Religion, Spiritual Development

American Bible Society

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • http://www.americanbible.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford so that all people may experience its life-changing message.

Main Programs

  1. Reaching Those in Crisis
  2. Bible Translations
  3. Armed Services Ministry
  4. Providing Hope for Struggling Children and At-Risk Youth
  5. International Ministry

service areas

International

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ruling year

1931

chief executive for fy 2014

Mr. Roy Peterson

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Keywords

Bibles, Bible Engagement, Bibles.com, Scripture, Armed Services Ministry, China, Translation, Hope for Tomorrow, Prison Ministry, Bread Today, NIDA, Mission Literacy, Youth, Urban Youth, At-Risk Youth

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EIN

13-1623885

Physical Address

101 N Independence Mall E Fl 8

Philadelphia, PA 19106-2155

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

American Bible Society is a donor-supported, Christian ministry that has been engaging people with the life-changing news of God’s Word for over 197 years. With a passionate and dedicated staff, American Bible Society offers a range of essential and innovative Bible resources and programs. By partnering with a full range of Christian churches and ministries, we are expanding ways that the good news of God’s Word speaks into the lives of people in the United States and 200 countries around the world. Every American Bible Society ministry is filtered through an extensive due-diligence process provided by the research group Global Scripture Impact, which also produces many ministry impact reports. This assures that we provide the most effective and critical ministry, bringing God’s Word to those who need it most.

Learn more at: www.AmericanBible.org.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Reaching Those in Crisis

The American Bible Society is committed to working alongside partner organizations to bring the life-changing message of God’s Word to victims of catastrophic events and others facing difficult circumstances.

Category

Religion

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program 2

Bible Translations

Translation of Scripture from the original Greek and Hebrew into the language of unreached peoples around the world.

Category

Religion

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

Armed Services Ministry

The American Bible Society’s Armed Services Ministry continued its 192-year commitment to serve the critical needs of our nation’s active military personnel and its veterans.

Category

Religion

Budget

Population Served

Military/Veterans

Program 4

Providing Hope for Struggling Children and At-Risk Youth

Many low-income urban school districts report that up to 70 percent of fourth-grade students cannot read at a basic level. Mission: Literacy™ is an effective multicultural literacy program that uses biblically based instruction materials to tutor struggling readers.

Category

Religion

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 5

International Ministry

The American Bible Society extends its Bible outreach internationally through the United Bible Societies (UBS), a fellowship of 145 national Bible Societies. The American Bible Society was instrumental in founding this global fellowship in the interest of greater ministry impact and efficiency.

