Since February 2021, the AMA Foundation has made it easier for donors to give monthly through automated transactions! Donors can now set up and manage their monthly donations as direct payment, debit card, or credit card transactions. Plus, when you sign up to become a Torchbearer you will receive a special welcome kit that is only for monthly donors: a Torchbearer magnet frame, a Torchbearer ceramic campfire mug, special digital content delivered to your inbox each month, and more!
When you sign up to become a Torchbearer, you can choose which fund you want to support:
- General Fund: The Foundation General Fund allows the AMA Foundation maximum flexibility to make the most impact. Donations to this fund are unrestricted in use, allowing the Foundation to direct money to areas of greatest need, such as the development of a new program or the acquisition of an important museum artifact or object. The General Fund also provides some support for necessary administrative and fundraising costs so staff can continue to push the Foundation's mission forward.
- Programs Fund: The Foundation Programs Fund provides support to all AMA charitable programs and initiatives including the following areas: grants, scholarships, the National Model Aviation Museum, and maintaining the International Aeromodeling Center.
- Endowment Fund: The Foundation Endowment Fund provides predictable funding in perpetuity to the AMA Foundation. The Endowment Fund is structured so that the principal amount invested remains intact, while the investment earnings are available for operational and program use. The Endowment Fund allows the AMA Foundation to draw investment earnings for permanent operational support and expenses so that annual donations go directly to support charitable programs. Your gift to the endowment is one that will keep giving year after year - a continuation of your legacy for generations to come.
- Scholarships: The Academy of Model Aeronautics has been helping graduating seniors achieve their dreams since 1970 and has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. The scholarships are created through funds donated by model aviation organizations and individuals, AMA members, and a portion of AMA member dues.
PLUS, as an added incentive, if you sign up to become a Torchbearer between October 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023, you will receive an extra special gift in your welcome kit... a mini campfire mug ornament!
To become a Torchbearer and join our growing group of dedicated supporters, visit our website, pick the fund in which your would like to contribute to, choose the "give monthly" option and enter the amount your would like to give each month.
We love this program and are so happy that we can see it continue to grow and build closer relationships with our donors. If you have any questions about the Torchbearer program, please feel free to contact us! We would love to chat with you!
Thank you for continuing to help the AMA make an impact on future generations.