National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) Parent


Orinda, CA   |
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National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

EIN: 13-4234305


NICA's mission is to build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling. We seek to reinvent youth sports by modeling inclusive and equitable programming that provides space for all middle and high school youth to join and that is designed to cultivate cyclists for life. Unlike almost all other youth sports, we have no tryouts, and no one sits on the bench. Everyone rides! Many coaches are parents. Families participate together. A supportive and healthy community is fostered through every NICA experience.

Ruling year info



Amanda Carey

Main address

21 Orinda Way Suite C-368

Orinda, CA 94563 USA

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Subject area info


Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth



Women and girls


NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms




Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Across the United States we face growing concerns about the health and well-being of our youth. The internet, videogames, and a screen-based lifestyle are creating the first generation of kids that will be less healthy than their parents. NICA is offering an alternative to traditional sports programs where there is an opportunity for every student to participate on a team, and benefit from this participation, as well as have their contribution valued.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

NICA Coach Education

NICA’s comprehensive coach education program provides new and existing volunteer coaches with the high-quality training and resources they need to be confident, competent, and empowered leaders on their youth mountain bike teams. NICA coaches not only create amazing experiences for student-athletes, they create a foundation for building healthy mountain bike communities. NICA coaches change lives! Coach education is essential to the mission of NICA because we believe that we can change youth sports by developing great coaches.

Population(s) Served

Team practice is the foundation of NICA programming and interscholastic racing is one of NICA’s core activities. NICA's inclusive racing format offers participants the opportunity to experience and learn discipline, success, failure, and graceful defeat. Racing in the team environment helps student-athletes learn empathy, humility, flexibility, and resiliency. NICA student-athletes learn that it takes a village to build a successful racer, as well as to put on a race. While every league has a different approach to races, NICA staff and trainers work with leagues to ensure consistency and safety across all leagues.

Population(s) Served

NICA’s vision is that every youth is empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community. NICA’s GRiT initiative exists to give girls and women equitable access to the transformative power of mountain biking. Through GRiT, we create the safe spaces and opportunities necessary for women and girls to engage, build confidence, belong, and thrive as riders and humans.

Population(s) Served
Preteen girls
Young girls
Adolescent girls

Mountain biking as a community has often felt a responsibility towards the trail systems we use, and Teen Trail Corps is the NICA program to introduce our student-athletes to that culture of service. As leagues across NICA experience growth, NICA teams become highly visible users of the trail systems. Through Teen Trail Corps, NICA teams have an opportunity to showcase their commitment to the trails and develop a good reputation within the local trail community. Beyond developing community relationships, Teen Trail Corps also opens up land steward relationships and provides a pathway for leagues to work with land managers in developing new locations for team practices and potential event venues.

Population(s) Served

NICA programming has always included adventure since our inception. We are built on a culture of passion for mountain biking and character development. NICA Adventure supports leagues and NICA Coaches in applying the principles of adventure and experiential education. It is a crucial component in providing resources to meet the social and emotional needs of all the student-athletes in our leagues. Adventure helps our student-athletes build relationships and interpersonal skills that will serve them beyond their time with NICA.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

As new leagues join NICA from different states, the number of participants increase. In 2022, we welcomed new leagues to NICA while some leagues left NICA to pursue different missions.

Number of female participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

NICA GRiT - Girls Riding Together

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This metric represents the number of middle and high school girls who are registered with NICA.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The experiences that a young person can enjoy through NICA programs will help shape them as adults, providing youth opportunities to learn foundational life lessons through sport. We teach strong body, mind and character through racing, team practice, riding, adventure, and NICA Camp programs, as well as inclusivity and equity through Girls Riding Together (GRiT). We teach a respect for others as well as the outdoors and stewardship for the environment through our Teen Trail Corp (TTC) program. NICA League Leadership and Development provides league leadership the ongoing support needed to set up and run a successful NICA league. Also, the Coach Licensing program equips NICA coaches to provide our quality programs to a national standard. And finally, all of our programs teach and build community.

In order for NICA to maintain the strength of its existing programs as well as meet the demand imposed by exponential growth and robust programming, the following priority investment areas have been identified:

1) Deliver and maintain measurable and meaningful value to all NICA leagues by creating, maintaining and/or strengthening NICA league support services, communications, operations, programming, branding and league co-branding.
2) Development/Fundraising: Diversify revenue streams (sponsorships, fundraising, earned revenue)
3) Branding and Marketing: Enhance and implement our robust and comprehensive marketing and branding strategy. Strengthen our brand alignment and our ability to communicate across our entire organization through the use of technology solutions that facilitate marketing and fundraising efforts. Enhance value to all constituents, and build community through aligned communication.
4) Ensure that NICA is a culturally relevant, diverse and inclusive organization, free of barriers, where everyone is equally valued. We will accomplish this through the development and implementation of a comprehensive DEI strategy.

