Bid on a Piece of History

On New Year’s Eve the outdoor signage was removed from Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor, MI, marking a sad, but inevitable milestone in the lives of many book lovers. Because of the generosity of Malcolm Properties, LLC, the building owners, the letters spelling BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC have been donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to use in fundraising efforts. All the money raised will go toward Foundation programs to assist book store employees across the country with emergency financial grants.

Starting January 21 until January 31 you can bid on these letters through an online eBay charity auction. The 2-foot tall metal and plexi-glass letters are waiting to adorn your bookshelf, wall, cupboard, indoors or out – wherever you want a little fun. Whether you want one of the distinctive “B”s, your initials, a favorite letter, or enough letters to spell out a special word or name be sure to bid early and often!

Pam, Alison & Kit Look Back on Binc’s First Year

During this Holiday season we are looking back on what made this year memorable. We want to share why we are proud of Binc with our great supporters, volunteers & all book people.

Pam’s List

1. Still helping booksellers in need. Our vision to expand to the entire book industry is beginning to be realized as grants are issued to booksellers across the country.

2. Providing a legacy of Borders/Waldenbooks. The generosity of Borders and Waldenbooks alumni has allowed us to expand our mission and become “book people helping book people.”

3. Efforts at improving awareness are starting to pay off and take hold industry wide. We attended many events from CAMEX to BEA to the fall IBA tradeshows and the booksellers we’ve met along the way are beginning to help us spread the word about the Foundation.

4. Accomplishing so many of our goals and checking them off our ‘to do’ list.

Pam's To Do list.
Pam’s To Do list.

5. Getting to work with amazing volunteers, board members, interns, and staff. I have no doubt that the people who support Binc are the reason we have achieved so much this past year. Thanks to each person who has contributed to Binc through volunteering at an event, donating, sharing our social media posts, liking us on Facebook and letting booksellers know we are here to help.

Alison’s List

1. Helping bookstore employees after Superstorm Sandy. After Sandy made landfall in NYC, Binc very quickly contacted bookstores in the impacted areas of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut. In total Binc assisted 10 bookstore employees who needed help paying bills after the storm due to loss of work for a week or more.

2. Meeting Jennifer Keeley a former Borders associate at the Heartland Fall Forum. It was Jennifer’s suggestion to the Midwest & Great Lakes IBAs, that Binc be the recipient of their silent auction fundraiser, raising over $3,000!

3. Continuing to support former Borders employees in 2013 who are experiencing financial hardships.

4. Giving my first interview for Binc. I spoke with with Melville House in the the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and taught them about Binc. They helped us spread the word through their MobyLives! blog. Relief for Booksellers in Need.

5. Working with the Program Committee to make great changes for the 2013 Scholarship program. The 2013 Binc Foundation Scholarship Program will open February 2013 and will be open to former Borders associates & all bookstore employees, operators & their dependents. If you are planning to seek higher education in the coming year we hope you will apply!

Kit’s List

1. Sharing the idea of an industry wide foundation with others. The reactions range from disbelief to amazement to excitement. Even a few whoops of joy from former Borders folks as they find out that the Foundation lives on!

2. Creating office policies & procedures from scratch. Payroll, benefits, employee handbook, accounting, IT/phone systems and more– it was all learned and implemented.

3. Continuing to be good stewards of our donations. We want our supporters to always know that their donations are efficiently used to help book store employees in their time of greatest need.

4. Expanding our fundraising to include community and industry supporters. We reinvented our fundraising model to encompass a larger audience. Through the Big House Big Heart Run, our wildly successful Zombie Apocalypse!, and various smaller events, we raised over $20K. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible. Click here to donate through our online option!

5. Going from 0 to 450+ in Social Media. One year ago we barely understood social media – now in addition to our new website and blog, we have a Facebook page, LinkedIn group and a Twitter feed. Be sure to follow them all!

We are all very proud to be a part of the bookselling community and wish you all a joyous and safe holiday season.

Best Wishes,

Pam, Kit & Alison

Making Room for Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?

On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.

New York’s 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, joined by the United Nations Foundation and an amazing team of influencers all offering their ideas, contacts and wisdom to help shape and improve the concept.

But what really matters is YOU. #GivingTuesday relies on people everywhere playing their part to make it a real success.

Find out more about Giving Tuesday here.

Click here to find out how you can give to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to help support booksellers in need.

Registered Agents: Not as flashy as Bond, but just as important!

As a federally designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation is required to register in nearly every state where we plan to raise funds. For the record, as of today, that number is 43. The registration could be with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Consumer Affairs Department, the Department of Licensing or any number of other official offices. In a number of cases this is a simple single page form with contact and financial information about Binc. In most states, however, registration requires several forms plus supporting documentation and of course a fee be submitted. There are even a few states that require us to be registered with multiple departments!

In 18 states we are required to have a “registered agent” residing in the state. The stated purpose of the RA is to receive any legal mail addressed to the Foundation, although we have never known of a registered agent ever receiving anything. None the less, the registration forms are not considered complete unless these lines are filled in.

Here is where you can help. If you live in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont or Wyoming, we need your help. Please contact Binc at to be your state’s registered agent. It’s critical to Binc, it’s super easy and think how impressive it will look on your resume.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: On the Road with Binc

For six weeks in September and October, one or all of Binc’s three person staff was on the road visiting the regional conferences sponsored by the Independent Bookseller Associations. Pam, Alison and Kit made the most of this chance to meet and greet booksellers across the country. Spreading Binc’s message of the assistance programs available directly to the booksellers was an invaluable opportunity and the warm reception we received was heartening.

The bookstore employees we met were pleased to hear of the financial assistance and scholarships that are available to them through the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. A few knew of the existence of the Foundation, but to most it was a new and welcome announcement. If you didn’t get a chance to meet us on the road, please contact us anytime to discover how the Binc Foundation can be of assistance.

As a special surprise, at the Heartland Fall Forum (the combined GLIBA and MIBA conference) Binc was the designated recipient of the proceeds from their annual silent auction. As a result of some very active bidding $3969 was raised to assist with the emergency needs of bookstore employees across the country. Thank you to all the donors and bidders!

Binc would like to thank the executive directors, Wanda Jewell from SIBA, Laura Ayrey from MPIBA, Eileen Dengler from NAIBA, Steve Fischer from NEIBA, Carrie Orby from MIBA, Deb Leonard from GLIBA, Hut Landon from NCIBA and Thom Chambliss from PNBA for their hospitality and support.