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The Distant Horizon

We've all heard a lot of talk about the trouble with our sport being that it's full of folks like me -- old guys with funny hats. Trouble? We're the ones who hold the key to soaring's future. We're the ones who've reached the stage in life where we think about generations to come and what we can do for them. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to provide material help for those who will follow us into the air on silent wings. Some of us are fortunate enough to need to be concerned with estate planning. In this regard soaring can help us while we help the future of soaring. Current gifts to the SSA Foundation can produce immediate income tax savings. Planned gifts can produce current tax savings while augmenting current income. Other kinds of gifts produce estate tax savings. We're now at a stage in life where we look toward a distant horizon far beyond our own time. The SSA Foundation's endowment campaign's gaze is also firmly fixed on the long-term.

We welcome direct gifts of cash, securities and other property, and in the form of planned gifts. We look forward to the opportunity of discussing with you plans for including testamentary gifts to the endowment in your will and other estate planning documents. We hope you will consider establishing charitable trusts for the Foundation's benefit and/or participating in the planned giving programs sponsored by several large financial institutions. We'll be delighted to aid you with the appropriate professional assistance that these matters may require.

The Flight Plan

We generally don't leave the ground without some fairly clear plan for the flight. The SSA's has set its course with six major missions foremost in mind. Endowment resources are necessary to assure the success of each of them. Broadly these missions are

  • Securing Soaring's Future
  • Providing Lifetime Learning
  • Expanding our Opportunities to Soar
  • Fostering America's International Competitiveness
  • Encouraging New Generations of Soaring Pilots
  • Achieving Safer Soaring
  • Fostering the Permanence and Effectiveness of SSA Central Functions

Securing Soaring's Future means protecting and increasing our freedom to fly. The interests of our members and our sport must be effectively placed before government, national and international aviation organizations and the general public. We must work collaboratively with all of these to mutual benefit. The work of volunteers and professional staff in this area will require substantial support indefinitely.

The SSA must provide a wide range of services and information to the membership to enable Lifetime Learning. Soaring, web sites, e-mail lists and newsletters are just some of the communications media that must be developed and used. Training materials at all levels from ab initio through advanced cross-country must be developed and disseminated. Access to improved weather services should be provided. Volunteers will require staff support to do these things effectively. Long-term stable resources are a must.

Expanding our Opportunities to Soar requires a long-term program within SSA to help establish new soaring sites and to protect and foster existing ones as air and land spaces become ever more crowded. Your contributions will provide endowment for site development and preservation programs and help establish capital funds that can be loaned to clubs and commercial operators for related purposes.

Fostering America's International Competitiveness means providing U.S. international teams with ongoing, stable endowment funded support the will permit the participation and training of our very best pilots and the development of a truly world class team.

The SSA Foundation is committed to Encouraging New Generations of Soaring Pilots by helping enthusiastic youth enter and blossom in the sport. Your contributions will help SSA develop programs to encourage high-school youths to earn their wings and to help college-aged youth continue learning and soaring through university and local soaring clubs.

Achieving Safer Soaring is an unending task for the SSA and its Soaring Safety Foundation (SSF) undertaken with a goal of making soaring the safest of all sky sports. The Soaring Safety Foundation has a complete program of safety practices and publications. Your contributions will help continue current programs and sponsor future ones.

Campaign Goals

The Foundation's ambitious goal is to provide the SSA with an endowment of at least $2 million.

Cumulus Club and Naming Opportunities

In becoming an SSA Foundation members join an elite group of SSA members making significance in soaring forever. Members who give substantial amounts become eligible for induction into the Foundation's Cumulus Club. In the Cumulus Club members enjoy addition benefits and opportunities to direct the work of the Foundation. Speak with a Foundation Trustee or SSA Director for details.

An endowment campaign gives rise to many opportunities to immortalize the names of donors or other individuals who donors may designate. The Society and the SSA Foundation wishes to maintain the maximum possible flexibility in this regard, and will gladly explore ways of fulfilling donors' wishes. It can also suggest suitable opportunities for naming in conjunction with the campaign's goals. Members' suggestions for naming opportunities are always welcomed.

Posted: 7/10/2007