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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

165 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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,.

William Shawn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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 Sarah Elizabeth B.

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 ❤

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, thank you to BINC. I recently was laid off from the bookstore I work at due to COVID-19 and I applied for assistance, which they quickly delivered. It means so much to my family that this wonderful foundation has done for us at this uncertain time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a small independent book store on Cape Cod, since 2002, called Books By The Sea. Late 2019, I lost thousands of dollars through a credit card scam based in Nigeria. Text books were ordered, on line, with a mailing address of California. The books were paid for with credit card numbers that, once punched into our store's reader, were approved. The books were shipped to California and, subsequently stolen off the front porch. A month later, my store began receiving Charge Back notifications from our credit card processing company. They froze funds in the store's account pending an investigation of credit card fraud. We appealed sending over 60 pages of documents showing we were scammed. We lost as the cards used were stolen and the original card holder was protected, not our store. Even though the bank approved our card input, it was not covered by the bank as no chip was used. Store insurance would not cover as the books were not physically stolen from the store. Police could do nothing as the scam was tracked out of the country. Reports to the FBI and FTC went with no response. Lawyer said no one to sue. No response from state senator's office, attorney generals office or secretary of state. Due to the time of year and the fact the tied up funds were most of the store's liquid funds, we could not buy stock for the holidays or advertise so lost a major source of funds.. As owner, I had to use my savings to keep the store open over the holidays and not lay off staff, It looked as if we would have to close in early 2020. Fortunately, a co-worker went to social media and a media video went viral. Besides a GoFundMe campaign, there has been an amazing community outpouring of support. It was this coverage that caused BINC to AMAZINGLY reach out to me offering financial support for some of my lost personal funds. I have to admit it seemed to good to be true and thought it maybe was another scam. After checking, I saw it was for real.Thanks to these supports, it looks like my book store and I will be able to stay afloat. Because of the coverage, I have herd from other book stores who have been similarly scammed. I hope our story can save other merchants from a sophisticated network of scammers.
Our family and the Cape Cod community, is very grateful to BINC. We plan to spread the word.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So grateful to BINC for helping me with an emergency dental surgery on such short notice! They even were able to compensate me for work missed for recovery. I would not have been able to have this procedure done and keep my apartment if it weren't for BINC. Thank you!!

