In mid-December a Minnesota family was looking at the upcoming holidays and the long, cold winter with a sense of anxiety. But with Binc’s help they were able to turn things around and enjoy a stress-free holiday and comfortably weather the record setting cold to follow. The grateful mother writes:
Read this great story from the Ventura County Star about how Binc was able to help a bookseller in California. We are thrilled to have been able to help!
Clarey Rudd, a longtime independent bookseller in Ventura, received a gift of more than $100,000* to pay his debt after surgery. He was uninsured when he underwent surgery for cancer. Photo credit Joseph A. Garcia – Ventura County Star
This is a story of a family given something amazing they never sought from a donor they had no idea was out there.
Household finances are often a balancing act even in the best of times. When an unexpected event causes a loss of household income, a family can be knocked into a downward spiral that seems to have no end. At the Binc Foundation we hear of these circumstances on a regular basis. Here are the stories of several of the families we have helped this year.
“I never thought I’d be in this position.”
Day after day, year after year, this is the most repeated phrase from grant applicants. No one plans to have financial difficulty. Emergencies don’t give warnings. Hardships come upon booksellers unexpectedly and often very quickly.
It was a whirlwind of a month; attending seven of the eight possible Independent Bookseller Association’s fall conferences. Pam, Penny and Kit were bouncing from one state to another meeting, greeting and educating booksellers about the assistance Binc can offer to their employees. We were thrilled with the response!
Re-posted with permission from the Denver Post. Post by Tucker Shaw on the Pages books blog – blogs.denverpost.com/books
Help is on the way for Colorado bookstores and bookstore employees affected by the floods. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (bincfoundation.org), a.k.a. Binc, a Michigan-based nonprofit that sponsors charitable giving, financial assistance grants and higher education scholarships to bookstore employees – particularly in times of emergency or extreme hardship – announced this week that they’d be contacting Colorado bookstores with offers to help out in the wake of recent flooding along the Front Range.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is pleased to be able to help bookstore employees through times of personal crisis with financial assistance grants. Higher education scholarships allow bookstore employees (or their dependents) to continue their education with less stress associated with the cost of their education. We know that the help we offer improves their immediate situation and allows booksellers to focus on their life in a more enjoyable way. It is the goal of the Binc Foundation to be a cornerstone in a caring community of book people.
This year has proven that no matter where you reside in the United States, you are not immune to disasters. Whether your community is prone to hurricanes, floods, fires, or winter storms some planning will go a long way to being prepared. The time to think about a potential natural disaster is not when they are imminent, but beforehand, when there is still time to work out a plan.
The Red Cross has put together a great Emergency Preparedness Playbook to get your business ready for anything Mother Nature may throw at you. Your home plan is also covered by the Red Cross. The Institute for Business & Home Safety also puts out a thorough planning booklet. These are valuable tools to use when getting your disaster plan in place.
The Most Important Tools for your Business Post-Disaster
At a recent NEIBA round table discussion we reviewed the most critical preparation items, including:
“Binc’s help literally stopped a disconnect in progress. No cooking gas, no hot water, no heat on cold nights – it would have been a huge problem. I’m still blown away at how quickly my request for gas bill disconnect was paid.” That is what a Chicago bookseller had to say about the Foundation’s help with keeping her utilities connected. Binc understands that to prevent a utility shut-off quick action is needed, and for that reason, we strive to review bookseller requests expediently.