The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is striving to reach a total year-end fundraising campaign goal of $80,000 by December 31.
Binc currently receives an average of five to seven inquiries a week from booksellers and comic retailers, and it expects those numbers will increase as the pandemic continues into 2021. In the first 10 months of 2020, Binc helped more than 600 bookseller/comics retailer families, distributing more than $700,000. In the first 10 months of 2019, 88 families received grants totaling approximately $200,000.
Thanks to a matching gift challenge of $15,000 from Ingram Content Group and the generosity of the book and comics industries, Binc has met the first goals in its year-end fundraising campaign in record time. Last week, supported by a group of authors, Binc launchced a new matching campaign and a stretch goal of an additional $20,000, for the new total campaign goal of $80,000.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Binc has provided life-sustaining financial assistance to more than 600 bookseller and comic retailer families and has not had to turn away anyone who qualified for assistance. The Foundation has helped bookstore owners, booksellers, comic shop owners, and comic retailers manage a range of emergencies, from unexpected medical and dental bills to finding shelter from the wildfires raging out West and recovering from natural disasters around the country.
Donate to Binc's year-end campaign here or call Binc Director of Development Kathy Bartson, at (734) 471-0201.