Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

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How to support the work of the
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Summary: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit running on about $12,000 per year in tax-deductible consumer donations. We do not accept support from the helmet industry, only from consumers. We could really use your support if you can afford it.

To donate

Please do not donate if you are involved in the helmet industry or the retail sale of helmets. We will have to return your donation!
  • Credit card, debit card or PayPal : please use this PayPal button. It provides a connection encrypted and secured by https. We accept credit cards through PayPal, so you don't have to have a PayPal account. They do not share your card info with us. Please check the box to share your mailing address with us so we can send you a letter for your tax files.

  • Paypal link

  • 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.

The Story

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. Donors are not listed on our website.

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 about $12,000. That is 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 website 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.
  • $12,000 funds the entire Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute for a year!

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