The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation announced today its second annual Campaign to Sustain. Last year 49 generous contributors added their support to Binc’s programs by pledging to become monthly sustaining donors. This ongoing funding has ensured that bookseller assistance programs such as serious medical expenses, domestic violence, homelessness prevention and funeral expenses will continue to be provided by the Foundation.
This year marks Binc’s 20th anniversary. In order to continue to provide this crucial financial safety net to bookstore employees across the country, Binc has set the goal of adding another 50 sustaining donors during the month of May.
Executive Director, Pam French added, “To mark this milestone we are asking new and current supporters to take our 20 for 20 challenge. If you are not a sustaining donor start at $20 a month, if you are a donor bump your donation up to $20 or add $20 for this year. By becoming a sustaining donor you are ensuring the safety net is available when a bookseller is in need.”
So far this year nine booksellers have received grants for situations ranging from loss of income due to disability to disaster assistance after a house fire to homelessness prevention. Last year Binc was able to assist 28 booksellers and their families with over $54,000 in financial assistance. Binc’s scholarship program provided higher education scholarships to 53 booksellers or their family members totaling $200,000 in educational assistance.
If you are interested in making a donation to Binc’s Campaign to Sustain, please visit the donation page: https://secure.donationpay.org/bincfoundation/yearend.php
In addition, BINC board members and regional directors Deb Leonard and Wanda Jewell have put out a challenge to all independent bookstores to join in and support their fellow booksellers. During the month of May, bookstores can begin or increase a sustaining donation to earn points. The winning region will win a special party from BINC during their fall trade show. Challenge your staff to support booksellers in need.