Bikes for the World Seeks New Board Members


Bikes for the World (BfW) seeks additional members for its Board of Directors. The six current Directors anticipate identifying and electing as many as three to four new Board members in the Fall of 2017, with the objective of strengthening the Board’s ability to guide the organization and enhance its effectiveness and sustainability.


BfW is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2005, incorporated in February 2011, and is now the nation’s largest bicycle reuse program. Its mission is to:

-make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to people in developing countries;

-enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport;

-generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas; and,

-provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service
opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

Bikes for the World is particularly interested in expanding its operations through collecting more used bicycles, franchising our operations to other cities, and increasing the number and effectiveness of our overseas partners.

An ideal candidate should be knowledgeable about the operations of BfW, enthusiastic about the mission, and eager to work collaboratively with the other Directors and staff. Having volunteered with BfW or similar organizations is desirable. See here for a list of board responsibilities

Directors provide oversight and active support to the staff through volunteering at BfW collections as the face of BfW, at loadings at the BfW warehouse, and by direct interactions on specific topics; as well as participating in Board and committee meetings. BfW Directors are not compensated and must abide by BfW’s written policy statements.

We value highly engaged Board members. If you have not previously volunteered with us at a collection/loading or visited our warehouse (either the current one in Rockville, MD or our previous locations), we suggest you contact our Executive Director, Keith Oberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to inquire about doing so.

The ideal Board, as a group, should possess an array of skills, knowledge, experiences, contacts, and gender and ethnic diversity. The Board is currently looking to increase its depth in the following thematic areas:

-international development;

-the operations and management of nonprofit organizations;

-communication, public relations, and website development;

-fund-raising and grant-writing;

-the operations and resources of the bicycle industry;

-recycling and environmental concerns;

-interaction with other local nonprofits, the local business community, and/or local
governments; and

-financial management and audit requirements.

If you or someone you know is interested in being considered, please send a CV and a cover letter to Board Chair Karen Hendrixson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) explaining:

-Any relevant non-profit, board-level, and/or biking/bike industry experience.

-What you know about BfW and why you are interested in committing your time
and energy to us.

-What characteristics and strengths you would bring to our Board.


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