Air Safety Institute
Support the AOPA Air Safety Institiute
By providing quality safety education free of charge to all pilots, the AOPA Air Safety Institute plays a key role in the One AOPA Equals a Safe GA strategy.
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- Hat in the Ring Society
- AOPA Life Member Program
- AOPA President's Council
- Other Giving Opportunities
For more than fifty-five years the AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) has been the leader in safety education and research for the General Aviation (GA) community. Historically, more than 80% of ASI income comes from tax-deductible donations from pilots like you. In 2005, ASI allocated 78% of its budget directly to safety education programs for pilots, one of the highest percentages amongst educational foundations.
Last year, the AOPA Air Safety Institute reached pilots 1.4 million times through online courses, live safety seminars, accident database searches, and a variety of print publications.
ASI seeks to assure that each and every flight has a happy ending, and that GA remains safe and secure. Won't you join us today?
Contribute any amount you wish! The AOPA Air Safety Institute receives financial support from individual pilots who, like you, believe that an investment in safety will yield big dividends for all who fly.
Limited-Time Offer: Donors who contribute $100 or more receive a Weather Wise: Practical Tips and Tricks safety education DVD. Donations submitted online or by mail-in form automatically receive this bonus. If donating by phone, please mention this offer.
To encourage employee giving, many corporations have internal programs that match employees' donations to qualified, non-profit organizations such as the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Check with your company to see if it has a matching gift program.
$1,000 or more in a giving year. Named for the World War I fighter squadron led by the legendary ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, this Society recognizes philanthropist-pilots who "throw their hats in the ring" with annual financial support of $1,000 or more in a giving year. The Bronze Hat level recognizes gifts of $2,500 in a giving year and the Silver Hat level recognizes gifts of $5,000 in a giving year.
In addition to special communications from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, Hat in the Ring Society members receive VIP invitations to designated AOPA and AOPA Air Safety Institute activities. Members are also recognized in AOPA's annual Philanthropy Report. Bronze and Silver level donors also receive special certificates. Join or renew now!
$2,500 one-time gift. The AOPA Life Member Program, offered by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, is available for a one-time donation of $2,500. Enrollment in the Life Member Program can also be given as a unique and lasting gift to that special aviator. Of the total donation, $2,000 is tax-deductible.
New Life Members receive a special lapel pin and personalized membership card. In addition, Life Members may proudly display a framed AOPA Life Member certificate. AOPA Life Members are also recognized in the AOPA's annual Philanthropy Report. Join now!
$50,000 or more within five years. The AOPA President's Council, chaired by John N. Nordstrom, is the pinnacle of aviation philanthropy. Membership to the President's Council is extended with a pledge of $50,000 or more, payable within five years.
AOPA President Council gifts are focused on new safety education initiatives, especially the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Online Safety Center.
All President's Council members receive special communications from the AOPA President, Craig Fuller. In addition, they are recognized in AOPA's annual Philanthropy Report. Members are also invited to an exclusive annual President's dinner with Craig Fuller.
For more information on becoming a Member of the AOPA President's Council, please contact Harvey Cohen, Chief Development OfficerChief Development Officer by e-mail or phone, 800/955-9115.
$10,000 or more in a giving year. The AOPA Air Safety Institute has coined the term AOPA's Top Philanthropists—affectionately known as AOPA's "ATPs"—for those donors wishing to provide outstanding support of general aviation safety education. The category of "ATP" is reserved for generous philanthropists who contribute $10,000 or more in a giving year. "ATP" donors may designate their gift to a specific safety education topic, to help fund a new initiative, or for the general good of safety education. The AOPA Air Safety Institute staff would be pleased to discuss your ideas and our plans at your convenience. For more information on becoming a part of this elite donor group, please contact Harvey Cohen, Chief Development Officer by e-mail or phone, 800/955-9115.
Cumulative endowment gifts of $10,000 or more. Gifts to the AOPA Air Safety Institute Endowment Fund provide perpetual income toward GA safety education programs. Through careful investment, the income from your fund will support the AOPA Air Safety Institute 's efforts for years to come.
There are four tiers of funds a donor may establish. Starting a Donor-Named Fund begins with cumulative endowment gifts totaling $10,000 or more. The Silver Endowment Fund level starts at $50,000, while Gold Endowment Fund contributions total $75,000 or higher. The highest level, the Platinum Endowment Fund, is attained in recognition of a gift of $100,000 or greater.
Donor-Named Endowments are listed in the AOPA's annual Philanthropy Report. Please call Harvey Cohen, Chief Development Officer, by e-mail or phone, 800/955-9115 to discuss endowment options.