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Book Industry Charitable Foundation

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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

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd owned my bookstore for ten years when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In a year's time, I had three surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Unfortunately, the cancer along with some other issues caused me to sell my store. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation called me twice. The first time was to see if I needed any sort of help with the bills for my cancer treatments or anything else. Since I was fortunate enough to have good insurance and support networks, I didn't require assistance. Then the foundation representatives called a second time to see if any of my employees required assistance. Fortunately they didn't either. I'd contributed to BINC over the years and knew it really helped booksellers and their employees in times of need. I had no idea, though, that they took their mission so seriously that they would call a bookseller when they knew there was an issue and thought assistance might be needed. That was above and beyond the call of duty. I'm proud to be associated with such a fine organization and will continue to donate even though I no longer own a bookstore.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC has been a phenomenal help to me! They partnered with Macmillan to provide scholarships to booksellers from historically marginalized communities to be able to attend a regional trade show. Without their support, I simply would not have been able to afford the cost of what was a truly game changing opportunity. As if this display of generosity weren't outstanding enough, BINC helped me again recently when I had an unexpected hospital bill arise. I could not afford the bill out of pocket and I contacted BINC only hoping they'd advocate for me (that is, that they'd negotiate the cost of the bill with the hospital on my behalf, or that they'd negotiate a payment schedule or pay a portion). They simply took care of the bill for me. I do not have the words to adequately express my gratitude. "Thank you" just doesn't feel like enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since opening a small book store in the Sierras (30 minutes from Yosemite) five years ago, we have dealt with numerous natural disasters - fires mainly, bark beetles and mudslides. This past summer the Ferguson Fire closed Yosemite and burned for nearly 5 weeks. Our area suffered a loss in the 10s of millions. While we did not suffer any property loss or wages (my husband worked overtimes to pay our staff) we did suffer huge income loss.
I read about BINC in Publishers Weekly and as a member of the American Booksellers Association, I had knowledge of the organization, but never thought we would qualify. I sent an inquiry on a Tuesday and had an answer and funds to assist me in paying for rent and PG&E expenses by Friday.
I cannot express how this has helped my store and me personally. I have room to breathe and begin getting back on my feet due to their understanding and generosity. I'm not sure we would have made it past November had it not been for their assistance.
I have no words good enough to express my gratitude. You have made a difference in my life and in the lives of many others and you are appreciated.
Sincerely,
Anne Driscoll
Branches Books & Gifts
Oakhurst, CA

Sammy M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom was a former employee of borders corporate office, and I am so grateful that this foundation has kept this scholarship opportunity a float, even years after the closing of borders.

Review from Guidestar

Jessica Lynne N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without Binc, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to go back to school and finish my degree. Binc has changed the course of my life in shifting my career to the next chapter. I can hardly put in to words how grateful I am.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a bookseller for 9 years. A couple of months ago, my son had to be hospitalized twice, and my husband and I each missed more than two weeks of work. Since my son has been home, I have had to cut back my hours from full time to part time in order to continue to care for him. My family has health insurance coverage, but even with a good plan, there's still a significant out-of-pocket maximum, and with two emergency room visits and week-long hospitalizations, as well as continuing outpatient care, you can bet we've met that -- and then there's the lost pay on top of that.

My store owner has been very supportive of me and our situation, and she reached out to BINC on my behalf. My store and community raised money for us, and BINC supplied a matching grant that doubled what customers and friends and family donated, which meant we were able to pay all of our bills and get food while my husband and I were out of work and as I continue to work fewer hours, and we've got some money set aside for when the medical bills come rolling in.

BINC is a lifesaver, and their work is so appreciated by those of us in the industry. Bookselling is a labor of love for most of us, and it helps a lot to know that an organization like BINC has our backs when we need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation helped me in a time of great need, and went above and beyond what I ever expected they would do. I was out of work for 3 months due to a broken ankle. I have insurance, but still had many medical bills as a result. BINC paid all of them! Then they helped with my rent and moving expenses when I unexpectedly needed a new place to live. A true gift! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is just THE BEST! Their incedible scholarships make continuing education, professional development, and emergency financial help accessible to so many in (and related to) the bookselling industry. Without them, school this semester would not have been affordable. Moreover, not only did I receive a scholarship, but they went above and beyond to honor all recipients in a caring way that made me not only feel excited, but PROUD of what I was accomplishing. I felt like they were my cheering section and I just cannot say enough words of thanks for their generosity and their existence.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

You always hear about the scholarship and tuition assistance programs that big companies offer their employees, especially chains like Starbucks and McDonalds. College has always been a dream of mine, but the price tag has always looked more like a nightmare. But I absolutely love books and I love being able to work while I'm surrounded by them, but I've always felt guilty for not taking more responsibility and working for a company that gives me an educational opportunity. Book Industry Charitable Foundation's scholarship has released me from this guilt and allowed me to do what I love while pursuing my dreams.

Review from Guidestar

Marggie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dad works for a used book store. He suggested that I apply for the BINC scholarship, and I have received it two years in a row. My sisters have also received scholarships. I am a big supporter of BINC because they support the community of book sellers and there families.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience from the application process to receiving the scholarship award. Thank you BINC!

Review from Guidestar

Maya Jo B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a scholarship from BINC and the scholarship application process was seamless. Thanks to BINC, I won’t have student debt this year :)

Review from Guidestar

Abigayle E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The BINC scholarship through this foundation is allowing me to pursue my masters and become a teacher with the financial burden of graduate school lifted from my shoulders. I am grateful for the recognition and help I have received.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 2

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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.