Binc Foundation

Campaign to Sustain aims to help a dozen more booksellers a year

The annual Campaign to Sustain is here! This is your opportunity to join the ranks of other authors, booksellers, store owners, publishers and readers who have made a commitment to help maintain our safety net for booksellers.

This year, Binc’s goal is to add 80 sustaining donors at $20/month. The additional support will make it possible for the Foundation to help an additional bookseller every month of the year. Yes, that’s right, you can help 12 additional booksellers this year.

Binc Ambassador Ann Patchett has offered to sweeten the deal. The first 80 sustaining donors who join at $20/month or more will receive an autographed hardcover copy of Ann’s latest award-winning book, “Commonwealth”!

Ann isn’t the only one is making this Campaign to Sustain the best yet. Basil Software has offered to make a one-time donation for each of their customers who join as a sustaining donor at $20/month or greater.

If you’re still on the fence about becoming a donor, here are a list of reasons why now’s the best time to Think Binc:

Booksellers need your help.

There aren’t many retail positions that require as much education as being a bookseller. With the average public college debt above $25,000 and tuition rates continuing to rise, providing a financial safety net for the people who answer the call to promote literacy in their communities is more important than ever.

Becoming a sustaining donor protects the people who put books in the hands of people who need them.

Helping booksellers helps communities. Whether they are putting the perfect coming-of-age story into the hands of a young reader or helping someone find the perfect cookbook for backyard homesteading, booksellers enrich the lives of their customers. Binc sustaining donors make sure that enrichment continues, even when life throws booksellers a curveball.

Small donations make a big difference.

The Foundation provides booksellers with emergency help when they need it the most. When you become a sustaining donor, you make it possible for Binc to help booksellers before an emergency becomes a financial catastrophe. By working together with other book people, combined donations of any size become part of a substantial force for helping booksellers.

It’s tax-deductible and super easy.

Binc is a nonprofit organization and provides a number of options for how to become a sustaining donor. You can donate using your debit or credit card, directly from your bank account, or through payroll deduction.  Click here for details on how to set up payroll deduction at your store or company.

You love books by Ann Patchett.

Who doesn’t love books by Ann Patchett? Helping us reach our goal by becoming one of 80 new sustaining donors means more than just reading the new Ann Patchett book – which Publisher’s Weekly described as a “funny, sad, and ultimately heart-wrenching family portrait,” – It means you get a copy signed by the author herself!

Help us reach our goal by becoming a Binc sustaining donor. 

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 info@bincfoundation.org or 1-866-733-9064.