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American Bible Society


American Bible Society (ABS) began in 1816 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.”  ABS works with other ministries and Bible Societies across the globe in collaborative partnerships, and in grants and support.  This works out to about one-third of its total revenue is given away to around 60 other nonprofit ministries each year.  ABS projects that by 2026, 100% of Scriptures will be translated and available to all languages.  The aim of the American Bible Society is to provide translations of the Holy Scriptures that are faithful to the original biblical texts.

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

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020):  $64,458,850

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Decreasing  (by 31 percent change)

Percent of Revenue American Bible Society Spends on Fundraising: 15 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  9 percent

President: Robert L. Briggs

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  $457,471

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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.