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Book Industry Charitable Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Corporate Foundations, Education, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Philanthropy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: Established in 1996, the centerpiece program provides financial assistance to booksellers and comic retailers who have a demonstrated need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has granted over $9 million to support more than 9,000 individuals and their families.

Target demographics: Bookstore and comic retail employees and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 193 booksellers and their family members

Geographic areas served: The U.S.

Programs: Emergency personal financial assistance, professional development scholarships, and higher education scholarships for booksellers' dependents

Community Stories

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going through a really rough time. I was not sure what I was going to do because I had been hospitalized for a few weeks only to return week later. Unfortunately due to a blood infection it led to a bigger issue which required neck surgery. So I am unable to work til Dec 27th 2021. Financially struggling my friend told me about BINC. So I took a chance and Kate was so helpful and understanding. She made the process easy and made me feel at ease. I was a bit embarrassed but she made it very simple and definitely not embarrassing. Thanks to BINC and the help they provided I definitely felt a huge weight off my shoulders. I can never thank y’all enough!! If you need help don’t be afraid to ask. Also Kate provided me with additional info to help me. Thank you … thank you!!!!

Jim H.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Published Page Bookshop has been open for 25 years, and weathered many storms over the years. This past year we were hit with several at once, and honestly were in danger of foundering. COVID-19 impacted us, like it did the entire industry, my wife and partner had a recurrence of intestinal problems that sidelined and hospitalized her for more than a month, and while all this was going on, the building next door had a structural collapse.

Our building is 14o years old. The neighbor is a contemporary and shares a common wall. The city shut us down while verifying that our building was not in imminent danger of also collapsing, then presented us with a check list of required changes and updates.

I contacted BINC. Kit Steinaway immediately responded. Walked us through the application process, and quickly provided assistance for both our business and personal expenses.

Connye (my wife) and I are extremely grateful, and because of BINC are looking forward to another 25 years of providing literature, music and art to our community, near and far.

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at Octavia Books in New Orleans. As Hurricane Ida approached, my partner and I with our 2 pups evacuated to Alabama. I sent my contact information to BINC and within 20 minutes I had a phone call from them to check in on us. After I filled out the a more extensive application and provided documentation, BINC helped me with my bills and rent. This process from beginning to end happened in less than a week. Kate from BINC was extremely helpful through this whole ordeal. It was easy to work with them and they responded extremely quickly. I am so grateful to BINC Foundation and their generosity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the support that my business partner Byron and I received for our shop Gulf Coast Cosmos Comic Book Co. The pandemic greatly impacted our ability to secure our store front last year so we had to transition on e-commerce only while we were waiting for another opportunity to secure a store front. We have managed earlier this spring to secure a space and were building the business up but just lost that to gentrification. We were nervous about what the next few months would hold when we became aware of the support BINC offers. They helped with my rent and my partners bills for a couple month which relieve a lot of stress and kept a roof over our heads while we are close to securing a new place for our shop.

1 Patrick P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's been almost 10 years(!) since my time with Borders Group ended. During that time, and after, I have had the pleasure of seeing BINC offer to help out our fellow booksellers in need. I can remember a bookseller of mine needing help with funeral costs for the unexpected death of her father, and BINC was there. I remember the call for help when the store in the World Trade Center was destroyed, BINC was there. I remember loosing my job during the height of a recession, and BINC was there. There is no better than BINC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My store Maui Comics & Collectibles received funds from BINC during the pandemic and early on. The funds provided helped us survive a prolonged shut down period. The staff was friendly and the process was simple and easy. We cannot thank BINC enough for the Aloha they showed us through a very difficult time! Mahalo nui loa, BINC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only did Binc step in to help us when both of us needed major surgeries in the same awful year, they sent us a book with very clear instructions to help us minimize our health expenses and manage our health debts, and they kept in contact throughout our troubles and beyond. I feel really good about the monthly donations I now make to this foundation: someone else will get not only the financial assistance, but the compassionate, non-judgmental, truly thoughtful support that we received.

