Furthering AOPA initiatives that promote and protect general aviation, AOPA members and the GA community rose to the challenge in 2022, raising more than $3.1 million and unlocking an additional match of $2.5 million from the Ray Foundation.
Between the You Can Fly Challenge window of June 1 and December 31, more than 3,200 unique donors gave generously to the AOPA Foundation in support of the AOPA You Can Fly program. All donations were matched, dollar for dollar up to $2.5 million, by the Ray Foundation.
"I am never surprised, but never take for granted, the appreciation and support that our members provide," said Elizabeth Tennyson, senior vice president of the AOPA Foundation and You Can Fly. "They recognize the importance of our You Can Fly program in growing the pilot population and keeping pilots safely in the skies. A big thank you to everyone who stepped up to keep our GA community vibrant and growing."
The late James C. Ray was a World War II veteran and a member of the AOPA President's Council who "believed that life skills are learned through aviation."
The AOPA Foundation's You Can Fly program comprises four important initiatives: High School Aviation STEM Curriculum, Flight Training, Flying Clubs, and Rusty Pilots.
While the 2022 You Can Fly Challenge is behind us, the need to support important AOPA programs that member dues do not cover goes on. Learn about more ways you can donate to the AOPA Foundation.