Frequently Asked Questions

What is the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND is a charitable, community benefit organization created in 2011 to support off-highway vehicle enthusiasts directly, by supplementing the work of the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, and in other ways. RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND’s charitable mission is to promote the safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles and to preserve their access to appropriate lands.

Why is the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND necessary?

Off-highway vehicle enthusiasts need and deserve more help to ensure they can safely and responsibly operate their OHVs and access riding areas. By combining the existing support of the powersports industry associations with contributions from businesses and individuals, the financial resources available to support OHV enthusiasts increase exponentially. With industry expertise available to manage the work of the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND on a charitable basis, 100% of contributions support riders. The breadth of the funding sources, the depth of expertise and the absence of overhead make the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND a one-of-a-kind resource for OHV enthusiasts.

What specifically will the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND do?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND supports riders through two programs:
  • The Safety, Education and Training Support Program will provide funding or other resources for safety, education and training initiatives.
  • The OHV Organization Support Program will provide funding or other resources to national, state and local OHV rider organizations for projects designed to promote OHV recreation and expand OHV riding opportunities.

Who supports the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND is supported in part by the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, which provide partial funding for the OHV Organization Support Program and free staff and administrative resources for the organization. The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND also relies on generous contributions from individuals and business.

How can individuals and businesses contribute to the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND?

There are many ways to contribute. Businesses could do what the powersports industry associations already have done: establish a payroll deduction program so employees may make small donations every pay period. Businesses also could consider matching employee donations to double the impact. Click here to visit the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND donation portal. Donors may establish a recurring donation, or make a one time donation, through their credit card. And the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND gladly accepts donations via personal or business check.

Are contributions to the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND tax deductible?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND expects to be recognized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and, as a result, donations generally should be tax deductible as charitable contributions. You should consult with your tax advisor, however.

May I direct my contribution to a particular purpose?

Although non-directed contributions provide flexibility to commit financial resources to address the highest priorities, donors may direct their contributions for use in general or specific safety, education and training initiatives or OHV organization initiatives.

Who runs the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of Board members from the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. The industry associations’ professional staff execute the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND’s mission.

What types of initiatives will be assisted by the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND Safety, Education and Training Support Program?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND will seek to invest resources in the best opportunities to advance OHV safety and will identify those opportunities both through grant requests and independently. An example could be training volunteer instructors to provide free ATV RiderCourses to youth riders.

What types of initiatives will be assisted by the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND OHV Organization Support Program?

The RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND will seek to invest resources in national, state and local OHV rider organizations to assist them in executing the best projects to promote OHV recreation and expand OHV riding opportunities. An example is the major support provided to the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC).

Will the MIC/SVIA/ROHVA OHV Organization Support Program continue to exist?

Most of the funding dedicated to OHV organization support by the Motorcycle Industry Council, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association will be contributed to the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND and administered under the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND’s OHV Organization Support Program. The powersports industry associations will continue to maintain a small grant program for select OHV support initiatives outside the scope of the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND.

Will the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND be lobbying on behalf of OHV organizations?

No, the RIGHT RIDER ACCESS FUND will not engage in lobbying of any kind.