1 Qiana M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Nonprofit is a GOD send. I found myself with no place to live, sleeping on couches and when I finally found a place the paid the rent for two months. Not only that they had been checking in on me every month to see if I had found a place and to let me know they were still here to help. Kit was amazing, and the turnaround to get the funds to the landlord was swift, once they received the lease agreement. Now, I can save money at least for two months and be able to put that money away for a rainy day. I am so thankful to the Binc. Foundation.

1 Chuck R.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a Binc board member after donating to Binc for several years. I'm so impressed with how well the organization has been able to respond to the critical financial needs of booksellers. BInc has been there for individuals with health issues, family losses, and those impacted by natural disasters from floods, to fires, to the recent pandemic. I am so privileged to be able to help support this terrific organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a bookseller who works in a small independent bookstore. I had an abscessed tooth hit me--and here's me with no dental insurance. The dentist I found who had the space for an appointment wanted payment half up and half behind, I couldn't swing it. I e-mailed BINC a request for aid and they had e-mailed me back in thirty minutes. It ended up, they not only gave me aid, they covered the entire cost of the procedure. BINC has been responsive and enormously understanding and helpful. They've become the charity I'll support in the future, because I know they'll do good directly and earnestly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have no words for how grateful I am to BINC and all who have donated. I followed my heart and opened a bookstore in a tiny town in rural Kansas in December 2019. After an insane first year sapped every bit of my financial reserves, a medical emergency threatened to overwhelm me. BINC stepped up and paid the bill. I almost cried when I got the email. Thank you so much.

Sarah Elizabeth B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Binc has been an absolute lifesaver when I’ve needed it most. More than once. I’m beyond grateful to have had their help and I’m so grateful to everyone who donates to make this kind of generous aid available. Thank you BINC! ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC, and the GENEROUS donations by those who support this foundation, have kept me afloat in a sea of uncertainty. They helped me get on my feet after leaving an abusive and financially controlling relationship, and have helped me make sure I can afford rent even being laid off during this pandemic. If it wasn't for BINC, I would have a very, very different life right now, and i'm so absolutely grateful ❤

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After being in a freak bicycling accident in September 2020 I found myself with a huge pile of bills from the hospital, pharmacy, x-ray tech, surgeon, etc. Even after insurance the amount I owed was unmanageable. Then to top things off, my job laid me off the day after my doctor released me to return to work. Add in pandemic times and it took awhile to find a temp job just to pay basic bills.

I was reminded of BINC and filled out the application. The next day Kate called to get more info. She was incredibly kind and helpful. The day she emailed to say the grant had been approved (which covered nearly half of my medical costs) will forever be one of the best days of my life. She made the calls to get the payments made on my behalf. Having all of the smaller bills out of the way and only having one biller left (though the amount is still hefty) has been a game changer. The amount of stress relieved from this grant is amazing.

Once I'm fully back on my feet and have the means, this will be where I send regular donations. It's my goal to able to help someone else feel as wonderful as I did.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

With a chronic disability, being the best bookseller I can be at indies small and large has only become more meaningful over the years. However, with the minimum-wage pay, lack of benefits, and underemployment/lack of hours unfortunately makes it very hard for us to get by.

After my husband got laid off from COVID, a coworker of mine told me about Binc and told me to give it a shot. They offered to pay our rent and are even helping us relocate. I can't even begin to describe my level of shock, disbelief, and profound gratefulness. It is so refreshing to feel valued as someone with a deep passion and knowledge of literature that is mostly undervalued.

Thank you Binc! Straight from our hearts

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BInc is one of the best charity foundations out there!!! They've made my Christmas during one of my most difficult hardships in one of my most stressful years yet! As it has been a stressful year for all. They helped me pay my two top expenses and have made me feel a relief I have not known for a long time. I am forever grateful to them and hope others will donate to them as they are able to!!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH BINC I LOVE YOU FOLKS!!!!

