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Binc’s Year End Campaign Begins with a Match!

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has announced that the Members of the Binc Foundation’s Board are offering a second matching donation for the year-end Read Love Support campaign. With the need for emergency financial assistance for medical care, housing, and utilities continuing to increase, their goal is to help Binc reach $100,000 or more in donations before December 31, 2022.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Board will be generously matching all gifts dollar for dollar, doubling the power and impact of donations received up to a total of $5,000.

All year long, Binc assists booksellers and comic retailers recovering from personal financial hardships like a cancer diagnosis, heating and electricity being shut off, and the devastation the recent hurricanes brought to so many. 

Binc also works to give access to mental health therapy through its new Mental Health Wellness Program, connects people with local resources, and supports career advancement and professional development for booksellers and comic retailers across the country, with even more program expansions happening next year.

To donate and have your donation matched for greater impact, click here

The Image Comics the ’10s Book Bundle Benefits the Book Industry Charitable Foundation

It’s Image Comics’ 30th anniversary, and you’re all invited to help celebrate with the Image Comics the ’10s Book Bundle at Humble Bundle! In the 2010s, Image pulled together some amazing talent to create some of the most memorable books of the last decade, including Saga (Vol. 1–9), Ice Cream Man (Vol. 1–5), Sex Criminals (Vol. 1–6), and more. With over two dozen series (many with multiple volumes), you’re getting an instant collection of some of the world’s best modern comics—all while supporting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

A $1,290 value, you can get it all for just $25!

Saga Vol. 1

The Image Comics the ’10s Book Bundle Benefits the Book Industry Charitable Foundation

It’s Image Comics’ 30th anniversary, and you’re all invited to help celebrate with the Image Comics the ’10s Book Bundle at Humble Bundle! In the 2010s, Image pulled together some amazing talent to create some of the most memorable books of the last decade, including Saga (Vol. 1–9), Ice Cream Man (Vol. 1–5), Sex Criminals (Vol. 1–6), and more. With over two dozen series (many with multiple volumes), you’re getting an instant collection of some of the world’s best modern comics—all while supporting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

A $1,290 value, you can get it all for just $25!

Saga Vol. 1

Support the CBLDF, BINC, and the Hero Initiative this #GivingTuesday

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With nonprofits in need, both to help combat the current pandemic or impacted by the pandemic, a special #GivingTuesday is taking place today! #GivingTuesday is a day that highlights charities and the need to support them through donations (which often are tax-deductible).

Graphic Policy is asking you to support three worthy causes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and the Hero Initiative.


BINC

Binc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to assisting booksellers in need. The Binc Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing unexpected financial crises. Binc is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need.

Binc’s assistance varies depending on the needs of retailers. Binc is focused on helping with expenses such as medical or personal household under the following circumstances:

  • If a bookstore employee contracts an illness and cannot go to work.
  • If a member of a bookseller’s household contracts an illness and the employee is forced to quarantine themselves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours because residents are told not to go to work.
  • If a bookseller loses more than 50% of their scheduled work hours due to a mandatory quarantine.

You can donate now to help BINC get funds to those in need.


Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The CBLDF receives more than a quarter of its annual budget in year-end gifts from supporters. But, that can change by helping donate on a special day like today!

All year-round, the CBLDF works hard to protect the right to read. Their efforts combat the rising tide of censorship facing students, educators, and libraries, and we continue to provide a valuable safety net for creators and retailers.

In 2022, CBLDF worked locally to assist librarians, educators, and retailers navigate their rights and keep books on shelves. This past year also marked a return to court as CBLDF successfully defended Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer against obscenity charges in Virginia Beach.

If you are thinking about an organization to donate to, we ask you to please consider their worthy efforts. Donations to CBLDF are fully tax-deductible in the year they are given. Please help CBLDF continue their important work by making a donation today, either by giving a holiday gift of a signed graphic novel, becoming a member, or making a tax-deductible cash contribution.

You can donate now and get some cool items to show off your support.


Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative helps comic creators in need. Formed in 2000, the organization is a safety net for comic creators in need. The organization became a not-for-profit in 2001 and has since granted over $1,000,000 to over comic book creators who helped contribute to and build the industry into what it is today.

Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

You can help them out and contribute today, and if you can’t give money, there’s affiliate links on their website which they will receive a portion.


Please donate so these three worthy organizations can continue their good works. If you have more suggestions of comic-related non-profits that people can donate to, sound off in the comments below.

Binc Announces a New Mental Health Wellness Program

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has announced a new Mental Health Wellness program to provide short term support to any employee or owner of U.S. bookstores and comic shops.

