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How to support the work of the
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Summary: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit run on about $7,000 to $11,000 per year in tax-deductible consumer donations. We could really use your support if you can afford it.

BHSI is supported by consumer donations. We do not accept any funding of any kind from anyone or any organization or company involved in the production or sale of helmets. To be sure of that we can't use PayPal. Donors are not listed on our web site.

BHSI is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Service code. Our IRS determination letter is dated October 17, 2016. Our Federal EIN # is 81-4084438.

We run on a annual budget of $7,000 to $10,000, made possible by volunteer staff, no salaries and a lot of scrimping and saving. That beats spending our energy and any part of your donation on fundraising! Our administrative costs are no more than 15% of the budget, and the rest goes directly into program support. We are grateful for consumer contributions to support this work.

Your donation can do a lot:

  • $4 sends the duplicating masters for our pamphlets, plus other materials for photocopying by a helmet campaign.

  • $5 sends our package of DVDs with 11 videos for a helmet campaign.

  • $7 sends a Toolkit for Helmet Promotion Programs to a teacher or an organizer of a local helmet program, including all of our materials.

  • $28.50 pays our web costs for a month.

  • $342 pays all of our Web site and email server expenses for a year, serving more than 850,000 visitors.

  • $800 sends us to an ASTM helmet standards committee meeting to work for better bicycle helmet standards.

  • $7,000 funds the entire Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute for a year!

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To donate

  • You can send donations by check or money order directly to:

    Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
    4611 Seventh Street South
    Arlington, VA 22204-1419

    Here is a form to print out to send your check. We also have it as a .pdf file.


This page was updated or partially revised on: October 21, 2016.
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