Miracle Flights

We have a cure for distance.

aka Miracle Flights   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  http://www.miracleflights.org/

Mission

The mission of Miracle Flights is to improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for taking the time to review the work of Miracle Flights. We exist solely to ensure children and families who need specialized medical care and other life-supporting options, reach the help they need - and we accomplish this by supporting flight.

We work tirelessly to earn the trust of our patients, communities and our donors. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our impact, please contact us at (800) 359-1711. You can also visit our website at www.miracleflights.org.

We hope to see you again soon!

The Miracle Flights Team

Ruling year info

1985

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mark E Brown

Main address

2764 N Green Valley Pkwy #115

Las Vegas, NV 89014 USA

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Formerly known as

Angel Flight

The Angel Planes

EIN

88-0209952

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Birth Defects (G20)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Rare Disease Foundation, 1 in 10 Americans are living with a rare disease - half affected are children. That's approximately 15 million of our most vulnerable children - many will not live to see their 5th birthday. Specialty centers focused on their illness is their best chance for proper diagnosis and treatment to extend and improve their young lives.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) estimates that there are 7,000 known rare disorders, general practitioners cannot be expected to be able to identify and treat every disease. Many American cities, and certainly rural areas of the country, do not have facilities such as transplant centers or pediatric specialty care resources. Furthermore, the cost of treating such diseases is high, and has led to increasing specialization among doctors and medical treatment facilities. This concentration of resources can limit a family's options, leaving only a handful of appropriate treatment locations nationwide.

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?

Flights for Kids Medical Flight Program

The core program for Miracle Flights is its medical flight program. Since 1985, we have been flying children with life-threatening and/or debilitating diseases to treatment centers across the U.S. that can best help them.

We have provided over 100,000 flights for sick children and their families - that's over 55 million miles of access to health care for those who need distant medical care.

Miracle Flights will fly a patient and up to 2 parents/guardians to treatment, follow-up care or for a second opinion. Program eligibility includes income verification, physician referral from the patient's local doctor, and appointment confirmation from the treatment site.

Our goal is to ensure all flight requests we receive are fulfilled for the underserved families who need them.

Our outreach program enlists the help of people across America to spread the word about our services so that no child is ever denied access to treatment or the ability to receive a qualified second opinion due to their inability to pay the high costs of airline transportation today.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Miracle Flights will fly disabled children who have been paired with a service dog, to train with and retrieve their new life-partner. This includes any recurrent training needs.

Miracle Flights for Kids will fly a patient and one parent/guardian to the facility for patient/dog training and retrieval.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through the international flight program, Miracle Flights is able to provide flight support to children abroad, to access the help they need at leading U.S. treatment facilities.

Miracle Flights for Kids will fly a patient and one parent/guardian to treatment, follow-up care or for a second opinion. Program eligibility includes income verification, physician referral, and a confirmed appointment from the treatment site.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Miracle Flights helps all families - including adults, reach the health care they need to get them well.

Miracle Flights will fly an adult patient and a caregiver to treatment, follow-up care or for a second opinion. Program eligibility includes income verification, physician referral from the patient's local doctor, and appointment confirmation from the treatment site.

Our goal is to ensure all flight requests we receive are fulfilled for the underserved families who need them.

Our outreach program enlists the help of people across America to spread the word about our services so that no child is ever denied access to treatment or the ability to receive a qualified second opinion due to their inability to pay the high costs of airline transportation today.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Medal of Excellence 1997

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Heroes Among Us Award 2008

People Magazine

Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award 2008

Roosevelt University

Medical Marvel Award 2007

CNN Heroes Award

Shero-of-the-Heart Award 2007

National Heritage Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 1995

Points of Light Foundation 1995

Combined Federal Campaign

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 Flights provided each year.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Flights for Kids Medical Flight Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 goal is to ensure that money nor distance stand in the way of a child reaching the best care for their disease. Approximately 30 million Americans are affected by a rare disease; half are children. According to the Rare Disease Foundation and Global Genes, many will not live to see their 5th birthday. It can often take up to a year to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Miracle Flights seeks to remove the barriers to care by providing financial assistance to fly children to the treatment, follow-up care, and second opinions that they desperately need.

Miracle Flights seeks to promote the awareness of our services through targeted outreach programs; and to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action. As such, many of our patient families have come to Miracle Flights by word of mouth.

Additionally, we work with support and other resource groups, building partnerships within the communities we serve.

We continue to build upon our strategic alliances with hospitals and treatment facilities to ensure we are in integrated part of the health care system for those seeking distant, vital medical care.

Miracle Flights is led by Mark E. Brown as Chief Executive Officer. Mark has an extensive career in the field of marketing and communications, and was formerly with the Howard Hughes Corporation, Station Casinos and was a partner with RR Partners. He has served in various capacities to nonprofit boards, and is deeply rooted in his civic and philanthropic leadership.

Miracle Flights has seen continued growth in the number of medical flight requests that are received and processed - an average of approximately 10% over the prior fiscal year. Flights are facilitated through our flights department, overseen by our Director of Flight Operations, who has been with the organization for the past 10 years.

Program outreach and partnership development is overseen by the Director of Programs and Development. This allows us to build upon the community's awareness and to continue expanding our collaboration with heath care professionals.

Over the past 35 years, Miracle Flights has become the leading nonprofit flight organization in the U.S., providing flight support to children and their family so they may reach life-saving treatment. We are proud of this accomplishment.

Recently, we have expanded our reach far beyond the U.S. In Europe alone, there are equally as many people affected with a rare disease as there are in the U.S. According to the Global Genes Project, it is estimated that approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from a rare disease.

Miracle Flights will continue to broaden its reach so that no child, regardless of money, distance or border will stand in the way of reaching the medical care that they need.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Miracle Flights

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Christopher Khorsandi

VIP Plastic Surgery

Term: 2015 -

Ann McGee

Miracle Flights for Kids

Jessica Connell

Connell Outdoor Advertising

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? Yes