EIN 20-5080679

World Bicycle Relief (WBR)

IRS 501(c) type
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World Bicycle Relief is an international, non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois that specializes in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle distribution programs to aid poverty relief in developing countries around the world.
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Program areas at WBR

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES WBR's program activities are designed to provide Buffalo Bicycles and supportive programming to the most vulnerable affected by distance, approximately 70% of whom are women and girls. (CONTINUED ON SCHEDULE O)
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT For those World Bicycle Relief serves, the value of a bicycle is ultimately measured in the time and effort it saves. The value of the Buffalo Bicycle isn't in the object itself but rather in the function it provides. Buffalo Bicycles dramatically increase efficiency for its recipients - individuals at the lowest level of the economic ladder. (Continued on Schedule O)
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE As previously noted, Buffalo Bicycle Limited, WBR's wholly-owned social enterprise, allows WBR to leverage two of our three primary distribution channels: sales to individuals (e.g. farmers) through our network of small social enterprise retail shops (numbering 31 across five countries as of September 2020), and sales to organizations (e.g. Ministries of Health, UNICEF, U.S. Agency for International Development projects). (continued on Schedule O)

Grants made by WBR

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Village Bicycle ProjectImplement Beep PGRM$38,825

Who funds World Bicycle Relief (WBR)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Galashiels FundAnnual Support$1,931,640
Weyerhaeuserday FoundationGeneral Support$234,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$144,240
...and 66 more grants received totalling $3,344,427

Personnel at WBR

Dave NeiswanderChief Executive Officer / Trustee
Charles KimeuChief Operations Officer
David MajorChief Financial Officer
Anna Weyerhaeuser SwitzerlandManaging Director
Jeff BoskenDirector of Finance
...and 19 more key personnel

Financials for WBR

RevenuesFYE 12/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$9,452,136
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$98,097
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$23,129
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$18,967
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$9,592,329

Form 990s for WBR

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-24990View PDF
2018-122019-12-13990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122017-02-28990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 14 new grant, including a grant for $120,000 from The Roxanne and Henry Brandt Foundation
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 27 new grant, including a grant for $1,931,640 from Galashiels Fund
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
July 23, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 10 new personnel
April 30, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
International-focused organizationsFamily service centersCharities
Foreign affairsInternational development
Operates internationallyNational levelCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
1000 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 664-3836
Facebook page
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
Q33: International Relief
NAICS code, primary
624230: Emergency and Relief Services
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