Human Services

Promoting Self-Reliance Amidst Life’s Struggles

Volunteers distribute food, water, and medical supplies to residents in Puerto Rico whose homes and businesses were destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

Shipping Relief Supplies to Where They’re Needed Most:

Brother's Brother Foundation

Shipping Relief Supplies to Where They’re Needed Most:

Brother's Brother Foundation

Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) promotes international health and education by efficiently and effectively obtaining and distributing donated medical, educational, agricultural, emergency disaster aid, and other resources to those in need. Founded in 1958 and based in Pittsburgh, BBF is currently ranked #56 among Forbes’ top 100 charities. In the first nine months of 2017, BBF sent medical and humanitarian supplies, pharmaceuticals, and text books valued at nearly $88 million to people in need in 55 countries. BBF also provided supplies for more than 200 medical mission trips. 

Following 2017’s devastating storms in Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico, BBF worked with Puerto Rican physicians in the Pittsburgh area to identify real-time needs and connect affected medical institutions in Puerto Rico with necessary supplies and resources. With cooperation from other foundations, BBF procured and shipped medical and disaster response items on two Pittsburgh Pirates-sponsored relief flights to Puerto Rico. A Foundation grant of $700,000 will help BBF offset expenses associated with having sent, to date, a total of 44 shipments of medical supplies, water, pharmaceuticals, food, and generators to Florida, Houston, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.