Cycles for Change cannot do everything it does without the people and organizations who provide us funding. We do make a small profit from selling used bikes, but the majority of our budget comes from donations—grants from foundations and corporations, contracts with government entities, and very important individual donations. This is the first article in a series thanking the people and organizations who help us do what we do.
This year—for the first time—Cycles for Change is receiving direct funding from the City of Minneapolis to get more East African immigrants and their families in Minneapolis on bicycles. This money specifically helps fund our adult Learn-to-Ride classes, the Bike Grant program, and our Minneapolis youth apprentices.
Minneapolis Council Member Abdi Warsame was instrumental in securing this funding in the 2016 budget process and in helping us work our way through the Minneapolis city bureaucracy. Council Member Warsame represents the 6th Ward, which includes the Minneapolis shop and much of the Seward, Cedar-Riverside, and Phillips communities. We want to thank him for his work to help us meet the needs of his ward!