Seeing “Flight1 Families” Everywhere

We all see stories of difficulties on the news that surprise us. A family whose child becomes ill from toxins in their home. Another family who loses a parent in a freak accident on vacation. Sometimes it is a statistically nearly impossible medical complication. Most of the time, we see these news stories and subconsciously shrug them off as something …

Deklan’s Story

Many of the children in our Courageous Fliers program have touching stories. That is the nature of working with families who have been impacted by a serious health challenge. Deklan’s story stuck with me for quite some time after I first met him at his Courageous Flier event.   Deklan arrived alone, with his mother, no siblings. He was excited …

As “Simple” as Taking Flight

Our mission is pretty clear. We strive to build confidence in kids, specifically kids who have had a health challenge somewhere in their family. We use aviation to do that. Simple, right?   What often surprises me as I get to know the families in our program, is how not simple their lives are. First of all, there are the …

Evan and Claire

I was struggling to schedule busy siblings Evan and Claire together for the same flight day. Claire (pictured) didn’t want to do her flight without her big brother around. He wasn’t nervous at all, but had a scheduling complication. You see, Evan is a 23 year-old pharmacy student at Butler, and Claire was 20 years old and working a summer …

Raistlin’s Unexpected Inspiration

  It was a beautiful evening, smooth air, sparkling taxiway and runway lights, quiet. Raistlin and his parents, two sisters, and a friend all arrived for their second year Bravo night flight. Everyone was excited. It had been a few years since their last flight, the time punctuated by cancer treatment and hospital stays, and the whole family was happy …

Choosing Wisely as Executive Director

One of the biggest challenges I have encountered as an executive director of a small nonprofit is trying to predict what will be the best use of my time. Because I am the only employee, I try to prioritize what fundraising endeavors will be the most impactful.   If I have five hours to devote to fundraising, should I work …

Drew’s Story

As you know, the mission here at Flight1 is all about raising confidence in children whose families have been impacted by a serious health challenge, using the joy of flight. That seems straightforward enough, and we have a curriculum set up for that. But the thing about children is you can’t always predict what will work for each one!   …

The Value of a Corporate Sponsor

Financing a nonprofit is a bit of a balancing act. Focus on connecting with possible corporation sponsors. Engage with private individual donors. Apply to a grant. Schedule another meeting with a corporate sponsor. Plan a fundraising event. Repeat and tailor to each individual entity.   Corporate sponsors can require an extra level of follow-up if they prefer to decide individually …

Help Me Fly

  All this month, we have been telling you about our first three Courageous Fliers to go through the entire Flight1 program. I hope you have had a chance to read about Grace, Tommy, and Shawn in our blog posts, and to understand what the support of Flight1 has meant to them. We decided to call our fall fundraising drive …

The Original Courageous Fliers

    Dear Friends, In the month of October, we want you to get to know some of the amazing children in Flight1 the way that we know them. All of the kids in our program are inspiring and have incredible stories, but in the coming weeks, I want to tell you about three of them in particular. Grace, Tommy, …

The Families of Flight1

Oftentimes, when a family arrives for their flight simulator or airplane flight experience, they look like any other family that you might know. There is no obvious health issue. No one appears to be struggling with a physical challenge of any kind. The kids, especially, are so excited and present in the moment, you would never guess that anyone they …

Art Exhibit in Irvington Coffee Shop

For the month of June, we’re hosting a special exhibit of artwork at 10 Johnson Avenue coffee shop in Irvington.  Stop by anytime this month to see the artwork of Flight1 board member, Angi Aldrich. Angi created these captivating pieces in her master of arts program at University of Indianapolis. On display are paintings she made of past Flight1 participants, …

Wheels and Wings, and the First Class Lounge

Early in March, we had an event that we look forward to every year, Wheels and Wings. It was held at the Speak Easy in Broad Ripple in conjunction with Nine13sports.  The music was great and the 100+ people in attendance contributed to the success of the event. (Find your event photo’s here.) Events like Wheels and Wings show that Indianapolis is a …

Nonprofit Flight1 Hires Purdue Alum Caroline Hoy

Nonprofit Flight1 Hires Purdue Alum Caroline Hoy Indianapolis – March 1, 2016 –  A local nonprofit, Flight1, announced the hiring of Caroline Hoy as executive director. She will be reporting to Flight1 founder, Marcus Strawhorn. In her new position, Hoy will focus on corporate sponsorships, as well as expanding the number of children participating in the program, which she is …

A Letter of Introduction from Caroline

Members of the Board, Occasionally in life, you have opportunities that combine so many parts of your past experiences that you cannot ignore them. I felt this way when I first saw the listing for associate executive director of Flight1. I wanted to take the time to tell you a little about myself, and how I came to be in …