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<p><a href="/media/images/bikes/3-8_full_bike_big.jpg" title="View Larger image of the California Bicycle" onclick="openWindow('/media/images/bikes/3-8_full_bike_big.jpg', 630, 520); return false;"> <img class="postpicright" src="/media/images/bikes/cal_bike_s.jpg" border="0" alt="California bicycle" width="100" height="80" /></a>All donations are welcome and any amount of money will help someone in need. A $150.00 donation buys one bicycle (see the <a href="/bikes/" title="Learn about the bikes we donate">bikes page</a> for more details). You can donate now using a credit card with our simple and secure <a href="javascript:document.donateform.submit()">PayPal form</a> (you don't need to sign up with PayPal to donate). We also accept donations by mail, just send a check or money order to:</p> <div class="vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="/"> </a> <div class="org">Wheels4Life</div> <div class="adr"> <div class="street-address">P.O. Box 21</div> Laguna Beach , CA , 92652 USA</div> </div> <p>Wheels4Life is is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which means your donation is tax deductable. We can supply a receipt upon request</p> <h3>Gift Certificates Available!</h3> <p>Wheels4Life Gift Certificates are a great way to make a contribution on behalf of friends or loved ones. We now offer 2 different gift certificates which can be ordered by mail or via our web site.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> $150.- <strong>wooden&nbsp;</strong>certificate, that will buy one person a bicycle <strong>with Free Wheels 4 Life DVD </strong>(view it on our shop page)</li> <li> a <strong>printed</strong> certificate without a specified amount, that reads: "a donation to W4L has been made on your behalf" (we asked for a minimum donation of US$ 50.-) </li> </ul> <p>Both certificates include a blank To/From box, where you can fill in your name and the name of the recipient:</p> <p><img src="https://media.wheels4life.org/uploads/2010/W4L+gift+certificates+new.jpg" border="0" alt="Gift Certificates low" /></p> <p>You can buy a gift certificate using our <a> PayPal form </a> with your Credit Card or PayPal. If you'd prefer you can also mail a check or money order to the address above.</p> <p>Once you've made your donation please <a href="/contact/" title="email wheels4life"> send us an email </a> and we will mail out the gift certificates. Please be sure to inlude your full mailing address in the e-mail.</p> <h2>Get Involved<a name="howhelp"></a></h2> <p>Besides donating money, there are several ways how you can help us with our mission.</p> <p>One easy way to get involved is by organizing your own fundraising event in your community, school, local bike shop or corporation. There are many ways to do do this and our <a href="/events/" title="Wheels4Life Fundraising events"> Fundraisers page </a> has some examples of how other people and groups are helping.</p> <p><strong>Buy our DVD "Wheels 4 Life - The Film - A Story About Giving" and organize your own fundraiser event. It can be done in a small setting with friends and family in your own living room, or you can team up with a local bike shop or bike club and organize a bigger screening. Its easy to do, it can be lots of fun and it's one of the best ways to show people what Wheels 4 Life is all about.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>If you'd like to organize something in your neck of the woods, start by reaching out to your local bike clubs, bike shops, schools, race promoters and others to see if they would be interested in partnering with you.</p> <p>Feel free to <a href="/contact/" title="Contact Wheels4Life"> contact us </a> if you have questions or would like more information about how you can get started. We can supply you with logos, photos, flyers and banners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Employer Matched Gifts</h2> <p>Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching their philanthropic support - some even match at an increased rate of $5 for each $1 given. The impact of corporate matching support can be enormous. To find out if you work for a company who matches, consult your human resources office, which will provide you with a matching gift form.</p> <p>If your employer is a part of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.charities.org/" title="America's Charities">America&rsquo;s Charities</a>, you may be able to designate a specified amount of each paycheck to further the LAF&rsquo;s mission. Ask your employer if they partcipate.</p> <h2>Garage Sale</h2> <p>Another simple idea is to organize a garage sale to sell some of your old bikes or other belongings and donate some of the proceeds to Wheels4Life. Just imagine how many valuable things collect dust in your garage. Also see the next section for eBay options.</p> <h2>Sell an Item for Charity on eBay</h2> <p>Did you know that when you sell products on eBay you can choose to donate some or all of your proceeds to the charity of your choice? It's an easy way to start a virtual garage sale and donate some the proceeds to Wheels4Life.</p> <p>To start you'll need to get an eBay seller account. Once you have one, create a listing on eBay. On the Pictures and Details section, look for "Donate a percentage of sale." Follow the instructions (including registration with <a href="http://www.missionfish.org" title="MissionFish - Support your favorite causes through trading on eBay"> MissionFish</a>) to select a nonprofit and a percentage to share.</p> <h2>Promote Wheels4Life.org on Your Site</h2> <p>Placing a small Wheels4Life banner on your blog or other personal site is a great way to help us spread the word. We have some easy to use cut-and-paste code to <a href="/banners/" title="Put a Wheels4Life Banner on your site"> add a W4L banner to your site</a>. If you employer has a website, ask them if they would consider doing the same.</p> <h2>Distribute Wheels4Life Postcards</h2> <p>The web is great for spreading the word about Wheels4Life, but don't forget the real world. We have postcards available in English and German, which you can pin up at your local coffee house, community bulliten board and more. Or hand them out local events. Send us a request via email indicating your purpose and quantity of cards you need. Always be sure to ask business owners for permission before leaving any postcards behind.</p> <h2>Help us Find People in Need of a bicycle</h2> <p>If you know of a qualifying individual or group for whom a bike would mean a better standard of living, let us know. The situations we look for are detailed on the qualifications page — If you know someone in a developing nation who you think meets our criteria <a href="/contact/" title="Contact Wheels4Life"> send us their story </a> and you could be the instrument of change in their lives.</p> <h2>Foundations and Grants</h2> <p>Do you know of any foundations, who might want to support us, or grants which could be available for Wheels 4 Life? Remember we are a non-profit charity with the 501c(3) tax exempt status.</p> <h2>Help Spread The Word!</h2> <p>Tell everyone you know that you are now a part of the most exciting new non-profit of its kind. Learn more by exploring the site and check back regularly for updates. By spreading the word, more and more people will join our cause.</p> <h2>Help Us Seek Corporate Or Club Sponsors!</h2> <p>Help us find corporations and/or bike clubs that have interests in countries that need our help. We can target their sponsorship to specific countries and needs.</p> <p>Feel free to <a href="/contact/" title="Contact Wheels4Life"> email us </a> any ideas you may have for your own fundraisers. Again, thank you for your interest in the Wheels 4 Life.</p> <p>Donate by Mail</p> <p>Send check or money order to:</p> <div class="vcard"><a class="hide url fn n" href="/">wheels4life.org</a> <div class="org">Wheels4Life</div> <div class="adr"> <div class="street-address">P.O. Box 21</div> Laguna Beach, CA, 92652 USA</div> </div>