Category Archives: Fundraising & Grants

Breaking News: 2017 Sketchers Performance LA Marathon + AFW

We are thrilled to announce that Angel Flight West has been selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon for 2017! This program offers nonprofits the chance to increase awareness, raise funds and engage supporters.

For our first year, we decided to recruit participants for the LA Big 5K which takes place the day before the LA Marathon. What do we need from you? Only $40 to register and $350 in funds raised to enjoy a day of fun and giving back.

We are only 7 months away and time will pass quickly – so dust off your running shoes, get into shape and begin recruiting friends and family for a terrific AFW team building experience. All the funds raised will go towards increasing the number of missions that AFW provides.

Join us by registering here:

Register for the Los Angeles Big 5K Angel Flight West Team

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM Race Start
Place: Dodger Stadium
Registration information is forthcoming. Please place this event on your calendars!


Newton Foundation Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole Grant

Angel Flight West recently received a grant from the Newton Foundation Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. This generous grant will support AFW operations.

Thank you to the Newton Foundation Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole  for your recurring support of Angel Flight West. Your support allows us to continue to give the gift of flight!

Learn more about the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole here.

Indio Fundraising Event 2/18/15

Angel Flight West staff, volunteers and supporters attended a fun and memorable evening in Indio, CA on Wednesday, February 18. Patients, pilots, and partners shared their inspiring stories to raise awareness and support for Angel Flight West. This celebration of our cause was at the beautiful Estancia de Bougainvillea, hosted by Tom and Mary Gallagher and sponsored by Denise Wilson and our friends at Desert Jet. Thank you to Signature Flight in Thermal for waiving all fees and providing tenant pricing and complimentary ground transportation for anyone flying in.

Through generous donations made at this event, AFW raised funds to sponsor over 60 flights in 2015! Thank you to all of our donors for supporting the life changing work that AFW accomplishes through the gift of flight!

AFW Executive Director Josh Olson, Desert Jet CAM, President and CEO & AFW Command Pilot Denise Wilson, AFW Chairman of the Board Stephen Danz



AFW passenger and volunteer Paula Inhelder with AFW Executive Director Josh Olson



Past Chairman of the Board of
Angel Flight Central
Tom Holcomb

Stater Bros. Charities Grant

Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work. Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, and help for our nation’s veterans.

THANK YOU to Stater Bros. Charities for recently awarding a generous grant to Angel Flight West. Your support enables AFW to soar to new heights and help more people in the Southern California Wing!

Learn more about Stater Bros. Charities here.

5th Annual Princess Ball to Benefit Angel Flight West

By Josh Faith – Parent of AFW Passenger

Inspiration for the Ball

The first Princess Ball was held in March of 2009 as a homecoming celebration of life and the completion of treatment for four year-old Valicity Lee Faith. Valicity was diagnosed with Leukemia on January 14th 2008 — just 1 week before her third birthday. She went through 13 long months of chemotherapy in Seattle before the cancer was considered to be in remission; and our family was able to return home, with treatment cycles of chemo medication spaced out to once a month. We chose to hold a homecoming celebration of life with friends and family. We always considered her a princess so it felt appropriate to have a Princess Ball in her honor.

In March of 2010 Valicity relapsed with Leukemia and received additional treatment in Seattle. On July 6th 2010 Valicity lost her battle with cancer gaining her wings and joining the angels above.

In Valicity’s five wonderful, but short years here on earth, she proved that she had a gift, a gift of giving and bringing people together with her cheerful personality, contagious smile and laughter. This event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate her life and share with others some of the gifts that she gave us.

History of the Ball

In March 2011, we hosted the 1st Annual Princess Ball in memory of our little princess Valicity. The Ball was created for kids of all ages by allowing them to dress up and participate in fun games and events. The 2011 ball was a fundraiser for Angel Flight West — a nonprofit organization that helped transport our family to and from Seattle for Valicity’s monthly check-ups.

The 2011 Ball surpassed all expectations with more than 400 attendees and raised $15,000.

The 2nd Annual Princess Ball in January 2012 benefited “The Montana Hope Project.” This organization made one of Valicity’s dreams come true by helping her to visit Disney World.  This event  demonstrated Valicity’s  gift to bring people together with over 640 attendees and more than $24,000 in funds raised that funded the dreams of at least 4 more children.

