It’s Regional Tradeshow Season

We love traveling to all the Fall trade shows and having the opportunity to meet the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarships Winners in person. It’s a joy to see these booksellers in their element! The value of having the opportunity to sit with others in the bookselling industry, attend education sessions, and connect with authors cannot be underestimated. At Binc we are grateful to Macmillan Publishers who made these scholarships possible.

“Sitting in the Minneapolis Airport overcome with gratitude. Thank you [Binc] and Macmillan for making my first tradeshow excursion a reality. I have gained so much from this experience. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

-Scholarship Recipient Rebecca Fortes | Nicola’s Books

100+ Piggy Banks, One Great Cause!

 

We are so excited for the return of #BankonBooksellers! More than 100 piggy banks have been decorated by celebrities from across the book industry and beyond to help booksellers across the country thrive after every kind of emergency.

The auction kicks off at Noon EST on Sept. 9 and will feature a launch party with all of the piggy banks on display from 5 to 7 pm at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor.  This is a great opportunity to see all of the piggy banks in person and also coincides with the Kerrytown Book Festival!

If you can’t make it out to Michigan, no worries! All of the pigs will be posted on the auction website and will be available for bidding until  Noon EST on Sept. 15.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity featuring pigs decorated by Chelsea Clinton, Al Roker, Judy Blume and more!

For a full list of decorating celebrities and more information, click here!

Scholarship news and more!

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship

The winners of the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship have been announced! Diverse booksellers from across the country will attend their fall trade shows with help from Macmillan Publishers and Binc! Click here to see the winners! 

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller/Activists

The scholarship news just keeps coming! We’re happy to announce the launch of the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship, a unique scholarship that will allow one bookseller to attend TWO major bookselling events as well as providing support for a community project. Booksellers make their communities better, the Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship is here to help them do it. Applications open August 1!!!! To apply, click here. We’ve dedicated a support page to the scholarship here.

Congratulations Higher Education Scholarship Winners

We’re happy to announce the winners of the 2018 Binc Higher Education Scholarship. We had 159 applicants this year! We can’t wait to see how these booksellers thrive in higher education!

See the full list here:

2018 Binc Foundation Scholars

 

Binc 2017 Impact Report Now Available

So many people in the book community came together in an extraordinary way in 2017, changing the lives of more booksellers than ever before. The stories of who our donors helped is powerful, however, we think you will be as impressed with the numbers from last year because they illustrate a very important point:

No bookseller was turned away!

Our donors gave us the resources to help every bookseller who turned to us with a need last year – Book people who suffered from serious medical conditions, faced unexpected injuries and accidents, and found themselves seeking new housing.

Generous book lovers, store owners, booksellers and other industry professionals helped book people from frozen Minnesota to storm-ravaged Texas, after the east coast hurricanes and the west coast wildfires and everywhere in between – booksellers from across the country who lost their homes, vehicles and all their belongings.

 

Please help Binc reach the booksellers who may need help by linking them to our website or encouraging them to contact us at (866) 733-9064 or help@bincfoundation.org

How Binc can help prevent homelessness

‘Homelessness is something that only happens to other people. It couldn’t possibly happen to me.’

Most of us can’t imagine being homeless. But the reality is that it is a common occurrence, taking place all around us, to people we may work with or cross paths with every day.

In one recent case, the single-parent bookseller was forced to move out of their apartment when the building was sold. They had been renting the apartment for years and in the ensuing time, rents had shot up in the surrounding area. Their rent almost doubled in the new apartment. While the bookseller would be able to cover the rent going forward, the expenses of moving and deposits put their ability to keep this new home in jeopardy. With the payment of a month’s rent and utilities, Binc was able to help stabilize the family’s finances and get them on a steady course to enjoying their new home.

 

Of the applications coming in to Binc, Homelessness Prevention is the primary or secondary qualifying event in at least half of the requests. These requests come from booksellers who were comfortably and securely housed until an unexpected emergency put them in peril. These booksellers may not have been rich, but they were able to make ends meet, until “the event” happened. “The event” takes many shapes; a medical emergency, natural disaster, temporary loss of household income, divorce or death in the family. The only thing these events have in common is that they are unexpected and they cause an enormous financial burden to the bookseller.

The requests for homeless prevention grants to Binc isn’t unexpected, the numbers of homeless families continues to rise across the country.  As the housing market gets tighter and more expensive more renters living in affordable housing become vulnerable. This is especially prevalent in areas like Northern California and Houston, where natural disasters have decreased the number of homes available.  A reduction in the number of rentable units and an increase in monthly rents create the perfect storm, squeezing booksellers from their homes. When this happens, finding another rental unit is not always easy and when found can eat up the majority of each paycheck.

For an insightful look at homelessness issues in America I recommend reading Evicted by Matthew Desmond. After reading the stories in his book, you will see homelessness in a whole new light.

In addition to the stress and worry about losing their homes, this population faces many other related challenges. Try to imagine recovering from an illness, managing a chronic disease, or putting your life back together after a divorce with no secure home to go to at the end of each day.

Desmond points out the symbiotic relationship between job loss and eviction. Losing one’s job certainly can lead to eviction, but the opposite is also true. Eviction can lead to job loss, as the individual misses work (for lack of regular routine or searching for a new home) and the stress causes distraction at work.

“A good home can serve as sturdiest of footholds. When people have a place to live, they become better parents, workers, and citizens.” writes Desmond.

For booksellers experiencing or facing homelessness, the Binc Foundation can be a life line. Since we see booksellers experiencing one-time unexpected events causing their short-term crisis, many of our applicants don’t qualify for government assistance. Even if they did, government assistance comes slowly, with piles of paperwork and long delays. This system is not effective for preventing homelessness. By the time the bureaucratic maze has been navigated the applicant has already been evicted.  The booksellers who apply to Binc need quick action with a one-time hand up to get them back on their feet. Because Binc is small and nimble, we can turn a grant request into a check in the mail in as few as 24 hours, quickly enough to prevent evictions. If we are successful in this endeavor, then Binc’s one-time grant can prevent long term hardships for the family.

Our goal at Binc is to prevent a bookseller from becoming homeless, or getting them into a new residence as quickly as possible if they have lost their home. Last year with the help of our generous donors we were able to help xx booksellers avoid becoming a statistic. Once they have a secure and stable home they are free to heal, to thrive, and to continue the job they love . . . selling books.

If you are a bookseller experiencing financial difficulties, please reach out to Binc by phone 866-733-9064 or email mailto:help@bincfoundation.org. Check out the Resource Page on our website for additional sources of help.