NICA has prepared a 3-5 year strategic plan that identifies priority investment areas which were recently refreshed in 2020. For each priority investment area resources were identified based on the needs to support the area in order to implement and achieve the strategic goals over the next three to five years. A simple forecast financial plan was prepared to support our core baseline ongoing activities, with the addition of the forecasted growth in each new priority investment area. Further, resources were determined and prioritized within each area and projected benchmark by year.

Since the 2018 approval of the strategic plan by NICA's Board of Directors, the Priority Investment Areas listed in the strategic plan were updated in 2020 to further align with NICA's goals. Also in 2020, with the support of an external marketing consultant, NICA developed a marketing and communications plan to implement a rebranding project to improve organizational consistency. In 2020 NICA also partnered with Risha Grant, an internationally renowned diversity, inclusion and bias expert, to survey Diversity Equity and Inclusion within the NICA community. Moving forward the goal is to identify, within NICA leagues, activities specific to the recruitment of BIPOC student-athletes and coaches with the purpose to develop a comprehensive organizational DEI strategy. Finally, in 2021, in order to support licensed coaches in continuing to deliver quality NICA programs across the nation, NICA rolled out new and improved coach licensing training modules.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve middle and high school students in the US.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 National Interscholastic Cycling Association
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27.52 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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* This organization changed its fiscal year accounting period in 2020. Please refer to its 2020 990s for more information.

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 *
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $251,944 $583,589 $406,238 $1,000,338 $275,586
As % of expenses 7.0% 16.1% 9.8% 19.3% 4.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $208,771 $542,156 $359,040 $954,318 $213,188
As % of expenses 5.7% 14.8% 8.6% 18.3% 3.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,059,005 $3,988,885 $4,656,681 $6,268,978 $6,206,034
Total revenue, % change over prior year 31.1% -1.7% 16.7% 34.6% -1.0%
Program services revenue 61.7% 54.1% 57.0% 56.4% 52.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 38.7% 44.9% 41.3% 42.1% 46.9%
Other revenue -0.5% 1.0% 1.7% 1.5% 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,597,697 $3,627,608 $4,144,641 $5,181,206 $5,908,150
Total expenses, % change over prior year 20.4% 0.8% 14.3% 25.0% 14.0%
Personnel 37.9% 40.6% 43.3% 43.7% 51.8%
Professional fees 6.1% 6.8% 4.7% 6.2% 5.7%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.6% 1.4% 1.4% 1.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 8.6% 1.8% 2.1% 2.6% 1.9%
All other expenses 45.8% 49.2% 48.4% 46.1% 39.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,640,870 $3,669,041 $4,191,839 $5,227,226 $5,970,548
One month of savings $299,808 $302,301 $345,387 $431,767 $492,346
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $46,123 $0 $65,443 $122,122
Total full costs (estimated) $3,940,678 $4,017,465 $4,537,226 $5,724,436 $6,585,016

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 4.0 5.8 6.5 8.0 8.6
Months of cash and investments 4.0 5.8 6.5 8.0 8.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.5 6.2 6.5 7.4 6.8
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $1,194,351 $1,741,223 $2,262,276 $3,463,935 $4,218,110
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $365,784 $152,055 $175,765 $101,898 $233,546
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $414,261 $460,246 $448,882 $500,861 $617,265
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 68.8% 70.9% 70.7% 69.9% 65.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.6% 2.7% 4.8% 7.3% 21.3%
Unrestricted net assets $1,471,617 $2,013,773 $2,372,813 $3,327,131 $3,540,319
Temporarily restricted net assets $268,500 $46,188 $151,990 $239,424 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $268,500 $46,188 $151,990 $239,424 $261,722
Total net assets $1,740,117 $2,059,961 $2,524,803 $3,566,555 $3,802,041

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Amanda Carey

Amanda has been involved with NICA since 2015 when she started her local Teton Valley Composite Team as part of the Idaho League. In 2017 Amanda joined the NICA National Team bringing with her a deep passion and commitment to making mountain biking accessible to riders of all ages and abilities. Amanda has a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College and a M.S. in Sports Psychology from Capella University. Prior to her time at NICA, Amanda held multiple positions in nonprofit organizations including development director and executive director with different cycling and trail advocacy organizations. Amanda also brings with her many years as a professional mountain bike and cyclocross racer. As President, Amanda reports to the Board of Directors and serves as chief executive of NICA. In partnership with the Board, Amanda is responsible for the overall success of the organization.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Robert Burns

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Term: 2022 -

Robert Saffell

Wolters Kluwer

Kimo Seymour

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Lisa Sher

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Eric Russell

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Timothy P. Rogers

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Dr. Francine C. Luce

Jersey City Board of Education

Scott Chapin

Marsh & McLennan’s Bicycle Industry Vertical

Kristen Dieffenbach

West Virginia University

Vanessa Hauswald

NorCal NICA League

Lindsey Kriete

Lutheran Home & Harwood Place

Mike Kuhn

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League

Imelda March

Digital Designer and UX Strategist

Jerry Pomije

Q Enterprises, Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.

Austin McInerny


Robert Burns

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/7/2023

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