James Patterson and Ann Patchett have been named the inaugural ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable (BINC) Foundation because of their support for BINC’s commitment to helping bookstore employees with personal financial assistance. The BINC Foundation grew out of a wish of bookstore employees to establish a fund to help their colleagues experiencing an unexpected financial crisis. BINC is dedicated to assisting bookstore employees across the United States in their greatest time of need. For more information about BINC, visit: http://www.bincfoundation.org
In 2015, as a thank you to independent booksellers, James Patterson gave $250,000 in holiday bonuses, ranging from $1,000 - $5,000, to independent bookstore employees.
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In 2014, James gave away over a million dollars to bookstores across the country. His $1M independent bookstore campaign has been featured in the New York Times and Publisher's Weekly as well as on CBS This Morning and NPR Morning Edition.