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You can keep a bookseller safe and warm!

Rising utilities costs can be what pushes a bookseller or comic retailer's finances over the edge, and if they have their utilities shut off, they'll incur increased costs in reconnection fees to get them back.

Our program managers are already receiving calls from booksellers who are going without heat. 

Even if a book or comic store employee lives in a place that restricts shut offs in the winter, such programs haven't reached the start date yet and many will not qualify. 

But you can be there to ensure they don't face the freezing temperatures alone and without heat. Giving right now ensures that Penguin Random House will make your gift go twice as far. 

  • Your gift of $30 can be $60. 
  • Your gift of $50 can be $100. 
  • Your gift of $100 can be $200. 
Your gift of any size can be matched today by Penguin Random House and go twice as far to make the difference to a bookseller. 
Quick Facts from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA)
●    Electricity prices have jumped 15.8% within the past 12 months.
●    Families will pay an average of 17.2% more to heat their homes this winter.
●    Families that heat using natural gas will have an increase closer to 34%
●    More than 20 million families, about one in six American families, are behind on their utility bills going into this winter.
P.S....  A Gift for You!
Listen up! This holiday season, when you support Binc, you'll get an audiobook of your choice from our friends @librofm.

It's a little thank you from us to you.

Give $100+ and get one audiobook credit.
Give $500+ and get three audiobook credits. PLUS: you will be part of the Binc Bibliophile Society, which includes a yearly update with Binc's Executive Director, Pam French.

Offer ends December 31st.
If you are a bookstore, comic shop employee, or owner facing an unexpected financial crisis contact Binc today. We are here to help.
You can support booksellers in need every month!
Year-End Giving Reminders:
  • When mailing a gift, it is the postmark date, not the check date, that determines your tax year benefit.
  • Online giving is a great option for last-minute year-end gifts and it is available 24/7 here.
  • Gifts may be made via check, credit card, stock, donor-advised fund, IRA, or through estate planning.
  • For stock gifts please consider the market timeline and deadlines, stock-giving instructions are here.
  • All gifts of any amount are appreciated: a one-time donation, payroll deduction, or monthly recurring donation.
  • Questions about making a gift to Binc?  Please contact Binc's development director, Kathy Bartson at
Checks made out to 'Binc Foundation' should be mailed to:
Book Industry Charitable Foundation
3135 South State Street, Suite 203
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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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 book and comic communities. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore and comic shop employees and owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $11 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 10,000 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
Copyright © 2022 Book Industry Charitable Foundation, All rights reserved.

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