Press Releases

  • Binc Announces 2021 Higher Education Scholarship Recipients
    Ann Arbor, MI —Eight recipients have been selected to receive a total of $29,500 in scholarships as part of the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s 2021 Higher Education Scholarship Program. The recipients were selected from thirty-four applicants. Winners are attending colleges and universities in New York, Florida, Arizona, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Delaware, Wisconsin, and Michigan. They are
  • “Survive to Thrive” Gives $1.1M in Grants to 115 Stores
    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.
  • 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.
  • Authors Donate $40,000 in Matching Funds, Maintaining Momentum for “Survive to Thrive”
    A dozen authors and illustrators have joined together to create a matching pool of $40,000 to drive the next stage of fundraising for Binc’s Survive to Thrive grant program, which will provide substantial grants to as many as 200 independent bookstores and comic shops contending with the effects of the pandemic.
  • “Survive to Thrive” Applications Open April 19
    The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation announced today that applications for the Survive to Thrive grant program will be accepted beginning, today, April 19 and ending May 10 at 5pm Eastern. Fundraising for the grant program, which is designed to provide substantial grants to as many as 200 independent bookstores and comic shops, is still underway with a campaign goal of $2 million by the end of May. Grants will be awarded to the selected stores in early June.
  • Garth Stein Invites Authors & Creators to Join Match for Binc’s “Survive to Thrive” Campaign
    Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and chair of Binc’s annual Author Leadership Circle Campaign, is inviting authors and comics creators to join him in donating to a pool of matching funds to drive the next stage of fundraising for the Survive to Thrive grant program.
  • Applications Open for Inaugural George Keating Scholarship Program
    Professional Development Scholarshipsavailable to NAIBA, SIBA and NEIBA booksellers The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA), Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA), and the Friends of George Keating committee are pleased to announce applications for the inaugural George Markey Keating Memorial Scholarship will open April 6. The scholarship provides $250
  • Ingram and Industry Leaders Donate $1M to Kick-Off “Survive to Thrive” Initiative
    The Book Industry Charity Foundation (Binc) has launched the Survive to Thrive bookstore grant program. Founded with initial support from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group, the program will quickly provide grants to independent bookstores and comic shops affected by COVID-19.
  • Applications Open March 3 for Binc Foundation 2021 Higher Education Scholarship Program
    Applications will be accepted March 3rd through April 15th, 2021 for the Binc Foundation’s annual higher education scholarship program.
    Update: Don’t leave money on the table! Give Comics Hope Application Period Extended through Sunday, March 21. Apply now. Simple, five-minute application. All eligible applicants will receive an equal share of the total funds raised. Open to U.S. and Canadian stores.
  • Dynamite Donates $10,000 To Binc In Support of Comic Book Retailers
    Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a donation of $10,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to help support comic industry retailers and their employees continuing to battle the challenges of the past year and the COVID-19 crisis.
  • AdventureKEEN and Partner Bookstores Donate to Binc for Fourth Year
    AdventureKEEN is pleased to announce that their 2020 SHOP LOCAL, LIVE LOCAL campaign raised a total of $4,332 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc). A matching $4,332 is being dispersed and mailed to 261 participating independent bookstores.
  • Binc Foundation Welcomes New Board Member, New Staff
    Welcome to Board Member Kuo-Yu Liang & Development Coordinator Kera Yonker; Many thanks to departing Board Members Jen Reynolds and Lori Tucker-Sullivan
  • ‘Double Vision’ auction to benefit Hero Initiative and Binc
    Some of the comic industry’s biggest talents have come together to produce unique original art pieces, featuring great combos of two artists and two characters benefiting two charities—Hero Initiative and The Binc Foundation’s (Book Industry Charitable Foundation) Comicbook United Fund.
  • Binc Announces New Match, Stretch Goals for Year-End Fundraising Campaign
    Supported by a group of authors, Binc is launching a new matching campaign and a stretch goal of $20,000 additional, for a new total campaign goal of $80,000 by Dec. 31.
    GIVE COMICS HOPE, the new charitable initiative which began its fundraising efforts this fall, today announces the application period has been changed and will now open mid- to late January (exact dates will be announced soon), with funds distributed at the end of February.
  • Ingram Content Group Urging Support for Booksellers through Binc’s Year-end Fundraising Campaign
    Update: You are all amazing! Thanks to your generosity and a match from Ingram Content Group, we met our fundraising goal in record time. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! But the campaign isn’t over. Every gift matters. Every gift is important. More news to come soon.
  • Gifts That Give Back: The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation Holiday Gift Guide
    Binc has launched a holiday gift guide featuring items that give back to the Foundation and gifts from over 30 indie bookstores nationwide. The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation launched its first-ever holiday gift guide ( Featuring an assortment of gifts, the guide includes items that give back to Binc, and therefore support booksellers in
  • Binc Announces New Communications & Marketing Specialist
    The Binc Foundation team is delighted to welcome Robin Wood as our new communications & marketing specialist. October 19, 2020 – Robin Wood, Binc’s new communications & marketing specialist, comes most recently from Books & Books @ The Studios, the Key West-based nonprofit independent bookstore founded by George Cooper and Judy Blume and affiliated with
  • Announcing: Give Comics Hope
    New Charitable Initiative Supports Comic Shops Affected by COVID-19 with Donations from Community’s Personal Collections ⮕ For information about comic store financial assistance eligibility please visit our Give Comics Hope page. ⮕ For more information about donating auction items please visit Give Comics Hope’s website. September 15, 2020​ ​– ​GIVE COMICS HOPE​, a new charitable
  • Binc Expands Staff in Response to Increased Grant Requests
    Seven recipients have been selected to receive a total of $26,000 in scholarships as part of the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s 2020 Higher Education Scholarship Program.
  • 2020 Higher Education Scholarship Winners
    Seven recipients have been selected to receive a total of $26,000 in scholarships as part of the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s 2020 Higher Education Scholarship Program.
  • Comic Book Retailers and Store Employees Eligible to Receive Relief
    April 21, 2020 – BURBANK and ST. LOUIS – ​Comic book retailers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis have a new dedicated relief fund designed to provide financial assistance to comic shops and their employees. Led and managed by the ​Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc)​, the formation of the ​COMICBOOK UNITED FUND has galvanized the comics world, including Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group and DC, who made the joint announcement today.
  • A Message from Executive Director Pam French
    Over the last 30 days, we have seen this community come together to support each other in extraordinary ways. Because of our amazing partners from across the industry, since March 13th, Binc has approved and distributed over $351,958 in emergency assistance to households and families in need of fast emergency relief. These funds have gone to help 353 households helping
  • James Patterson Announces $500,000 Donation and Campaign to Help Save Independent Bookstores Across the U.S.
    The COVID-19 public health crisis has put our nation’s independent bookstores in grave danger. Through the support of James Patterson, Reese’s Book Club, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc), the American Booksellers Association (ABA), and YOUR GENEROSITY, together we can do our part to save independent bookstores — the hearts and souls of main streets in cities and towns all across the United States.
  • Publisher ABRAMS Launches #helpabookseller challenge with Binc
    ABRAMS LAUNCHES #HELPABOOKSELLER CHALLENGE WITH BINC GOAL TO RAISE MORE THAN $100K CALLS ON SUPPORT FROM AUTHORS AND PARTNERS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS! NEW YORK, NY – March 24, 2020 – ABRAMS is launching #HELPABOOKSELLER, a fundraising challenge to benefit BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation), a nonprofit organization dedicated to booksellers in need, in order to raise more than $100K to help booksellers during this critical time as our country is affected by the detrimental impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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