Donate Today

Give A One-Time Donation

Would you like to make a donation to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation? Click here to go to our secure donation site through Donation Pay. Your tax-deductible donation will help Binc to strengthen the bookseller’s safety net by funding confidential assistance programs dedicated to helping book store employees experiencing a personal financial crisis.


Sustaining Donations

Are you looking for an easy way to provide continued support to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation? Sign up as a Sustaining Donor and your donation is automatically charged to your debit or credit card or deducted from your bank account each month. There are no checks to write and nothing to remember. Your monthly donation can be changed or stopped at any time. Your monthly contribution provides a source of regular, ongoing support that is so vital in assisting bookstore employees facing personal financial crises.

Your monthly contribution provides a source of regular, ongoing support that is so vital in assisting bookstore employees facing personal financial crises.

Click here to become a Binc Foundation Sustaining Donor

To change the amount of your sustaining donation, send the following in an email to

“I, YOUR NAME, would like to change my monthly sustaining donation to $__________”

Mailed Donations

Checks can be made out to “Binc Foundation” and mailed to:
Book Industry Charitable Foundation
713 W. Ellsworth Road, Suite A
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Join the First 100

The First 100 is our premier group of 100 supporters setting up sustaining donations of at least $15 a month. The First 100 donations cover the cost of one average financial assistance grant to a family in need or our monthly office operations expenses.

Click here to join the First 100

Automatic Payroll Donations

One of the things we were struck by in the results from our marketing survey was how many booksellers want to donate to Binc. Again and again, booksellers asked to have a method for easy, no-fuss monthly donations, with a preference for paycheck deductions. The Foundation is aware from our beginnings as the Borders Group Foundation that this method is both easy for the donor and successful for the Foundation. For the first 15 years the Foundation received an average of $2.17 per paycheck from bookstore employees across the country. All those small amounts added together formed a significant amount for financial assistance and scholarships. We know from experience that the strength of many, giving a little makes for a very strong Foundation.

When we heard booksellers voice a preference for this type of automatic payroll donation, we started to ask questions. Could small bookstores do the same? Could a small payroll processor arrange this type of donation? Could it be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and inconvenience? It turns out the answer is yes! Add your store to the growing list by following a few simple steps.

Click here to download the instructions and fill-able forms to begin automatic payroll donations.

Store and Corporate Sponsorship

The Binc Foundation provides crucial assistance to booksellers every day, helping to keep financial hardships from becoming financial catastrophes. Whether it is helping to pay overdue bills or preventing higher education from becoming a financial burden, your donation to Binc will secure a better future for bookstore employees and their families.

Supporting Binc is a great way to tell others in the book industry and the public at large, that your company has a commitment to the overall industry, and that you are a caring member of the community of book people.

Your donation to Binc will provide real help for real booksellers.

Lexicon Donor $1,000 – $2,499
Safely house and feed two families in the immediate wake of a disaster

Cover a month’s rent in a safe home for the victim of domestic abuse

Folio Donor $2,500 – $4,999
Provide housing & utility costs for a bookstore employee temporarily unable to work

Send 3 booksellers to professional industry conferences

Opus Donor $5,000 – $9,999
Pay for medical mediation fees* for all applicants for a full year

Cover funeral expenses for a bookseller’s spouse or child

Manuscript Donor $10,000 or more
Support 3 families through a medical emergency with essential household expenses

Fund one premier higher education scholarship.

All corporate donors receive special designation on our website and on social media.

We want to add your company to our caring community of book people. Contact us today to arrange a corporate sponsorship for your company

*Medical mediation services help lower, and in some cases, completely eliminate overwhelming medical bills following surgery or illness.

Other ways to give

Are you looking for another way to give to Book Industry Charitable Foundation? Here are some additional options:

Donate your rewards

Are you a business traveler who has reward miles that are about to expire? How about the reward points on your credit card? You could use them to purchase gift cards and donate them to the Foundation for use as volunteer recognition and as silent auction prizes. In addition, many credit cards, airlines and hotel chains have rewards that can be donated to charities.

Gifts of Stock

Stocks that have increased in value are one of the most popular assets used for charitable giving. Making a gift of stock or securities helps the Binc Foundation while realizing many important tax benefits for yourself. Please check with your investment professional to find how this type of donation could benefit you as it helps the Foundation.

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees, and employee’s spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours or match employee monetary contributions. Check with your workplace. We can send you the appropriate paper work to make your dollars go further.

Some organizations that support matching gifts are: General Electric, Ingram Micro, ProQuest, Penguin Group (USA), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Berkley Books, Follett Corporation, Clarion Books, Disney Book Group, Hachette Book Group USA, Hyperion Books, Google, Bank of America, Thomson Reuters, Toyota Technical Center, McGraw-Hill.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a way for you to make a financial gift to Binc as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning.

Please keep us in mind when you discuss your charitable intentions with your estate planner. Your adviser will be able to explain the tax advantages of these decisions. For further information about our legal designation please contact us.

Tribute Gifts

Do you have a book lover in your life? If your loved one embodies the spirit of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, consider giving a tribute gift in their honor. Tribute gifts are a special way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, graduations, holidays or any special occasion. When a gift is made, we will mail the honoree a letter informing them of the gift made in their name. We will also send you a letter acknowledging our gift for tax purposes.

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