Bikes Not Bombs, Inc. (Jamaica Plain, MA)


  • Name:Samantha Wechsler
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bikes Not Bombs, Inc.
  • Address:284 Amory Street
    Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(617) 522-0222
  • Main fax:(617) 522-0922

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  • Mission:
  • Lasting peace and social justice require equitable and sustainable use of resources. For more than 25 years, Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) has been a nexus of bicycle recycling and community empowerment both in lower-income neighborhoods of Boston and in the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles.

    The bicycle, the most efficient transportation machine ever invented, offers a simple solution to some of the world’s most complex challenges—addressing issues like pollution, climate change, and obesity. Through BNB’s programs, thousands of bikes that otherwise would be collecting dust in basements or contributing to our landfills are instead being used as powerful tools for empowerment, community development, and environmentally sustainable change.

    BNB uses bikes, for example, as a vehicle to support the development and leadership of teens from some of Boston’s most impoverished neighborhoods; to create pedal-powered machines that help poor rural farmers in Guatemala increase their agricultural productivity; to establish a micro-enterprise bike shop in Ghana, providing six physically-challenged Ghanaians with dignified work and a steady source of income; and to provide young teens from the Island of Nevis with a constructive alternative to gang involvement and violence. Bikes Not Bombs also has a thriving Bike Shop and Vocational Training Center in Boston, where about 1,000 of the donated bikes we receive are re-furbished and re-sold, supporting our programming and getting bikes back out on the road where they belong.

  • History:
  • Bikes Not Bombs began in 1984 as an environmentally conscious campaign and sustainable development effort when a Boston bike mechanic and an urban planner began collecting landfill-bound bicycles and sending them to a mechanics training center in Nicaragua. Then and now, BNB sees bicycles and other environmentally sustainable transportation systems as necessary to promoting sustainable and equitable resource consum¬ption worldwide, and consequently, peace among nations.

    It was in 1990, when youth violence in Boston was at a peak, that BNB began to pursue its mission on a local level. BNB revived an old warehouse space near Jackson Square in Roxbury and began offering innovative youth programs. In early 2007, Bikes Not Bombs relocated down the street and expanded to two locations. Our Hub at 284 Amory Street houses our youth and international programs as well as our administrative offices, while just a few blocks away, our Vocational Training Bike Shop provides job skills training for youth program graduates and offers professional bike repair and sales services to the community.

    Today, we take in more than 5,000 donated bikes each year. We divert these bikes from the solid waste stream and re-use them in our youth programs, international development projects, and vocational training/retail shop. More than 2,000 young people have participated in our youth leadership and cycling programs—Earn-A-Bike, Girls in Action, On-The-Bike, Alumni Services, and Youth Instructor Program—all of which teach mechanics, safe urban riding, and environmental and social justice. BNB also provides an advanced, 100-hour vocational training course for teen apprentices. The organization's international program has sent more than 40,000 bikes to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Caribbean, Ghana, Tanzania, and South Africa to establish micro-enterprises in bicycle sales and appropriate technology.

  • Year established:
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:18

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Scott Thomson
    Cristin Martineau
    Lee Archung
    Scott Harper
    Felicia Kazer
    Max Lee
    Mark Jackson
    David Wilcox
    Jonathan Hicks
    Irina Rasputnis

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Samantha Wechsler, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Diana Boro, Youth Development Coordinator
    Elijah Evans, Youth Programs Coordinator
    David Branigan, International Programs Director
    Matt Coe, Director of Retail Shop/Vocational Training Center
    Allie Hunter, Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Events


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:04-3138753

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:043138753
  • Organization Name:BIKES NOT BOMBS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:284 AMORY ST
  • Organization City:ROXBURY
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:02130-2317
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):351
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combating or preventing pollution (air, water, etc)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Z99Z
  • Asset Amount:$1,009,313
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,464,561
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,464,561
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:42:29 am

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