We focus our giving in the areas of children and family services, education, general aviation, free speech and animal services. Each area of interest has a special meaning to us.
For example, Jim is a pilot and avid aviation enthusiast who flew his first solo in a glider when he was 14 years old. We support several nonprofit organizations whose mission is to foster a love of flying including the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Academy, a unique summer camp for young people. We recently launched The Blue Sky Education Foundation (blueskyfoundation.org) to inspire young people to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to promote aerospace careers.
We support several organizations like the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, which works to raise public awareness of the importance of enabling individuals to participate fully in life and The Smile Train, which provides life-changing medical services to needy children.
As our personal interests have evolved, so have our areas of interest for our charitable giving. Going forward, we expect to continue to review and refine our areas of interest for the Jim Thompson Foundation.