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Gift Guide for the Bike-Loving Philanthropist

Give the Gift of Cycling

Giving the gift of cycling isn’t always about what you can give to your loved ones. There are so many people in the world who are not fortunate enough to have a bicycle, who are not lucky enough to have their health to ride a bike or who do not have any mode of transportation to get to school or work. We are thankful for the work of amazing bicycle-related charities who use cycling as a way to raise funds and give bikes to those who are in need. So, when you are thinking about a gift to give to your favorite cyclist, maybe the best gift would be a donation in their name to one of these awesome organizations.

The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect believes that participation in sports is a powerful force. Countless studies show that youth participation in sports dramatically raises graduation rates and lowers the rates of childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, crime and other negatives in a young person’s life. Yet, too often many kids, especially girls, sit on the sidelines.

With a mission to empower young women through mountain biking,The Cycle Effect provides opportunities for at-risk girls to be engaged in regular, healthy programs that help build their self-esteem and promote overall wellness.

Click HERE to discover all the ways you can support the Cycle Effect!

Project Bike Tech

The only program of its kind in the country, Project Bike Tech (PBT) uses bicycle education as a conduit to teach core academics, enhance lives, create career opportunities and inspire new generations to be passionate about bikes. PBT’s primary program, Bike Tech in School, is a credited high school elective that introduces students to bicycle industry careers, providing them with the skills needed to become entry-level bicycle mechanics and offering in-depth career counseling. In addition, the program uses bicycle mechanics as a tool to teach common CORE and STEM curriculum.

Click HERE to help sustain and grow the Bicycle Technology Program with your donation!

Trips for Kids

Marilyn Price started Trips for Kids in 1986. Riding her mountain bike on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, CA, Marilyn thought how wonderful it would be if all children everywhere could experience the joy of riding a bike—regardless of their ability to own a bicycle. Today, this non-profit operates in the US, Canada, Israel, and Sierra Leone and has opened the world of cycling to more than 124,000 at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-A-Bike programs. Giant has supplied bikes and gear to TFK for years, sharing Marilyn’s belief that every kid should discover the joy of mountain biking.

Click HERE to donate to Trips for Kids!

World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief believes bicycles have the power to change the world by giving people the power to GO farther, faster and safer in their daily lives. In rural Africa, a bicycle can increase academic performance by up to 59%, decrease farmers' travel time by 45%, and allow healthcare volunteers to reach 45% more clients.

You can make a difference by donating or encourage friends and family to donate by creating a fundraising page.

World Bicycle Relief’s mission: “World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. We are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive."

*Giant Bicycles manufactures the Buffalo Bicycle, collaborating with World Bicycle Relief for product development and logistics.

People for Bikes

People for Bikes are kind of just that… they are a group of people that love bikes. But more than that, they advocate for bikes! To do that, People for Bikes work to unite individual riders, businesses, community leaders, and elected officials to create a voice for cycling and all of its benefits.

The projects that People for Bikes work on range widely from generating protected bike lanes with their Green Lane Project (creating 320 protected bike lanes in 98 cities) to urban bike parks funded by their Community Grant Program.

People for Bikes are doing big things. So, JOIN the movement and add your name in support of better bicycling (it’s FREE). Or, you can DONATE to support better biking in 2020!

Young Survival Coalition 

Young Survival Coalition offers a community for young women diagnosed with breast cancer. From hosting conferences to providing resources, YSC’s goal is to make sure no young woman faces breast cancer alone. Donating to YSC ensures that the organization can continue to provide these essential programs and resources.

Young Survival Coalition’s Tour De Pink, a three-day, 200-mile charity ride to support young women affected by cancer. There are three rides across the US, where survivors can conquer a physical challenge and prove something to themselves while raising money for the YSC.

YSC is a US-based charity organization whose online database aims to help any woman navigating the disease of breast cancer. 

IMBA

What is IMBA? The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is: “To create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences.”

Where ever you are, there is likely to be an IMBA chapter or club close by. These groups, along with IMBA staff, are making mountain biking better for riders all over the world by providing a voice for trails, advocating for more MTB access, building awesome trails, and teaching responsible trail-building practices.

So, if you know an avid mountain biker (or are one yourself), joining your local IMBA chapter, donate to help IMBA build new places to ride and protect the trails you have, or shop their e-store and grab yourself or a loved one some cool swag (all the proceeds go straight to the trails)!

Imba is a worldwide organization, so you are likely to find a club or group right where you are on IMBA International!

Now get out there and GET GIVING!