It's 100 Percent about Giving for Brother's Brother

By BobKerlik | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, November 24, 2007 | Go to article overview

It's 100 Percent about Giving for Brother's Brother


BobKerlik, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


For 50 years, the Hingsons have used less to help more.

"I think there's a history of this," said Luke Hingson, president of the Manchester-based Brother's Brother Foundation. "Ever since my father founded the organization, we've been trying to make do with what we have. I think that's become institutionalized."

With shipments of medicine, books and shoes totaling $262 million last year and overhead costs of less than $1 million, Forbes.com recently ranked Brother's Brother as one of the most efficient charities in the country.

The foundation receives donations in bulk from companies, then ships the supplies to Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and a few places in the United States.

Rounded out, about 100 percent of what is donated to the foundation goes to its mission. Hingson, 55, of Moon said he doesn't plan to change anything heading into the busy holiday season.

"The idea being that 100 percent comes in and 100 percent goes out," he said.

Donations from companies tend to pick up at the holidays as they want to move inventory for tax purposes before the year ends, Hingson said. Medicines, however, tend to remain steady throughout the year because of expiration dates.

He said Mylan, Heinz and Alcoa are among local donors.

Brother's Brother will be distributing thousands of books to Madagascar, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, the Philippines and Jamaica in the coming month. …

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