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Ways to Give

Ways to give

Friends of GA ($100 - $999)

Friends of GA donors are the very foundation of our support and they help to preserve our freedom to fly by making an annual donation between $100 and $999. Many choose to make automatic monthly contributions to the AOPA Foundation. Friends of GA receive a special newsletter chock full of insider information on how donations are making a difference. If you choose the recurring payment option, the AOPA Foundation will charge the amount selected to your credit card each month. A record of each gift will appear on the monthly statement issued by your credit card company. The AOPA Foundation will provide a year-end statement of your annual contribution. You can cancel or change the amount selected at any time by calling 800-USA-AOPA.

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Hat in the Ring Society ($1,000 - $5,000)

Named after Eddie Rickenbacker’s 94th Aero Squadron, the Hat in the Ring Society helps shape and build a stronger future for general aviation so that those who fly today can do so safely, and those who dream of learning to fly will always have an opportunity to make that dream come alive. Hat in the Ring Society members receive a membership pin and exclusive event invitations to thank them for their generosity and leadership. Membership begins with an annual donation of $1,000, Joint members who include a family or friend join at $1,900 per year. Bronze-level members give $2,500 annually, and Silver-level members support the AOPA Foundation at $5,000 per year.

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Memorial Donation

Give a gift in memory of a friend or loved one with a tax-deductible donation to the AOPA Foundation. A letter acknowledging your donation will be sent to the family of the person you wish to memorialize and you will receive a separate letter for tax purposes.

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Honorary Donation

A tax-deductible donation to the AOPA Foundation is a unique way to honor a special occasion, such as a birthday, wedding, anniversary, retirement, or even to celebrate a new pilot certificate or rating. A letter acknowledging your donation will be sent to the recipient. You will receive a separate letter for tax purposes.

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There are many ways to make a lasting impact on the future of general aviation. In addition to the options above, you may want to consider:

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Give Wings — Aircraft Donations

Donate your aircraft, and make a big difference in the future of general aviation. It takes virtually no time, effort or expense. You'll feel good about helping preserve the freedom to fly, and you'll easily find a new home for that beloved plane you're no longer using. Sound easy? It is. Give us a call at 800-872-2672 or learn more here. We’ll get back to you within one business day.

Legacy Society

Members of the Legacy Society protect general aviation for future generations by including the AOPA Foundation in their estate planning. Whether by naming the AOPA Foundation in a will, making the AOPA Foundation a beneficiary of a charitable trust, or by designating retirement assets or life insurance proceeds to the AOPA Foundation, these acts demonstrate a forward-thinking commitment to the future of general aviation. Visit or fill out this online inquiry form to learn more about the Legacy Society.

President's Council

By contributing $10,000 to the AOPA Foundation annually, the AOPA President’s Council represents a high level of commitment to aviation philanthropy. Chaired by John N. Nordstrom and AOPA President Mark Baker, members receive benefits that recognize this high level of giving, and they are given an opportunity to participate in members-only events with like-minded aviators.

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President's Ambassadors

President’s Ambassadors are an exceptionally committed group of pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts whose impact is felt through their pledge to donate $100,000 over 5 years. In addition to the benefits of President's Council membership, they receive exclusive access to inside information concerning hot issues concerning general aviation.

Founders’ Society

Generous donors at this level make a philanthropic commitment to give between $100,000 and $499,999 either all at once or over five years. Members of the Founders’ Society receive all of the benefits accorded to President’s Ambassadors, plus VIP status at all AOPA events.

Leadership Society

Leadership Society donors selflessly support the AOPA Foundation through a commitment to give $500,000 to $999,999 as one gift or over five years. Members of the Leadership Society receive all of the benefits accorded to members of the Founder’s Society plus invitations to meetings of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations.

New Horizon Society

Donors at this level have made the profoundly generous commitment to give $1 million or more as a one-time gift to the Foundation or as a lifetime cumulative gift. In addition to all of the benefits accorded to members of the Leadership Society, members of the New Horizon Society receive recognition as part of the New Horizon Society Gallery at AOPA Headquarters.


Creating an endowment to provide an ongoing source of funding for the AOPA Foundation’s work is an exceptional way to honor a loved one, demonstrate your passion for aviation, and ensure that efforts to improve air safety, protect community airports, and grow the pilot population continue long into the future.

To speak with a Foundation representative about any of the giving levels featured here, please call 301-695-2320.

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