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Educational Program
Program Coordinator: Carol Taylor: ctaylor@brothersbrother.org

Used Book Policy

-Started in 1961 at the suggestion of Victoria Tolbert, wife of William R. Tolbert Vice President of Liberia.

-1962 – First collection of 100,000 school texts sent to Liberia, West Africa at the expense of the U.S. government by special order of President John F. Kennedy.

-1962 – 1980 Collected and distributed almost 1,000,000 requested texts to students in Liberia, Turkey, Ghana, etc. (over 90% provided by school districts).

-1981 - 2000 Distributed over 43,000,000 school books to students in 70 countries
(over 90 % of texts provided by publishers).

-2001 - 2013 Distributed 52,479,500 requested texts to students in 93 countries
(over 90% of texts provided by publishers
)

Total Countries Served - 112


Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Antigua/Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Chile
China
Columbia
Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Gambia

Georgia
Ghana
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia
Montenegro
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan

Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Serbia
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
St. Lucia
St. Vincent's Island
Sudan
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
United States
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Zaire/Rwanda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Total number of books distributed 1960-2013: 96,489,226.
Estimated value of books distributed: $3,336,802,822.
Weight of books distributed: 51,046 tons.
25,000,000 students served in over 50,000 schools and libraries.


Top ten recipient countries:

Jamaica - 24,201,763 books
Philippines - 16,359,005 books
United States - 6,094,008 books
Guyana - 5,598,625 books
Ghana - 2,768,735 books
Zimbabwe - 2,415,219 books
El Salvador- 1,700,733 books
Ethiopia - 1,676,280 books
South Africa- 1,488,348 books

Nicaragua- 1,228,265 books

Distribution by region:

West Indies - 27,328,151 books
Asia - 19,923,089 books
Africa - 17,058,279 books
Latin America - 11,405,910 books
United States - 6,094,008 books

Eastern Europe - 2,983,119 books

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
kdempsey@brothersbrother.org

Luke Hingson, President
lhingson@brothersbrother.org

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