How to Partner with BNB

Downloadable Call For Partnerships

 

Bikes Not Bombs is currently looking for partners in the Caribbean and Central America. 

Call for Partnerships – Caribbean and Central America

Bikes Not Bombs is a non-profit organization based in Boston, USA, working for social, economic and environmental justice locally and internationally. We are currently seeking new partnerships with organizations in the Caribbean and Central America that share our mission to use bicycles as vehicles for social change. We are now accepting letters of inquiry from organizations that would be interested in working with us.
 
Bikes Not Bombs provides partners with two main forms of support: 1) shipments of used bicycles; and 2) technical assistance to help organizations thrive. We provide training in small business development, bicycle mechanics, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and other training that our partners might need to achieve their mission.
 

Since our founding in 1984, Bikes Not Bombs has helped numerous grassroots organizations throughout Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean start, sustain, and grow their own bicycle-based businesses and projects; we supported these partners through the shipment of over 75,000 bikes.

Your organization need not have experience in the bicycle industry before working with us. Over time, most of our partners have established local bicycle businesses that provide sales and service. Once successfully established, the bike business can create jobs and generate revenue to be used to help fund community programs addressing issues that partners want to affect. Each of our partners use bicycles for unique social impacts, but at the center of every partnership are three themes: economic development, environmental sustainability, and community empowerment. We are concerned that women are often overlooked in the development of programs, and we are more likely to provide support for organizations that address gender inequality, especially as they relate to mobility and job skills for women.

The types of organizations we want to partner with include, but are not limited to, grassroots organizations, collectives, non-profits, NGOs, social enterprises, organizations targeting youth, and networks. We only work with organizations that are based in the localities of the people they serve, and run by local people.

Bikes Not Bombs is now accepting letters of inquiry from organizations that would be interested in working with us. After reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions, we request that you please include the following in your letter:

  • An organizational overview (history, location, number of members, income sources)

  • Information including contact name, phone number, email address (and website if applicable)

  • How your group actively works toward social change, justice, and gender empowerment in your community

  • Name of organization that will provide customs clearance for container shipments

  • An idea of the program for which you are requesting BNB partnership

Please email letters of inquiry to international@bikesnotbombs.org.

Our deadline for accepting letters for a 2019 partnership is August 15, 2019. Letters received after this date will be considered for 2020. Once we review letters, we will select a few groups to work with to create a project proposal together. We will then visit potential partners in late 2019 to assess the proposal and make our selection.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many bikes can we expect and how will the container be financed?

Bikes Not Bombs ships containers with approximately 550 bicycles, and an extensive selection of used spare parts. The bicycles are mostly adult bikes, but also include children's bikes of all sizes. We cannot ship less than a full container, and we cannot send shipments of only spare parts or tools. The re-sale value of one container of bicycles ranges from $9,000 to $20,000 USD depending on the country.

Bikes Not Bombs donates the contents of the container and the international partner pays for shipping ($4,000 - $5,500 USD) and importation ($2,000 - $4,000 USD) depending on the country. BNB works with partners to create a payment plan after the aid is received. In special cases, Bikes Not Bombs may decide to subsidize shipping costs for the initial shipment.

Does BNB require that partners donate all the bikes shipped from BNB, or does it allow the bikes to be sold?

Bikes Not Bombs does not require that bikes be donated. The financial sustainability of our partners is important to Bikes Not Bombs, which often means that partners sell most of the bicycles in order to generate the financial resources necessary to make the business solvent, and to pay for shipping and importation. We ask that partners use a portion of the bicycles, or the profit from selling the bicycles, for social impacts in their communities.

What does BNB mean by "social, economic and environmental justice”?

Social, economic and environmental justice refers to the full and equal access for all people to social, economic and environmental resources, which include universal human rights, community self-determination, economic and food sovereignty, and climate justice.

Are BNB partnerships long-term or do they need to be renewed each year?

Our partnerships are long-term investments in social change work. BNB reviews partnerships according to agreed-upon time periods to ensure accountability to the partnership goals.

What kind of reporting does BNB require from partners?

We work with each partner to develop reporting that helps BNB to understand our partners' needs, progress and obstacles to success. We work with partners to develop monitoring and evaluation systems that help to track the impact of the partner organization, and how they are working towards their goals in their communities.