Books For Africa Named #1 Charity in Country; Gets Four-Star Rating for 7th Consecutive Year from Charity Navigator

St. Paul, Minn.—Books For Africa (BFA), a St. Paul-based non-profit, has been named the Number #1 charity in the United States for efficiency for a charity relying on private funds by the nationally known Charity Navigator.

BFA also was awarded the highest rating, four stars, by Charity Navigator for the seventh consecutive year.

Each year Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most widely-used evaluator of charities, reviews non-profits around the country to help people decide where to donate their time, talent and money.

“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” according to Ken Berger, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator.

“We are honored to receive such a high rating from Charity Navigator,” said Patrick Plonski, executive director of BFA. “We try to run a lean and efficient organization so that our energy and funding are devoted to our mission: ending the book famine in Africa.”

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About Books For Africa: Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 50 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988. In 2012, BFA shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.