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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, who have a demonstrated need, arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has granted over $6.6 million to support more than 7,476 individuals and their families.

Target demographics: Bookstore employees and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 72 booksellers and their families

Geographic areas served: The U.S.

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

Community Stories

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband took a promotion that required going to salary and cutting out all overtime. That resulted in a significant pay cut. The circumstances were such that this pay cut came very quickly before we were really able to prepare or process how big it was. We were robbing Peter to pay Paul and for some time were able to exist this way. However, it hit a point where were not able to do it any longer and were looking at our utilities being cut off and not being able to make rent. BINC helped us with both of those and provided much needed breathing space. We can use the extra time to put some things in place so that we are not in this situation hopefully again. I was treated with respect through the entire process and the process was quick.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Right before Christmas 2013, I found out I needed urgent back surgery that would require me to be out of work for 6 weeks. At age 36, I had no disability insurance, and was new to my job, so I had limited vacation and sick days available. I am the single mother of 4 kids, and am their sole provider. As a former long-time Borders employee, I reached out to BINC for help. They not only helped me cover basic costs to keep my family with a roof over their head and keep my heat on in Minnesota's biggest deep freeze in 20 years, they did it quickly and with a smile. I worked with Kit, and she was an absolute lifesaver. My family cannot thank BINC enough for their help, as we would be in a terrible position at this point without them. I was able to concentrate on my healing and allow my kids to experience Christmas without their mother worrying about those necessities. I appreciate BINC being there for me in my family's time of need.

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Cindy115

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to BINC because I am a former bookseller who believes that the work they do is much needed. Booksellers and bookshop owners usually aren't in it for the big bucks. They love what they do and don't reap monetary benefits. Because of that, they don't always have extra money for the unexpected. Thanks to BINC, there is someone to turn to when disasters strike, such as ill health or physical disasters. They also have a wonderful scholarship program that helps booksellers achieve their educational goals. They really care!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate to Binc because it is a worthy and well run charitable organization. Binc has a specific focus and vision on helping employees of the bookselling industry, in financial assistance and several other meaningful ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for and donate to Binc because I believe in the importance of bookstores and booksellers. Bookstores have for centuries been one of the primary conduits of enlightenment to many communities. And booksellers have played a primary role in creating interest in the important books of our age and in reading in general. And today, when the problem is too much information, booksellers play just as important a role in helping us find the books we need -- both to understand the problems of the world today, and to take enjoyment by immersing ourselves in a world very different that our own.

Binc is a fabulous organization dedicated to assisting the community of booksellers and bookstore owners. The people behind it all believe in the mission of bookstores, and they understand that most dedicated booksellers choose to toil for wages that won't cover all their bills when times get rough. Both compassionate as to the myriad of problems people can face, and savy in their distribution of funds, Binc has helped thousands of booksellers, both young and old.

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1 Anne85

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Binc because I am passionate about a thriving and healthy book industry overall, and I know how important bookstores, and booksellers, are to the long-term strength of the industry. I started working in bookselling 25 years ago and have always believed that smart and interesting people are attracted to work in books because they have a passion for connect readers to the written word. But it just isn't the most lucrative industry to be honest. Binc is a critical link in ensuring that booksellers who may face financial difficulties, for a variety of reasons, have a safety net. I have been a donor and supporter of Binc since its inception in 1996 because I believe that we can all help each other in times of need - and we often don't know or can't anticipate when that will be. I know that Binc has changed lives - saved booksellers from financial disaster, or helped them achieve their career goals by attending college. Binc is one of the most critical ways that we can ensure that great people can remain in bookselling. Binc needs help from everyone who is committed to ensuring a stable and healthy book industry. Small gifts add up, so please donate - your time, your expertise, and yes, your money. Because book people need to care for one another - we have to focus on the future of bookselling, and those who connect books and readers. Please give and please share the word about Binc - awareness is everything.
Binc Board Member and long-time supporter

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Jim_73

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife was a bookseller for about 14 years and always paid into BINC. When she started having medical issues in July the hospital bills and doctors bills piled up quickly, but she contacted the Foundation and they were very helpful. Once we had an idea how much we owed, our contact, Kit, submitted our case to the board and gave us the good news the next day. I sent her copies of the bills owed that weekend and she sent out checks on Monday. So fast, so generous, and so helpful. We couldn't say 'thank you' enough, and every time we did Kit just said, "that's what we're here for." Again, thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

At the beginning of the year I found myself in a labyrinth of of ever expanding medical issue and the bills to go with it. Stress was setting in. I remembered meeting someone from BINC at a booksellers conference. I called and the woman I talked to was friendly, helpful and totally non-judgmental. My stress level immediately went down. I started to heal and the financial assistance from BINC made it all possible. Thanks!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor and volunteer with the Foundation for years and have been impressed with the group's integrity, compassion and efficiency. They have helped many clients financially and with advice and direction to other community resources. I encourage you to support their work -- anything you can contribute will be used wisely to help booksellers experiencing financial hardship.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a well run, lean and active charity that puts everything it can into assisting booksellers in need. The people are always looking for new and innovative ways to help, unique ways to raise funds and they process grant requests with speed. A great charity!

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Meghan7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be involved with such a great organization that provides financial assistance to booksellers in need. I work closely with the full-time Foundation staff members and am continually impressed with their leadership. The team is incredibly committed and focused on finding innovative ways to see the mission of the Foundation through. Having a strong leadership team in place is a key element to running a successful non-profit and I am happy to report the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has this in place.

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Joanna3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've seen first hand how the Book Industry Charitable Foundation impacts lives. Whether it's eviction prevention or emergency medical assistance, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation helps booksellers avoid or manage potentially catastrophic life events.

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