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.
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.
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.
After Hurricane Harvey I was displaced from my home and was living temporarily in a hotel and with friends. BINC sent us the funds to purchase food. It went a long way in helping us restart and provided meals while we were rebuilding our home. I truly appreciate everything they did during this disaster.
On April 29 the a large bookshelf fell on my back breaking my back at T12 and leaving me paralyzed from the waist down. Bink was here from the beginning and we could not have asked for better support or care from them. They even stopped in to see how we were doing after financially assisting us. What a great organization what a great group of people.
With every step, BINC has supported me in one way or another. They are lovely people who help make many bookselling careers possible.
Excellent range of very needed services. Excellent staff with great customer service skills. We needed some money when we were forced to move our bookstore due to lost lease. They were able to help us at a very unexpected hard time in a way that no one else could.
I simply cannot thank BINC enough. I had a doctor's appointment on a Wednesday and found out I needed surgery the following Friday. To top things off, I would be off work for 6 weeks. The whole ordeal was stressful. I'm a bookseller because I love what I do. Unfortunately, it's not a well paid job. Because of BINC, I was able to focus on healing. BINC does everything with such grace and dignity. Thank you does not seem like enough, but it is all I have.
Thank you so much!
Over a year ago I had to go to emergency room for very high blood pressure. I was treated and released with medication. I had health insurance but my deductible was very high so now I had over $4,500.00 I needed to pay. It went to collection because I just didn't have the money to pay it. I was not sure how I would ever pay it off. As a bookseller in the business for almost 20 years, I had known about BINC for a long time, and I always appreciated what they represented and did, and decided I would try to get help from them. Everyone I dealt with was so kind and professional and they helped me out. They are fantastic.
Hope and Support is what the Binc Foundation is all about. They are there with an outstretched hand to lift you up. I had some medical issues, I couldn't work and bills just piled up. I reached out to the Binc Foundation and it change my life and recovery.
I thank God for the hard work of Kit Steinaway and all the people at Binc
The Binc Foundation has renewed my faith in this world. When flooding in the Ozarks cause financial strain to both our business and ourselves the Binc Foundation helped with essential bills and this alone gave us hope. To realize there are still people in this world who value books and booksellers, it makes you feel like you are making a difference with your life's work. I know that Binc has made a difference in my life and I will be a supporter for life Thank you
My daughters have received incredibly generous college scholarships from BINC. Am proud to be a continuing BINC donor in support of the mission to support booksellers.
I just want to say that I am incredibly grateful and thankful for BINC. I just recently found out about this organization through a print out in the breakroom of the bookstore I work at. As of now times of been extremely rough for myself and my fiance. We basically were kicked out of both our families and thrown out on our own. I dropped out of college, I'm drowning in debt, and I was laid off twice. I couldn't handle more stress with my mental health and physical condition. Plus, having a toxic and abusive relationship with my family and losing the only person in it who understood my health needs, just caused me to almost lose myself. Living paycheck to paycheck, working as hard as I can, I really needed the financial aid of getting an apartment in fear of being homeless, on top of everything else, and that is what BINC provided for us. I am so so happy and I really appreciate the quick response and understanding. Thank you BINC and thank you, Kit for you hard work and help. I really hope to donate once I am back on my feet. :)
I found myself in the uncomfortable situation of combating bed bugs in my apartment complex. After a month of working with the complex to abide by all of the legalities, the problem still wasn't resolved, and my roommate and I were released from our obligation with only two weeks to find a new solution. With only two weeks notice, I did not have the funds necessary to pay a second rent and deposit on the clean, safe environment I needed, but BINC was there.
Kit helped me through my entire application, and was so incredibly responsive. When I contacted BINC I still wasn't sure what my next landing place was going to be, and Kit responded to each of the options I was looking into with details as to BINC would, or would not be able to help in those situations.
I'm so grateful for the time, and the help they were able to offer. Before their help, I had no idea how I was going to get another roof over my head in the time I had remaining. BINC helped me through an incredibly tumultuous time in my life so that I can keep doing the work that I love.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.