How to Start a Chapter

Thank you for your interest in starting a Trips for Kids Chapter in your local community! By becoming a chapter leader, you will help more kids have access to our life-changing programs.

Steps
Support and Resources
FAQs

Steps

1

Complete the Start a Chapter Inquiry Form.

2

Participate in a one-on-one conference call with a Trips for Kids representative.

3

Complete the online Chapter Application that will be emailed to you.

4

Sign Trademark License Agreement.

5

Lead your first ride in your local community!

Support and Resources

Starter Kit

In most cases, after new chapters have booked two rides, we will be able to provide start-up equipment. (Unfortunately, starter kits are not typically able to be sent to chapters that are formed outside of North America.)

  • 5 new mountain bikes
  • 5 water bottles with cages
  • 10 helmets
  • 5 tubes
  • 2 portable first aid kits
  • 1 1st edition Blue Book bicycle repair guide
  • 1 Park Tool bike stand and tool kit

Marketing Support

Each chapter will have access to our special Chapter Portal, which contains all sorts of marketing support from downloadable brochures, social media tips, branding guidelines, etc. We can also help with website development and setting your chapter up with a suitable URL.

Fundraising Support

We provide a myriad of fundraising ideas and outreach templates that have been used with success by other chapters in our network.

Best Practices

From fundraising and grant tips to event ideas and community outreach, at Trips for Kids we believe in the power of sharing our successes with each other. In addition to the online resources, we also share best practices through our monthly chapter newsletter.

Membership to Affiliate Clubs

As a Trips for Kids chapter, you are automatically an affiliated club member of IMBA.

Maintaining Your Chapter

Now that you are actively working with Kids in your community, here are the basic annual requirements to maintain your chapter status:

  • Adhere to the Trips for Kids mission statement and follow the guidelines within the Trips for Kids Chapter Handbook in all of your bicycling activities.
  • Track and provide your annual youth participation and activities to Trips for Kids National. These statistics support our fundraising and branding efforts nationwide.
  • Use the approved Trips for Kids logo and chapter name as provided to you in all your marketing efforts (brochures, website, social media, news media, etc.).
  • Lead a minimum of 6 rides per year.
  • Share your successes and best practices with Trips for Kids, which will disseminate the information throughout our chapter network.

FAQs

What does it mean to become a chapter?

Trips for Kids mission is to provide transformative cycling experiences for underserved youth. By signing on as a chapter, you are helping carry out this mission in your local community. To date, we have served around 160,000 youth across the country through our network of chapters. We look forward to your chapter being part of this incredible movement.

How long does the process take?

Becoming a chapter usually takes four to eight months. The process can be faster if you:

  • Already have 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Have a group of people working with you.
  • Have funds available to file your documents and purchase equipment.

What does it cost to start a Trips for Kids chapter?

You can start a Trips for Kids chapter without spending a dime, or you could start with a $10,000 budget. It depends on many variables. If you already have a garage full of bikes, you won’t have to buy bikes; if you are affiliating with another agency, you won’t need to pay to acquire non-profit status; and if you happen to own a van that can carry 10-15 bikes, you won’t have to spend money on transportation. In general, startup costs can include:

  • Non-profit IRS filing fees: Depends on your organization’s projected
    annual revenues.
  • Liability Insurance: Depends on the types and amount you want.
  • Incorporation filing fees: Depends on the state.
  • Startup equipment: Depends on what you own, borrow, trade or partner for.

What is the application process?

Once you complete the Chapter Inquiry Form and participate in a one-on-one call with one of our representatives to see if opening a chapter is right for you, you will receive access to our online Chapter Application where you can upload all necessary documentation. The critical components that we require are:

A. Proof of 501(c)(3) non-profit status or EIN number.
B. Proof of $1M liability insurance.
C. Passing of self-initiating background check.

The online application could take a few weeks for you to work on while you gather the required documentation. You will be able to save each session and upload items as you go through the process. We will only review your application once every section is complete and you’ve clicked “Submit.”

What kind of support will I get?

Lots! That’s our job here at Trips for Kids National. We can help you develop your ride program. And, just as importantly, we can help you set-up and maintain your non-profit organization by providing information on subjects such as:

  • How to apply for 501(c)(3) status.
  • How to obtain equipment (bikes, helmets, etc.) donations.
  • Acquiring liability insurance.
  • Board recruitment and development.
  • Chapter Portal: Our online private chapter portal houses dozens of tips and downloadable documents that can help you run your programs, give you fund raising ideas and templates, and provide marketing tools such as brochures, social media tips and branding guidelines.

What else will Trips for Kids ask me to do?

After your Chapter Application is accepted, you will sign our Trademark License Agreement. We also provide a Trips for Kids Chapter Handbook that lists actions required by all chapters on all rides and addresses chapters’ annual requirements as outlined in maintaining your chapter.

What do I get out of it?

One of our chapter directors summed it up best:
“Mountain biking truly is a wonderful activity. We who bike know the reasons, but the kids help remind us. The smiles, laughter, and priceless quotes, even the look of deserved exhaustion in their face – these things reinforce to us that what we’re showing these kids is something uniquely good.”

Have
Questions?

Please Contact

Kim Baenisch

Acting Executive Director

P: 415-458-2986 ext. 7
E: kim@tripsforkids.org