EIN 20-8817225

The AOPA Foundation

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The AOPA Foundation works to improve aviation safety, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit. Its mission is to promote, advance, and encourage aviation and airport safety and security and the research and testing in the support thereof; to educate the public and users of the national air transportation system to the value and importance of general aviation. Mark Baker serves as CEO/president of The Foundation.
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The AOPA Foundation is a subordinate organization under Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
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Program areas at The AOPA Foundation

See schedule othe Aopa Foundation (The Foundation) is a tax-exempt charitable, educational, and scientific organization that educates The public about The value of general aviation. The Foundation's mission is to ensure The future of general aviation by improving safety through The aircraft owners and pilots association's (Aopa) air safety institute, preserving community airports, and encouraging learning to fly for career and personal benefit.you can flythe Aopa Foundation's you can fly program is a set of initiatives designed to get people flying and keep them flying. With initiatives to introduce high school students to career opportunities in aviation and aerospace, provide support for flight schools and students, deliver tools and resources to help pilots create and grow flying clubs, and help lapsed pilots get back in The air, you can fly is supporting aviators at every stage of their journey.the Foundation provides free four year aviation stem curriculum to thousands of high school students nationwide. An annual symposium for educators helps schools create and grow aviation stem programs to meet their specific needs, while $1 million in scholarships are awarded annually to high school teachers and students to help them earn a pilot certificate.for flight schools, instructors, and students, The Foundation is delivering training and tools designed to help reduce The dropout rate by making training more efficient, transparent, and customer focused. The annual flight training experience awards support best practices and recognize schools from across The country that deliver exceptional training experiences to their clients while The Aopa flight training advantage platform brings adaptive learning into The flight deck.to help increase aircraft utilization and build a stronger community of aviators, The Foundation is helping pilots launch and grow flying clubs. The Foundation delivers extensive resources, including in person assistance and online guidance, to help pilots create new clubs. The Foundation's flying club finder also lists hundreds of flying clubs, making it easier for pilots everywhere to connect with a club close to home.for lapsed pilots who want to return to flying, The Foundation's rusty pilots initiative provides in person seminars and live webinars that give pilots three hours of ground training that fulfills The faa's flight review requirements for ground instruction. An online course option makes it possible for pilots to refresh their critical ground school knowledge any time. Both The in person and The online programs provide faa wings credit.foundation grantsduring 2022, The Aopa Foundation granted $1,500,000 to various projects in support of its mission.the Foundation provided a $683,000 grant to support Aopa's air safety institute (asi). Asi serves all pilots by providing free or low-cost education programs to pilots and flight instructors nationwide, analyzing safety data, and conducting safety research. As a result of The grant, asi's material was accessed nearly 10 million times. This was made possible in part by The release of various new products including videos, podcasts, publications, and webinars to pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The Foundation provided a $392,000 grant to support The Aopa airport support network. The airport support network is a group of nearly 2,250 volunteers tasked with promoting, protecting, and defending america's community airports from pressures mounting against such airports.the Foundation provided a $425,000 grant to support member outreach. Events are focused on providing Aopa members educational content, access to aviation industry partners for transactions, and The opportunity to connect with The aviation community. Each event is intended to increase engagement by Aopa members which will lead to safer pilots and a more robust aviation industry.

Grants made by The AOPA Foundation

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationSafety Support$683,000
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationGrow Pilot Population$425,000
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationAirport Support$392,000

Who funds The AOPA Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Allsup Family Charitable FoundationGeneral Support$500,000
Kozmetsky Family FoundationSupport To Implement An Improved Learning Management System for the You Can Fly High School Aviation Stem Program$200,000
Hall Halliburton FoundationSupport$200,000
...and 89 more grants received totalling $2,257,115

Personnel at The AOPA Foundation

Mark R BakerPresident and Chief Executive Officer$0
Gregory L CohenChief Administrative Officer$0
Erica SaccoiaSenior Vice President Finance and Accounting$0
Dan JustmanVice President - You Can Fly$166,851
Melissa K RudingerExecutive Director$317,775
...and 12 more key personnel

Financials for The AOPA Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$11,516,655
Program services$238,435
Investment income and dividends$465,413
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$991,877
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$52,952
Total revenues$13,265,332

Form 990s for The AOPA Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990View PDF
2021-122022-11-14990View PDF
2020-122021-11-08990View PDF
2019-122021-02-22990View PDF
2018-122020-01-03990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s
Data update history
February 4, 2024
Received grants
Identified 29 new grant, including a grant for $200,000 from Kozmetsky Family Foundation
December 26, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 26, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
December 24, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 8 new grant, including a grant for $500,000 from Allsup Family Charitable Foundation
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General information
421 Aviation Way
Frederick, MD 21701
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Frederick County, MD
Website URL
(301) 695-2000
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
M40: Safety Education
NAICS code, primary
813212: Health and Disease Research Fundraising Organizations
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Subordinate organization
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