Binc launched a Mental Health Wellness Pilot Program in February, 2022 in response to feedback on the need for mental health support via its biannual survey, with over 54% of survey participants stating that a program with the greatest value to the bookstore and comics communities would be mental health therapy assistance. The demand for anxiety, depression, and stress-related treatment is at a three-year high, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2022 Covid-19 Practitioner Survey, with 60 percent of psychologists at capacity and unable to accept new patients.

Participants personalize their program, matching with a therapist, communicating their way through web-based interaction, phone calls, text communication, and live online sessions. Participation in the program is completely confidential; Binc has no optics into the identity of participants, their therapy, or their personal data. 

Binc encourages owners and managers of bookstores and comic shops to share the program information with their staff and has a poster available for download on their website.  Getting free and confidential access to mental health wellness therapy can have a meaningful impact on a person, their family, their coworkers, and their community. 

Those interested in supporting Binc and their programs can make a donation here.

Binc to Offer Scholarships to the Diamond Summit

BINC

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation announced the Foundation will be offering two $750 scholarships to comic book store owners and their employees to attend the Diamond Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on October 26th and 27th, 2022. The funds may be used for travel, replacement wages, lodging, and meals. 

Binc’s communication and project manager, Judey Kalchik, will be attending the Summit this year. Kalchik encourages everyone to stop by Binc’s table to say hello, ask questions about emergency assistance and scholarships, and offer Binc suggestions and feedback. Binc is always looking to hear from comic shop owners and employees.

To apply for a scholarship to the Summit, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant’s store must be in the U.S. and either a retail bricks-and-mortar store owned by an entity a substantial portion of whose revenue is derived from the bricks-and-mortar sale of books/comics, -or- a mobile or pop-up store with an ongoing overhead investment that is open to the general public and maintains an annual average of 30 hours per week with an employee present.
  • The applicant must be a regular part-time or full-time employee or owner of a comic shop.
  • Applicants must be currently employed and have 90 days of continuous employment with the comic shop.

Comic store owners and their employees can apply for a scholarship here.

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is October 3rd, 2022 by 5:00 pm ET.

Celebrate 30 years of Image with the Image Comics The 2000s Comic Humble Bundle

Image Comics turns 30 this year and we’re ready to celebrate! This bundle is all about Image in the 2000s, including the debuts of well-loved series like Invincible Volume 1: Family MattersThe Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By, and Fear Agent: Final Edition Volume 1! On top of the new heroes, villains, and sagas the decade brought, this bundle also includes the continuing adventures of fan-favorite Image characters Spawn,The Darkness, and Savage Dragon.

Grab this bundle and help support BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation)!

The bundle features a value of $1,064 but you can get it all for just $25!

Image Comics The 2000s bundle

Celebrate 30 years of Image with the Image Comics The 2000s Comic Humble Bundle

Image Comics turns 30 this year and we’re ready to celebrate! This bundle is all about Image in the 2000s, including the debuts of well-loved series like Invincible Volume 1: Family MattersThe Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By, and Fear Agent: Final Edition Volume 1! On top of the new heroes, villains, and sagas the decade brought, this bundle also includes the continuing adventures of fan-favorite Image characters Spawn,The Darkness, and Savage Dragon.

Grab this bundle and help support BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation)!

The bundle features a value of $1,064 but you can get it all for just $25!

Image Comics The 2000s bundle

Celebrate 30 years of Image with the Image Comics The 2000s Comic Humble Bundle

Image Comics turns 30 this year and we’re ready to celebrate! This bundle is all about Image in the 2000s, including the debuts of well-loved series like Invincible Volume 1: Family MattersThe Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By, and Fear Agent: Final Edition Volume 1! On top of the new heroes, villains, and sagas the decade brought, this bundle also includes the continuing adventures of fan-favorite Image characters Spawn,The Darkness, and Savage Dragon.

Grab this bundle and help support BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation)!

The bundle features a value of $1,064 but you can get it all for just $25!

Image Comics The 2000s bundle

Celebrate 30 years of Image with the Image Comics The 2000s Comic Humble Bundle

Image Comics turns 30 this year and we’re ready to celebrate! This bundle is all about Image in the 2000s, including the debuts of well-loved series like Invincible Volume 1: Family MattersThe Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone By, and Fear Agent: Final Edition Volume 1! On top of the new heroes, villains, and sagas the decade brought, this bundle also includes the continuing adventures of fan-favorite Image characters Spawn,The Darkness, and Savage Dragon.

Grab this bundle and help support BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation)!

The bundle features a value of $1,064 but you can get it all for just $25!

Image Comics The 2000s bundle
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