Become a Business Partner
Bikes for the World partners with more than 20 national, regional, and local businesses.
As the nation's largest and most professional bicycle reuse charity, with a strong humanitarian, environmental, and community service brand appealing to a broad sector of the public, Bikes for the World brings value to its relationships, whether in our home mid-Atlantic region, or nationally.
Here's how we can help you, and how you can help us.
Bikes for the World can help sell bikes. Bicycle retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Recreational Equipment Inc., and more than 20 other retailers partner with Bikes for the World, to earn customer goodwill, create floor traffic, and sell new bikes to customers who trade-in or donate bikes to Bikes for the World. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Dick's Sporting Goods has held annual spring bike trade-in sales and donated more than 15,000 trade-ins to Bikes for the World.
Bikes for the World offers team-building experiences to employees of local companies. Companies such as FedEx, Microsoft, TeraThink, Johnson Lambert, Reed Technology and CEB have brought employee teams to prep bikes for shipping using simple bike tools, and load 40' shipping containers of bicycles.
Bikes for the World offers opportunities to donate surplus product and reduce waste. Kenda Tires, City Bikes, Revolution Bicycles and other retailers, donate surplus new product. Washington DC's Capital Bike Share and New York's CitiBike donate used but usable and valuable tires, tubes, and other spare parts "thrown off" by their regular maintenance activities. Local construction companies have donated sheets of plywood or OSB, which we use for packing outgoing shipments."
Cause-marketing. Bikes for the World offers cause-marketing opportunities to products or services that promote a better world, especially those that relate to cycling, environmental protection, or the enjoyment of the outdoors. An example is our relationship with the FreeBike Project, a start-up selling corporate sponsorship of bicycles placed with university students. FreeBike donates a fixed amount per sponsored bike to Bikes for the World, which goes towards the shipment of our bicycles to an education project in the Philippines.
Donation of abandoned bikes.Multi-family residences periodically need to remove abandoned bicycles from their bike rooms and other public areas; we regularly receive inquiries and requests from condo and co-op boards, management companies, and individual tenants. See an article by the Montgomery County MD multi-family residential recycling coordinator which explains how Bikes for the World can help clean out these valuable spaces and put these old bikes to good use. Call 301.461.5349.
Provision of storage space on concessional terms. Bikes for the World is currently looking for donated or discounted storage for bicycles in DC or close-in Northern Virginia!! Does your company have surplus space--a building awaiting redevelopment, or un-used warehouse space? We need 3,000 square feet. We also need a parking lot with room for five 40' storage trailers.
Interested in exploring these or other partnership opportunities with Bikes for the World? Contact Keith Oberg, Executive Director, at 703-525-0931 or keith(at)bikesfortheworld.org.