International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF NFP

  • Chicago, IL
  • worldbicyclerelief.org

Mission Statement

World Bicycle Relief's mission is to provide people in need with access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles. People in developing nations suffer every day due to lack of transportation: without access to education and economic opportunity, people live in poverty; without access to healthcare, people die of preventable diseases and minor injuries.  Bicycles are a simple, sustainable way to bridge the transportation gap between needs and resources. 

 

Compared to walking, the only transporation available to many people in developing countries, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. 

 

We accomplish our mission by designing, sourcing and manufacturing bicycles designed to withstand African terrain and conditions while meeting the needs of students, healthcare workers, farmers and entrepreneurs.  We encourage local economies and promote long-term sustainability by locally assembling bicycles, training mechanics, strengthening the spare parts supply chain, and providing high-quality, affordable bicycles to people in need of transportation.

Main Programs

  1. Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP)
  2. Buffalo Bicycles
  3. Field Mechanics Training
Service Areas

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International

World Bicycle Relief has field operations in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe; we also provide bicycles to programs in neighboring countries.  As of September 2012, we have provided bicycles in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

ruling year

2006

President since 2005

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Dave Neiswander

Keywords

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Africa, bicycle, economic development, poverty relief, mobility, transportation, education, healthcare, social enterprise

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EIN

20-5080679

 Number

1827030316

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Top Accomplishments in 2015:
-Distributed our 200,000th bicycle 
-Trained our 1,000th bicycle mechanic 
-Formalized and launched full partnership in South Africa and worked with the Team MTN-Qhubeka on message promotion
-Distributed 20,000th bicycle through education program in Zambia 
-Launched our BEEP program in Colombia
-Distributed over 11,000 bikes to healthcare programs, almost 23,000 bikes to our BEEP, education programs and 19,500 bikes through social enterprise programs to enhave economic development
-Launched a Monitoring & Evaluation program to measure the true impact our programs have
  
Primary Goals for 2015: 
-Work through our IGATE program to distribute the remaining 16,000 bicycles to students in Zimbabwe
-Deliver 30,000 bicycles through education programs in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe 
-Launch our Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) in Kenya
-Dig deeper into our programs through M&E evaluation to ensure our programs are efficient and working

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

Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP)

The Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program is an innovative project providing 50,000 bicycles to increase children's access to school in rural areas of Malawi, Zambia Zimbabwe Kenya, Colombia, and Philippines.

The children served by BEEP are especially at risk for extreme poverty; safe, reliable transportation to school will enable them to have better health and economic outcomes as a result of completing their secondary education. The program was launched in June 2009 I nZambia and has been expanded into multiple countries since that time.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

3,800,000

Program 2

Buffalo Bicycles

Buffalo Bicycles is a social enterprise, headquartered in Africa, which supplies sturdy bicycles to other non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals; this program is World Bicycle Relief’s response to market
demands.  The organization began as a
purely non-profit entity, but the market led to a social enterprise model -
conditions in Africa required a redesigned bicycle and maintenance
infrastructure.  Our commitment to
quality and to meeting end-users’ needs makes WBR’s product the best available;
our bicycles fill a tremendous market gap, and our infrastructure keeps
bicycles working.  Demand demonstrates
that, while we can assist hundreds of thousands of people by distributing
bicycles on a contract-to-own basis, by using a social enterprise model, we can
reach millions more.  In 2010, for the
first time, we sold more bicycles than we donated, and this trend has continued through 2012.
World Bicycle Relief’s bicycle is designed, tested and
assembled locally with close attention to end-user feedback and rigorous
quality control.  Typically available
bicycles are so poorly made that they do not meet end-users’ needs; for
example, the hand brakes are fragile, expensive to repair, and so unreliable as
to be unsafe.  WBR designed, tested and
implemented a component specifically for Africa: a sealed coaster brake hub
that protects the braking system from dirt and water, even during rainy
season.  The result is extremely robust,
less expensive, and much safer than hand brakes.  Another example: riders in Africa often
transport bulky, heavy loads; WBR’s rear carrier rack holds more than 100kg,
and the frame and wheels are heavily reinforced.  Bicycle design evolves based on end-user
feedback, connecting the consumer at the bottom of the market with designers,
manufacturers and suppliers.
While Buffalo Bicycles does not currently turn a profit, we expect to break even at scale levels achievable in 2013.  All profits from bicycle sales will go to our ongoing
philanthropic programs; through these combined efforts we can provide many more
people with access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.
We believe that a social enterprise model will lead to
faster development, stronger employee culture, better resource management, and
better market feedback. In 2010, we started social enterprises in Zimbabwe and
Kenya; each sold thousands of bicycles in the first year, and both are on their
way to profitability and brand awareness. This success in replicating high quality
assembly, mechanic training, supply chain management, and other market entry
issues demonstrates that our model is replicable, scalable, and sustainable.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

9,100,000

Program 3

Field Mechanics Training

The Mechanics Training program is one of World Bicycle Relief’s
economic empowerment initiatives, and it supports our efforts to implement a
sustainable bicycle transportation infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mechanics
training is integrated into any program we run ourselves, and we also offer it
as a product to our clients who purchase bicycles for use in their own
programs. The goal of the program is to promote the long-term sustainability of
bicycle transportation in rural Africa. Even the most robust bicycle needs
maintenance, particularly in the harsh conditions of rural Africa; this program
ensures that bicycle owners have access to local, qualified maintenance and repair
service so they can keep their bicycles in working order.

Through the Mechanics Training program, local individuals receive
intensive instruction in bicycle assembly, maintenance and repair as well as
basic business, marketing and management skills. Each trained mechanic receives
a bicycle built during training, a technical manual, a set of high quality
bicycle tools, a work uniform, and marketing materials; some mechanics also work
with microlenders to establish formal businesses and purchase a stock of spare
parts. To date World Bicycle Relief has trained over 750 local field mechanics
in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda, effectively launching micro-enterprises
across the continent.

Category

International, Foreign Affairs & National Security

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

118,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World Bicycle Relief has field operations in Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe; we also provide bicycles to programs in neighboring countries.  As of September 2012, we have provided bicycles in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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President

Dave Neiswander

BIO

Dave is the President of World Bicycle Relief. He brings nine years of proven track record of building World Bicycle Relief's field operations as Head of Africa Operations. During his tenure, World Bicycle Relief's impact in programs and social enterprise has expanded from the initial African distribution of bicycles in Zambia to over 285,000 bicycles in 18 countries globally.

Before joining World Bicycle Relief, Mr. Neiswander was an investment banker for ten years at the investment bank, FBR & Co. Mr. Neiswander has his B.S Degree in Finance from Miami University.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

""A bicycle is an industrial revolution in an individual's life"
 
F.K. Day, Founder "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brian Benzer

Director of Corporate Development, SRAM Corporation

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