Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress in March, every taxpayer can now receive a charitable tax deduction for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. Learn more

Double your donation through the You Can Fly challenge!

Make or pledge a gift to the AOPA Foundation through the You Can Fly Challenge and the Ray Foundation will match what you give, dollar-for-dollar (up to $2.5 million), until August 31, 2020.


Friends of General Aviation

Donors at this level support the AOPA Foundation with an annual contribution of $100 to $999.

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Hat in the Ring Society

Donors at this level throw their “hat in the ring” and lend their support to help address challenges facing general aviation with an annual contribution of $1,000 to $2,499. Bronze-level members contribute $2,500 to $4,999 and Silver-level members contribute $5,000 to $9,999.

President's Council

Donors at this level provide substantial support for building a stronger, safer pilot community with an annual gift of $10,000 to $19,999.

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President's Ambassadors

Donors at this level make significant annual contributions of $20,000 to $99,999 to enable the AOPA Foundation to fund life-changing, life-saving programs.

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Founders' Society

Donors at this level make a profoundly generous annual contribution of $100,000 or more and have a significant impact on the important programs the AOPA Foundation funds.

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New Horizon Society

Donors at this level have made transformational contributions of $1 million or more as a one-time gift or total lifetime giving. These exceptional supporters represent the highest level of commitment to the AOPA Foundation’s mission. 

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Monthly Sustainers

Donors at this level help to build and strengthen the general aviation community through monthly contributions.

Legacy Giving

AOPA Foundation Legacy Society

Members of the AOPA Foundation Legacy Society strengthen general aviation for future generations by including a future gift to the AOPA Foundation in their long-range plans. This is a powerful way to make a truly significant impact on the future of general aviation.

AOPA relies on philanthropic contributions to fund two of our flagship programs, You Can Fly and the Air Safety Institute. Through these programs, your gifts are ensuring that we have more pilots and safer pilots, both of which are needed to carry on our freedom to fly.

We recognize members of our Legacy Society by listing their names in Legacy Court at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. If you have included a legacy gift to the AOPA Foundation in your plans, please let us know by clicking here.

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A Gift Through Your Will or Trust

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to the AOPA Foundation that will make a lasting impact.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

A charitable remainder trust allows you to provide an income for yourself and/or someone else, while also supporting the work of the AOPA Foundation.

Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple way to make a gift to support the AOPA Foundation. You can designate the Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment, or bank account, or your life insurance policy.

Because every situation is different, we recommend contacting your attorney or tax advisor to see if these ways to contribute are right for you.

If you would like more information on leaving your legacy through a gift to the AOPA Foundation, please complete our “Contact Us” form, or contact our Legacy Giving office at 301-695-2320 or [email protected].

Other Ways to Give

Honorary/Memorial Donation

A gift to the AOPA Foundation is a unique way to honor a pilot, aviation enthusiast, or loved one. Each gift makes a lasting impact on the future of general aviation.

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Endowment Donors

Donors who have created an endowment are providing reliable, ongoing funding for programs supported by the AOPA Foundation. Named endowments are funded with cumulative contributions of $10,000 or more. 

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Wire and Stock Gifts

The AOPA Foundation is able to accept wired gifts including gifts of stock. Donating appreciated stock may help you avoid capital gains tax. Please see your tax advisor for more details.

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Aircraft Donation

By donating your aircraft to the AOPA Foundation, we will help you find a new home for it and your contribution will have a lasting impact on the future of general aviation.

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IRA Rollover Gifts

If you are 70 ½ or older, you can use your qualified Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to donate up to $100,000 each year directly to a charity such as the AOPA Foundation. The amount transferred is not taxed as income and may satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution.

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Employer Matching

Did you know that many companies match their employees’ donations to the AOPA Foundation? Check with your employer to multiply your gift and raise your giving level!

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