Philanthropy continued with The Sporty’s Foundation during 2014 with its commitment to attract new market entrants with both pilots and technicians. The Foundation has issued its most recent Annual Report, detailing activities and bequests during 2014. The Annual Report is available online at SportysFoundation.org.
The Sporty’s Foundation has provided more than one million dollars since its inception to assist a variety of groups and organizations whose goals align with theirs. Overhead and administrative costs for the foundation are funded entirely by Sporty’s Pilot Shop which means that every dollar donated goes to programs, not to salaries and rent.
“All of us who have enjoyed either a career in aviation, fly professionally or simply the ability to fly for fun are called to give back to the next generation,” says Sporty’s Founder and Chairman Hal Shevers. “We take that mandate very seriously.”
EAA’s Flight Plan continues to receive the largest bequest from The Sporty’s Foundation. While Young Eagles has been successful, until Flight Plan there was no place for motivated Young Eagles to continue pursuing their interest in aviation. To date, more than 30,000 Young Eagles have accessed Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course to continue their studies and 1,400 have earned a free first flying lesson.
The Sporty’s Foundation made grants during 2014 in the total amount of $148,500. This sum included grants for flight training and maintenance training scholarships as well as to aviation museums, the Boy Scouts of America, and others. A complete list of recipients is included in the report.
Online donations are also being accepted, either as a one-time payment or a recurring monthly charge. As a 501(c)3 foundation, all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
For more information on The Sporty’s Foundation, visit SportysFoundation.org.
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