Bikes for Humanity PDX (B4HPDX) began as a project of Community Exchange Bike School/Exchange Cycle Tours, an Oregon registered non-profit organization that sought federal IRS 501c3 status during 2007 and 2008. Unfortunately, Exchange Cycle Tours did not obtain 501c3 status and transferred the B4HPDX project to Umbrella as a fiscal sponsor from 2008 - 2011. From 2009-2011 some of our volunteers worked to construct a permanent Bike School site in SE Portland. In May 2011, construction was completed and we began Volunteer Repair Clinics to refurbish bikes we collected at donation drives in Lake Oswego and West Linn in 2007 & 2008.
Our revived project has seen strong community support. All volunteers receive free instruction in bike repairs from a full professional curriculum developed by experienced bike mechanic volunteers. As B4HPDX experienced rapid growth in 2011, we transferred our fiscal sponsorship to ImpactNW.org our current 501c3 fiscal sponsor. All donations to B4HPDX go directly to developing and running educational programs, provide grants, purchasing spare parts, tools, shop materials, volunteer recruitment and retention, and publicity for our events. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
In May 2014, we expanded out of the residential donated space and moved our bike school and shop operation into a commercial space. We increased our open shop hours to 41-hours, 6-days per week. By Nov. 2014, we have replicated one additional bike co-op shop in downtown Portland in partnership with non-profit organization Central City Concern, and are working on two additional bike co-op partnerships (at Gresham City Park and Grant High School).
On Jan 29th, 2015, we received official IRS Determination Letter recognizing Bikes For Humanity PDX, Inc. as a 501c3 public charity organization. Our effective tax exempt status was retroactive to start on Feb. 26th, 2015. As of March 1st, 2015, we begin operations under our own EIN 46-5166624.
B4HPDX promotes a sense of empowerment and ownership rather than a sense of entitlement for each bike adoption. We offer financial aid so individual potential adopter's economic needs can be met. The adopter's income, commuting need, and ergonomic needs are considered. We believe each capable adult may earn a bicycle. Most kid's bikes can be requested to be granted along with safety accessories.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life, ethnic origins, professions, cultures, ages, and genders. We value diversity and encourage an inclusive environment in which to volunteer collaboratively. We focus on maximizing our public benefit impact through diligent management of human, in-kind, and monetary resources donated to our cause.
For more information about our group and activities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mission is to substantially increase public access to affordable and safe bicycles while empowering self-sufficiency in bicycle maintenance and commute.