My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Book Industry Charitable Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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.