American Bible Society HQ

Philadelphia, PA   |  https://www.americanbible.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1931

President and CEO

Mr. Robert L. Briggs

Main address

101 North Independence Mall East FL. 8

Philadelphia, PA 19106-2155 USA

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EIN

13-1623885

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Making the Bible available to all people. We believe the Bible holds the words of life, heals broken hearts, brings hope to our nation, and is for everyone.

Our programs

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

Translation

We are committed to translating God’s Word into every living language by 2033. To accomplish this goal, we work with translation partners in 62 countries, currently supporting 182 language projects. We provide technical resources like translation software, translator training, and program design expertise, ensuring that field teams have everything they need to complete their work.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

For an estimated 1 billion people worldwide, the message of the Bible is hidden behind barriers of pain, grief, and trauma. In the United States and abroad, our Bible-based Trauma Healing Ministry works to equip churches to offer hope and healing to those who have endured trauma. Through a curriculum that blends mental health best practices with biblical truths, healing groups experience restoration through God’s Word. In 2020, this ministry reached more than 20,000 people in more than 60 countries.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Simply owning a Bible is not the end of the journey. In order for lives to transform, hearts must be engaged with the truth of Scripture. We contextualize the Bible for all people and break down barriers that can keep communities from fully experiencing God’s Word.

In the United States today, just 54 million people—or 17 percent of the population—engage with the Bible on a regular basis. Millions more want to build a Bible-reading routine, but need help overcoming the obstacles that stand in their way. Through online Bible-reading tools, apps and games more Americans can engage with the life-changing message of God’s Word.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

For United States Military members, Veterans, and their families, God’s love can feel far away amid the unique challenges that come with serving our nation. Our historic Armed Services Ministry partners with chaplains and church leaders to develop and deliver life-saving ministry resources, helping hundreds of thousands of our brave Service members discover the comfort of the Scriptures.

Population(s) Served

The Bible is for everyone—even for those who live in freedom built on biblical values without understanding the Bible’s influence on our history. Through the Faith and Liberty Discovery Initiative and the Faith and Liberty Discover Center in Philadelphia, we advocate for a complete view of American history through the lens of God’s Word. We remind Americans of their biblical heritage through stories of past leaders, heroes, and everyday citizens. We explore the biblical values that shaped the American story, paving the way for future generations to have a clear, active understanding of the Bible’s place in our history and God’s purpose for our lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults
Adults
Young adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

In 1816, American Bible Society was founded in New York City as a Christian organization committed to distributing Scripture and engaging people with God’s Word—both in the United States and across the globe. That mission has remained unchanged throughout more than 200 years of ministry. Serving alongside the whole of the Christian Church, American Bible Society remains dedicated to its founding purpose, with a mission 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".

To achieve our mission, American Bible Society translates the Bible, distributes the Bible, engages people with the Bible, restores lives through the Bible, and advocates for the Bible’s message of hope here in America and everywhere in the world. We serve alongside expressions of the local church on a global scale, partnering with Bible Societies in more than 240 countries and territories. Since our founding, we have distributed nearly 7 billion Scriptures to people worldwide.

American Bible Society has more than a 200-year track record of service to the Church—innovating and convening Christian leaders to achieve its mission of seeing all people engaging with the life-changing message of God’s Word. Today, American Bible Society remains a leader in digital innovation, having helped launch the Digital Bible Library, an online digital asset and licensing management platform for Scripture in all languages. Additionally, American Bible Society has relaunched an historic convening body called the National Church Advisory Council which is comprised of key, interconfessional church leaders to develop resources and tools to advance Scripture Engagement in the U.S. Church and beyond.

For more than 200 years, we’ve been committed to our mission of making the Bible available to everyone so they can discover the love of Christ through its life-changing message. Since our founding, we have distributed nearly 7 billion Scriptures to people worldwide.

Before people can experience the Bible, it needs to be available in their heart language. We are committed to translating God’s Word into every living language by 2033. To accomplish this goal, we work with translation partners in 62 countries, currently supporting 182 language projects. We provide technical resources like translation software, translator training, and program design expertise, ensuring that field teams have everything they need to complete their work.

Once the Bible is available, people need to be able to access it. Through distribution, we make Bible ownership and daily Scripture engagement a reality for people separated from God’s Word by barriers like poverty or persecution. We bring God’s hope to entire nations through massive initiatives like Bibles for China or 1 Million Bibles for Latin America. In addition to traditional printing and digital formats, we promote visual and audio versions of Scripture like the JESUS film and initiate Bible listening groups meeting in more than 40 countries.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Bible Society

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jeff Brown

Board of Directors


Board co-chair

Karen McDonald

Board of Directors

Jeff Brown

Chairman of the Board

Karen McDonald

Vice Chair

Katherine Barnhart

Secretary

Georganne Perkins

Treasurer

Nick Athens

Mary Banks

Tessie DeVore

George Kovoor

Mark Matlock

Theodore Nicolakis

Kenneth Volpert

David Wills

Robert Briggs

President & CEO, American Bible Society

Ashok Noah

Charles Shaver

Mario Paredes

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

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