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January 14, 2009

Brother's Brother Foundation distributed 520 oceangoing containers (over 6,500 tons) of requested donated medicines, books, hospital beds and other humanitarian items to those in need around the world. BBF maintained its 2008 rating in Forbes Magazine as one of the four most efficient charities in the USA as based on Forbes Magazine's rating of 100% efficiency for BBF in fundraising and charitable commitment.

In 2007 BBF distributed 2,038 tons of requested products to those in need. In 2008 BBF shipped well over 6,500 tons of requested items including 4,128,000 bottles of pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, hypertensives, anti fungal ointments, etc.), 20,748,000 new books, 700 hospital beds, 435,000 pairs of new shoes and other items. BBF also provided medical and humanitarian supplies to 200 volunteer medical mission teams, an increase of 50% from a year ago. The value of 2008 shipments exceeded $1,000,000,000 ($1 billion).

"Reasons for the increase include larger corporate donations, efficiency and confidence from many international sponsors. Donors and recipients know that BBF repeatedly can deliver requested, needed materials at low cost. It is a confluence of effort, efficiency and caring," says Luke L. Hingson, President of Brother's Brother Foundation.

Major Pennsylvania corporate product contributors include Teva, Mylan and Impax Pharmaceuticals. In spite of financial hardship, the number of cash contributors to BBF remains relatively constant.

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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