Complete the Start a Chapter Inquiry Form.
Participate in a one-on-one conference call with a Trips for Kids representative.
Complete the online Chapter Application that will be emailed to you.
Sign Trademark License Agreement.
Lead your first ride in your local community!
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.)
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.
We provide a myriad of fundraising ideas and outreach templates that have been used with success by other chapters in our network.
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.
As a Trips for Kids chapter, you are automatically an affiliated club member of IMBA.
Now that you are actively working with Kids in your community, here are the basic annual requirements to maintain your chapter status:
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.
Becoming a chapter usually takes four to eight months. The process can be faster if you:
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:
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.”
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:
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.
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.”