YT Industries has chosen to donate 3% of proceeds from bikes purchased within Germany in the latter six months of 2020 to a collection of nonprofits within the bike world – an unexpected ripple effect of the pandemic.
Starting July 1, 2020, the German federal government reduced the standard VAT on purchases from 19% to 16% as part of a 6-month pandemic relief plan. YT, which includes VAT in its online prices, decided to take that extra 3% and donate it to organizations and projects that increase access to the sport and improve trails in Germany.
“We hope that it is in your interest to donate this difference to a non-profit association or institution rather than to invest in the disproportionate effects of the change,” the company wrote in German on its blog in July.
YT followed up Dec. 18 by announcing that the company had selected 17 nonprofits that it believed would have the most impact for youth access and trail advocacy.
From the YT blog, translated from German:The organizations selected are:TSV Eibelstadt
When the federal government decided to reduce VAT from 19% to 16% in the second half of 2020 in order to stimulate consumption, we decided to keep our gross prices and use the difference to promote our sport in Germany.
At the beginning of July, we called on non-profit MTB projects in Germany to apply. And our appeal was heard! We got a lot more applications than we had expected and most of them showed immediately how much passion and love for MTB the people in charge put into their project. Including, for example, the team from MTB-Augsburg, which is not only committed to building a legal trail network, but also to ensuring that all forest visitors can enjoy nature together and considerate. The Albert-Schweitzer School from Gundelfingen, which supports socially disadvantaged kids with bikes and trails, is completely different.
So it wasn't just the large number, but also the quality and diversity of the clubs and initiatives that made it difficult for us to choose. In the end, we decided to fund 17 projects from four categories that we believe would best cover all aspects of our sport and where our donation would have the maximum impact.
, which aims to build an all-abilities flow trailSchleuseninsel Forchheim
, which aims to revive a local pump trackZweiradsportler Bamberg eV
, a trail-building organization in the town of BambergJAM - Bamberg
, a resource to provide youth with opportunitiesRealschule Höchstadt
, a high school that plans to build a bike parkRollkultur Weserbergland eV
, which provides youth trail-building workshopsAnorak 21
, which provides rental bikes and tripsAlbert Schweitzer Community School Gundelfingen
, a school that aims to establish a bike clubMTB-Augsburg eV
, a trail advocacy organization in AugsburgThe Esslinger Nordschleife - ESNOS
, a club representing a local trail systemGravity Pilots eV
, an organization that advocates for gravity riding in GermanyFahrvergnügen eV
, a trail stewardship crew that hopes to increase youth access to bikingGrüne-Hölle-Freisen
, a group that organizes events and aims to spread the stokeBikepark Engelsbrand
, a young bike park that hopes to expandNaturfreunde Gersthofen
, a group that wants to improve their local bike park and programsBikepark Osternohe
, a bike park that looks pretty fun if I may say so myself