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“Giving Back”—AOPA Foundation’s Charitable Giving Program

Generous donations to the AOPA Foundation make it possible for us to fund the important work of preserving the freedom to fly.

But the AOPA Foundation can’t do it alone. There are thousands of organizations doing great work through general aviation. The GA community participates in extensive charitable efforts, including disaster response, medical relief flying, and transportation provided by volunteer pilots.


Funds are awarded in two ways:

  1. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations performing humanitarian and charitable work through general aviation. 
  2. Scholarships are awarded to students wishing to learn to fly or pursue careers in aviation.

Join us and “give back” by donating to the AOPA Foundation to help support our Giving Back program.

About the Giving Back Program

The Giving Back Program awards grants of $5,000 to nonprofits with flight training scholarship funds, grants of up to $10,000 to nonprofit groups that perform charitable work through GA, and awards flight training scholarships to individuals who want to learn to fly or pursue aviation careers.

The AOPA Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships!

Click HERE to read about the scholarship recipients and click HERE to read about the generous donors that made this year's scholarships possible.

The AOPA Foundation proudly recognizes the 2015 recipients of the Giving Back grants for nonprofits doing good work through General Aviation:

    Build A Plane - Malibu, CA
    Hope Flight Foundation - Hayward, CA 
    Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth - New York, NY


The AOPA Foundation proudly recognizes the recipients of the 2015 Giving Back grants for flight training scholarships:

    Able Flight - Chapel Hill, NC
    Flying-Hogs Aero Club - Fayettville, AR


The AOPA Foundation proudly recognizes the 2014 Giving Back Program grant recipients:

  • Air Serv International
    Warrenton, VA
  • Aviation Adventures
    Tavernier, FL
  • CAVU
    Universal City, TX
  • Civil Air Patrol New York City Group
    Bellmore, NY
  • Great Eastern Balloon Association
    Forked River, NJ
  • Operation Migration
    Niagara Falls, NY
  • Patient AirLift Services (PALS)
    Farmingdale, NY
  • SCAPA Disaster Airlift Response Team
    San Martin, CA
  • TigerFlight Foundation
    Rome, GA
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
    Englewood, CO

The Giving Back Program was created to show the AOPA Foundation’s appreciation for all the good work being done through GA and to support GA nonprofits. The staff of the AOPA Foundation and the Grant Review Committee gratefully thank all of the organizations that applied for funds and wishes everyone luck on their 2014-2015 programs.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits doing good work through general aviation. AOPA utilizes its wide-reaching communication network to publicize the good work these aviation nonprofits are doing. Grantees are required to publicize their AOPA Foundation grant award in news releases, in their newsletters and annual reports, and on their Web sites. The ripple effect of this publicity is a tremendous multiplier to tell the heartening stories that are crucial to helping people understand the many benefits general aviation brings to our lives.

Interested in applying for a grant from the AOPA Foundation’s Giving Back Program?

See Grant Application Requirements

The AOPA flight training scholarship program is designed to help more students succeed in earning a pilot certificate. The initiative focuses on helping to facilitate a positive flight training experience to help student pilots achieve their goals, while strengthening general aviation. The scholarship program helps to ensure we are creating new pilots, and the recipients serve as ambassadors for general aviation and flight training on a grass-roots level and are living examples of a positive flight training experience.

Interested in getting more information on flight training scholarships?

Flight Training Scholarship Eligibility

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