Institute for Affordable Transportation

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Institute for Affordable Transportation 5868 E. 71st St., Suite 199 Indianapolis, IN 46220 Phone: (317) 213-1088 Fax: (317) 308-4049 Web site: www.driveBUV.orgFounded: 2000 Paid employees: six Highest-paid staff member: Will Austin, executive director, $57,200 Top volunteers: Norris Hall, team leader, “Build-a-Bed” program for

church and service groups; Don Wagoner, retiree volunteer coordinator


Improve the lives of the world’s poor by providing simple, low-cost vehicles to facilitate community transformation.


Will Austin, executive director Vladimir Babkin, international business Stephen Scharer, supervisor of basic development

utility vehicle factory, lead trainer


David Van Reken, chairman Shelia Guenin Will Austin Marty Moore Ned Campbell Mike Pratt Bob Fecitt


Send-a-BUV: Send a basic utility vehicle (BUV) to a humanitarian or mission organization in the developing world. Nearly 100 vehicles have been sent to 19 countries at a cost of approximately $5,500 each.

Build-a-Bed: Teams of volunteers spend half a day building a cargo bed for a vehicle as a local/global service project. Church groups may build a bed for the vehicle that will be sent to the same missionary they support.

BUV Micro-Factory: Encourages Western donors to invest with partners in Africa in a vehicle factory, or vehicle-based business. The privately owned factories produce two to five vehicles per week and provide jobs for the community. A percentage of profits support local ministries. The institute is planning a demonstration factory near Nairobi, Kenya, that will open in 2010.

Annual BUV Design Competition: IAT uses the competition to engage universities in research and development. The 10th Annual BUV Competition had an agricultural theme and took place on a dormant farm near Carmel on April 17. Student teams competed in off-road events. Their vehicles were tested in the use of various farming implements.


Annual BUV Desert Banquet will be Oct. 16, 2009, at Second Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker will be Steve Rundle, author of “Great Commission Companies.”

Last year’s event raised $22,000.


2008 income: $246,102 2009 projected income: $298,000 2008 expenses: $237,390 2009 projected expenses: $291,000 2008 assets: $152,998 Fiscal year begins: Jan. 1

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