The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) sent out the sixth volume of its Bookseller Stories newsletter on Wednesday, September 25. The nonprofit organization launched this monthly series so donors could see the life-saving and life-changing impact they have on the lives of booksellers every day. In each story, booksellers give their account of how Binc helped them recover from a financial emergency. Binc provides financial assistance to booksellers experiencing an emergency or hardship caused by illness, natural disasters, and more. Read the sixth volume of Bookseller Stories here:
“A Car…Destroyed” (Bookseller Stories, vol. 6 / / September ’19)
If you see it in the news, Binc is helping booksellers through it. Booksellers are reaching out to Binc every day for help recovering from natural disasters, needing mental health resources and assistance, immigration issues, and more. Thanks to partners and donors like you, Binc is here, standing by ready to help every qualifying bookseller in the country.
A bookseller’s car was destroyed in a flash flood while the bookseller was away from home. Losing their vehicle left them without a way to get to work because, like in many areas of the country, they did not have access to easy, timely, reliable public transportation. Like so many of us, they rely on their car to get to work every day.
In a demonstration of care and solidarity we’ve come to know and rely on in this industry, a fundraising campaign was set up by their bookstore and within 24 hours the bookselling community responded generously, raising the first funds towards a replacement vehicle.
Because of you, Binc could also respond quickly and sent this bookseller a matching grant, giving them additional funds and more flexibility to replace their old destroyed car with a reliable vehicle. You allowed them to get back to work at their bookstore as quickly as possible.
Through Binc’s matching grant program, Binc donors like you double the impact of donations from friends, family, bookstore customers, and others.
Matching grants up to $2,000 are available to supplement funds raised by the bookseller’s community. You help booksellers with auto repairs, insurance premiums, and all sorts of emergencies.
Binc is always evolving and responding to our community’s needs. The matching grant program was created to give support and relief to even more booksellers facing hardship and uncertainty.
“Bad things happen to people no matter what the situation is, so that’s what I tell people: use the help that is offered.” — A Bookseller You Helped
Visit the Binc website to make a donation, and read the other ”Bookseller Stories” newsletters here. Additional bookseller testimonials can be found on the Great Nonprofits review website.