May 22, 2020: Board Member Opportunity

Greetings Cycles for Change Community,

We hope this update finds you safe and well. We are in touch about the future of Cycles for Change. After this difficult time of transition resulting in significant scaling back, the Board of Directors is at the point of determining if there is a viable path forward for the organization. We hope to recruit a new group of directors to envision a future for C4C. This message speaks to how we envision doing that. If we are unable to seat a new board in the coming weeks, we will plan to dissolve the organization by the end of this year. 

C4C’s current status is tenuous, but we do have some existing organizational assets that may make it possible for work to continue in furthering our mission, “To build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists.” We have our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and legal structure for the organization, including bylaws for the board and articles of incorporation. We have limited financial assets from the sale of the bike shop inventory. Most importantly, we have an awesome community of supporters who are engaged and eager to move forward.

We are looking for new directors who are interested in undertaking the continuing work of maintaining the organization and engaging in a process to determine the future of C4C. They will be responsible for filling officer positions on the board (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary), managing our new Learn to Ride partnership with BikeMN and ensuring proper grant reporting, resolving any future financial obligations and tax reporting. At minimum, candidates should have organizational leadership experience and be aligned with our mission, values, and focus. We are also looking for candidates from diverse backgrounds with knowledge of community equity building, organizational finance management, or marketing/communication/development strategies. The term length for new board members will be 18 months. Please refer to the full job description for more details.

All interested applicants should submit their completed application, a resume, and a picture (optional) to [email protected] by June 5, 2020. We will then hold a public election via electronic ballot (voting instructions to come), assuming we have at least five qualified candidates. If we do not have at least five candidates, no election will be held and the current board will move forward with dissolving the organization after our current commitments are completed. 

Thank you for remaining attentive and interested over these last few months. We hope you will consider who would be good candidates for the board, individuals able to authentically serve the mission of creating a diverse and empowered bicycling community. As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

Sincerely, 

C4C board