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International : Development and Relief Services

World Bicycle Relief

Mobilizing people through the power of bicycles

three stars

83.10

1000 West Fulton Market 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 664-3836   Web Site
EIN: 20-5080679

Board Leadership
Brian Benzer
Chairman

CEO
F.K. Day
Founder, President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.10 three stars
  Financial 76.10 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles. Our vision is a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, families and communities.

With over 238,000 bicycles in the field and more than 1,000 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa. World Bicycle Relief and its partners have assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has supplied bicycles through programs in Angola, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles. Our vision is a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.

Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, families and communities.

With over 238,000 bicycles in the field and more than 1,000 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa. World Bicycle Relief and its partners have assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has supplied bicycles through programs in Angola, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Financial

two stars

76.10

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
62.6%
  Administrative Expenses 8.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 29.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.28
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.00
  Program Expenses Growth 28.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Bicycle Relief on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by World Bicycle Relief on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Bicycle Relief (IL) 83.10 three stars
Bridges to Prosperity (CO) 93.98 four stars
Sustainable Harvest International (ME) 87.47 three stars
Lifewater International (CA) 88.83 three stars
Christian Freedom International (VA) 89.04 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,286,706
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $122,831
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $5,409,537
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $5,409,537
   Other Revenue $16,166
TOTAL REVENUE $5,425,703
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,016,615
   Administrative Expenses $519,537
   Fundraising Expenses $1,454,032
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,990,184
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,564,481
   
Net Assets $5,710,998

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program $4,642,865 92.5%
Healthcare $373,750 7.4%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 08/01/2017 83.10 three stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 76.54 two stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 73.69 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 12/01/2015 83.83 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 76.46 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 85.29 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 84.04 three stars
2010-12 02/01/2013 74.90 two stars
2010-12 10/01/2012 74.57 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 20-5080679
Name in IRS Master File WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF NFP
NTEE Code M20
NTEE Classification Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
NTEE Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 2006
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$188,787 2.70% Frederick Day President
Other Salaries of Note
$182,029 2.60% Charles Coustan Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
World Bicycle Relief (IL) 83.10 three stars
World Neighbors (OK) 91.74 four stars
Haiti Outreach (MN) 93.90 four stars
Global Fund for Children (DC) 86.73 three stars
Shared Interest (NY) 85.89 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

World Bicycle Relief
1000 West Fulton Market
4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
tel: (312) 664-3836
EIN: 20-5080679

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Board Leadership

Brian Benzer
Chairman

CEO

F.K. Day
Founder, President

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