1 Hannah Z.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Binc is a wonderful organization. Due to a COVID-19 outbreak at my indie, I tested positive for the virus and was out of work for two weeks. My partner just got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in which he was experiencing a severe flare, which meant there weren’t any paychecks coming in from either of us. Luckily, my coworker told me about this organization, and not 24 hours after I submitted the initial application, I got a call from Kit Steinaway who was kind, empathetic, and amazingly helpful. She said I was likely to get some of my rent and utilities covered, and I was cautiously hopeful after submitting a more in-depth application (which was also quite user friendly and simple). In the end, Binc covered my rent and utilities for the month of January, which I am eternally grateful for. The whole process was so easy, the people were extremely kind, and I cannot thank this organization enough for what they do for booksellers. I also want to send a personal thank you out to Kit who was amazing during the whole process. Thank you!

1 Benjamin C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like so many, I was laid off from my bookstore as a result of COVID-19. I wrote to Binc on a lark, assuming there was no way that I would hear back or even get any support. That's because I didn't understand the scope of what Binc does.

To my grateful surprise, not only did I hear back quickly but I was helped by having Binc pay a full month's rent. It made all the difference in the world, not only financially but with the peace of mind that I wasn't going to be evicted during a pandemic.

I'm back to work since then and did not have to go deep into debt because of something out of my control. It's easy as a bookseller to feel a part of some isolated frontier community with little support or recourse. But Binc not only helped me out, it made me feel I was a part of something bigger and important.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney disease and had to undergo a CT scan which then lead to another CT scan due to nodules being seen on my lungs during the initial scan. I was not prepared for the steep copays on the scans, especially this year with Covid causing hours to be cut. BINC helped me by taking care of those bills. They are a wonderful charity and very pleasant to interact with, Kit is fantastic.


Aaron

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a bookstore in LA, and we were forced to shut down in mid-March, for a period that ended up lasting until mid-May. I had heard about BINC before, but had never utilized it. I applied in early April, figuring why not, I had nothing to lose. Within just a few days, I received a very nice email from a BINC rep named Becki, who very kindly informed me that I would have a check for 1K coming along within the next week. I was blown away at how quickly and diligently they were reviewing and processing applications in the midst of all of this, and will remain forever grateful to BINC. Thanks again!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Javier Molea, I´ve been working as a bookseller for 30 years, half of it in NY. Booksellers usually are an afterthought for the book industry, everyone bosses you, even publicists just fresh after college with zero experience. We are underpaid, it´s like the McDonalds job for college graduates. So, you really have to love what you do but it is true that nobody roots for booksellers, not the ABA, not the authors, publishers, editors, (agents sometimes are the worst) everyone uses you. I applied to BINC twice and what I receive exceeded by far my expectations, mostly I got respect, and they are the obvious reason I'm still a bookseller, I can{t thank and appreciate them enough,.

1 William Shawn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The assistance was mentally and physically invigorating during a dark time. A positive force for this world!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When the pandemic layoffs began, I was terrified of what that meant for my family financially. After the first month without a paycheck in sight, I began to panic. Then I remembered BINC. I filled out the form, and within a week, I was notified that we would be receiving enough to cover our mortgage. I'm so grateful for the help we received during such uncertain times. I'm not sure what would have happened if we hadn't gotten it when we did. BINC is the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was wary about this when my boss first told the employees to apply. But I figured that even if I got a "no," at least I tried. I got call less than a week after I applied and was told they were going to cover a month of rent. When I tell you I almost cried in the middle of Target, I mean it. The rep that helped me (I can't remember her name) was very kind and made sure that I knew that they were happy to help. It makes me so incredibly happy to know that there are people out there who care about other people.
I wasn't sure how it was going to work, but the rep told me that they would send out a check and all I had to do was deposit it into my account. It was super easy to apply and super easy once it all got worked out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC has saved my life twice. A couple of years ago, I found black mold in my home. I was unable to pay for the floor removal and the treatment of the mold. I received a generous amount for help from BINC. This year, they helped me save the utilities in my home from being turned off. I am so thankful that the Bookstore I work for is apart of BINC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The store in Brooklyn where I've worked and supported for close to a decade closed down during the public health crisis to keep us all safe (& the governor said we had to). I wasn't quite sure how I was going to piece things together, but a coworker told me about the Binc Foundation pandemic support and encouraged me to apply. I didn't think anything would come of it, but it was an easy application so I did. A little while later I got a check for much more than I thought I might possible get and a nice note of support. It really made a difference for me. My thanks to the organization and the people that donated to support it. And also thanks for buying all the books I'm sure you've been buying to continue to support us booksellers. Keep your masks on and let's not rush to reopen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We really appreciate BINC's check, which will help us continue our work in these fraught, perilous and exciting times. As our Mission Statement says, “The world today, with all its horrors, holds the potential for something far better. To unlock that – at the foundation of RB – is the most advanced scientific theory and leadership for an actual revolution for the emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian. RB is a bookstore with literature, history, science, art, philosophy, and revolutionary theory....a place of discovery and engagement.

