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At ABC we envision a healthier world through herbs - a world where people make educated, responsible choices about herbal medicine as an accepted part of their healthcare and selfcare regimen. Every day we at ABC strive to make our vision a reality through our nonprofit educational programs and services such as HerbalGram, HerbClipTM, internships, and continuing education courses.

Since 1988, ABC has been educating consumers, healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, industry, government and media around the world.

As an independent, nonprofit educational organization, ABC depends on the financial support of people like you to fund our work. You can help make the world a healthier place, naturally, by supporting ABC's educational work through your donation of time, treasure or talent. 

Join ABC today! You'll receive valuable benefits including instant access to ABC's educational publications through this password-protected website. In addition, you'll be supporting our vital nonprofit mission.

Please, review ABC’s membership benefits. With so many options available, we’re sure you’ll find one that’s right for you. Together we can help ourselves and others live healthier, naturally.

You can also support ABC by making a tax-deductible general donation to ABC or to a specific ABC program.

Membership and donation revenue account for approximately 75% of ABC's total annual income; most of the remaining 25% comes from advertising revenue and sales of educational materials. 

ABC is registered with the IRS as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Portions of Membership contributions are also tax-deductible. For more details on fair market value of benefits of ABC Membership, contact our Membership department.


ABC encourages people and organizations to provide general support for ABC's research and educational work. Donations are essential for ABC to achieve its mission and remain financially stable.

Make a tax-deductible contribution today for general unrestricted support of ABC, which allows us to put your money where we believe it will do the most good, or designate your gift to support one of the following ABC projects:

Internship Fund
Year round ABC offers internships for students in their final year of study in pharmacy and dietetic disciplines. These internships expose these conventionally trained young professionals to the science of herbs. For many interns it is their first experience with medicinal herbs. They work in herb gardens, make decocotions, and, most importantly, learn how to research herb efficacy and uses to integrate into their upcoming practices.

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Adopting-an-Herb is an exciting and mutually beneficial way for companies or individuals to support ABC's nonprofit educational mission. As the adopter, each organization is recognized by ABC in multiple ways including print and the web.

An individual or company selects the herb they wish to adopt. Adoption funds help ensure that information on the adopted herb(s) is kept up-to-date in the HerbMedPro database on ABC's website. This enables consumers, researchers, educators, media, health practitioners, government agencies, members of industry (including retailers and other) to have easy access, through HerbMedPro on ABC’s website, to the abstracts of the latest scientific and clinical publications on the many aspects, properties, and benefits of the adopted herb.

Contact the Development Department for information on how you can adopt an herb.

HerbMedPro is an interactive, impartial and evidence-based herbal database that provides hyperlinked access to abstracts of the scientific and clinical publications containing data underlying the use of more that 200 herbs and phytomedicines commonly used for various health purposes.

Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund was established by the Board of Trustees in 2003 to provide for ABC’s long-term future and financial stability.

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Green Development and Garden Fund
To continue the environmentally-friendly and energy efficient physical improvements to ABC’s headquarters, located at the historic Case Mill Homestead on a 2.5 acre site in Austin, Texas. The grounds include more than 25 herbal demonstration gardens open to the public.  

General garden support allows ABC to address the most pressing garden issues.  Specific Garden support can include: adopting an existing garden ($2500), purchasing garden benches ($500), adopting a pond ($1500), adopting a rainwater collection tank ($2000), or a day of maintenance ($250).

Donate Today or contact the Development Department to discuss a specific idea.

In addition to cash donations, ABC accepts in-kind donations to help with special projects. The following is our wish list of items we are especially in need of. To make an in-kind donation, or to make a contribution to fund one of these items and receive acknowledgement for this gift, please contact ABC's Development Department.

  • 2  10,000 gallon rainwater collection tanks
  • Mist system for greenhouse
  • Solar panels for electricity
  • Digital video camera
  • Plus, we always need smaller items, particularly for our garden including: wheelbarrow, chipper, landscape fabric etc.

Volunteer Opportunities

We're Growing and Growing and Growing...

The American Botanical Council moved to its new site in 1998, the historic Case Mill Homestead,  6200 Manor Road, Austin, Texas, where we have many demonstration herbal theme gardens. Volunteers play an integral part in helping the gardens, and thus the organization, continue to flourish and grow. We can always use help in the gardens and occasionally in other areas on Mondays through Fridays.  Here's how YOU can grow with us! 

VOLUNTEER  - The First Step:
Complete our volunteer application if you are able to volunteer at our Austin, Texas location. After reviewing your application one of our staff members will contact you. Thank you so much for considering making us a part of your life.  Volunteer contributions are greatly appreciated.



ABC offers advertising opportunities in HerbalGram and HerbClip. 

It is HerbalGram’s policy to accept advertising from companies that reflect integrity and science-based products. Accepted advertising may include products, services, books, magazines, media, marketers of seminars, correspondence courses, computer services, and others offering herbal information. All advertising is subject to approval by the American Botanical Council Board of Trustees. For details such as advertising policies and standards, specifications, ratesheet and editorial calendar see Advertise in HerbalGram.

Advertising in HerbClip is a cost-effective way to market an educational conference, project or product to 300 domestic and 100 international elite members of the herbal community including: top corporate executives; top researchers, academics, policy-makers and health journalists. For more infomation contact ABC.