“Binc is here to serve booksellers and with the feedback we receive from them and industry professionals through our survey, we become better equipped to act on our mission—which is providing a financial safety net for booksellers. We cannot overstate how much we value the feedback we receive, so I encourage everyone to participate in this year’s survey. Binc is your foundation and we want to hear from you so we can better serve your needs,”

—Binc Executive Director, Pam French

Click here to fill out your Binc Survey.


Now Accepting Applications for Indies with Impact  – A Grant from Penguin Random House

The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, announce INDIES WITH IMPACT, a new grant opportunity open to independent bookstores. Two grants will be awarded to two bookstores that work in tandem with a community nonprofit or organization of their choice for a program that strengthens their local communities and encourages a passion for reading. Applications will be accepted March 1 – May 1, 2019 and again during this period in 2020. A total of $3,000 will be awarded over the two years.


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, Binc provided financial assistance to 73 bookstore employees and their families giving $155,000 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
    • Disability
    • 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 info@bincfoundation.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”

–Ann Patchett
Binc Inaugural Ambassador
Nashville, TN


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