Challenge Air for Kids & Friends

If you can fly a plane, you can do anything

aka Fiscal Sponsorship Allies   |   Dallas, TX   |  http://www.challengeair.org

Mission

The mission of Challenge Air for Kids & Friends is to build confidence and self-esteem in children & youth between the ages of 7-21 through the gift of flight.

Ruling year info

2022

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. April Culver

Main address

8001 Lemmon Ave. Hangar 2, Suite 280

Dallas, TX 75209 USA

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Formerly known as

Challenge Air for Kids & Friends

EIN

75-2559486

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Our programs

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Challenge Air Fly Day

Each Challenge Air Event allows approximately 100-125 children with special needs between the ages of 7 and 21 to experience the freedom of flight. The participants at the event become inspired and motivated through the flight experience to see that there is no limit to what they can accomplish. With 25 volunteer pilots, each child will have the opportunity to sit as "co-pilot" and actually take the yoke and fly the plane. Each event is also filled with educational and entertaining activities which provide the participants and their families a worry-free environment in which to share a positive experience that results in family and community bonding. Challenge Air brings together all these elements to make a very special day for very special children.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Students

Allowing children with special needs to experience the world through aviation

Population(s) Served

During Covid, Challenge Air looked outside the box and started creating virtual fly days on YouTube. Participants could register to receive virtual reality goggles, a t-shirt and a set of wings. The participants login to YouTube on their phones, find one of 2 virtual flights and watch it with the virtual reality goggles. One flight is over Dallas, TX and the other flight is over Palo Duro Canyon in west Texas.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Program Goals:
1) To improve the quality of life for children/youth and families with special needs

2) Arouse children/youth with special needs to be excited about learning and inspired about their future

3) Educate children/youth about the aviation industry and encourage them to consider occupational roles other than the customary ones to which they are generally directed

4) Involve and promote civic and community engagement

5) Create an environment for peer interaction for children/youth with special needs.

6) Promote local organizational resources to families with special needs

1. Develop a measurement of success matrix for Fly Day activities. Periodically review matrix data and create a summary report to be presented to the full board at the annual meeting or such other time as specified by the Board.
2. Evaluate the current Fly Day experience then define new tools, resources and processes that will improve the overall experience for participates and volunteers.
3. Work with CAKF CEO to develop a one, three and five year plan for Fly Day growth. The plan should include:
a. Defining types of programs to be offered
b. Develop strategies for expanding the Fly Day experience to new markets
c. Define financial objectives for the Fly Day programs
4. Reviews requests from new locations and existing requests to hold Fly-Days and determines whether they should be hosted or not.
5. Mentor and assist local committees, in conjunction with staff, for capabilities and adherence to CAKF milestones as outlined on the program planning timeline to conduct a safe and rewarding program for participants, pilots and volunteers.

The Committee shall be composed of three or more trustees, as determined by the Board of Trustees, each of whom shall meet the independence requirements required by law and the relevant charitable statutes and requirements. The Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director and Finance Chair shall be ex-officio members of the committee.

After each Fly Day, the committee meets to evaluate survey results and discuss strengths and areas that need improvement.

Financials

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Challenge Air for Kids & Friends

Board of directors
as of 07/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kris Lonborg

Joseph "Joe" Montag

Montag's Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Sonny Friedman

Atlas Plumbing Company

David Vaughan

Northwing LLC

Jeff Shaffner

Southwest Airlines

Raul Ruiz

Cordirect

Carl Corns

Delane Scheiferstein

Transamerica

Mike Wilonsky

Allen High School

Glenn Gifford

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No