1 Heather K.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work managing a comic shop that pays me as well as they can, but living in Los Angeles is expensive. When my partner's diabetes affected his kidneys enough to require dialysis, his ability to work was diminished to the point that there was no way we could pay our rent on just my salary alone. BINC paid for our rent for a couple months which is long enough for my partner's disability payments to be processed. When they told me we qualified, I had to step off the sales floor and I cried. It was such a relief. Thank you, BINC. Thank you, Kit and Pam, for taking care of this so quickly and without any judgment. Charity is hard to ask for, but never once did they make me feel ashamed or embarrassed that we were in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Far exceeds expectations indeed. The level of care and concern that Kit at BINC extended to me in a time of medical emergency and financial hardship was both touching and highly impactful. I run one of the few remaining independent bookstores in my city, and when I say I run it, I really do carry the entire operation on my shoulders (as do all my fellow bookstore owners across the country). No days off and a constant battle to pay the bills and rent are kindly counter-balanced by the satisfaction of helping people discover wonderful books and spark literacy, curiosity and enthusiasm for words and wisdom. I've been dealing with a slow-building medical emergency that has threatened to become a chronic condition. As wonderful as old books can be, they can also be a source of respiratory challenge and compromise. In short, I was having trouble breathing.
I connected with the BINC and received immediate attention. Kit answered me with a caring, responsible and resourceful email, guiding me through the process of applying for assistance from the foundation.
The BINC Foundation provided critical information and potentially-life-saving monetary assistance. How does one thank someone for that? I will keep my bookstore running strong, put my renewed strength into growing its reach, bringing books, ideas, words of insight and imagination to more and more people. That's how I will try to express my profound gratitude.
Thank you so very much for the support. I'll do my best to pass this goodness along.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As with most resources similar to BINC, as a community, we never understand how important they are until we need them. As booksellers, we walk into this profession knowing our passion will have to compensate for our pockets. It's an industry with small margins and knowing that, many booksellers live on a financial tightrope; any unexpected circumstance tips the balance unfavorably. My scales tipped with a very immediate and unforeseen divorce to my wife of three years which precipitated a relocation on my part. Without the help of my wife's income and the substantial amount of money a move costs, to say I was depressed and panicked was an understatement. Fortunately, my new position at an independent bookstore and a place to stay was quite serendipitous, however, I was quickly finding out that no matter how hard I worked until the move, I was not going to have the extra funds to afford it. This is when I reached out to BINC. Asking for help has always been hard for me but asking for money has always been the hardest. BINC makes this process quick and painless and their staff is unbelievably understanding and encouraging. With a quick application and the necessary documents, BINC wrote a check to my landlord that paid for 2 months of my rent, giving me time to put that money towards other debt and build a savings from my new job. This organization is special and the booksellers etc that donate to this great organization are also sending a message to the people who need it; you deserve it, we want to help; what you do is important.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On the night of September 9, 2019 my beautiful bookstore burned to the ground along with the entire aisle I was in at The Market of Marion. My husband's job was also lost since he managed a store across from me. This was devastating and frightening. The Indie Bookseller Group on Facebook told me about BINC. BINC addressed my concerns immediately and have already paid some urgent bills for us. I cannot thank them enough.
Janet Cucharo
The Bookstore

Denise R.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a medical issue that required surgical treatment. The post-operative recovery period meant I'd be off work at the book store I'm employed at for several weeks. I knew I needed the treatment and time to heal, but it came during a time of great upheaval in my personal life, and the stress of how I'd be able to pay my medical expenses and care for my family financially while unable to work was a stress I knew could make my recovery difficult. I'd learned about BINC from a social media post shared by fellow retail booksellers, and instantly felt a sense of peace and relief just knowing there was a foundation out there willing to help, even before I submitted my application for assistance. That feeling grew when, almost immediately after my materials were submitted, I heard from Kit and was assured she and the foundation would do whatever was possible to help. Kit was ever diligent in letting me know how the process of addressing my bills with the medical provider was progressing. When one of her last correspondences with me was to inform me that an agreement had been reached and that BINC would be forwarding a payment on my behalf that would result in the close of my account, it was as if a weight I'd been carrying for weeks had been lifted. Without question, I could not have taken care of my family's needs financially during this time AND addressed this financial matter without the support and assistance of BINC. I have, and will continue to, inform fellow booksellers about the good work BINC does for us, and when able, look forward to making a donation to them in a show of support and appreciation.

Elise G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to say how much BINC has helped me.

I'm a young bookseller in my early 20s, fresh out of undergrad and post-grad, with very, very little savings. I started experiencing a lot of dental pain, and when I went to the dentist, they hit me with a doozy—thousands in dental work, most of it extremely time-sensitive. I confirmed it with two other dentists and started breaking down. I didn't have the money, didn't have a means of making more in time to afford anything, and every payment plan I looked at would've required more loans just to get the work I needed done.

I reached out to BINC after my supervisor recommended them, and sure enough, they turned out to be my heroes. They worked with me quickly, efficiently, and moreover kindly. They cared that I was afraid and worried, and wanted to help as much as they could. The process for getting help was easy and uncomplicated, and they ended up helping me find affordable care, as well as approving financial assistance for the entire dental work bill! They took care of all of it! I'd never been so grateful. It's already scary not knowing if you can afford groceries, but having someone do everything they can to make sure that that fear isn't pushed further is amazing. I cannot recommend applying, or donating, to this foundation enough: they care far more than is ever asked of them, and do more than anyone ever needs to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC was able to help me pay off an ER bill that Indian Health Services denied payment for. Once it hit my credit report I decided to give it a chance and reach out. They were so incredibly helpful and prompt! I contacted them on a Friday, submitted my paperwork on Monday and by Wednesday the deed was done! I’m so thankful for the help they are able to provide booksellers and to the donors who make contributions.

