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Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews 1,225

Nonprofit Issues:

Philanthropy

Address:

713 W Ellsworth, Suite A Ann Arbor MI 48108 USA

Mission:

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.

Target demographics:

bookstore employees

Programs:

emergency personal financial assistance and higher education scholarships.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to be a sustaining donor to BINC. I have been fortunate to be able to contribute to the organization which helps people I consider my kin: booksellers. The work they do enables others to make ends meet, go to school and get debt relief. Plus, it's book related!

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I am a sustaining donor for BINC's good work, giving a little money each month. I want to be able to walk into a bookstore and see books, take books off the shelves, read the first page, check out the story outline and decide whether to buy. I ask the staff for recommendations. I go to readings at various bookstores in San Francisco and the Bay Area. I meet friends and discuss what we're reading. But running a bookstore is not a high profit enterprise so I give a little to help in emergencies. I wish I could give more because I get so much. We need brick and mortar independent bookstores to help us discover new work, new writers, and get the latest of our favorites.

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Binc is an amazing entity. It's such a great idea to support the noble profession of bookselling and the booksellers who work day in and day out to connect us with good books. I appreciate their creativity and caring. They look out for booksellers and I, for one, love being a supporter of Binc.

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They helped me when I was In a financial bind and was at risk of getting my utilities shut off. They are amazing and wonderful people. Helped me within a couple of days and worked throughout the weekend.

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There are those moments when reaching out for help can be very difficult. Recently, I found myself in just this position and was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel only because of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) Matching Grant program.

When my 2000 Ford Escort ZX-2 died with no hope of resurrection (no zombie jokes), I found myself in a financial situation I've not experienced in quite some time. I needed to come up with a down-payment that would allow me to obtain a dependable vehicle that was safe and sturdy as my commute to work is 30-minutes each day, all highway. After recently having a new roof installed on my home to the tune of $15,000 and other work done on my home, not to mention the prospect of another winter, I looked into my funds and saw that I was extremely shy of what I would need. There was a feeling of hopelessness that I felt, unlike I have felt in a long, long, time.

Harvey, the Clinton Book Shop owner and my partner of 13-years suggested BINC's matching grant program, trusting that our community would rally and step up. Step up they did. After only a little more than one week, we had collected the necessary $2,000 through an online "Go Fund Me" campaign with many of our friends even stopping by the shop to extend their support. It was an amazing show of support, one that I am so grateful for. I am so happy to say, this weekend I am going car shopping. No, not a brand-new car, not even the car of my dreams. I will have a car that is dependable and safe though. That is all I need.

I look forward to sending a photo of the car along with a huge thank you to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and to share it with the Clinton Book Shop friends who were there for us. I am so very grateful to everyone for being there.

Thank you BINC for being there for me.

Sincerely

Rob Dougherty

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For too many, it is never easy to reach out for assistance when circumstances just don't turn out the way you anticipated. Pride, shame, fear, all of these responses come to mind. When I was left with no choice but to reach out to BINC to help me become current on my electric bill, I did so with a heavy heart.

The staff of BINC walked me through the process of requesting assistance and did so with compassion and professionalism. I am grateful that BINC was there to help and have since made contributions to BINC and have directed others looking for a worthy cause to do the very same.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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BINC and Kit, the agent who worked with me, changed my life in an extraordinarily positive way. I work for an Independent bookstore in Colorado. My boss was aware of my financial struggles before and after my hysterectomy. She encouraged me to ask for help and provided a link to BINC. My fears kept me silent until I was in danger of succumbing to the darkness of a deep depression.
As soon as I emailed Kit, her professional, efficient, and nonjudgmental leadership guided me throughout the process. Within a week, BINC paid the costs of my outstanding medical and doctor bills that my insurance did not cover. In addition, my overdue auto insurance bill. Words cannot express my gratitude sufficiently! I can now take action to pay it forward to others!
Books have been my lifeline, and BINC has helped me not to look away at the moment when I need to pay the most attention. With a grateful and joyous smile, thank you!!!!

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The BINC Foundation's work has been life-changing for me and my family. As an independent bookseller hoping to go back to school to become a librarian, I knew that It was going to be tough. I have a family, a four-year old, plenty of student loan debt from my undergraduate degree. I was working three part-time jobs to get by day to day. The thought of grad school loans seemed overwhelming and a massive risk. I put myself through college as a first generation student, and with BINC's help, I'll be the first in my family to go to grad school too. I am passionate about literacy and motivated to provide inclusive products and services that empower people to use technology and information to build community and make their lives better. I think the BINC Foundation shares this same mission, and I hope to carry on the non-profit's spirit as i pursue a career in instructional technology in public and school libraries. They are creating real impacts beyond the booksellers' community, and I am grateful. --Christina Czuhajewski, University of Michigan School of Information, Master of Science in Information Candidate '16

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I received an amazing scholarship from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, and I am extremely grateful to them! They relieved much of the financial stress that I had. The best part is that I will have more time to focus on my studies because of this scholarship instead of trying to work so vigorously everyday and scrounge every penny I have. I have been gifted more time to work on my desired Pre-Med path at the University of Idaho while I major in Biochemistry and Biology. I also hope to obtain a minor in Mathematics. Using this degree and intense education, I hope to go to medical school to become a pediatric surgeon. Every cent that I obtain goes towards my expensive education and soon to be dream come true! Thank you so much Book Industry Charitable Foundation for supporting me and my dream to save the lives of children!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has truly changed my life. About 5 years ago I applied for funds to help with an out-of-network surgery that I needed to treat a painful condition. They not only supplied the funds I asked for, but actually bumped up the amount citing the travel expenses and such that I had not factored in. Because of them, I am pain free and was able to return to a full quality of life that I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. The people who evaluate the applications truly care and go above and beyond. On top of that, I am returning to school for a Master's Degree this fall, and I was a recipient of one of their scholarships, which will eliminate or vastly decrease my need for student loans. Since I am still paying off my loans from my previous schooling, this is an incredible gift.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

really be unable to think of something. They are incredible.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been working two jobs and going to school for the past two years. The scholarship that BINC awarded me will not only allow me to work just one job, but will also reduce the number of loans that I will need to take out. The application process was straight forward and relatively quick and easy. Every interaction I have had with BINC has been very positive and friendly.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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