The uprising against police violence and the fascist Trump regime has brought many people not only into the streets but into bookstores, including RB. People are seeking to learn the truth about the history and situation of Black and brown people in this country. This is a great thing. We appreciate the role BINC plays in helping independent bookstores which are...essential and need to exist and thrive to serve old and new readers and thinkers and not be a casualty of the pandemic.

Warmly,

Revolution Books, Berkeley

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I own a bookstore and gift shop in East Aurora, New York. We were closed almost 3 months. I did not take the PPP because at the time, I found it would not help my business at all. I applied to the Binc Foundation, not knowing if I would receive anything. A few weeks later I received a check for $1000.00. It came when I needed it most! I felt so blessed when it arrived. We were able to re-open and slowly coming back. Most of my money is going for bills and payroll and taxes (Yuck). Hopefully, soon i will be able to put in money to refresh my stock.
I just want to thank all who are involved for this wonderful gift.
With much gratitude, Judy Heaton The Bookworm & BW Gifts LLC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The book industry charitable foundation saved me and my home when I wasn’t sure of how to take my next steps during the stay at home order. Their customer service is fast and respectful and they’re able to respond to any questions via email.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at BINC (and your donors!) on behalf of The Book Garden here in Lebanon, Oregon. It's been a tremendous relief to pay some of our overdue bills with BINC's shop assistance grant in the wake of the Great Covid-19 Panic of 2020! We're so grateful and humbled that a charitable organization exists like yours which helps respond specifically to the needs of the bookstore community. Thanks again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A heartfelt thank you to Binc, for helping to provide COVID relief grants to small bookstores in need. My business was among the recipients, and the funds we received went towards covering overhead during the time that the bookshop was closed. I can't tell you what it means to me to have received help when we needed it most, from such a caring, like-minded group of folks. A million thank yous!

1 Janet G.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Binc has provided very real help to me and my bookstore multiple times since I started my business about a decade ago. Despite having health insurance, in the last 5.5 years I've been faced twice with a huge stack of bills for necessary surgeries. Even after insurance, the bills to the myriad doctors, hospitals, follow-up physicians, etc. piled up. I sent in an application to Binc, along with scans of all my bills, and less than three weeks later I got an email from Kit saying that every bill had been paid. Just like that. I nearly wept with gratitude.

Your donations to Binc are having a very real impact on my life as well as the lives of hundreds and hundreds of others who may not have the bandwidth to write a review right now. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is amazing! They have helped me get groceries when the power was shut off in my area and my groceries spoiled. They helped me with moving costs (which can be astronomical where I live). They also did a matching grant that helped me a buy a reliable car. I am so grateful to BINC and to Kate and Kit in particular. Your help has made such a positive difference in my life. Thank you!!

