Now Accepting Applications for Higher Education Scholarships*
*Please Note: To better align the program with our mission to strengthen the book industry and support career booksellers and their families there has been a change in eligibility requirements from past years. It is now only the dependents of booksellers (which includes children aged 25 and under, spouses and qualified same-sex partners) who are eligible for higher education scholarships. Booksellers themselves are still eligible for the Karl Pohrt Scholarship. For further information about this change, please see our recent press release.
Who We Are
The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is 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 unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.
In 2018 so far, Binc provided financial assistance to 61 bookstore employees and their families giving $131,094 in personal financial grants. The higher education scholarship program has provided 27 scholarships to bookstore employees and their dependents. Binc’s professional development scholarship program has given 27 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 and other qualifying life-event categories:
- Natural Disaster
- Domestic Violence
- Funeral Expenses
- Homelessness Prevention
- Loss of Household Income, due to:
- Death in the household
- Divorce or separation
- Job loss of spouse or partner
- Emergency child or elder care
- Serious Medical Expenses
- Utility Shut-off Prevention
- Other Unforeseen/Unexpected Emergencies
How You Can Help Support Booksellers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-733-9064.
“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”
Binc Inaugural Ambassador