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Is CNY Books for the World, Inc. Tax Exempt?
Yes.  The organization received US Federal tax-exempt status, 501(c)3 on Nov. 10 2015.
Why are books in English being sent to the poorest regions of the world?
English is predominately the language of business and commerce worldwide and is the common language denominator. 
What types of books are being sought for this effort?
 Children’s books of nearly any kind have universal appeal: illustrated, text, activity, pre-K – 6 elementary. Also, K – 12 textbooks with teachers’ materials if available are being sought. 
Is there a need for periodicals, fiction, reference and other specialized books?
 Our primary focus is children’s and K-12 academic materials. However, CNY BFTW does accept library books, technical and medical books.
Why is CNY Books for the World concentrating on the southern African region for distribution?
 Rotary wants to ensure that there is careful and planned distribution without waste as well as distinct need.  Rotarians are responsible throughout the pipeline – from donor to recipient.
 What does it cost?
 CNY BFTW charges $310 per pallet kit, which includes packing materials and shipping to LaPort Texas.  This cost is kept low by the many volunteer transportation and warehouse companies that support the project.  The pallet loads are shipped to the final destination from Texas by The Second Wind Foundation, (a Rotarian managed foundation) with funds from major corporation and Rotary Foundation grants.
How can I support this project?
Get the word of this project out to your Central New York Rotarians and clubs and solicit participation by taking on a financial commitment for a pallet of books in cooperation with your youth, community and educational organizations.  Contact Pete Cardamone at:
 Can other than Rotary Clubs participate?
 Yes, by working through a sponsoring local Rotary Club.
 Where do retired sea containers go?
 The containers used to ship the books or refurbished units that are left on-site and with some renovations are used for schools, libraries, medical clinics and other creative community structures.