International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Brother's Brother Foundation

Pittsburgh, PA

Mission

The mission of Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) is to promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural and other resources. All BBF programs are designed to fulfill its mission by connecting people's resources with people's needs.

Ruling Year

1965

President

Mr. Luke L. Hingson

Main Address

1200 Galveston Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA

Keywords

disaster relief, medical, educational and humanitarian resources gift in kind

EIN

34-6562544

 Number

7111651827

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Lack of access to health care is an issue that plagues much of the developing world. In particular, individuals in rural areas may live miles from the nearest hospital or clinic. By helping to fund construction of new hospitals and clinics, and strengthening the medical programs of already-existing health centers, Brothers's Brother Foundation hopes to develop robust health infrastructure in areas of highest need.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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International Health Program

International Education Program

International Humanitarian Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of health education trainings conducted

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Related program

International Health Program

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The number of health education trainings conducted by partners hand-carrying the organization's pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment

Number of volunteers

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Number of hospital partners

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Number of hospital partners donating or working with Brother's Brother Foundation

Number of pharmaceutical partners

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Number of pharmaceutical organizations donating or working with Brother's Brother Foundation

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

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Number of press releases developed and distributed

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Number of overall donors

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Includes both institutional and individual donors

Average number of dollars given by institutions

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The mission of BBF is to promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources.

BBF's goal is to remain dedicated to operating at its utmost capacity and to carefully manage its growth to ensure continued quality and efficiency. In this way BBF works to improve the quality of life for people around the world by connecting people's resources with people's needs.

BBF works in collaboration with trusted and vetted partner agencies in various countries around the world to connect people's resources with people's needs.

BBF provides requested donated pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment to promote international health. These donated items are supplied by generous corporations, medical facilities and individuals throughout the US.

In an effort to increase aid to areas where it is most needed, BBF's Africa Medical Initiative delivers requested medical items for hospitals and clinics in countries in Africa. The materials, primarily simple medical equipment and supplies such as surgical packs, syringes, gloves and other consumable items, are sent to individual hospitals, clinics, and hospital distribution systems. BBF also purchases new and refurbished, desperately-needed medical equipment including autoclaves, surgical lights, anesthesia machines, operating tables, birthing tables and suction machines for this initiative.

BBF provides supplies for an ever increasing number of hand-carry mission trips at no cost to the mission teams. These medical and humanitarian supplies may include pharmaceuticals, vitamins, other over the counter medications, surgical instruments, exam gloves, etc. These trips allow BBF to serve and reach additional marginalized populations.

BBF receives donations of new text books and educational material from large US-based publishers. BBF works with trusted and vetted partner organizations to ensure that all donated educational material will improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children and out-of-school youth in recipient countries. Though most of BBF's donations are distributed outside the US, some projects provided new text books and educational materials to faith-based and charter schools, Head Start programs and Native American Reservation schools and libraries throughout the US.

BBF has over 50 years of experience connecting people's resources with people's needs. Luke Hingson has led BBF for over 40 years, and knowledgeable program administrators average more than eight years of experience with BBF. Board Trustees have backgrounds in a variety of fields including medicine, education, business, nonprofit management and finance. BBF's ample budget allows room for program growth.

BBF's excellent reputation for ethical conduct and low expense ratio inspire confidence in donors, assuring them that their resources, both in-kind and financial, are being used wisely. BBF has been repeatedly recognized by Forbes Magazine for fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment, and the Better Business Bureau continues to give BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards" seal of approval. BBF has strong, long-term relationships with pharmaceutical manufacturers, publishers and others US companies that regularly donate new, surplus product to BBF. Donations of used medical equipment, surplus medical supplies and used books are received daily from hospitals, nursing homes, schools, organizations and individuals.

BBF has excellent working relationships with other gift-in-kind charities, which enhance BBF's ability to secure additional product donation. Staff and trustees regularly contact pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospital networks to broaden BBF's medical donor base. In March 2013, BBF assumed the assets of CrossLink, International, a nonprofit organization with a similar mission, which had closed in 2012. BBF opened an office and warehouse in Fairfax, VA employing former CrossLink staff, and now gathers medical equipment and hospital consumable supplies from large medical facilities in that area.

With the move toward electronic publishing, BBF staff and trustees are increasing their efforts to ensure a steady supply of up-to-date textbooks for donation to schools and libraries in developing countries.

BBF works with trusted partner agencies to distribute requested donations to those in need. Recipient organizations are carefully screened to ensure that donations are put to the best use and reach intended recipients in good condition. In times of natural disasters, BBF has demonstrated its ability to connect with trusted partners to deliver requested aid quickly to help relieve victims in distress.

For all programs, BBF tracks the number of shipments sent to each location, along with the weight, value, number and type of items. For the Africa Medical initiative, the names and number of hospitals and medical facilities receiving BBF donations are also tracked.

Distribution reports are received from recipient organizations including rotary clubs and other charitable agencies that request and distribute BBF donations. These distribution reports provide insight into the number and types of institutions (hospitals, clinics, schools, community libraries) that receive aid from BBF; they also show how the materials are being used in the field. Mission trip reports may include the number of patients seen, number and types of procedures performed and medications dispensed.

Each year a number of BBF Trustees voluntarily review the impact of BBF's donations as they travel abroad on mission trips or personal vacations. BBF staff members are also sent to review BBF donations in various locations and provide detailed reports to BBF's Board of Trustees.

BBF's progress is shown by the increase in the volume and quality of medical container shipments to underserved countries, particularly in Africa. For example, in 2014 BBF sent 26 medical shipments to 10 African countries. BBF has purchased essential equipment including OR tables and lights, delivery tables, manual hospital beds, suction machines and anesthesia machines for donation to address priority needs. Since 2011, BBF's medical donations have been distributed in over 250 medical facilities in 21 African countries.

BBF's Education Program, which had its start in 1961 through the distribution of used books from community donors, has grown to become the largest distributor of privately donated new books in the world. In 2015 alone, BBF distributed 40 shipping containers of more than 490,000 textbooks and other educational supplies to 20 countries around the world including the US. Many of these books have been used by USAID programs and similar initiatives to improve the literacy of children and adults around the world. Other books have been used at the secondary and university level to improve the education and capacity of future generations of doctors and teachers in the developing world.

As both the Medical and Education Programs have grown over the years, the quality of the materials donated has also improved. As a result of this growth, BBF is able to provide essential materials requested by recipients. BBF's recipients are able to request very specifically the types of medicines, equipment, supplies and textbooks that best fit their needs. BBF never sends donations that have not been requested by recipients.

BBF provides medical and humanitarian supplies for a steadily increasing number of mission trips. BBF regularly receives letters of appreciation from teams returning from remote areas where BBF's donations have made it possible to deliver desperately needed medical care. Mission teams return to BBF year after year for supplies and many new requests come via referral.

BBF continues to identify new domestic and international partners, and to work toward increased levels of efficiency, consistency and quality in the donation process. BBF receives numerous acknowledgement letters from grateful recipient facilities attesting to the improvement in patient care and education made possible by BBF's donations.

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Financials

Brother's Brother Foundation

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Greek, Italian

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The nominating committee uses a matrix that takes into account diversity when choosing staff and board members