For all of us who’ve benefited from aviation’s role in our lives, there’s less than a month left to pay it forward by donating to the You Can Fly Challenge to help get and keep more pilots flying.
Every dollar contributed to the You Can Fly Challenge by Aug. 31 will be matched by the Ray Foundation with a generous grant of up to $2 million, doubling the impact of every donation.
The You Can Fly program is building a stronger pilot community that will help protect our freedom to fly by:
The You Can Fly Challenge was launched in January, marking the fourth year the Ray Foundation has extended a challenge to the AOPA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The $2 million goal of this year’s You Can Fly Challenge is an increase over last year’s $1.4 million challenge. When the 2018 challenge was complete, donors had generously contributed more than $1.8 million, motivating the Ray Foundation to step up yet again by generously increasing its matching grant to $1.8 million, for a total of more than $3.6 million in You Can Fly program funding.
The Ray Foundation honors the memory of its founder, James C. Ray (1923–2017), a pilot, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who was deeply devoted to aviation, and youth programs in particular.
A lifetime AOPA member, Ray owned and operated numerous aircraft, and he believed strongly that learning to fly “builds character and confidence.”
For more information or to contribute to the 2019 You Can Fly Challenge, visit the AOPA Foundation website.