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SIL International (Summer Institute of Linguistics)

Summary:  SIL International (formerly known as Summer Institute of Linguistics) began in 1934 as a summer training program in Arkansas with two students, with the enrollment of these summer classes growing each subsequent year. Kenneth L. Pike (1912-2000) was one of five students in the 1935 course.  Pike began his life-long work in linguistics and the study of language in the context of human behavior. Dr. Pike served as President of SIL until 1979. SIL International is a global faith-based organization that works with over 1,600 ethnolinguistic communities to develop language solutions that expand their possibilities for a better life. SIL International includes linguistic research, orthography development, training in translation principles and literacy methods, consultant help, and development of relevant tools and materials. The work is carried out primarily by more than 5,000 individuals, many of whom are recruited and supported by member organizations of the Wycliffe Global Alliance (The Alliance). SIL International aims to the holistic flourishing of all peoples through Scripture access and compassionate services.

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  2 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2018):  $42,056,536

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Flat  (Less than 3 percent change)

Percent of Revenue SIL International Spends on Fundraising:  0 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  5 percent

President: Michel Kenmogne

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  $136,732

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.