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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:

  • 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 Unforseen/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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