Book Industry Charitable Foundation
Rating: 5 stars 42 42 reviews 1,642
713 W Ellsworth, Suite A Suite A Ann Arbor MI 48108 USA
Established in 1996, the centerpiece program provides financial assistance to booksellers, who have a demonstrated need, arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $5M in charitable assistance to bookstore employees.
emergency personal financial assistance and higher education scholarships.
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After a fire destroyed the apartment building I lived in, one of the many kindnesses I received was a phone call from Kit at Binc asking if I was going to need financial help. She had been alerted to my situation by another bookseller in my town. I did indeed need help replacing a number of fundamental things--a bed, kitchen equipment, furniture, appliances. Binc helped me substantially with the cost of putting my life back together and by doing so helped me deal with the overwhelming stress and worry inherent in such a transition. Thank you, Kit, and thank you, all the folks who contribute to Binc. You are really amazing.
I'd already had a rough year financially when my stepmother's health declined rapidly after a long illness and then she died. I haven't worked long enough as a full-time bookseller to earn paid time off. I was able to miss work and show up for my father without losing my apartment or getting behind on my utilities thanks to BINC. It was a huge relief for him to have me with him and my stepmother's family as he sorted through the inevitable details after a death. That time with my family was invaluable to all of us and I will forever be grateful to BINC for taking away the financial sting at such a difficult time. Pamela, the director, responded to my emails right away and was patient and helpful throughout the process. She was also extraordinarily kind, which is something that anyone who is grieving will know how appreciated that generosity is.
I was diagnosed at 24 years old with Stage Two breast cancer, and forced to leave my full time job. The rug, the floor, the earth was quite literally pulled out from under me. My partner became the primary breadwinner, but it has been a huge financial burden on him with the added medical expenses. The BINC foundation was able to get us the expenses we needed to not only stay on our feet, but flourish. I will be forever thankful.
When I received notice from my employer, a small independent children's bookseller, I thought I would be able to manage financially with supplementary income from unemployment and food stamps. And then I got the news that my rent was increasing by $100 per month. I was managing--barely--to hold on, but was having to pay my rent in installments and accruing $125 late fees every month. At our regional trade show, I attended the general membership meeting and heard from a representative of Binc. I hadn't suffered any of the major catastrophes that I thought were a necessary qualification for a Binc grant, but the presentation at the membership meeting made me realize that maybe I didn't need a major catastrophe, just a series of small ones. Within a week of initially contacting Binc, I was informed that I wold be receiving a grant sufficient to get me caught up on my rent, which would allow me to also get caught up on utilities (and some of my lost sleep). They saved my life and my sanity at a time when I was feeling nothing but frustration bordering on despair. If you are an independent bookseller in need, I cannot recommend the services offered by Binc highly enough. Even if you don't think you would qualify for a grant, I encourage you to ask. You may be pleasantly surprised.
When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, my doctors told me the best way to get relief at this stage of the illness would be with laprascopic surgery. Even with my comprehensive health insurance plan, the procedure--not to mention the time off work for appointments, the surgery itself, and recovery--was cost-prohibitive. Then came BINC. Pam and Kit helped me every single step of the way, from guiding me through the application process to making phone calls on my behalf to negotiate with the hospital regarding bills. They paid a significant chunk of my bills and then set up a feasible payment plan for me to finish paying off the hospital, where I'd incurred the largest and most crippling bill. I honestly could not have said yes to this very important and pain-relieving surgery if it weren't for BINC's assistance. I thank them in my mind every day and am now finally publishing this story here on GreatNonprofits.org so that they get the recognition they so well deserve.
My name is Madhu and I'm a rural bookseller in Vermont selling children's books at an independent bookstore. A few years ago I decided to go to medical school . I've received the BINC scholarship for two years and their support helps me buy my medical textbooks. I'm close to finishing my medical degree with the help of this amazing organization with the plan to become a rural family physician, farmer and of course part-time bookseller. Thanks BINC for helping support students and their dreams of creating stronger communities!
I only heard about the BINC Scholarship when a bookselling colleague of mine tipped me off, so I'm more than happy to pass on that favor to another bookseller-student.
I'm fortunate enough to work with and study what I love - storytelling. Paying for grad school though, is a burden I'll be carrying for years to come. It can be very discouraging. Being awarded a BINC Scholarship this year not only paid for my final semester of graduate school, but reaffirmed my belief that I'm doing something that matters and that people care about.
MFA Candidate-Creative Writing
Heart-felt thank you to those involved at BINC for helping make my graduate school endeavors more financially feasible! Well wishes from the Oregon Coast. -Lindsey
BINC has been there for me in more ways than one! When hurricane sandy closed our bookstore for two weeks, they helped with rent and other bills I couldn't afford with missed wages, and in for the past two most recent years I have been a scholarship recipient and able to return to school on my own with very little debt! I feel so blessed to have a charitable organization working within the book industry, so dear to my heart. This is an industry full of passion but short on cash and BINC is serving a vital role.
They are there when you most need them! God bless!