The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation

The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation was founded in early 2015 by John and Ronnee Esterly after their daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). From the beginning, the goal of the Foundation has been to promote autism awareness while raising money to fund autism programming and research in Central Ohio. To that end, the Foundation hosts their annual signature event, the Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour.

The mission of the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation is to promote autism awareness, education, and research through community events in Columbus. Our goal is to engage participants in the conversation and call them to action while providing an entertaining background.

Over the past three years, the Pumpkin Pedaler has partnered with other organizations, such as Autism Speaks of Central Ohio and the Community Computer Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation campaigned for Ohio House Bill 350, which passed into law in December, 2016. This legislation mandated autism coverage for insurance programs in Ohio, closing a loophole which allowed blanket exclusions for groundbreaking therapies such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

In addition to the Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, the Foundation has hosted arts tables at events throughout the Columbus Area. We sponsored tables with take-away art projects at the October Gallery Hops in 2015 and 2016, and a similar booth at the Autism Speaks Walk for Autism in 2016.

The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation, Inc. is a public charity, operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation is a registered charity in the State of Ohio. Due to gross receipts under the $50,000 threshold, the Foundation filed IRS Form 990-N for the tax years 2015, 2016, and 2017. Similar Electronic Notice was filed in Ohio for the same years.