1 Margaret M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

2020 was supposed to be a good year for me. Our bookstore, OtherWorlds Books & More celebrated it's 2nd birthday and Christmas sales had been good. We live in a small Wisconsin town and tourist town, so winter is the time to slow down and focus. I had a large 'to do' list and was prepared to revamp my store. Then I get the call that changed all that. My brother in Colorado had died. Being the only one left in my family, I headed to Colorado leaving my husband and friends to man the store when they can. I spent 22 days trying to close everything up, which included his mobile home. BINC came through for me big time! I was able to pay for lot rent, my mortgage, funeral expenses with the help of BINC. I came home and life was getting back to normal until Covid hit. Our store had to close. The website I had meant to work on but had to put aside due to my brother's death was not finished so I didn't have that to fall back on. Then I got the email from BINC, who, once again, gave me a wonderful grant. I cried tears of joy. I have told everyone I can about this wonderful organization. I don't think I would have made it through much longer without that gift. I am happy to say we are OPEN for business and I know I can face the rest of 2020 with as much hope as I had before all these troubles started. Thank you BINC and the supporting donors. I know once I straighten out, I will be a donor as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you BINC! They were one of the few organizations that really stepped up to help our small independent comic shop with financial relief during the covid crisis. We are extremely grateful for their assistance, they gave us the help we needed at a crucial time to help us carry on serving our community. With so many small businesses missing out on the big grants, BINC really came thru for us when it mattered.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an indie bookshop catering to lovers of Mystery for over 18 years, the Cloak & Dagger, Princeton, NJ thought its world would end when our NJ Governor shut down all non-essential " businesses due to Covid-19. Never thought we would find such a caring, responsive and sympathetic non-profit organization like BINC. We reached out and received a modest grant to help bridge the gap covering a portion of our overhead expenses while we geared up our e-commerce store sales. BINC's process was seamless from application to receipt of funds. We are forever grateful for their timely assistance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hakim's Bookstore thanks the Binc Foundation for providing us with financial assistance during Covid -19. The grant has helped us with our on going expenses during this difficlult time. We are a family owned and operated independent bookstore celebrating 61 years in business and the foundations' generosity has helped us to continue our mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wish to thank you for the Grant you sent to us! always unexpected when something like this actually happens and the amount was surprising! We will order a lot of trade paper backs to enhance our collection. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf! Be safe!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A big thank you to BINC who shared some money during the coronavirus pandemic. This came as a helpful hand during a bad time for most retail. I appreciate all of the help & hope that everyone reading this is safe & healthy. Again, thank you very much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much my BINC grant. I received the check today and am most appreciative of this generosity. Trader J's has been closed for two months creating much financial difficulties, this grant will allow a continuation of my business for a while longer during these desperate times.
A million thanks again for your assistance during this pandemic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’re a tiny, seasonal bookshop, dependent on tourists to travel by ferry to our automobile-free island. Our season only lasts 6 months, and hotels here aren’t scheduled to open here until the mid to end of June. We don’t have great expectations for the entire season, and we aren’t open for Christmas shopping to depend on. Our biggest concern right now is keeping our employees healthy, because if one us gets sick, we will be devastated, and closed for a minimum of two weeks.
We’re incredibly grateful for the donation from BINC. It’ll help keep our heads above water during this unprecedented, difficult time. It’s comforting to know that our staff can turn to BINC in times of need. BINC is helping hundreds of independent booksellers across the country to keep their doors open, and keep readers engaged.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the shutdown they basically covered my mortgage until the state opened back up again. Please support this wonderful organization. They were a Godsend to me and my family. Because of them, Sci Fi Factory in Texas will come back stronger than ever with ALL its employees!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you very much for the support!! During this pandemic it was great to see so much support from BINC!! The lifeline donation will help keep Metropolis Comics continue to be in business and serve our community!

David S.24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our independent comic book store was just starting to show improving financials after a year in business when the pandemic struck. The money granted by BINC will make this unexpected downturn easier to overcome. Thank you for your generosity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of your generosity we may still be in the fight. With out the check we surely would be in trouble. You helped us buy another month to scramble and fix what covid19 has destroyed. Again Thank you so much to you and the generous artist, and individual donors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Binc! What a wonderful charity. Received a much needed check after my layoff as a bookseller! This will definitely help in these troubled times. ❤️Binc!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a bookstore which closed March 18, 2020 due to Covid-19. The owner suggested I contact BINC for possible assistance. I filled out the simple application and was contacted by Kit Steinaway about a week later. We spoke on the phone, I sent in some paperwork and received a check shortly after that. I honestly did not think I would be eligible for any assistance. I was shocked to receive the much needed help. A note was enclosed with the check letting me know I could seek additional assistance if necessary. I am so thankful to BINC.

