We are looking for something much more professional to communicate that we are a non profit organization with our 501 (c)(3) status, but 501 (c)(3) does not have to be in the logo specifically only show that we are a professional non profit.
While we currently focus on bicycle safety our foundation also provides scholarships to local student athletes, we donate money to first aid squads, police departments, and our big thing in the past has been to purchase helmets that we donate to children around the state through bicycle safety clinics we organize or attend. We also organize a yearly cycling tour called the tour de long valley http://www.tourdelongvalley.com, while this should not influence logo design, it should just give you an idea of who we are and what we do.
We are now expanding our efforts to help fundraising efforts to help people in need such as fundraising for communities and helping other organizations that need assistance after major disasters. Our current websites are http://www.bicyclesafetynj.org and http://www.sharetheroad.biz. and logo should fit with our current theme.
Also in regarding the foundation, we are currently based in NJ but are looking to expand nationwide, so the logo should not be NJ specific. Logo should be available in 2 styles - a version that would work for thumbnails, on facebook, twitter, tshirts, etc.. , and a version that is more horizontal for websites, letterheads, etc.. and also easily converted from color to black and white, and needed in vector format. The logo should also contain no more then 4 colors. No gradients or fades in the coloring.
The foundation was established in 2007, and if your design allows it integrating this into the logo might be cool if done correctly, but I do not want it to be dominant or feel forced. It does not need to be part of the logo if it does not fit with the design you have in mind.
I did not originally give examples of logos because we are very open to what the next incarnation of the logo will be and we will know when we see it. I have now added some samples of types we have scene and liked. We do not want copies of those logos though, we want your artistic interpretation of our foundation and logo. Let the creative ideas fly and have fun!
One other quick thing, not that this is a must have or me recommending you do this, but david who the foundation was named after his last name is Hammar, and he always had the nick name sledge, "sledge hammar". Just another piece of information to add to the whole picture, if anyone has idea for a thor style hammar integrated with bicycle safety and the non profit foundation. just ideas