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Causes: Christianity, Religion

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.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 3

I have been donating for a while give when I can but how do they get your phone number and when you move they still follow you I don't mine giving from my heart but I like every dime to go where it should but on second hand I guess the staff has to get paid as well. Now Im confuse about should I help Im have to place this ? in God hands he will tell me if this money going where they say Amen. ps it unfair to ask me to rate a place I don't fully know about

21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I considered donating until I read the salary of the CEO...$409K. Half of that at least should go to the Bibles. Keeping in line w his peers! Glad I read the reviews. The CEO professes to be a Christain I'm sure.

Review from Guidestar

7 Honeygrams

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

8 Walter4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

5 Lauren28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

19

Donor

Rating: 2

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 .................................

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

16

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

11 Debbie21

Donor

Rating: 2

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.......

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

I greatly appreciate the quarterly Bible reading guides that American Bible Society is providing to its Bible A Month Club donors. This guide helps me pray the Bible daily. Thank you American Bible Society.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

want to thank all of you that make this program work , i work for the chaplins office @ nmps norfolk va. we send 200 to 300 service members to afganistan, iraq, germany,bahrain and all parts of the world every month. your bibles and other resources provide comfort and hope, for our sevicemembers. even the ones that are returning from a battle field, a heart felt thanks for thinking of us and for providing us with our resources, May the Good Lord continue to prosper and bless all of you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As an American Bible Society representative, I want to assure you that we don’t take your comments lightly. In these tough economic times, we know it is often difficult to understand how compensation is determined for the leaders of large organizations. Let me provide you with some context.

The 2008 annual salary survey of New York City nonprofits (Source: Professionals for Nonprofits) indicates that the salaries for the two American Bible Society executives you reference are in line with average salaries for CEOs and presidents of similarly sized organizations to American Bible Society.

Executive salaries are determined by several factors including location (New York City is one of the world’s most expensive cities in which to live-- and especially housing which is included in the figures you see here), competitive compensation analysis (we work to recruit leaders of the highest caliber and ministry experience) and other factors. We have a 195 year old commitment to New York City as a national center of commerce, culture and conversation, but we understand the costs associated with this commitment.

Responsible financial stewardship continues to be a top priority for American Bible Society. Looking at most recent data for 2010, American Bible Society increased its operating efficiency by reducing expenses more than 16% over 2009 levels.

Please feel free to contact our Donor Care team directly at Info@AmericanBible.org with any additional questions or concerns.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was a somewhat regular contributor to ABS until I investigated Charity Navigator. I was especially disappointed with the amount of compensation given to the two top men in the organization--several times my annual income. Why should I and others with lower incomes help support such amounts? I will feel good about contributing again when I hear that these men have cut their compensations in half. I also feel that too much is spent in fund raising. I receive too many mailings. I support the goal of ABS to get Bibles into the hands of everyone, but the organization is too top-heavy. A charity I strongly recommend Christian Aid Ministries. Check it out.

Review from CharityNavigator

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Writing on behalf of American Bible Society, I wanted to apologize for the shipment error reported here in the below, December 15 comment. The good news is at the time of this posting, we had already resolved the issue. Although our current margin of error on shipments is quite low in a fiscal year – only 0.04%, we take full responsibility for this issue which was in essence a warehouse pick/pack error and stock outage. We have now worked closely with the writer of this comment to apologize, correct the error and clarify our commitment to him and to all our customers— to serve with the highest levels of customer service, providing God’s Word where needed most.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I purchased 90 Bibles from ABS in May 2010. The Bibles were for a summer mission trip to Haiti. They sent the wrong Bibles (Spanish Bibles instead of Creole), so we were unable to use them for the trip. We did not notice the language was wrong until we were in Haiti. Once we returned we called ABS and informed them that they sent the wrong Bibles. They admitted their mistake and asked us to return them. At first they said for "store credit". I said that was unacceptable because I no longer needed the Bibles, the trip was over. Eventually they agreed to a refund. We returned the Bibles by mail. Our check never arrived. So I called, they forced me to re-explain the whole situation. After several people looked into it (manager involved, etc.) they agreed that I should receive a refund; they said it would be sent the upcoming Friday. That was about a month ago. I called again this week; the check has still not been sent, but it will "go out this Friday". It is now December, seven months after my purchase date - I feel they should no longer hold my money hostage.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ABS has been such a blessing in providing the written Word to our Soldiers/Family Members and Civilians in our command.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The blessing to have a resource to reach individuals with the Word, that have no other way to access God's Word, brings joy to my life. ABS is an extension of God's hand to His loved ones and those that I work with at ABS are truely God's servants.