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Book Industry Charitable Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Corporate Foundations, Philanthropy

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.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jen K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC has helped our local comic book store community so much. We received a call from BINC letting know about their cause a year or so ago and we were excited to hear that they included comic book stores in their definition of book stores. When Hurricane Harvey hit, we contacted every single store in the damage path to let them know that BINC was really and willing to help. We know that they got to assist at least one store that experienced damage to their business and they also helped several regional employees with lost pay. They were amazing and were life-savers for our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BINC was able to help my family financially when my wife was laid-off during her maternity leave. We were facing medical bills due to the birth of our son that we didn't think we'd be able to pay anymore. At least not right away, which meant they would probably go to collections. BINC stepped in and paid them on our behalf, greatly relieving some of our stress. Thank you BINC for helping our family during this stressful time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My health took a hit last year and in trying to cover all of my medical fees, I came up short for rent at the end of the year. Kit Steinway and the BINC community helped my family. I am truly grateful for their assistance. I was embarrassed about my situation, but Kit completely understood and never made me feel bad about myself. I cannot thank Kit and the BINC community enough for their assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi...l want to share my story...BINC and Kit, who handle all my questions and finicinal assistance are the best organization out there along with with my company who helps booksellers. I have been a bookseller for 25 yrs. Last year in November l had to have triple bypass and still on medical leave ....BINC have step in and help me with personal household bills that l didn't know how l would pay...my FMLA leave disability ended and they step in again and assisted me...This organization ROCKS..and l am so thankful for all the assistance l have been given...May you'll be Bless. Thank You.. L.C.

Mariana C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A message for the team at BINC, who sponsored my scholarship to ABA's Winter Institute 2018 as a first-time bookseller:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the opportunity to experience the whirlwind of books, conversations, camaraderie, ideas, tips, and supportive words that was my first Winter Institute.

I applied for the scholarship because I found myself at a sort of crossroads: My background is primarily in international environmental policy, and I was unsure whether I wanted to keep that feeling of 'changing the world' on pause while I continued with my new love of bookselling. I had an inkling that I wouldn't be putting it on pause at all, but as a new bookseller, I didn't have even a fraction of the experience or perspective to really see how change could be made through this industry.

And boy, did I get a new perspective in Memphis. In Memphis, I found authors who are steadfast in their commitment to writing books for kids that look like them, booksellers willing and able to spar with anyone downplaying the need for more diversity in the industry, and publishers who are making some slow, but steady, progress in amplifying marginalized voices.

I made so many new friends, both from the far corners of Chicago, and from my home state on the other side of the country. In particular, I was welcomed with open arms and the occasional pointed finger and "Mariana. You're one of us," by the POC folk who understood exactly why I started sobbing when I met Junot Diaz. Together, we will continue to plot and plan and push and nerd out over amazing books.

I learned so much. I'm in this for the long haul. I potentially may have decided that just now, while typing it.

So thank you. Thank you for sponsoring scholarships and thank you for saying hi every time we ran into each other, and of course, thank you for being an amazing resource for booksellers everywhere. I'm sure we will see each other again.

Mariana Calderón

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kit and the Binc. committee took the time to help me when I was experiencing financial hardship that had left me scraping by. After hearing my story, Binc generously helped me pay the rent that I was struggling to make due to sickness and a series of events involving my transportation and ability to work. Without their grant, I don't know that I would be able to work towards gaining stability again. I am beyond grateful to them for their help, and am so glad this powerful resource exists for booksellers.

1 Sara P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After Hurricane Harvey I was displaced from my home and was living temporarily in a hotel and with friends. BINC sent us the funds to purchase food. It went a long way in helping us restart and provided meals while we were rebuilding our home. I truly appreciate everything they did during this disaster.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On April 29 the a large bookshelf fell on my back breaking my back at T12 and leaving me paralyzed from the waist down. Bink was here from the beginning and we could not have asked for better support or care from them. They even stopped in to see how we were doing after financially assisting us. What a great organization what a great group of people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With every step, BINC has supported me in one way or another. They are lovely people who help make many bookselling careers possible.