Terri M. L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with BINC. The organization was able to cover my lost wages due to some extenuating circumstances at our small independent bookstore. The process was quick and the approval process happened in the blink of an eye. I'll forever be grateful for the funds and assistance that BINC provided us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is incredible. I lost a molar to a failed root canal and my dentist recommended a dental implant but there was no way I could afford it, even with dental insurance. I applied for assistance and was approved so quickly and easily that I was overjoyed.

chome

Client Served

Rating: 5

BINC is an amazing nonprofit that I never knew existed until I saw an ad for it on the MIBA website. I'd been thinking about taking a leave of absence from work for a mental health issue, but there were bills to consider. I had no idea how I'd pay for my rent and some medical bills while I wasn't working--it seemed impossible. Then I looked at the BINC website and emailed Kit, who got back to me 24 hours later.

Getting help through BINC, for me, took much longer because I didn't know the ins and outs of taking a leave of absence. Please understand--that was my fault and not BINC's. But as soon as Kit had all of my documentation in place she was able to pay my bills within 24 hours. It was rather stunning.

I so highly recommend them. And as soon as I get back to work and have the cash to spare, I WILL be donating some money to them. I want other people to have the chance that I have, to be able to take time off work and take care of themselves if they need to. I never thought that I was going to be able to do this. BINC has given me an incredible gift, something that I will never be able to repay. Another reviewer said that the words "thank you" don't seem like enough, and that person is correct. The employees of BINC are allowing me to reclaim my life, something that has been lost to me for nearly FOUR YEARS. I cannot stress enough: these people are heroes, and I will support them in any way I can for the rest of my life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a part-time bookseller in Cincinnati. I always wanted to work in a bookstore, but was never at a point in my life where I could do it full time and survive, or do it part time and devote my time to it. Two Christmases ago, I got the opportunity to devote some holiday time to working at one of our local stores and enjoyed it so much I stayed on a couple evenings a week, while still working full time in my regular career. I have made it to a point in my full time career where I am more comfortable financially, and have been able to contribute regularly to the people who work to make the thing I am most passionate about and brings me more joy than anything else (books and bookstores). It brings me happiness to know that even with a small contribution, I can help booksellers across the country when crisis strikes. Books, bookstores, and booksellers bring me such joy that it means something to me to be able to contribute to relief when booksellers are struggling. We all need a boost at times and I'm happy that I can provide a small one. After setting up my monthly contribution, I got a very sweet phone call from the folks at BINC and their genuine care for both their donors and their recipients was heart warming. Thrilled to be contributing to this organization.

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Binc Foundation 06/21/2019

Thank you for making this community of book-loving people what it is. :-) We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your support and contribution.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saying 'thank you' seems woefully inadequate in comparison to the help we received. My husband and I are both booksellers; he had two surgeries, and was not working for several weeks; I have chronic illness and struggle to make it to work part time. BINC gave us a grant that saved us from homelessness. The gratitude we feel is really overwhelming.

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Binc Foundation 06/15/2019

We're so glad that you reached out to Binc and that we were able to help.

1 Katelyn D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a monthly donor to BINC, and I couldn't be happier with the work they do. I've been fortunate, I have not needed their help. But I've seen then help my fellow booksellers, a ND I can't say how critical that was.

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Binc Foundation 06/03/2019

Thank you, Katelyn! We can do this work because of donors like you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were sponsored by BINC to attend our regional annual conference last year. Without their support we would not have been able to attend. Very grateful for all the folks at BINC do for independent booksellers!