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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is such an amazing program! Their help through scholarships for my continuing education has meant a great deal. As a non-traditional student completing my bachelor degree, there are an array of challenges. Financial support helps to alleviate so many concerns and obstacles! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked at this Bookstore for 14 years, and I just heard about BINC Foundation. The owner of the store shared it with me when my husband began his treatment in August for Oropharyngeal Cancer. He was not going to be getting a paycheck while he was/ is out and I was devastated and so concerned about how I would pay the bills. BINC Foundation has gone above and beyond anything I could ever have imagined assisting with medical bills and the house payment. We are not out of the woods yet, but I at least have the peace of mind knowing that the bills will get paid. I would like to personally thank Kit for super efficiency and fast resolution of my application for scholarship. I am deeply grateful and incredibly humbled.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This isn't easy to diagnose, I learned, and the process required many expensive tests and expensive visits with specialists, as well as a hospital stay and time off work. I paid what I could, but I don't know what I would have done without BINC to help with the remainder. They made the process of applying very easy, even in my exhausted and mentally foggy state, and paid my outstanding bills promptly. The person assisting me even sent me a book on living with chronic illness, and this small kindness meant so much to me. This organization is a true blessing for people in the book business and I can't thank them enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is such a helpful foundation! Their help in covering the cremation and travel costs for my mother's memorial will be a huge help in getting my finances back in order. Great people doing great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Binc SO MUCH for helping me get back on my feet! I can focus on my future now that those bills aren't hanging over my head!
A special thanks to Pam and Kit for their patience and kind assistance!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for BINC's generous support to help me complete grad school! I can't say enough. I hope my work as a future SLP justifies their investment. Many thanks. -Lindsey

Susanna O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the scholarships that BINC has provided me with which has helped me to continue my college education. I am the middle of 7 kids, so my parents are not able to help out much with the cost of nursing school and BINC has been a huge help in this area. Thank you!!