Aviation not-for-profits

Set a resolution to help these aviation not-for-profits.

Can you believe it’s already a brand new year? We’re looking forward to taking off into a 2024 filled with hope, optimism, and amazing experiences. And it’s the perfect time to sit back, reflect, and think about how we can make the world a better place this year.



It just so happens that many aviation charities play a crucial role in doing just that — delivering aid, providing medical assistance, and saving lives. 


So, if you’re considering contributing to a worthy cause that includes your love of taking to the skies, here are 5 aviation charities that should definitely be on your radar in 2024.

1. AeroAngel

AeroAngel, a nonprofit organization, spreads its wings to transport individuals with medical needs to specialized treatment facilities. Imagine a child in a remote area diagnosed with a rare medical condition, with limited access to the necessary expertise. AeroAngel steps in, arranging free air transportation for these patients and their families. These flights not only bridge geographical gaps but also provide comfort and hope during challenging times.

How You Can Help

Donate: Your financial support and donated flights enable AeroAngel to continue its vital mission. Even a modest contribution can make a significant difference.
Volunteer: If you’re a pilot or have aviation skills, consider donating your time and expertise to fly those in need.

2. Veterans Airlift Command

Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is a beacon of gratitude for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. This organization provides free air transportation to post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans and their families, ensuring they have access to the medical treatment, rehabilitation, and support they deserve. VAC relies on a network of volunteer pilots and aircraft owners to make these journeys possible.

How You Can Help:
Spread the Word: Raise awareness about VAC in your community and among veterans who may benefit from their services. Donate Frequent Flyer Miles: If you’re a frequent traveler, consider donating your accumulated miles to help cover the cost of flights.

3. Air Serv

In the face of humanitarian crises and natural disasters, Air Serv takes to the skies to deliver emergency response and relief. This nonprofit organization provides aviation solutions to support other aid organizations, medical teams, and local communities in need. From transporting medical personnel and supplies to conducting aerial surveys for disaster assessment, Air Serv plays a pivotal role in expediting relief efforts.


How You Can Help

Corporate Partnerships: Encourage your employer to explore partnerships with Air Serv to support their mission.

Fundraise: Organize a fundraising event in your community to raise funds for Air Serv’s emergency response operations.


4. Pilots N Paws

Pilots N Paws is a unique aviation charity that combines a love for flying with a passion for animals. This organization connects volunteer pilots with animal rescue groups to transport animals from overcrowded shelters to loving forever homes. By leveraging the speed and efficiency of air travel, Pilots N Paws saves countless lives and gives animals a second chance at happiness.


How You Can Help

Become a Pilot Volunteer: If you’re a licensed pilot and an animal lover, consider joining Pilots N Paws’ network of volunteer pilots.

Donate: Your financial support assists in covering the operational costs of these life-saving flights.


5. Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds takes a unique approach to aviation charity by focusing on uplifting the spirits of children facing serious illness. This organization provides joyous aviation experiences for children and their families, giving them a break from the challenges of medical treatments. Through “Joyful Flights,” Above the Clouds aims to create lasting memories and inspire hope during difficult times.

How You Can Help:

Sponsor a Flight: Contribute towards the cost of a Dream Flight and bring smiles to the faces of children battling illness or adversity.

Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to help organize and facilitate Above the Clouds’ events.


As we step into a new year, all of us can make a real impact on those in need. And in the amazing industry of aviation, we’re lucky that we have the ability to move the needle in so many unique ways. In 2024, let’s soar above and beyond, together making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need it most.

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