Success Stories Archive

Publishers Weekly profiles BFA-Little Free Library partnership

Both individually and together, two Upper Midwest nonprofit organizations are reaching beyond America’s heartland to fulfill their mission of making books accessible to all. In 1988 Books for Africa was founded in St. Paul, Minn. Little Free Library was founded in Hudson, Wis., in 2009 and works on all seven continents. The two have partnered on shipping books to Africa for distribution to schools and libraries there since 2013.

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50,000 French and English Books arrive in Senegal

Two containers holding 50,000 books have been delivered to Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal thanks to the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and The Nichols Foundation.

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French Language Books en route to Guinea

Voila! 27,000 new French books are en route from France to our partners in Guinea through a shipment made possible by the generosity of the Nichols Foundation and fundraising by Caleb Wilson.

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2014 BFA Warehouse Party a rockin' good time!

Many thanks to all those who attended the annual BFA Warehouse Party at the Minnesota warehouse! Guests enjoyed great music from BFA's own Warehouse Band & other local artists (the McFarlane Brothers of Ipso Facto, Erik Koskinen & Mile One), free drinks, and food truck fare from Cave Cafe. Special thanks to our sponsor Amara Wines!

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BFA books arrive in Democratic Republic of the Congo

On September 27th, 2014 the Congo American Language Institute (CALI), an Embassy owned English language school, hosted an event for over 200 local Kinshasa schools with around 300 English language teachers in attendance for the distribution of materials from Books For Africa. In attendance were the U.S. Ambassador, Vice Minister of Education, and Ms. Ellen Masi - the public Affairs Officer from the Embassy. All of the speakers praised the work of Books for Africa. In addition to the 200 schools in Kinshasa, this project will also distribute books to rural areas of the DRC, with a goal of getting books to all regions of the country. This shipment was made possible by the generous support of the Rotary Club of Northfield, MN, USA and Out of Print Clothing.

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Mandela Day Libraries project receives books sponsored by the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation

The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation's partnership with BFA continues to provide books to students across the African continent, most recently delivering a container of books to South African students through the Mandela Day Libraries project.

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Charity Navigator: Books For Africa "exceptional"

Books For Africa has earned its 3rd consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This marks the 12th time that BFA has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2002. This rating shows great ability to efficiently manage and grow organizational finances. Books For Africa consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and we are grateful for the continued recognition from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.

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BFA sends 2.6M books to Africa in 2014

2014 has been a banner year for Books For Africa, with new records set in book shipments and fundraising. Want to know where all those books are going? Click here to find out!

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An evening with Ambassador Rasool of South Africa

Books For Africa supporters enjoyed the 2014 BFA Summit Society reception in a warm and inviting locale: His Excellency, Ebrahim Rasool, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States, hosted the event at his personal residence in Washington DC on April 30, 2014. Supporters from around the country came to DC for the annual event. Thank you to Ambassador for your hospitality!

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Thank you to Ambassador Mulamula of Tanzania for celebrating with Books For Africa!

“You cannot say ‘No’ to Books For Africa,” says Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador of the Republic of Tanzania to the United States. The Ambassador was our guest of honor at the Books For Africa Spring Fundraising Events on May 7, 2014, and her enthusiasm for ending the African book famine inspired guests all day! An intimate crowd of Books For Africa donors and event sponsors gathered at the University Club of St. Paul (MN) to share a meal at the BFA Kilimanjaro Society Breakfast. After addresses from Ambassador Mulamula and Kjell Bergh, Honorary Consulate of Tanzania in Minnesota, BFA Executive Director Patrick Plonski presented the Kilimanjaro Awards to several of our exceptional supporters.

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In Kenya, we were in a small village and the students had a wonderful school. They were eager to learn. They had motivated teachers, but they didn’t have any books in the school. They had no library. And so, imagine how proud I was to open up this box of shiny new encyclopedias and dictionaries from Books For Africa. They want more of your books. They can’t wait. They can’t get enough of these books.

U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (MN)