12%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%98%99%98%94%94%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%89%98%97%100%90%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%87%97%96%94%85%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%11%2%3%0%10%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%8%1%2%0%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
8%2%1%2%6%6%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.860.450.500.510.540.52
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.171.231.271.301.30
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.350.530.610.650.700.67
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.704.704.084.875.315.28
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.090.210.240.210.190.19
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.8917.9014.7614.7113.8314.56
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%27%30%30%30%26%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%1%1%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
105%163%140%137%129%144%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$27,749,980$22,829,827$19,108,984$13,415,682$20,060,506
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
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
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
Debt$414,250$533,125$888,397$931,462$1,043,390
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
Unrestricted$0$0$0$0$0
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
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
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
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
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
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
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

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

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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


History

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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