The year was 1996, when a group of Borders booksellers had a dream of helping their colleagues in need. Their idea was simple, collect small donations from a large number of booksellers and make those funds available to a coworker facing a personal financial hardship. The donors wouldn’t miss the $5 or $10 a month that they donated, but added together, these funds could pool together to change someone’s life in a very meaningful way.
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For more information on Binc’s financial assistance programs for booksellers, visit our Financial Assistance page.
Did you see the Shelf Awareness story about bookseller Chuck Robinson’s upcoming 2400-mile bike ride, which is a fundraiser for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation?
Chuck co-owns Village Books in Bellingham, WA with his wife Dee Robinson, which they have run for 35 years. He’s also a sustaining contributor to the Binc Foundation, and is supporting Binc on his ride because “it has been instrumental in helping booksellers who have suffered hardships or emergencies, and in providing scholarships for higher education. It’s a great foundation – and a way for booksellers and friends to help booksellers.” Since 1996, Binc has provided more than $5.2 million to more than 6,900 families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.
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Supporting the effort of a non-profit campaign can be the most rewarding effort your company can ever do. That being said, selecting the non-profit to support, creating ideas around the campaign, and then execution of the campaign, can be the most difficult tasks asked of your employees.
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Are you a publisher’s sales rep, sidelines provider, author, or a book lover who regularly visits bookstores?
If you are, you can help Binc spread the word to booksellers about the assistance available from the Foundation. In the past three years, our staff, board & committee members, and supporters have personally visited more than100 bookstores. We can use your help reaching even more bookstores across the country! We know for a fact that a personal visit to a bookstore improves the odds that their employees will take advantage of our services. We realize that the help we provide can seem like it is too-good-to-be-true, that is where corroboration by a real person comes in to play. The value of having our message reinforced by publishers, industry representatives, authors and supporters is priceless.
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