Better Business Bureau Report for
Answers in Genesis, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Answers in Genesis, Inc.
Address: 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road
  Petersburg, KY 41080
Phone: (859) 727-2222
Web Address:
Also known as:Creation Museum
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1993, Kentucky
Affiliates: Crosswater Canyon Inc., Takenbac Enterprises, LLC
Stated Purpose: To proclaim the absolute truth and authority of the Bible with boldness. To relate the relevance of a literal Genesis to the church and the world today with creativity. To obey God's call to deliver the message of the Gospel, individually and collectively.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Answers in Genesis, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBB Accreditation


 A BBB Accredited Charity since 02/25/2009.

BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Answers in Genesis of Kentucky Inc. adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints.  Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public. 

BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services.

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Answers in Genesis, Inc. (AiG) exists to equip Christians to evangelize and to uphold the authority and accuracy of the Bible from the very first verse, particularly Genesis. AiG looks to train Christians to be more effective and emboldened in building up the body of Christ and in presenting the Gospel to the world. The mission of AiG is accomplished through family conferences and meetings, a daily radio program (Answers with Ken Ham), the charity’s website, the Creation Museum near the Cincinnati airport, DVDs, and literature, including the magazine “Answers”. According to the charity, AiG’s website had approximately one million viewers in 2012, and the Creation Museum has had approximately 1.6 million visitors in the past five years. AiG has plans to build a full-size, evangelistic Noah's Ark south of Cincinnati in the near future.

For the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2012, program expenses were:

Creation Museum 7,869,557
Resource Distribution 4,564,309
Events Outreach 1,462,309
Internet Outreach 1,211,737
Ark Project 876,713
Missions Outreach 487,464
Magazines 469,192
Radio Outreach 128,901
Total Program Expenses: $17,070,182
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Chief Executive : Mr. Kenneth Ham, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Mr. Don Landis
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Pastor, Community Bible Church

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 291

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fundraising events, print advertisements, Internet, planned giving arrangements
Fundraising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,209,860, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on audited financial statements - consolidated for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 9,135,108
Gross Profit on Sales 6,368,726
Museum Admissions 3,975,984
Museum Memberships 898,567
Event Registration and Advertising 754,415
Other 463,131
In-kind Donations 74,752
Investment Income (loss) -59,531
Total Income $21,611,152


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 8%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $21,611,152
Program expenses $17,070,182
Fund raising expenses 1,647,973
Administrative expenses 2,864,026
Total expenses $21,582,181
Income in Excess of Expenses 28,971
Beginning net assets 19,893,738
Ending net assets 19,922,709
Total liabilities 17,461,443
Total assets $37,384,152

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 When evaluating complaint information, please consider the charity's size and volume of business. The number of complaints filed against the charity may not be as important as the type of complaints and how the charity handled them.

BBB processed a total of 2 complaints about this charity in the last 36 months, our standard reporting period.  Both of these complaints were closed more than a year ago.

These complaints concerned:
1 regarding Repair Issues

1 regarding Refund/ Eschange Issues

These complaints were closed as:
1 Beyond Purview

1 Resolved

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