Binc Foundation

Ann Patchett and James Patterson Become Binc’s First Ambassadors

Ann & James

We are thrilled to announce that two of America’s most celebrated authors, Ann Patchett and James Patterson, are the inaugural ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation! Both authors are champions of independent bookstores. Our co-ambassadors are showing their support for Binc’s commitment to helping bookstore employees with personal financial assistance.

As the owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, Patchett knows the joys and struggles of being an independent bookseller, saying, “I support Binc because it’s an organization that’s always there for booksellers. Together we can help Binc weave a safety net for all booksellers. It’s a way to say thank you to the people who have given us so much.”

In 2015 alone James Patterson donated $2 million in holiday bonuses and grants to independent bookstore employees and school libraries. Patterson said his commitment to independent bookstores stems from their critical role in cultivating “a nation of readers” in American society.

Binc Executive Director Pamela French lauds the dedication of the new co-ambassadors. “Ms. Patchett and Mr. Patterson understand the unique role that bookstores play in building community,” she said. “They also understand that many people who work there do so out of passion — and are often one emergency away from financial hardship. That’s why we feel so honored to have them as ambassadors.”

Please join the Binc board of directors and staff in welcoming Ann Patchett and James Patterson as Binc’s Ambassadors and in showing our gratitude to them as they help us to increase awareness of our mission – to directly support booksellers with confidential emergency financial assistance.

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 2015, Binc provided financial assistance to 28 bookstore employees and their families giving almost $55,000 in personal financial grants. The higher education scholarship program provided 53 scholarships to bookstore employees and their dependents for a total of more than $220,000. Binc’s professional development scholarship program gave 17 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:

• Disaster
• Domestic Violence
• Funeral Expenses
• Homelessness Prevention
• Loss of Household Income, due to:
• death in the household
• disability
• divorce or separation
• job loss of spouse or partner
• emergency child or elder care
• Serious Medical Expenses
• Utility Shut-off Prevention


How You Can Help Support the Binc Foundation

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 or 1-866-733-9064.