Daniel S.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Creators and BINC came forth with such strength to help the comic book industry through the workers, the shops, and beyond. This was a huge gesture from all that we want to continue seeing the life blood of the industry for decades to come. Thanks to this incredible movement, I was able to help my home and shop life through these changing times. I am incredibly grateful to still be working in this industry.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is a glorious thing to have and never need because when you need it you're glad you have it. A few months ago while working out at the gym I lost my mind, literally. I had an episode of amnesia and couldn't remember a multitude of numbers, phrases, passwords, friends names and all the little things you take for granted like being able to access your phone or home that you use hundreds of times a day. Fearing it might be stroke related I was hospitalized for 24 hours testing. Ten hours of Transient Global Amnesia cost me thousands. Having that bill due while being closed for a pandemic is even worse. BINC advised me on both negotiating the bill, staying out of collections for it, and ultimately with paying it. Never imagined I would need their help but certainly will be a lifetime supporter. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During store closures due to the pandemic BINC has been a lifesaver and has done so much to save this country's wonderful independent booksellers. Space Cowboy Books is ever grateful for the support. Thank you BINC!

Chiqui H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Currently, my comic book shop has been temporary closed due to pandemic. Like everyone else I applied for SBA loan and currently haven't heard anything from it and I also applied a grant from BINC to which they have approved and sent me a check to help out with our mortgage. I will certainly give back to this foundation since they have helped us in this tough time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 20 something working at a small comic shop in GA. I have been putting myself through school for the past couple years, and because of this I work part time. When the COVID-19 virus began to effect the schools and my job at the store I was fortunate enough to have a great family that to support me. I was shocked to find out that I was eligible for help from the BINC Foundation. Ms. Kit and I played phone tag for a couple of days and when we finally were able to connect she gave me some great news. I was receiving some aid to help with groceries and other expenses during this hard time. Thank you to all donors and thank you Ms. Kit for continuing to reach out. My family is forever grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a bookseller for 20 years. Way back when, as an employee of Borders, I contributed to the emergency fund for booksellers. I never thought I'd be the one in need of help.
Since then, I've worked for many bookstores. With Covid-19, my store has closed. My sister told me that Binc exists, still, even though Borders is no more. I applied, and it was so easy. They sent me enough money to pay my rent.
I am so grateful that this nonprofit exists. They were so kind and responsive. Makes me feel like my years as a devoted and passionate bookseller weren't a waste.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC really saved me. Having been laid off due to Covid19, I was in a pretty difficult position with my bills; it was either going to be paying for rent or paying for food. The stimulus bill has yet to reach me, but BINC was there and they are getting us through this hardship. I'm prideful to a fault; it can be difficult for me to ask for help, but I am so grateful that BINC was there for me, and is there for so many who need the help. When this is all over, I hope to be able to give back in some way. But until then, all I can give is my utmost thanks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you BINC. Your patience, kindness, dedication, and perseverance are top notch. Not only did you put up with my endless questions, you did it with grace, empathy and style. Can't thank you enough for helping during these surreal times. Shelley

