American Bible Society

Rating: 4 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Religion

Location: 1865 Broadway New York NY 10023 USA

Mission: The mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford so that all people may experience its life-changing message.
Geographic areas served: Internationally
Programs: ABS operates programs such as "Armed Forces Ministry." ABS works closely with Christian churches and Christian communities. Through this program, 10,680 Bibles have been sent to troops who requested them from their Chaplains. Furthermore, through the program "Equipped for Life," 82,623 free Bibles and Scripture portions have been provided to VA Chaplains for veterans in their care. ABS also partners with relief organizations to provide food, water, clothing and shelter to those in need. ABS' publishing arm, Bibles.com, makes available Bible resources in different translations and languages. In 2009, Bibles.com responded to the needs of about 19,000 churches, individuals, ministries, seminaries, bookstores and other national bible societies by providing more than 4.3 million Bibles and New Testaments. Furthermore, ABS also helped in funding the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), a not-for-profit educational corporation which provides a new museum experience, interpreting art through the lens of Biblical religions, and understanding religions through artistic manifestations. ABS partners with societies through its international ministry program to extend its Bible outreach internationally.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Consistent in providing top quality material in every language, including Braille for the blind. Wonderful outreach and provider of top quality materials.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none I know of

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is no organization on the planet as precious as the American Bible Society. As a young Christian I remember my mother and I going to 7th and Walnut Street in Philadelphia to buy Bibles and tracts for our street outreach.

Today we serve Women Veterans and Active Duty Service Women. No greater organization on the Planet.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

Due to negative reviews on both this website and Charity Navigator, I called ABS several months ago and asked them to remove my name and address from their mailing list. 3 months later I am still receiving mail from ABS. I have called at least 3 times asking them to remove my name and address from their mailing list, but they cannot seem to accomplish this simple task. I will be calling again Monday, 1/28/13, asking for the fourth time to be removed from ABS' mailing list.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have recently been more thoroughly informed about the mission and work of American Bible Society and am very pleased to support the organization! They are doing incredible work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with their She's My Sister initiative, which seeks to bring physical and spiritual healing to women who have been affected by war violence and trauma. American Bible Society sees that spiritual needs are just as important as physical needs, and this is what drives their worldwide missions.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became involved with American Bible Society (ABS) over the course of this summer, and I was blown away by the work they're doing. They go above and beyond in their mission to bring the life-changing power of God's Word to people around the world, and they're genuine about it. These people love what they do and who they serve, and they really do all they can to make sure ABS accomplishes what it needs to.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have donated on several occasions and had already written the check when I decided to review their CEO salaries. Much to by chagrin, I discovered they make $400k +. The rationale provided was that it is in line with what others make. No more .................................

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from CharityNavigator
Rating: 5 stars  

ABS has become one the most innovative and creative Christian ministries in the world. They are a world leader in Bible translation, printing, distribution, electronic distribution and engagement, and many holistic ministry partnerships. There is no other ministry which does everything ABS does!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I think the work that ABS is doing is critically needed. There are only a few other organizations that are pioneering to help open God’s Word where it doesn't exist. I know, first hand, the obstacles to overcome for this work are substantial. Their latest annual report (http://digital.americanbible.org/stewardship/2011/index.html) demonstrates historical good work, and seeing experimentation and innovation with new technologies, they're doing even better things to help the Gospel be discovered through the Bible.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

In the past I have donated to this charity even though it wasn't rated as high as I would have liked. After all, spreading the Gospel is a command from my Lord. But now after seeing the 14.5% spent on fund-raising and the salary of the president - $409,000 - sadly I cannot in good conscience donate to the Society any longer. I need to know that all of my money is providing Bibles - not being wasted.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Have been a donor for some time as we are charged with spreading the gospel message. They contact me monthly and I confess it becomes annoying sometimes. This is a secondary donation field as I give to my church, missions, etc. I looked up American Bible Society on Charity Navigator. I noted they spend .32 cents for every dollar raised. I checked on another charity I give to, and they spend .04 cents for every dollar raised and only 4.8% on admin. vs. 11.8% on admin for the ABS. Just saying, my dollar goes further.......

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unlikely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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