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Museum of the Bible


The Museum of the Bible began in 2011 to educate people about the Bible.  The Museum of the Bible’s main initiatives are: a permanent museum in Washington, D.C., traveling exhibitions, and education and research.  The museum in Washington, D.C. has had more than a million visitors, encouraging people to engage the history of the Bible, its impact and its stories.  The traveling exhibits has had about 500,000 visitors, traveling across the country and to five countries so far, with more scheduled.  The traveling exhibits provide a scholarly presentation on different aspects of the Bible, including public viewing of Biblical artifacts from various collections.  The research is multifaceted involving many in depth aspects.  A few aspects include excavation projects, scientifically analysing artifacts and manuscripts, scholarly initiatives that support academic projects at universities and seminaries across the world, like languages and material cultural aspects of the Bible.  The Museum of the Bible aims to be a global, educational institution to encourage people to engage with the Bible and view it as a transformative power.

The Museum of the Bible main entrance in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating: 1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade: C

ECFA Member? Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020): $45,047,811

Five-Year Revenue Trend: Decreasing   (by about 73 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Museum of the Bible Spends on Fundraising: 5 percent

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising: 5 percent

President: Harry Hargrave

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: $539,791

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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.