Founder of the Foundation

Robert J. Brown What we do, we do for the children!
Giving children the opportunity to learn and grow intellectually is the greatest gift we can bestow on them. However, the children in many rural African villages are denied basic education for the lack of resources. It is our heartfelt belief that by providing the tools of education to the children of Africa, you not only provide them the opportunity to better their lives, but these tools provide the basis for the future economic and social growth of their nation.

Mr. Robert J. Brown

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Foundation History

  • [1985] - Robert Brown visits South Africa for the first time and sees firsthand the challenge
  • [1988] - Secures first corporate funding to send books from Sara Lee
  • [1999] - Establishes South Africa BookSmart Foundation as a non-profit organization
  • [2007] - Renames organization to International BookSmart Foundation to reflect greater global scope of the Foundation
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Our Staff


  • Johnnie Kirkland

    Johnnie Kirkland

    Administration Officer

BookSmart Ambassadors

The following people have embraced our mission and work to further the reach of the International BookSmart Foundation.