President Memo: Request for Donations to SETP's Foundations

Dear SETP Member,

On behalf of your Board of Directors, I would like to request your continued support.  Our Society is what we make of it. There are many ways to support the Society through your time, your money, or both.  Here are some suggestions.

BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER - There are many ways you can be an active Member. You can attend or volunteer to help at your local SETP Section Symposium or section meetings.  You can submit a paper for presentation or write an article for Cockpit Magazine. You can mentor young students by supporting science fairs, airshows, or other science/aviation related events. You can share the benefits of SETP membership and encourage non-member test pilots to join. You have important contributions to make and unique talents through which to make them!

DONATE TO ONE OF OUR FOUNDATIONS - Any amount makes a difference! (Donations to these foundations are tax-deductible in the United States).  We’ve included descriptions of the two Foundations below if you aren’t sure which Foundation you’d prefer. Or consider both. You can mail a check to P.O. Box 986, Lancaster, CA 93584, or you can visit www.setp.org and click “Foundations” at the top of the page to process an online credit card donation.  If you are estate planning, please consider including special gifts to our Foundations in your Will or Living Trust. 

If you’d like to set up one of our Foundations to benefit from the Amazon Smile program (This one doesn’t cost you a dime…Just takes some of that money from Jeff Bezos…Don’t worry he’ll be fine), it is very easy! Please log into your Amazon account using one of the following links:

SETP Scholarship Foundation Link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2479396

SETP Foundation link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/32-0188969

Once logged in, click on the “Yes, change my charity” button.  Then remember to only login in to http://smile.amazon.com every time you shop at Amazon (don’t ever log into www.amazon.com again, or your purchase will not help your selected charity)!  It’s that easy!  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at smile.amazon.com.  If you use the Amazon app, open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION - The SETP Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization chartered in 1967 to gather, administer and manage scholarships and educational assistance to the children of deceased or disabled SETP members world-wide.  Scholarship funds are professionally managed and are solely supported through individual donations.  There is no finer way to remember our fallen Members than by making a donation to help support the education of their children. Practically speaking, access to this insurance is more than worth the price of membership.  The SETP Scholarship Foundation recently approved a process to provide some scholarships to living, active Members’ children!  This is evaluated yearly to determine if and how much is available to our living active Members.  It has the potential to add an additional benefit to SETP Members to help offset the ever-growing cost of higher education and trade schools. More information on the can be found at http://www.setp.org/foundation/scholarship-foundation/.

SETP FOUNDATION - The SETP Foundation advances our mission by safeguarding flight test history and investing in our future.  The Foundation retains and preserves the Society’s important historical data to include memorabilia, written records, oral histories, reports, photographs, and other artifacts of historical significance relating to test pilots and our profession.  It also supports educational and mentoring initiatives to enhance our profession for both current and future colleagues. Our partnership with the Flight Test Historical Foundation provides a future space to display our history and provide future STEM education. It’s a great step forward but it will require your financial help to become a reality.

Your support is essential for our Foundations to thrive and accomplish their charters.  On behalf of your new Board of Directors and the SETP Staff, I thank you for your support.   

Fly Safe and I look forward to seeing you this year!

Warmest Regards,

David Nils Larson
SETP President