About Books For Africa

The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa. With your help, we will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa.

Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use.

They are shipped in sea containers paid for by contributions from people like you. It costs about 50 cents to send a book from the United States to Africa. Books For Africa has shipped more than 38 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  Over the past 12 months we have shipped 2.4 million books, 154 computers and 62 e-readers containing 467,000 digital books, as well as 7 new law and human rights libraries to 25 African countries. More than $2.5 million was raised last year to ship the books to the students of Africa.

They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible. 

BFA Board & Staff

2016 Books For Africa Board of Directors

Luanne Nyberg, President
Jote Taddese, President-Elect,
Enterprise Information Architect - Global IT, Medtronic
Tammie Follett, J.D., M.B.A., Treasurer, Senior Account Manager & Business Development Specialist, Thomson Reuters
Atare Agbamu, Secretary, ThinkReverse LLC
Thomas Warth, Founder (Ex Officio), T.E. Warth Esq. Automotive Books
Patrick J. Plonski, Executive Director (Ex Officio)
Tom Gitaa, Board Member Emeritus (Ex Officio), President and Publisher, Mshale
Lamin "Lang" Dibba, Real Estate Investments
Emma Kasiga, African Development Center
Diane Maier, Director - Global B2B Marketing and Sales Support
Patrick Mandile, Chief Operating Officer, Robins Kaplan LLP
Vuvu Manseka, Quality Assurance – Worldwide Licensing, The Coca-Cola Company
Fotemah Mba, VP of Artist and Repertoire, Konlive Distributions
Catherine Ryan, Director, Office of the President, Minnesota State Senate
John Rupp, Commonwealth Properties
Dave Schafer, Technology Account Manager, The Hartford, Past-President, Woodbury Rotary Club
John Stacey, Director of Campus Operations and Cardinal Scholars, Course Hero, Inc.
Pam Pappas Stanoch, Owner, Athena Group International
Joanna Sussman, Publisher, Kar-Ben Publishing - Lerner Publishing Group
Gary Zelko, Publisher Emeritus, Merck and Company

2016 Books For Africa Ambassadors Circle

Martin Akinseye, Simba Craftware
Tsedey Aragie, Mayor's Office on Africa Affairs, Washington, DC
Divine Arpellet, Thomson Reuters
Frank Babka , Friend of BFA
Susan Barton, Association of University Women
Sharon Sayles Belton, Thomson Reuters
Chris Bercaw, Dorsey Whitney Law Firm
Todd Bol, Little Free Library
Henry Bromelkamp, Bromelkamp Company
Mahamed Cali, Somali American Community
Allison Countryman, Synchrony Capital
Maggie Diebel, Minnesota Department of Health
Carol Engebretson, Minnesota International Center
Larry Eyinla, Ernst & Young, Atlanta
Vince Farley, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali, Atlanta
Eb Flomo, HELLO Liberia
Joe Lee Frank, Battlespace, Inc.
Steve Frantzich, Books for International Goodwill Warehouse
Lali Galan, Medtronic
Christian Goergen, College of Dupage
Scott Griffin, Grief, Inc.
Natalie Hahn, Malaika Foundation
Kim Harms, River's Edge Dental
Pat Harris, BMO Harris
Bryan Haynes, Clean Earth Books
Michael Henley, Hansen Henley Yoder and Lamb
Juli Hubbard, Follett
Donzella James, Georgia State Senate
Dr. Clark LaChapelle, Dr. LaChapelle Family Fund
Todd Lawton, Out of Print
Harry Lerner, Lerner Foundation
PJ Lynch, PJ Lynch LLC
Catherine Martignacco, BFA Kilimanjaro Society
Catherine Mayer, BFA Kilimanjaro Society
Fiona McCrae, Graywolf Press
Mike Miller, Better World Books
The Honorable Anna Mkapa, Equal Opportunities For All Trust Fund (EOTF)
Joseph Mrkonich, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Jim Munson, Compass Relocation Group
Cheryl Naja, Alston & Bird LLP
Charles Nichols, The Nichols Foundation
Sir Emeka Offor, The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation
Isaac Owens, Assistant Foods Service Director, HCMC
Doris Pagelkopf, United Way of Minnesota
Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books
Tom Pfeifer, Thomson Reuters Legal
David Robinson, Sweet Unity Farms Coffee
Barbara Rose, Aid For Africa
Margaret Sents, Friend of BFA
Dick Simpson, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ahmed Sirleaf, US Embassy Liberia
Val Stokes, Stokes Trucking
Jeffrey Sturchio, Rabin Martin
Henok Tedla, Young Ethiopians Professional Assn.
Samson Teffera, Orbit Health Solutions, Washington, DC
Chris Tolbert, City Council of St. Paul, MN
Andrea Wall, Poverty Eradication Network (PEN Trust)



Patrick Plonski, Executive Director
Rachel Brady, Project Manager
Travis Ferguson, Administrative and Communications Specialist
Carole Patrikakos, Deputy Director
Erin Yates, Database and Development Coordinator

Project Directors

Lane Ayres, J.D., Director of the Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative
Mike Essien, Country Director - Nigeria
Tom Gitaa, Director, Diaspora Affairs & Board Member Emeritus
Asratie Teferra, Director of Books for Africa, Washington D.C.


Brad Mattson, Director of Atlanta Operations
April Gilbert, Minnesota Warehouse Manager
Jeremy Bostwick, Atlanta Warehouse Assistant Manager
Norma Crumble, Minnesota Warehouse
Jasmine Gilles, Director of Development and Community Relations - Atlanta  
Jen Hale, Atlanta Community Liason
James Hall, Atlanta Warehouse
Damien Lyles, Atlanta Warehouse