"My time volunteering with this fantastic nonprofit was an experience filled with joy and fulfillment. Witnessing the joy and pride on a 16-year-old boy’s face as he mastered riding a bike was unforgettable! The commitment of his mother, who traveled three hours, to stay in a hotel just to make this possible is a testament to the profound impact this organization has on families. This group doesn’t just offer services, it teaches important life skills and creates lasting memories and heartfelt bonds."

~ LENDonate Lender & iCan Shine Volunteer

Ticket to Ride

Funding Goal: $500,000
13%
iCan Shine, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Paoli, PA that began operating in 2007. They collaborate with local organizations and individuals to conduct approximately 100 five-day ‘iCan’ camps in 35 states and Canada serving nearly 3,000 people with disabilities each year. These camps provide quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities. They are seeking financing to purchase and adapt bike equipment for use in their flagship iCan Bike program.
Silver LENDonate Risk Rating Seal

Investment Summary

*Interest-only monthly payments with mandatory capital paydowns every 6 months.

Who Can Participate

Who They Are: iCan Shine, Inc

iCan Shine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Since their establishment in 2007, they’ve successfully taught approximately 30,000 individuals with disabilities how to ride conventional two-wheel bicycles through their iCan Bike program.


Recently, they have expanded their offerings to include swim and dance programs, both of which have experienced a steady increase in demand and have complemented their flagship bike program effectively.


iCan Shine is committed to offering a variety of programs to enrich and impact the lives of people with disabilities. By creating an environment where each person is empowered to maximize their individual abilities, everyone can shine!

iCan Bike Group Smiling
jordan-bike

Program Overview: iCan Bike

Their iCan Bike program is for children and young adults with disabilities ages eight and up with the goal of learning to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. They utilize adapted custom-made bike equipment designed to gradually teach balancing, pedaling and steering.

 

The vast majority of people with disabilities never experience the thrill of independently riding a two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. For example, recent research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Defying these odds is why they exist!

Use of Proceeds & Repayment

The proceeds from this loan will allow iCan Shine to purchase and adapt ~15 fleets of bike equipment to be used at their bike camps.

 

This loan will be repaid by redirecting the $175,000 annual lease payments towards debt service after purchasing their own bicycle equipment.

Why Support this Program

Securing this loan is crucial due to the urgent need to replace their outdated 20+ year-old bicycle equipment. They plan to make significant improvements and enhancements to the iCan Bike program with better designed and technologically advanced equipment.


Their iCan Bike program works! 


Each year they successfully teach approximately 3,000 children and young adults with disabilities how to ride a bike. Their five-day programs have an impressive success rate, with around 80% of participants achieving independent bike riding by the end of the program.

All riders progress and gain skills during the week with benefits including:

Increase in self-esteem
and confidence

Independent transportation

Increased physical fitness, mental health and overall quality of life

iCan Bike Girl Participant

iCan Bike Program Testimonials

“I want to go to bike camp again. I had so much fun!”
~Adaline
Participant
“I am a strong, beautiful, popular bike rider!!!”
~Catherine
Participant
“I feel sooo free…. and dizzy”
~Nathaniel
Participant
“My daughter always showed an interest in riding a bike but struggled to succeed. After completing this program, she is riding her bike with little assistance and she is actually enjoying herself outside. I love the confidence she has gained in accomplishing this goal!”
~Kristal
Parent
“For the past eight years, my parents have been trying to get me to ride a bike. It had gotten to the point where I had given up and didn’t care to ride one anymore. But now that I can, I realize how much fun it is. Thank you for helping me out.”
~Kyle
Participant
“When I say this camp is a blessing in disguise I truly mean it. My son Elias went from straddling the bike and jumping right off to riding with assistance. Now we still have a long way to go but the joy on his face riding the stand-alone and the tandem bike was priceless. I highly recommend the I can shine bike program!!!!”
~Najla
Parent
“When I was younger, I really wanted to ride a two wheeler. However, my parents kept telling me I wasn’t ready. I tried a few times but always fell. It was really frustrating. Then last spring, my Mom came across the iCan Bike Camp online and asked me if I was interested. I immediately said yes! By the end of the week, I could ride a two wheeler independently. I was so excited and so was my family. I would recommend iCan Bike to anyone with a disability because it helped me to not only ride a bike but also believe in myself!”
~Colleen
Participant

Are you interested in supporting iCan Shine, Inc's mission?

To learn more login or register to see this campaign on our marketplace.​