Annual Reports


2013 Snapshot

2013

Focus on Education

Bikes for the World added two new overseas partners this year focused on keeping students in school. In addition we sent more bikes to two existing education projects in the Philippines and Africa. At home we expanded our service projects to offer more rewarding experiences to participating corporate and private groups as well as schools and scout troops. We also launched our new website this year and continued our focus on sharing information and beneficiary stories from around the globe.
2013 Snapshot - a look at our year in review.
2013 Audit

2012 snapshot pix

2012

Record Year at Bikes for the World

We delivered our 60,000th bike in March,  70,000th bike in September, and set new mark for annual shipments placing 13,500 of our bikes and 5,000 of Chicago's Working Bikes.  Shipped to new projects in Sierra Leone, Kenya, El Salvador.  Continued our support to education in the Philippines.  Partnered with national retailer Dick's Sporting Goods to take in more bikes.   Expanded our board of directors and initiated strategic planning process.  Launched blog and increased use of social media.
2012 Snapshot-preliminary Annual Report
2012 Audit

2011 MLK load

2011

Building a Sustainable Organization

Early in the year, we incorporated separately from our original sponsor and secured recognition of our independent non-profit status.  We shipped our 50,000th bike.  We broadened our production base expanding our collections through bicycle retailers, apartment buildings, and waste transfer stations, and handling an increasing number of shipments of bicycles on behalf of a sister organization, Working Bikes Cooperative.
2011 Annual Report PDF
2011 Audit

2010 Re-organizing

2010

Laying the Foundation for Independence

We began a critical transition from being a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)--our long-term sponsor--to full independence as a separate non-profit agency.  Important steps included the creation of a new, part-time position–office and volunteer manager—and a narrowing of the focus of our Rockville Youth Bike Project to collecting and delivering bikes.
Annual report PDF

2009 Year End

2009

40,000th Bicycle Shipped

Bikes for the World held steady despite adverse economic times.  More than 100 community organizations, public agencies, and businesses contributed.  On a record-setting spring weekend that saw more than 700 bicycles donated at five events, Otterbein United Methodist Church boasted the largest single bike collection event ever, netting nearly 400 bikes in four hours!
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 2008 Year End

 2008

Record Production Year--10,301 Bikes Donated

 Highlights included record collections and expanded geographic coverage from North Carolina (315 bikes at one event in Durham!) to Pennyslvania; an innovative and record-breaking 4-site, 700-bike collection and same-day "live load" of a 40' shipping container destined for Uganda, with the Calvert County (MD) Public Schools; increasing African shipments by 80%, from under 30% of all shipments to more than 40%; and attempting a 40-bike pilot initiative in Afghanistan (it failed to reach its intended destination).  We consolidated our position as the nation's largest bicycle reuse charity, collecting and donating a record 10,301 bicycles.

2007 Year End

2007

Bikes for the World the Nation's Largest Bicycle Reuse Program, Establishes Rockville Youth Bike Project

 In only our third year, Bikes for the World became the largest program of its kind, increasing our shipments three percent over the previous year, to 7,922 bikes delivered.  We consolidated shipments among six overseas programs, adding a major new relationship in Uganda.  We hired a second employee and etablished the Rockville Youth Bike Project to "give back" to one of our principal supporting communities, promoting youth development and bike safety, and securing a long-term storage lease.

2006 Year End

2006

7,697 Bikes Shipped…and Growing

We enjoyed strong growth, sending bicycles to a dozen non-profit partners overseas, including new projects in Africa. We added a pilot program delivering portable sewing machines to our partners in Panama and Costa Rica, to benefit more women.  We lost one of two storage sites, then gained a replacement, laying the groundwork for the Rockville Youth Bicycle Project.
2006 Annual Report PDF

2005 Year End

2005

Changing Lives

In order to grow the collection of the bicycles to benefit more groups around the world, including Sri Lanka following the December 2004 tsunami, the Washington network of the New Jersey-based Pedals for Progress became a "sponsored project" of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).  Storage sites were secured in DC and Northern VA and collections multiplied, including an innovative partnership with the Montgomery County Waste Transfer Station that provided close to a thousand usable bicycles the first year.  The founder-director tapped his professional background working in Central America and the Caribbean to identify additonal partners to receive bicycle donations.
2005 Annual Report PDF