Sue_9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent range of very needed services. Excellent staff with great customer service skills. We needed some money when we were forced to move our bookstore due to lost lease. They were able to help us at a very unexpected hard time in a way that no one else could.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I simply cannot thank BINC enough. I had a doctor's appointment on a Wednesday and found out I needed surgery the following Friday. To top things off, I would be off work for 6 weeks. The whole ordeal was stressful. I'm a bookseller because I love what I do. Unfortunately, it's not a well paid job. Because of BINC, I was able to focus on healing. BINC does everything with such grace and dignity. Thank you does not seem like enough, but it is all I have.
Thank you so much!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over a year ago I had to go to emergency room for very high blood pressure. I was treated and released with medication. I had health insurance but my deductible was very high so now I had over $4,500.00 I needed to pay. It went to collection because I just didn't have the money to pay it. I was not sure how I would ever pay it off. As a bookseller in the business for almost 20 years, I had known about BINC for a long time, and I always appreciated what they represented and did, and decided I would try to get help from them. Everyone I dealt with was so kind and professional and they helped me out. They are fantastic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope and Support is what the Binc Foundation is all about. They are there with an outstretched hand to lift you up. I had some medical issues, I couldn't work and bills just piled up. I reached out to the Binc Foundation and it change my life and recovery.
I thank God for the hard work of Kit Steinaway and all the people at Binc

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Binc Foundation has renewed my faith in this world. When flooding in the Ozarks cause financial strain to both our business and ourselves the Binc Foundation helped with essential bills and this alone gave us hope. To realize there are still people in this world who value books and booksellers, it makes you feel like you are making a difference with your life's work. I know that Binc has made a difference in my life and I will be a supporter for life Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters have received incredibly generous college scholarships from BINC. Am proud to be a continuing BINC donor in support of the mission to support booksellers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say that I am incredibly grateful and thankful for BINC. I just recently found out about this organization through a print out in the breakroom of the bookstore I work at. As of now times of been extremely rough for myself and my fiance. We basically were kicked out of both our families and thrown out on our own. I dropped out of college, I'm drowning in debt, and I was laid off twice. I couldn't handle more stress with my mental health and physical condition. Plus, having a toxic and abusive relationship with my family and losing the only person in it who understood my health needs, just caused me to almost lose myself. Living paycheck to paycheck, working as hard as I can, I really needed the financial aid of getting an apartment in fear of being homeless, on top of everything else, and that is what BINC provided for us. I am so so happy and I really appreciate the quick response and understanding. Thank you BINC and thank you, Kit for you hard work and help. I really hope to donate once I am back on my feet. :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself in the uncomfortable situation of combating bed bugs in my apartment complex. After a month of working with the complex to abide by all of the legalities, the problem still wasn't resolved, and my roommate and I were released from our obligation with only two weeks to find a new solution. With only two weeks notice, I did not have the funds necessary to pay a second rent and deposit on the clean, safe environment I needed, but BINC was there.

Kit helped me through my entire application, and was so incredibly responsive. When I contacted BINC I still wasn't sure what my next landing place was going to be, and Kit responded to each of the options I was looking into with details as to BINC would, or would not be able to help in those situations.

I'm so grateful for the time, and the help they were able to offer. Before their help, I had no idea how I was going to get another roof over my head in the time I had remaining. BINC helped me through an incredibly tumultuous time in my life so that I can keep doing the work that I love.

1 Judey K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with the Book Industry Charitable Foundation since it started.
The work it does to improve the lives of booksellers is stunningly effective: through scholarships, bereavement assistance, assisting victims of domestic violence... even being that warm and caring voice when there's nowhere else to turn: Binc is there for booksellers.
I'm proud to say I #ThinkBinc.. and I hope you will, too.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks, Kit and everybody! So easy, so helpful! No hoops to jump through whatsoever! A bookstore closing is a tragedy for an entire community, but I'm gonna be OK! Books Rule and Indie Booksellers Rock! Thank You BINC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It seemed nothing could go right for me all in one year -- disability required me to retire early from the job that helped support my small bookstore, then a divorce a few months later, costly medical bills, and more. BINC stepped up when I thought there was no hope and helped me tremendously. I don't know how to express my gratitude for their kindness, caring, and the speed with which they helped me out of an impossible situation. They are the non-profit I would donate to help keep small bookstores thriving when people like me have tried every other avenue with no luck.