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was laid off from my bookstore job due to the shelter-in-place order and suddenly had no income and no savings. It was very simple and straightforward to apply for assistance on the BINC website. They contacted me a week later via email, let me know they could give me financial assistance--more than I could have hoped for--and a week after that they sent me a check. Not only that, but they have helped several of my coworkers too. I will be forever grateful to BINC for their generosity in this hard time. It means a lot to me that this nonprofit values the work booksellers do and believes we deserve to be financially stable. I would recommend this nonprofit to any bookseller experiencing a financial hardship!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot stress enough how much I really, really appreciate the generous help that BINC has provided for me. I am a bookseller at Books Inc. in Mountain View, California, and have been out of work since the shelter-in-place was mandated on March 16 due to Covid-19. The process of applying for and receiving this aid was easy and straightforward. I received a check in the mail from BINC promptly. This has immensely helped me to maintain a sense of security and calm during this time. Again, thank you, BINC, for your generosity and thoughtfulness! Also, thank you specifically to Tori Price, who was very helpful! All the best to you, and to all the people and their families out there in the book business! To your health and safety!
- Loren Hsieh 4/17/2020

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many booksellers in April 2020, I found myself laid off from my job at an independent bookstore, with little savings, no back-up plan, and no idea what to do next. I was one year deep into my pursuit of my MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and suddenly, as the COVID-19 pandemic blossomed across New York state, my continual presence in my apartment, my future in New York, and my finishing my degree were all in jeopardy.

But in the midst of all this chaos, BINC was there for me: They were stable and easy to work with, and they moved fast and efficiently. After I submitted my application for emergency assistance, I was contacted over the phone within a week. At first, I thought I was in a better place with my finances and was honest over the phone that I didn't need immediate assistance; however, when my situation took a turn for the worse, I called BINC back to update them on my new situation. I was amazed at how quickly they mobilized behind me—within a week I'd gotten support in the mail. Their assistance and funding were help enough, but I also appreciated the human touch. They were easy to talk with, and damn were they efficient. It was incredible to know that, even in such strange and alien times, there are resources out there to support even people like me, someone who's always depended on the kindness of strangers. I greatly appreciate their generosity and support in this dire time, and I hope that I'll be able to repay their kindness in the future.

Frieda G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I slipped in the shower and conked my head. I was in ICU for 5 days and used up my sick days and vacation days to get paid. From then on it was a struggle, due to other financial issues, and then I heard about BINC. This year, at Winter Institute, a yearly bookseller conference, my coworkers went to the BINC meeting and brought their new wisdom back to our bookstore. I applied and BINC helped me and my husband.
So very amazing and wonderful. Especially at this moment in time.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

True angels on this earth. I cannot say enough good things about Binc. On top of the sheer generosity of them helping me after I was let go from The Last Bookstore after Covid-19, they are also an incredibly effective and easy to work with organization. After weeks of confusing, labyrinthine unemployment insurance research and applications (all of which has yet to yield anything) I was referred to Binc and almost couldn't believe it when I was able to apply in under 20 minutes and was talking with a REAL person through email within days! These folks have significantly helped me and several of my immediate book-selling peers in a time of extreme anxiety and uncertainty, and for that I can't thank them enough. I'd encourage anyone in a position to pay it forward to the Binc foundation to do so, they are real ones.

1 Nathaniel F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC has given me a sense of a security in this unpredictable time. Their kindness and quick response is incredibly moving.

1 Emily N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BINC is a boon to the booksellers industry. They helped me and my co-workers financially when the independent book store where I've worked for 3 years had to furlough all of its booksellers. It's my one source of income. Such a huge relief for me. Thanks!

1 Howard C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kit Mundus Steinaway the programs manager for BINC was very helpful in expediting an emergency aid check to my household after being forced to close by the state as a non-essential business (comic book shop)! Much thanks Kit!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Book Industry Charitable Foundation. The Governor of my state has deemed bookstores non essential and has closed them due to the Covid outbreak. To me, books are as essential as breathing. I have worked at my bookstore for 19 years and am a single mother. BINC helped me pay my mortgage. They did so with grace, compassion and very quickly. I am forever thankful for their assistance. I will remember these dark days and the help BINC provided to me and my child. Thank you , Julie

1 Ron H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My store JHU Comic Books (of NYC) www.jhucomicbooks.com has been closed since 3/21. We have tried to make some sales online, but we are primarily a brick and mortar store. A friend who works in publishing alerted me to BINC and I got confirmed for some personal financial assistance. Thank You BINC!