The International Book Bank (IBB) in Balitmore, USA aims to increase global literacy by donating brand new books to charities in developing countries.
Since 1987, IBB has shipped more than 25 million brand new books to Africa, Asia, Central America, Central and Eastern Europe and South America.
Although the books it offers are free, shipping costs have to be covered either through sponsors or by applicant organizations themselves. IBB can provide further assistance in reducing the shipping costs through fundraising from external sources.
IBB promises four things to its donors, sponsors and recipients:
- Transparent operations
- Full accountability
- Compliance with U.S. laws and regulations
- Nonprofit management best practices
If you are a teacher in developing country, employee in an indigenous charity or a library in need, you can apply for books from IBB. IBB is able supply 20+ copies of books from Pre-K to university levels; in English (IBB has some books in Braille, ESL, French and Spanish too); in basic subjects like English and math; and in advanced subjects like business, psychology and teaching.
The organizations must contact IBB to complete an application form proving their charitable status.Once approved, IBB will send an electronic catalog of their current inventory.
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