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April 3, 2008

Mr. Jack Farrell, formerly with McGraw-Hill Publishing who currently manages the activities of American Associations of Publishers (AAP), Medical Group, contacted BBF's Education Coordinator, Carol Taylor, with a project to send books to 20 medical colleges in Iraq . This project of AAP came at the request of Dr. Abdul Hadi Al Khalili, the U.S. Iraq Cultural Attaché. A list of the most needed books from numerous medical book publishers was created. Mr. Farrell sent out requests to potential donors and asked that they forward any contributions to Brother's Brother Foundation. Working with partner agency Life for Relief and Development, BBF is coordinating the shipment of the books received to the 20 medical schools and teaching hospitals in Iraq. Dr. Khalili and Mr. Farrell visited BBF on April 4th to review the donations, valued at over $350,000. They are thrilled to see so many donations from noted medical publishers. Donors included American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychiatric Publishing, American Public Health Association, American Society for Microbiology Press, Elsevier, F.A. Davis, Hografe & Huber Publishers, Jones and Bartlett, McGraw-Hill, New England Journal of Medicine, Oxford University Press, Thieme Medical Publishers and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. In addition, medical and surgical supplies will be sent with the book donation. Part of this donation comes to BBF from TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

BBF is a 56-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity with a newly opened warehouse in Fairfax, Virginia.  BBF has provided over 100,000 tons of medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 140 countries.  With the help of gifts from the general public, corporations and foundations, in 2013 BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 64 countries.  These shipments were the equivalent of 252 tractor trailer loads.  Also in 2013, BBF provided supplies for 321 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.  Within the last month the Virginia warehouse assisted with supplies for two containers to the affected countries in Africa.

Forbes Magazine highlighted BBF as one of only three charities with a 100% rating for both fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment of the 50 largest charities reviewed in November 2013.  The Better Business Bureau continues to give BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards” seal of approval.  BBF achieved a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. 

Donations to assist with shipping costs are greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made by calling Brother's Brother Foundation at 412-321-3160. Checks should be made out to Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:
Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information, please contact:
Karen Dempsey, Vice President Development/Administration

Luke Hingson, President

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