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Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation

Inspire Kids through STEM

aka N/A   |   Spanish Fork, UT   |  www.thecandybomber.org

Mission

The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation advances aviation education, promotes youth leadership development, enhances community capacity for emergency response, and encourages humanitarian service on macro- and micro-levels. We perpetuate the legacy of Gail Halvorsen's remarkable humanitarian career. We provide education by giving free lectures and multimedia presentations on aviation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics at local schools, community groups, and at our own facility at the Spanish Fork Airport. Further, we partner with like-minded organizations that are engaged in community service activities which support the Foundation's objectives

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

James Russell Stewart DO, MPH

Main address

2050 N. 300 West #23

Spanish Fork, UT 84660 USA

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EIN

81-2879837

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Search and Rescue Services (M23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation seeks to improve STEM literacy and capability in the K-8 age range. There is a lack of educational enrichment activities in our community. Our Aviation Education Center at the Spanish Fork Airport will be one of the first such enrichment facilities in the area.

Approximately 11% of the children in the area are disadvantaged, and few continue their education beyond the secondary school level. Fewer still choose careers in STEM-related fields.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Halvorsen Heritage Center

This program is to construct an 14,000 square foot community educational facility at the Spanish Fork Airport which will be used to provide youth STEM activities, a home for local aviation volunteer organizations, and serve as a coordination facility for local disaster response organizations. The facility will also serve as the home for the Foundation and provide operational space for the Civil Air Patrol.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Halvorsen STEM Fun Bus is a mobile platform that provides age-appropriate science, technology, engineering, and math experiences for rural communities in Utah. The goal is to inspire children through STEM, and augment STEM programs in Title 1 and rural schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Halvorsen Heritage Center

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth age 5-19 who participated in a STEM activity hosted by the Foundation. Adverse impact from COVID-19 restrictions in 2021

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Halvorsen Heritage Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021: Adverse impact from COVID-19 restrictions

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Halvorsen Heritage Center

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are as follows:
1. Construct a community-based education center which will serve as the platform for STEM educational enrichment activities focusing on children, women, and veterans.
2. Increase the number of local school children who choose to attend high school in local STEM-focused campuses.
3. Form a STEM alliance within the region among local school districts, universities, industry, and community leaders to promote STEM preparedness.
4. Develop merit- and needs-based scholarships for students in the region who are pursuing STEM degrees in college.

We will provide this educational service at the Halvorsen Aviation Education Center in Spanish Fork and also by a mobile unit that will be taken to schools and community events. Our services will be offered to everyone in the 5 counties (Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber, and Box Elder) that comprise the Wasatch Front area in Utah.

We leverage the associations that we have with local universities (Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, etc.) and local school districts (Provo City Schools, Mount Nebo School District, Juab County Schools).

We draw on local and regional philanthropy through community events and direct contact to obtain resources. We obtain grants from state and local sources.

We utilize or develop age-appropriate STEM education materials for our educational events.

1. Highly motivated cadre of volunteer members who are passionate about youth development.
2. Strong partnerships with local educational organizations.
3. Enabling support from city and state governmental organizations.
4. Active promotion through social media and other forms of communication.

Our accomplishments to date are:
1. Obtained $50,000 grant from the Utah State Legislature in 2018
2. Raised $61,000 at the Foundation's first Annual Candy Bomber Gala in September 2017
3. Secured pledges for cash and in-kind donations valued at greater than $500,000
4. Developed strong partnership with Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University
5. Began sponsorship of a weekly after-school STEM Club at the South Franklin Community Center in Provo serving minority/underserved neighborhood children
6. Partnered in 2021 with Duncan Aviation to refurbish a donated school bus for use as the STEM Fun Bus which will visit rural schools, Title One schools, community centers, and public events to provide activities using a mobile platform
7. Obtained a donation-in-kind for a new Foundation website in 2021
8. Developed a new Halvorsen Heritage Center design in 2021 through in-kind donation from Knighton Architecture
9. Received donation of high-end simulation software from Lockheed Martin in 2021 for use in our STEM outreach classes; has improved our product significantly
10. Received in-kind donation of construction materials worth $100,000 from local corporation
11. Raised $95,000 to host Gail Halvorsen Celebration of Life event in May 2022
A. Partnered with local cities for use of airports; brought in historic aircraft for school children tours and
activities which reached over 1800 children
B. Partnered with Airlift/Tanker Association, Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force,
German Embassy and eighteen local, national, and international industry/foundations to bring this event to a
large audience
12. Partnered with Operation Little Vittles II and Operation Angel to obtain and deliver over 20,000 pounds of clothing and toys to children affected by the war in Ukraine
13. Gave presentation at the annual Airlift/Tanker Association conference in October 2022 regarding STEM education for young children; audience included USAF and aerospace industry corporate executives
14. Selected to be one of the featured STEM organizations at the Governor's Week of STEM initiative for 2022
15. Cornerstone partner for organizing/conducting the first-ever Fall STEM Festival in rural central Utah; over 1,600 children introduced to STEM and Gail Halvorsen: Rocket Scientist

What's next:
1. Complete $5 million fundraising campaign for the Education Center
2. Develop full-time staff positions to manage day-to-day operations
3. Increase rural outreach to underserved children using The STEM Fun Bus
4. Develop and implement curriculum for continuing education to award recertification credits for teachers.
5. Expand pool of volunteers and docent teachers
6. Begin fundraising for the endowed STEM scholarships

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Colonel James Stewart

Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2022


Board co-chair

Paul Jensen

Sunrider

Term: 2020 - 2022

Denise Williams

Halvorsen Family Association

James R. Stewart

Intermountain Healthcare

Paul Jensen

Lorene Moore

Nebo Comfort Heating and Air

Jefferson S. Burton

Utah Valley University

Blake R. Halvorsen

Halvorsen Family Association

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/31/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.