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Our History

It began in 1996 when booksellers at Borders Group, Inc. had a vision: to start a nonprofit foundation with the purpose of helping bookstore employees in need. Their wish was to have an ongoing method for booksellers to help each other. From its beginning, as the Borders Group Foundation, funding was provided by company executives, individual employee payroll contributions, and donations from publishers and vendors. In 2011 following the liquidation of Borders, the organization was renamed the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. At this time the scope of the Foundation expanded to assist any qualifying employee of a brick-and-mortar bookstore within the U.S.

Binc is the only nonprofit in the country dedicated to assisting booksellers in need.

Where Our Donors Have Helped Booksellers

25% of Americans skipped necessary medical care in 2018 because they couldn’t afford the cost.

Bookseller Testimonials

“Working with Binc has been overwhelmingly positive. When my family had a medical emergency, they were quick to respond to my request for assistance. The communication and follow up has been exceptional, and Binc provided helpful contacts and resources in addition to their financial assistance. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Binc to anyone looking to donate, or to anyone in the book industry that needs assistance. They really are exceptional at their work.”

—A bookseller helped through a medical emergency

“Binc is incredible. I lost a molar to a failed root canal and my dentist recommended a dental implant but there was no way I could afford it, even with dental insurance. I applied for assistance and was approved so quickly and easily that I was overjoyed.”


“I reached out to Binc after my supervisor recommended them, and sure enough, they turned out to be my heroes. They worked with me quickly, efficiently, and moreover kindly. They cared that I was afraid and worried, and wanted to help as much as they could. The process for getting help was easy and uncomplicated, and they ended up helping me find affordable care, as well as approving financial assistance for the entire dental work bill! They took care of all of it! I’d never been so grateful. It’s already scary not knowing if you can afford groceries, but having someone do everything they can to make sure that that fear isn’t pushed further is amazing. I cannot recommend applying, or donating, to this foundation enough: they care far more than is ever asked of them, and do more than anyone ever needs to.”

—A bookseller helped with dental work

To read more reviews and testimonials check out our page on Great Nonprofits. There are hundreds of stories from volunteers, donors, and booksellers.

4 in 10 Americans would struggle to cover a $400 emergency expense, Federal Reserve data show.

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