Who We Are
Welcome to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need since 1996. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.
In 2014 Binc provided financial assistance to 42 bookstore employees and their families (an increase of 79% over 2013). The higher education scholarship program provided 53 scholarships to bookstore employees and their dependents for a total of almost $200,000. Binc’s professional development scholarship program gave 20 booksellers financial assistance to attend industry events.
To learn more about the assistance the Binc Foundation provides, visit our Request Assistance page.
Who We Help
The Binc Foundation provides financial assistance to brick and mortar bookstore employees working full-time or part-time who demonstrate a personal financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. The Foundation typically assists with needs arising from these qualifying life-event categories:
• Domestic Violence
• Funeral Expenses
• Homelessness Prevention
• Loss of Household Income, due to:
• death in the household
• divorce or separation
• job loss of spouse or partner
• emergency child or elder care
• Serious Medical Expenses
• Utility Shut-off Prevention
Binc Assists A Bookseller Facing a Personal Financial Crisis
With your generous support, the Binc Foundation is able to help veteran booksellers like Clarey Rudd, a career independent bookseller in Ventura, CA. Clarey experienced a serious medical emergency, requiring immediate surgery and was overwhelmed by the resulting medical bills. The Binc Foundation was able to help Clarey and his family by working to eliminate 100% of his medical debt.
Photo used with permission of the Ventura County Star.
How You Can Help
There are numerous ways to donate or get involved and support the Binc Foundation in our mission to strengthen the bookselling community. If you would like additional information, contact us at email@example.com or 1-866-733-9064.