More than 5,000 individual donors helped fund life-changing opportunities that the You Can Fly program brings to aviation and the pilot community across the country.
“The You Can Fly program’s performance is truly outstanding, and based on the fundraising results, our fellow aviators agree it’s a worthwhile investment to help others develop life skills through aviation and grow our pilot ranks,” said Chuck Ahearn, president of the James C. Ray Foundation.
The 2019 challenge exceeded expectations and, because of the amount raised, the Ray Foundation voted to increase its matching grant to $2.5 million, combining with other donor contributions a total of more than $5.3 million in new funding for You Can Fly.
The Ray Foundation has for the past four years extended a challenge grant to the AOPA Foundation to provide major support for You Can Fly. The 2019 challenge set out to raise $2 million in donations for a dollar-to-dollar matching grant. The AOPA Foundation supports the work of the You Can Fly program, which champions flying clubs, encourages best practices in flight training, gets lapsed pilots back in the air, brings AOPA’s resources and expertise to pilot groups across the country, and helps high school students learn more about careers in aviation. READ MORE (AOPA)