Frequently Asked Questions
How can I donate?
Learn more about all the ways you can donate here.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
World Bicycle Relief is a registered charity in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, UK and US and your donation is tax deductible in these countries.
Is there a way to send a donation via wire transfer?
Yes, please wire to the right donation account depending on the currency of your gift:
- DONATIONS IN EURO
World Bicycle Relief gGmbH
- DONATIONS IN CHF
World Bicycle Relief (Switzerland)
IBAN: CH50 0027 9279 2681 1901 Q
Don’t forget to provide your name, postal and email address to receive a proper donation receipt.
For donations in other currencies send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get a copy of my receipt for tax purposes?
Donations made online will receive a tax receipt automatically via email when the gift is submitted. Check and wire donation receipts are issued within 10 days.
If you didn’t get a receipt after completing your donation, please email us at email@example.com and we can ensure you get proper documentation for your donation. Thank you!
Do you support employer match contributions?
Yes, World Bicycle Relief supports and encourages employer match contributions. You can see if your company offers a match here or check with your employer to see if they have a corporate matching gifts program. Many employers do and this is one of the simplest ways to double or even triple your gift.
Though we encourage direct donations, World Bicycle Relief also has partnerships with donation crowdfunding platforms that connect us to many major corporations. These partners are: Global Impact, Global Giving, Benevity, YourCause and Greatergood.org.
Where does my donation go?
Values shown represent real needs and expenses in our program countries. Your gift will be used to provide life-changing transportation through our programs where the need is greatest.
Your donation will help provide a bicycle for a student, healthcare worker or entrepreneur who would otherwise likely travel long distances on foot. Since we also train field mechanics and assemble bicycles locally, your donation also helps build bicycle infrastructure in the areas where we work, benefitting generations to come. You can learn more about our funding and spending on our Financials page.
I want to volunteer. What can I do?
We are always in need of helping hands. To tell us more about your interest and availability, please complete our volunteer form here. Thanks!
We are a school and want to start a fundraiser. Where should we start?
Awesome! There are lots of ways to raise money as a school – you can host an event, donate revenues of your school newspaper, ask parents and relatives for support or engage a local company for support – just get creative.
The best place to start is to set up a fundraising page. It is the easiest way to inform your supporters about your goal and the progress you’ve made so far. Your supporters can also donate to your fundraiser on that page. You can start your fundraiser now here.
I finished fundraising. Now what?
Share your success! Say thank you to those that donated and helped you reach your goal. Your fundraising page will remain active so people can access it any time. It’s always something you can come back to if you’re interested in continuing your fundraising efforts and upping your goal. Thank you for your hard work and sharing World Bicycle Relief’s mission with your community and network.
Does World Bicycle Relief accept donations of used bicycles for its programs?
The transportation needs of individuals in rural developing countries require specially designed bicycles that can handle heavy loads and rough terrain. They also need reliable access to available spare parts and maintenance.
For these reasons, World Bicycle Relief provides new Buffalo Bicycles to our riders. We do not accept donations of used bicycles for our programs. We encourage you to donate used bicycles to local charities in your area, so you can spread The Power of Bicycles to people in your community.
What is a corporate donation?
Corporate donations are voluntary and gratuitous contributions in cash or in kind. The donation is made without consideration. Otherwise, it is a matter of sponsorship, which requires a contractual agreement between the sponsor (company) and the sponsored.
When will I receive the donation receipt for my corporate donation?
Donations to World Bicycle Relief gGmbH are tax deductible in Germany. You will receive a donation receipt which we dispatch on a monthly basis. If you need the receipt immediately after making the donation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can companies communicate about their donation to World Bicycle Relief?
Upon receipt of the donation and your request, we will provide you with text and images for editorial communication. We are happy to arrange a meeting with you for a symbolic check handover for larger donations.
Can companies use the World Bicycle Relief logo?
The use of the World Bicycle Relief logo, a registered trademark, requires a contractual agreement with the company.
Can a donation be used to promote sales?
According to German tax law, donations are defined as voluntary and gratuitous contributions in cash or in kind without consideration. It is not possible to link a classic donation to the sale of products or services. If you are interested in linking your turnover to a good cause, a contractual agreement is needed that regulates the communicative consideration. Every company that is interested in advertising its products or services with World Bicycle Relief or would like to donate part of its sales from products is subject to a due diligence check.
Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about how you can support World Bicycle Relief: email@example.com