Giving Tuesday 2017 falls on November 28th. Each year, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This will be the sixth year of the program. During this time of year, there are so many causes to support that choosing becomes difficult. To help, we’ve put together a list of aviation inspired charities to support for Giving Tuesday 2017.
The Collings Foundation promotes interest in aviation and educates the public about the evolution of flight. If you’re a regular at air shows, chances are you may have seen one of the Wings of Freedom Tours. The Collings Foundation travels across the country each year to present historic aircraft and even offer flight experiences in the P-51 Mustang and B-24 bomber.
Founded in 1979, the organization is supported by volunteers. The Collings Foundation performs the majority of repair and restoration for the aircraft collection. Operating, maintenance, and restoration costs keep rising, sponsorships and donations help keep these aircraft in good condition. See Collings Foundation Local & National Volunteer Opportunities and the Collings Foundation Sponsor page
Fallen Angel Aviator
This organization was formed in 2013 to help fallen aviators, air crew, and their families. The charity provides assistance for veterans with PTSD counseling and tries to address gaps in the traditional benefits system. Fallen Angel Aviator also provides funding to families that have lost loved ones. The organization is 100% non-profit, relying on volunteers and donations.
Fallen Angel Aviator is partnering with Adam’s Warrior Buddy this year for the Santa Paws Holiday Fundraiser. The holiday season can be especially tough for veterans. Not only are service dogs able to help with opening doors or contacting 911 for help, they provide comfort and companionship. The money raised at the event will provide veterans with trained service dogs. Visit the Fallen Angel Aviator Volunteer & Donation page
International Women’s Air & Space Museum
The International Women’s Air & Space Museum preserves the history and advancement of women in aviation and space. The museum is located in Cleveland, Ohio in the Burke Lakefront Airport terminal. Many unique artifacts are on display, including a console from Mission Control in the Apollo era. Visitors can stop by and see the exhibits 7 days a week, other than major holidays. Entry is completely free. IWASM Volunteer Info or Donate to IWASM
IWASM Visit Tips
- Park in the Burke Lakefront Airport lot, it is closer and less expensive than parking across the street
- Budget 30 – 90 minutes for your visit
- Consider adding a visit to the neighboring USS Cod for a day’s worth of activity
- Check if there are any special events before your trip
- Make a donation to the museum if you can
If there are any other aviation charities you support, let us know via Twitter and we will add them to the Giving Tuesday 2017 list.
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