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Binc’s Year-End Campaign Begins!

Ann Arbor, MI—The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is kicking off its year-end campaign, Read Love Support (#readlovesupport), on November 15th this year. With the need for emergency financial assistance continuing to increase year over year, their goal is to reach $100,000 or more in donations before December 31, 2022. Penguin Random House is partnering

Book Industry Charitable Foundation 2022 Scholarship Announcements

Ann Arbor, MI – The Binc Foundation is proud to honor the 2022 professional development scholarship recipients. Thanks to Binc’s supporters, $16,250 was awarded to fifteen booksellers and comic retailers from across the country representing bookmobiles, comic shops, and local bookstores large and small. On the scholarships, Binc’s executive director, Pam French, said, “We are

Applications Now Open for Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activist

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists gives an independent bookseller the opportunity to attend two bookselling events as well as receive a $1000 grant to make their community stronger. The community outreach component of this scholarship is focused on finding new readers and ensuring access to books that improve readers’ lives while integrating

Macmillan Professional Development Scholarships Program Returns

Ann Arbor, MI – The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and Macmillan Publishers are proud to announce the return of the Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship program provides $500 to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry to attend their region’s fall trade show. Due to Covid-19, this program was paused in 2020 and 2021.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Friday, June 3, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day which, since 2015, has occurred on the first Friday in June. The day of awareness this year comes at a time when the media remains exceptionally filled with stories of the impact  gun violence has on communities, families, and people across the country, including those working

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

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.

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.

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