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Binc receives major donor support

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Industry Leaders Commit Support to the Binc Foundation

Major Donors Pledge Funds to Help Booksellers

May 23, 2017

ANN ARBOR — Major forces in the bookselling industry have rallied together to provide significant funding for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The industry support will help Binc provide financial assistance to booksellers facing challenges from medical or funeral expenses, loss of household income, domestic violence and more.

Binc Co-Ambassadors Ann Patchett and James Patterson led their respective publishers, HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group, in pledging generous support for Binc. Soon after, they were joined by industry-leading publishers Penguin Random HouseMacmillan Publishers and Simon & Schuster.

Long-time Binc supporter, Ingram Content Group and its distribution brands, Ingram Publisher Services, Consortium, Perseus Distribution and PGW also pledged significant support.

Receiving backing from these business leaders is a pivotal moment for Binc, as it demonstrates a collective investment in booksellers across the nation. The practical and psychological importance of the bookseller safety net can’t be overlooked, according to Patchett.

“So often in booksellers’ lives a true disaster can be averted by the gift of a couple thousand dollars. It’s a small amount of money that can keep people in their jobs and in their homes. But more than that, Binc brings peace of mind,” she said. “We’re telling the booksellers, ‘We’re there for you. You matter to us.’ By joining the campaign, publishers are saying the same thing. We’re incredibly grateful for this support.”

Patterson stressed the important role booksellers play in improving the lives of the people who frequent their stores.

“Booksellers are essential to fostering a love for reading – one of the most basic and critical skills a person can have,” he said. “Thanks to the financial assistance provided by Binc, there are more booksellers out there hand-selling, and carefully curating book recommendations for each person who walks through their doors. They’re doing noble, vital work, and I’m happy to acknowledge their contributions.”

The support totals more than $224,000 including annual gifts and multi-year pledges, moving the Foundation closer to its goal of raising $500,000 annually to support bookstore employees and owners. Executives from each industry-leading company commended booksellers on their important work.

“The people who work as professional booksellers in the nation’s bookstores are critical players in connecting our authors to their readers,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. “By supporting Binc, HarperCollins is proud to be able to play a part in supporting this important community in times of need.”

“The health and vitality of the book industry and, indeed, literary culture, depends on independent booksellers, the life force that brings readers and books together,” said Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group. “We are very proud to help Binc support booksellers in challenging times, when they need it most.”

Each organization’s contribution will help booksellers when they need it most. Since 1996, Binc has stabilized more than 7,000 households in thousands of communities, and provided higher education and professional development for 724 booksellers. Leaders from each of the other supporting organizations also offered their reasoning for supporting the bookseller safety net.

Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle and Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster stressed the value booksellers bring to their customers.

“Our booksellers give so much to their communities, so it is a privilege for Penguin Random House to give back to them through the Book Industry Charitable Foundation,” Dohle said. “This wonderful group has our deepest gratitude for their vital support of booksellers in their time of greatest hardship.”

“Booksellers are the vital cog in bringing authors to readers and providing a home and haven for culture and ideas within our communities, often at great personal sacrifice,” Reidy said.  “We are pleased to support the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in its mission to provide important and much-needed emergency assistance for booksellers in times of need and crisis.”

President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Shawn Morin and President of Macmillan Publishers Don Weisberg both stressed their organizations’ pride in supporting booksellers when they need it most.

“We value our association with Binc and its good work on behalf of booksellers. We know that our commitment has direct and positive impact on the community and booksellers,” Morin said. “We are very proud to support Binc’s own mission of providing emergency assistance to this important part of our community.”

“We at Macmillan are proud to join our fellow publishers in supporting Binc and their efforts in helping booksellers across the country,” Weisberg said.

The outpouring of support shows how important booksellers are to publishers, and it’s well-timed. Each year, there is a growing need as the Foundation receives more grant requests. With the average assistance also rising, support is as important as ever.

“The Foundation is incredibly grateful for this vital support from our industry’s leaders,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French. “We owe so much to our ambassadors and these publishers for bringing us closer to our goal of sustainability and helping booksellers well into the future”

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than $6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,000 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.  The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.  It is our vision to be a caring community of book people.

Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org. Anyone interested in helping the Foundation reach sustainability can join the ongoing Campaign to Sustain, which aims to add 80 new sustaining donors.

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B3!, Binc and your store employees

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wish you could offer your employees more benefits?
Compete with other retailers to attract the best and the brightest? 
Let the Book Industry Charitable Foundation help!

Bookstore owners across the country have made Binc their own. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is your Foundation and as such, stands ready to serve your store as an additional employee benefit. When hiring new employees and sharing the benefits of working for your store, share how Binc is there for them by virtue of their employment with you.

The Binc Foundation provides financial assistance to brick and mortar bookstore employees working full-time or part-time who demonstrate a personal financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. The Foundation typically assists with needs arising from many qualifying life-events including:

  • Disaster
  • Domestic Violence
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Loss of Household Income, due to:
  • death in the household
  • disability
  • divorce or separation
  • job loss of spouse or partner
  • emergency child or elder care
  • Serious Medical Expenses
  • Utility Shut-off Prevention

 

Binc can assist any bookstore in setting up Payroll Withholding for employees, letting employees support other booksellers in need with a small donation amount (as little as $1 per pay period) to support Binc.

 

May is the month of Binc’s Campaign to Sustain effort so I encourage each store consider becoming a sustaining donor at $20 per month. This is a great way to support an organization that can hopefully assist you in attracting great booksellers.  Plus any store that does become a sustaining donor at $20 a month, or more, before the end of May, will receive 240 B3! Points.

 

Click here to donate.

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Independent Bookstore Day Deadlines: News you can use from the land of SIBA!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hello and Happy New Year, most beloved SIBA Booksellers!

There are a few imporant deadlines coming up, so please take a moment to read through the news below:

Check your account | Independent Bookstore Day | Binc Scholarship Program | Children's Book Week

 

1. Check your account!
Please take a moment to view your SIBA profile and ensure all the information is accurate:

You username
Your name
Your email
Your store
Your member type (store/staff)
Your membership expiration

and some more information that may be useful (for bookstores only):

Your oustanding SIBA credit
Your B3! points

Are you a Circle of Sites store?
Your ecommerce system
(if you have ecommerce, but are not a Cirle of Sites store, contact nicki@sibaweb.com about participating)

Square footage of your store
Store location
Store town size
Year incorporated

 

Indie Bookstore Day2. Independent Bookstore Day:
It is time to place your IBD Order!

We are proud to present the 2017 list of 11 exclusive items for Bookstore Day! Don't miss out on stuff from Michael Chabon, Jenny Lawson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Oliver Jeffers and more.

Catalog: http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/

How do I sign up to participate?
A: Just place your order for a minimum of 15 items and you're in!

Who is eligible to participate?
A: All brick-and-mortar bookstores that are dues-paying members of their regional independent booksellers association.

What else do I have to do?
A. Plan a great party for April 29, 2017.

For a complete list of FAQs and party planning ideas:
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/for-bookstores/

For complete Rules of Participation, please see the ORDER FORM.
http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/order-form

 

3. Binc Higher Education Scholarship Program

Binc Higher Education Scholarships 

January 16 was the start of the application period for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s annual Higher Education Scholarship Program. Applications will be accepted until March 6, 2017. Binc will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible current bookstore employees/owners, Independent Bookseller Association employees, as well as former Borders Group employees. Dependents of these employees are also eligible to apply. The awards will be broken down as follows: twenty-four (24) awards of $3,500, two (2) awards of $10,000, and one (1) Karl Pohrt Tribute Scholarship award of $5,000 granted to an independent bookstore candidate who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

Apply here

 

Children's Book Week4. Children's Book Week May 1-7

Stores that do children's events and programming are encouraged to sign up to be an official event location for Children's Book Week, May 1-7. Stores just need to host a story time, activity hour, or voting for the awards the week of May 1-7. In return, stores get original posters and bookmarks, are part of a national online map, AND every store, library and school that signs on will count towards a national children’s book donation.

http://www.everychildareader.net/

 

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