Kilimanjaro Society

Kilimanjaro Society members are those individuals or organizations who give or pledge at least $1,000 annually to BFA. Kilimanjaro Society members receive exclusive event invites, recognition in our Annual Report, and more. Consider joining the Kilimanjaro Society today and see what all the excitement is about! Please contact BFA Deputy Director Carole Patrikakos at 651-209-3488 or with questions or for more information on being a Kilimanjaro Society member.

Recent Events

Annual Kilimanjaro Society Meeting Hosts Delegation from President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Cass and Andy Stillman hosted Books For Africa’s 2015 Kilimanjaro Society Reception at their beautiful residence in Woodland, MN. We were fortunate to be joined this year by special guests, a delegation of twenty-five Young African Leaders participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute. This is the second consecutive year that YALI members have attended the annual reception, and we look forward to continuing to develop relationships with these talented individuals. Guests enjoyed food and drink provided by Jambo Africa and Amara wines, as well as hearing from the Mandela Fellows about the careers and causes to which they are devoted in their home countries.

Books For Africa Welcomes Ambassador Wonekha to VIP Kilimanjaro Breakfast

At a VIP breakfast on May 7, 2015 honoring Kilimanjaro Society members, Books For Africa was honored to welcome Ugandan Ambassador to the U.S., Her Excellency Oliver Wonekha. 

Ambassador Wonekha remarked: “One of the fundamental problems [in Africa] is poverty, is illiteracy. So how do you tackle the fundamental issues if you don’t give education? When you give books to Africa, you tackle the fundamentals...We talk of empowerment. Empowering with guns…give us books! Then we’ll make choices. You give us the opportunity to choose."

Tom Warth & Ambassador Wonekha address the
guests at the Kilimanjaro Society Breakfast event
(Photo: Zach Forstrom)

This event also featured the Annual BFA Award Ceremony, which recognizes key supporters for their contributions to advancing our mission.

This year’s Kilimanjaro Society Award was presented to Harry Lerner of Lerner Publishing Group, in honor of his commitment to providing new, high quality schoolbooks to BFA.

Seth Eggessa was this year’s Container Captain Award recipient. Seth is a determined fundraiser, and an ambassador of BFA’s ongoing relationship with Rotary International. His efforts have delivered thousands of books to the Jinja, Uganda area. Seth serves as a Book For Africa board member and is a member of the Roseville Rotary Club.

Barb Neal and Paul Nelson received Warehouse Volunteer Awards for their outstanding contribution of time and energy at the BFA warehouse.


Make no mistake, there are hundreds and thousands of people [in Africa], young and old, who aspire to an education so that they can become their own agents of change and lead themselves out of the trap of poverty that has kept them down for much too long.

- His Excellency Welile Nhlapo, South African Ambassador to the U.S.
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