Developing free Bible study software requires a lot of prayer, work, and resources. For 15 years our parent ministry, Sowing Circle, has totally funded the operating costs of the BLB—but that has changed. Since 2010, we have been required to raise support from outside sources to provide our users around the world with the comprehensive web-based Bible study tool that you have come to enjoy.
Individual donations are essential for us to continue reaching the nearly 8 million people who use our resources each year. In 2011, 4,054 donors gave $193,608 and in 2012, 4,136 donors gave $240,214. We are very grateful our many financial partners! Our goal in 2013 is to raise $500,000 in annual donations. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Every donation matters!
We think of it this way: In an average month, the BLB website delivers over 25 million page views of Bible study material to 900,000 unique visitors.
If only 1.9% of BLB users in an average month make a gift of $30, we will be able to reach our $500,000 target!
Our heart has been to not distract you by advertisements or banners. However, since we have not received enough donations to meet our needs, we are looking at advertisement options that are appropriate to the ministry. While advertising revenue should eventually support a portion of our operations, it will not be quite enough to cover the budget.
The exciting news is that there is plenty of impacting work to do if our target is surpassed. And that’s our prayer! Just imagine the BLB with more great content in multiple languages using a variety of technology platforms that are accessible throughout the world! All for free to the user. It’s an exciting time to get the Word of God and sound study tools to the Nations through the avenue of technology, and we’re inviting you to partner in this endeavor.
We are trusting in the Lord's provision through your continued generosity and partnership in this ministry.
Most importantly, please pray for our ministry in our call to spread the Word of God and doctrinally sound Bible study resources worldwide!
If you would like more information on the ministry and its finances, we invite you to Contact Us with any comments or questions you may have.
Ad-Free BLB Update
We want to thank all of our users who have partnered with us in the goal to keep the BLB ad-free. Many of you have asked for an update on where we stand in the goal of raising the $1.5 million for BLB. Here is our current status.
Since October 2010, 7,813 BLB users have donated a combined total of $386,439. We desire to thank those who donated and partnered with us in our endeavor to keep the BLB ad-free. But as you can see, we fell far short of the goal of raising $1.5 million dollars.
During this past year we had over 6,300,000 unique visitors use the website. This means that less than 1% participated in the fundraising. We are extremely grateful to those who gave so generously. We are also thankful that over 6,300,000 users were able to benefit from the site. However, there is no denying that we will have to change the model for operating the ministry.
For these reasons and after much prayer, we have decided to implement a revenue generating advertising program that is appropriate to the website.
We also desperately need your prayers for all aspects of our ministry: vision, operations, and finance.
Follow this link to view the full graphic of the BLB's worldwide impact, by denoting the top 15 nations from which BLB users are studying the Bible.