The 3rd Annual Princess Ball benefited “The Ronald McDonald house Charities of Montana.” This event once again demonstrated Valicity’s overwhelming gift to bring people together making it a huge success with bringing together over 1,200 people and raising $35,000.

The 4th Annual Princess Ball in March  2014 benefited once again “The Montana Hope Project.” In honor of our daughter and nephew Mikey Wilke who lost his battle with Muscular Dystrophy in 2013 joining his cousin Valicity. One of Mikey’s request is that he have the Princess Ball for the Montana Hope Project as he was also a recipient of this great organization. Also allowing one of his dreams come true by visiting Disney World.  This event  demonstrated Valicity’s  gift once again selling out with tickets bring people together with over 1,500 attendees and more than $60,000 in funds raised.

This year the 5th Annual Princess Ball this year is going to be held on March 7th of 2015 at the Red Lion Hotel of Kalispell benefiting once again Angel Flight West. The goal is for that event to be bigger than previous years’, with more entertainment, raffle prizes, and drawings

Photos from Valicity’s Angel Flights: 





Phone #: (406)250-6144

Paypal Matching Donations to End the Year!

Remember to make your gift to Angel Flight West by 11:59 p.m.! Gifts made TODAY will be tax deductible for 2014 and will allow us to help even more people in 2015!

Follow this link to GIVE NOW! 🙂

We are now signed up for Paypal Giving Fund, which means 101% of your donation will go to AFW through Paypal’s matching donation program! Gifts that do more good. Your donation will be processed and disbursed to your selected nonprofit by the PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286). You will receive a tax receipt for your gift and thanks to PayPal’s support, 101% of your donation will reach Angel Flight West.

FAQs about Angel Flight West and the impact of your donation.

Every gift matters. Any amount counts. Make your gift to Angel Flight West by 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT. 

If you have already made a gift this year, we sincerely thank you. Have a wonderful New Year!



#GivingTuesday Surprise

AFW had a wonderful #GivingTuesday yesterday, December 2. For those that don’t know about #GivingTuesday it is global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

One part of AFWs #GivingTuesday was a great news segment on KGUN 9 Tucson Morning Blend about Angel Flight West and one of our frequent flyers, 8-year-old Mason. Angel Flight West pilot Scott Lehman, from Premier Auto Center, surprised Angel Flight West with a $5K donation and also surprised Mason’s family with a car, so that they are able to make some of their appointments when pilots are not available.

You can check out the news segment here: Premier Auto Center – Angel Flight Donation. Also included are some great photos from Ken Carr at KGUN 9. THANK YOU to Scott, KGUN 9 and all those involved.

Rose Hills Foundation Grant

The Rose Hills Foundation has generously supported AFW’s programs in Los Angeles County for more than a decade. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that promote the welfare of humankind in the fields of arts and culture, civic and community services, education, health, and youth services.

THANK YOU to the Rose Hills Foundation for recently awarding a generous grant to Angel Flight West. Your support enables AFW to soar to new heights and help more people in LA County!

#GivingTuesday – Let’s Raise $50,000 for AFW!

Giving Tuesday Graphic

This year, on Tuesday December 2, 2014, AFW will be part of a call to action that will change the calendar and help make history. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for #GivingTuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season.

Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. We invite you to join the movement and help get out the give this December 2. We plan to make #GivingTuesday the launch of our most successful year-end fundraising campaign to date! It is our goal to raise $50,000 on #GivingTuesday and we need your help!

If you are interested in being a Social Media Ambassador for our #GivingTuesday Campaign, please contact Jill at As an ambassador, you will receive updates, toolkits, and mega messages from the AFW #GivingTuesday team. We are also interested in any ideas or input you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

AFW: A Del E. Webb Foundation Exceptional Organization

The Del E. Webb Foundation board of directors recently named Angel Flight West as one of twenty-two exceptional organizations out of the 1,024 organizations they have dealt with in the past ten years.  AFW is honored to be placed on a list among other outstanding nonprofit organizations providing excellent service to people in need.  Thank you, Del E. Webb Foundation!

You can check out the full list here, where exceptional organizations are listed with a gold star for every grant approved by DEWF.

The Del E. Webb Foundation strives to provide the most long term benefit for the most people through medicine and education via supporting qualified organizations in the areas of medical services, medical research and medical education.