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What We’ve Learned in the Two Years of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Two years ago, the news was overtaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing heartache and breathtaking change to the world.  Businesses closed. People lost their jobs and paychecks. Hospitals operated at and even beyond their capacity.  The news was filled with stories of confusion, worry, illness, uncertainty, anxiety, and fear.  And, if you read about it

Acting on Your 2021 Survey Feedback!

Survey Results 2021

Binc’s 2021 Survey had the largest number of responses ever and included feedback from bookstore and comic shop employees and owners in all 50 states. The over 1,100 responses provided data that will inform the Foundation’s decisions and changes regarding communication, outreach, areas of focus, and programs.   Two of Binc’s 3 areas of focus for

Binc Welcomes New Board Members and Staff

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: 1/28/2022  Pam FrenchExecutive Directorpam@bincfoundation.org   Binc Welcomes New Board Members and Staff Ann Arbor—The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is thrilled to welcome new Board members, announce updates to the Board’s Executive Committee, and introduce new staff members. “I am thankful for all of the talented individuals, both Board members and

“Survive to Thrive” Gives $1.1M in Grants to 115 Stores

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The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation announced today the Survive to Thrive, the special, one-time store grant initiative, will make awards to 115 independent bookstores and comic shops totaling $1.1 million. Ninety-nine stores will receive grants of $10,000 and 16 will receive $7,500. The grant recipients were determined by a juried application process with the goal of assisting stores that were poised to make a strong recovery from the pandemic.

Binc Launches Feasibility Study for Bookstores in Underserved Markets

Binc has engaged social impact consulting firm Strategic Growth Group (SGG) to research a possible framework for supporting bookstores in underserved markets. The research, which is being funded by $60,000 in donations from book industry partners Abrams, the American Booksellers Association, HarperCollins Publishers, Litographs and Macmillan will seek to determine if Binc’s mission might be expanded to include a program that helps owners purchase, expand, open or revitalize bookstores in communities without ready access to books and the community services independent bookstores often provide.

Simon & Schuster Honors Carolyn Reidy with Gift to “Survive to Thrive”

On the first anniversary of her death, Simon & Schuster announced a gift to the Survive to Thrive grant program in honor of long-time President & CEO Carolyn Reidy. Reidy was an early supporter of Binc as the Foundation grew beyond its origins serving Borders employees exclusively. This generous gift in Reidy’s name will help Survive to Thrive reach its $2 million fundraising goal.

Binc’s 2020 Highlights & April Impact Call

In 2020, together, we brought hope and reassurance to 2,248 bookstore and comic shops owners, their employees and families, with more than $3M in emergency financial assistance. Every call for help was answered and everyone with a need that qualified was helped to get their household out of crisis or help their store pivot.

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