Frequently Asked Questions
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 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 a link 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. (This could be from a local fiscal sponsor, or from your own nonprofit organization)
B. Proof of $1M liability insurance (listing "Trips for Kids" as an 'additional insured').
C. Passing of criminal background check.
What kind of support will I get?
Lots! That’s our job here at Trips for Kids' national support staff remote offices. We can help you develop your Trail Rides Program, Earn-a-Bike Workshops, Mobile Bike Clinics, Recyclery Community Bike Shop, or any other youth bicycling program that fits the Trips for Kids mission and vision. 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 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 or more budget. It depends on many variables. If you already have a garage full of bikes, you won’t have to buy bikes beyond the chapter start-up kit's five 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, or the trailhead is within riding distance, you won’t have to spend money on a transport vehicle.
In general, startup costs could include:
- Non-profit IRS filing fees: Depends on your organization’s projected
- 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 else will Trips for Kids ask me to do?
After your Chapter Application is accepted, you will sign our Chapter/Affiliate License Agreement. We also provide a Trips for Kids Chapter Handbook that lists actions required by all chapters on all rides and classes 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.”
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Trips for Kids Chapter and Marketing Coordinator