We Need Your Help in Shaping the Future of the Foundation

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In 2014, Binc conducted a bookseller survey of the book industry and found that bookstore employees needed more and different services that we had previously offered. In response to that survey, we added a Matching Grants program as well as Homelessness Prevention and Utility Shut-off Prevention programs. Financial grants from those programs have helped many booksellers to stabilize their households and move forward knowing there is a safety net in place for them. So far in 2016, seven booksellers have benefitted from Matching Grants.

A Second Bookseller Survey

 
With the growth and change of both the bookselling industry and the Foundation, it is again time to hear from booksellers about what they want and need in an organization dedicated to helping them in times of financial hardship. Therefore, we are conducting a second industry survey intended at getting a better understanding of the current needs and experiences of the nation’s booksellers.

The survey will be accessible from September 6 to October 23 and will take about 5-7 minutes to complete.  Participants will be eligible to win one of four (4) $50 American Express Gift Cards as a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

Please Help Spread the Word

 
Please take a moment to complete the survey to tell us how we can better support bookstore employees and their families in times of financial hardship.  Also, please forward the survey to other book industry professionals you know so that they can respond as well. Everyone in the book industry is welcome to provide their feedback and take the survey.

Take the survey today at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Binc

Thank you for your input. The results of the survey will be released in January 2017.

Natural Disasters, Medical Problems: Binc’s Help

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Annie Philbrick owner of Bank Square Books with Binc Executive Director, Pam French.

Some of Binc’s most invaluable help has come after bookstores have suffered natural disasters. A striking case involved Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn., when, in October 2013, Tropical Storm Sandy caused a tidal surge that overwhelmed the store’s sandbagged walls. “Tuesday morning we arrived to a very wet store and no lights, computers or anything but dampness and the smell of a beach at low tide,” recalled owner Annie Philbrick. “Over the next two days, with the undying support of the local community, we packed up and moved the entire children’s section to an empty apartment upstairs, and the remaining store into two Mayflower moving trucks to be held at a storage facility about five miles away until we were able to open up again as a bookstore.”

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Matching Grants: A New Pilot Program from Binc

matching grants The Binc Foundation knows that the staff of a bookstore often feels much like a family. Having a colleague struggle with a financial hardship is made more difficult when there seems to be no way to help. The Binc Foundation understands this, and is introducing a new Matching Grant Pilot Program. Now there is a way for booksellers to harness the goodwill of the book people in their community to assist a local bookstore employee in need. Your store can raise funds (by any method they choose) and the Foundation will match those donations dollar-for-dollar up to a maximum of $2,000.

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