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The Academy of Model Aeronautics has many programs worthy of your support and investment. AMA is a 501(c)3 organization; your donation may be tax deductible. Please check with your tax advisor for more information.

AMA Foundation 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 apply dollars 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 mission forward.

AMA Programs Fund

Programs Fund (FPRG (Club Support, IAC development, education, museum general))

The Foundation Programs Fund provides support to all AMA charitable programs and initiatives to include the following areas:

  • club grants and assistance, such as Disaster Relief Grants, Flying Site Improvement Grant, Club Recognition and Reward Grants, and Take Off and Grow Grants.
  • educational programming, events, and initiatives, such as AMA Jr. Camp, STE(A)M curriculum development and distribution; and the AMA Simulator Education Trailer.
  • general support for the National Model Aviation Museum, such as collection acquisition, preservation, and digitization; exhibit development; educational programming; and virtual museum experience development.
  • capacity-building initiatives at and for AMA, such as maintaining and improving the International Aeromodeling Center and and enabling staff to better serve members.

Museum Patron Program
The Foundation Museum Patron Fund provides direct support to the National Model Aviation Museum (NMAM). Contributions support the museum’s mission to preserve and showcase the history of model aviation to lifelong aeromodelers, students, and communities. Become a Museum Patron at the $25 Patron level, $100 Supporting level, or become a Museum Life Patron for a one-time payment of $1,000.

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.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has been helping graduating seniors achieve their dreams since 1970 and is now celebrating its dream of reaching a total of $1 million in awarded scholarships. The scholarships are created through funds donated by model aviation organizations and individuals, AMA members, and a portion of AMA member dues.

Cliff and Nancy Telford Scholarship

The Cliff and Nancy Telford Scholarship fund is given annually to an AMA youth member with the best competitive record, based on participation in activities within the AMA and FAI classifications.

Walk of Fame Brick Program
Established in 2001, the AMA Walk of Fame at the International Aeromodeling Center is designed in the shape of a large propeller and signifies the history of the hobby with honored and memorialized names. Purchasing a brick along the Walk of Fame permanently includes your name, or the name of an honoree, along this scenic walk. It’s a permanent testimony to your continuing support of the hobby. Walk of Fame bricks are available in different shapes, colors, and materials.