Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

International Mountain Bicycling Association

  • Boulder, CO
  • http://www.imba.com

Mission Statement

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide.
Since 1988(http://www.imba.com/about/history.html) , IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions(http://www.imba.com/resources/bike_management/index.html) .

IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members(http://www.imba.com/membership/benefits_indiv.html) , more than 180 chapters and 300 bicycle clubs(http://www.imba.com/membership/benefits_club.html) , 250 corporate partners(http://www.imba.com/membership/benefits_corporate.html)  and 800 bicycle retailers(http://www.imba.com/membership/retailer_membershimost Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

IMBA's headquarters in the United States are located in Boulder, Colorado.

Main Programs

  1. SUBARU/IMBA TRAIL CARE CREW
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International affiliates include: IMBA Canada, IMBA Europe, IMBA Australia.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Michael L Van Abel

Keywords

Self-reported

Trails, Mountain Bike, Conservation, Education, Advocacy, Parks, Recreation

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Also Known As

IMBA

EIN

77-0204066

Physical Address

4888 Pearl East Circle Suite 200E

Boulder, CO 80302

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (N01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

SUBARU/IMBA TRAIL CARE CREW

Significant current projects:
SUBARU/IMBA TRAIL CARE CREW
Now beginning its fourth year, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew comprises two, fulltime traveling teams of trail experts who travel the US, Canada, and abroad. Trail Care Crew leaders work with land managers, mountain bikers and other trail users on trail construction, maintenance and management. Each Crew typically visits more than 150 trails per year. Not only does the Trail Care Crew program improve the condition of trails, it improves the image of mountain biking and encourages volunteer trail work participation.
NATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKE PATROL
IMBA coordinates the National Mountain Bike Patrol Program. Our goal is to support and strengthen volunteer bicycle patrol groups at all levels. Volunteer mountain bike patrols emphasize assistance and education, not enforcement. We're providing training materials, publicity, networking, and discounts on essential patrol equipment. NORBA, the National Off-Road Bicycle Association, is founding sponsor of this effort.
IMBA TRAILBUILDING SCHOOLS
In 1999 IMBA conducted 15 Trail building Schools throughout North America and in Europe. Most schools are two-day weekend sessions that include classroom training, on the trail assessments, and actual trail construction and/or maintenance work. IMBA Trail building Schools are designed to serve both professional and budding volunteer trail workers.
IMBA HOT SPOTS
Trail closures are more common in and around major cities where crowded trails can increase trail user tension. Urban and suburban trails require extra attention from IMBA and our regional and local advocates. To focus this attention, we"ve created a hot spot program that directs IMBA expertise, programs, and resources to improve a small number of specific urban trail networks.
IMBA STATE REPRESENTATIVES NETWORK
IMBA"s goal is to designate one (or in some cases, two) lead representatives for each US state. As of this writing, some 43 states have IMBA state reps.
INTERNATIONAL GROWTH
IMBA's staff includes an international advocacy coordinator who provides assistance and advice to mountain bike groups in Europe, Australia, South America and Africa. IMBA conducted a European Trail building School last September, and both of our Trail Care Crews have worked in Europe in '99.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,993,916.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

International affiliates include: IMBA Canada, IMBA Europe, IMBA Australia.

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Financials

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International Mountain Bicycling Association
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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International Mountain Bicycling Association

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Michael L Van Abel

BIO

Mike was selected in October, 2004 to head the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) as its President and USA Executive Director. He was picked from a field of more than 350 candidates, following a nationwide search. 

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Soil Science in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. For the next eight years he worked for the YMCA, ultimately becoming an associate executive director in Boulder, Colorado.

In 1986 Mike joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Field Programs Director responsible for chapter and volunteer development where he oversaw numerous aspects of the organization - from managing operations in several regional chapters to developing events such as the MS150 bike ride.

Mike was recruited to the American Diabetes Association in 1994 as an affiliate services director, and was later appointed executive director of the Colorado affiliate. When the ADA embarked on a massive restructuring in 1998, Mike was promoted to the position of national vice president.

Mike lives in Broomfield, Colorado, with his wife. He has three grown children and recently (Oct. 10, '10) a new grandson. He has mountain biked in many parts of the world, and loves to ski when his favorite Colorado trails are covered in snow. Mike learned his love of the outdoors from his father who was an avid outdoor sportsman and conservationist.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bob Winston

no affiliation

Term: Nov 2010 - Nov 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?