Category

Religion

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    American Bible Society, a Christian organization founded in 1816, exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford so all people may experience its life-changing message. ABS challenges the notion that the Bible is a dusty, outdated rulebook. Serving today's generations, we provide anytime, anywhere Scripture resources where translation is lacking, access is blocked, crisis is present, life doesn't make sense, and hope is in short supply. ABS has earned the trust of hundreds of thousands of supporters and volunteers to help bring the life-changing message of the Bible in more than 200 languages to more than 200 countries and territories. American Bible Society reaches millions with God's Word, inviting the hope of the Bible to become a sustained and active presence in their lives. In our most recent fiscal year, we partnered with churches, national Christian ministries and our global fellowship of United Bible Societies to bring the hope and comfort of the Bible into the lives of 48.9 million people during fiscal 2013. We are also committed to broader advocacy for the Bible itself. Headquartered in New York, one of the major centers of influence, ABS is committed to inviting exploration of the Bible into the center of cultural conversation and commerce. This includes one of the largest collections of rare Scriptures and exhibitions of contemporary pieces within a one-of-a-kind, Museum of Biblical Arts.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    As American Bible Society has done for the last 197 years, we are committed to delivering best-in-class Scripture programs and projects that help people discover the love of Christ through the life-changing message of the Bible. We do that in three ways: 1) Where people lack access, we PROVIDE God’s Word through translation and distribution; 2) Where people are broken by trauma, we RESTORE lives through the hope found in Scripture; 3) Where people are adrift from the Gospel, we EQUIP them with innovative resources that help bring God’s Word to life. Domestically, we continue to focus on four key audiences: Church leaders, youth, multi-language populations, and our armed services. We focus on offering valuable Scripture tools that are created to help turn the tide on waning Scripture engagement in the US. Our “Scripture Suite” includes resources that focus on the primary entryways to Scripture engagement: 1) Pain – God’s hope and healing in the midst of life’s greatest tragedies; 2) Purpose – God’s assurance that life has meaning; 3) Passion – God’s invitation to deep relationship; 4) Presence – experiencing God in everyday circumstances. Internationally, we work with 146 other national Bible Societies and ministry partners to help address the issues of Bible Poverty for people in China, the Middle East, Africa and around the globe. ABS has five geographic points of focus: China, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. As a founding member of the United Bible Societies and its network of 145 national Bible Societies, American Bible Society has been carrying out effective global impact with the Bible for decades. ABS also has three translation focal points: new translations, updated translations and training translation scholars. This includes the innovative, digital effort entitled Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN). Once completed, ETEN will make freely available the world's largest digital Bible translation library with ready access for 5 billion people in their choice of hundreds of languages. This exciting project, underway now, is an alliance where American Bible Society partners with the best Bible ministries on the planet - United Bible Societies, Wycliffe/The Seed Company, Biblica-- as well as major donors who have passion for this unprecedented translation and supply acceleration.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    ABS has a blue chip heritage of excellence in catalyzing Bible-based life change for more than 197 years. As part of this, ABS plays a unique role in convening the inter-confessional Christian community. ABS demonstrates its capacity to convene the church by regularly hosting leaders from each of the major Christian traditions. American Bible Society's biblical integrity and delivery across the whole of the Christian church is undergirded by our Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship. This team of scholars, Bible translators and content experts provides needed review and due diligence and an excellence recognized by both church and academia alike. Every ABS programmatic endeavor is structured within an overarching operational plan and overseen by Board governance. One hundred percent of our board members, aside from volunteering their time, contribute financially to the mission of ABS. The Board is well engaged in the review of ABS performance management. The CEO's performance and compensation is reviewed annually by the Board. The Board of Trustees has also established a policy on effectiveness assessment to help ensure that the organization has defined, measurable goals and objectives to evaluate the success and impact of all our programs. Additionally, there is an active Audit Committee of the Board that provides oversight to insure ethical integrity.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    As part of our standard internal process, all our operational plans are continually monitored and updated by Global Scripture Ministries leadership with review by the Finance team and Executive Leadership. Central to identifying and qualifying best-in-class ministry programs for ABS is the work of our internal research group, Global Scripture Impact (GSI). GSI provides qualitative and quantitative evaluations (Impact Reports) for the most promising proposed projects and, if implemented, evaluations (Impact Assessments) are prepared at the completion of each project. The result is greater learning and confidence that each project will accomplish the needed and hoped-for results and better overall stewardship. The organization regularly assesses its ministry fit relative to offerings of other not-for-profits, the needs of donors and the landscape of program beneficiaries. Most recently, ABS employed the Barna Research Group to better understand brand awareness perceptions and favorability. This has included a strong focus on delivering more mission aligned results for every dollar raised. As a result of our mission-aligned focus and stewardship, ABS received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau and most recently, from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.

service areas

International

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Financials

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AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Bible Society

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Roy Peterson

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"American Bible Society, a Christian organization founded in 1816, exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford so all people may experience its life-changing message.
 

 

 

Today’s American Bible Society challenges the notion that the Bible is a dusty, outdated rulebook, helping people engage with God’s Word to make sense of life. This includes:
 

 

·         Producing targeted Scripture tools to uncover the Bible’s message of hope for people in the United States and across the globe;
 

 

·        Delivering timely digital and social media resources to open the life-changing power of the Holy Scriptures for each rising generation;
 

 

·        Partnering with U.S. military to provide Scripture to those all across the American military family.
 

 

·        Putting the message of the Bible into action by championing the cause of the oppressed and wide-reaching victims of trauma.
 

 

·        Providing authorized translations for those who do not have the Bible in their heart language;
 

 

·        Working within a close fellowship of the United Bible Societies, a worldwide network of 145 national Bible Societies in more than 200 countries.
 

 

To get a fuller picture of the impact of this work, please take a moment to read our most recent Annual Report at Stewardship.AmericanBible.org.
 

 

 

Thank you for exploring the ministry of the American Bible Society.
 

 

 
R. Lamar Vest President & CEO"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nick Athens

Board of Trustees

Term: May 2011 - May 2014

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?