WHY CAN I GIVE TO CERTAIN THINGS AND NOT TO OTHERS?
There are a few similarities and many differences between the Academy and traditional/civilian colleges and universities. Understanding these distinctions is key to understanding why certain USAFA projects can and cannot be funded privately.
Along with the receipt of federal funding, the Academy – as with all federal entities – also receives federally mandated restrictions on what can and cannot be funded by private funds.
The government holds it to be their responsibility – and rightfully so – to provide for the core needs of the cadets, curriculum, and operations. This includes housing, uniforms, meals, facilities and maintenance, etc.
As it is the responsibility of the government to sufficiently provide for and maintain those basic needs, the Academy CANNOT accept private funds to impact those facets.
Private philanthropy provides funds to build upon the sufficiency of the institution and expand the margin of excellence of the cadet experience.
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is the Cadet Wing Leadership & Morale Initiative?
The Cadet Wing Leadership and Morale Initiative creates the financial resources for each Cadet
Wing Commander to ascertain, communicate and respond to the morale related funding needs of
the Cadet Wing.
2. Who will be managing the donated funds?
The USAFA Foundation will be the depository of these funds.
2. What type of transparency will there be?
The Cadet Wing Commander will be responsible for communication of projects and use of funds.
3. What are the plans for spending the money?
The Cadet Wing Commander will use his/her discretion upon the needs of the Cadet Wing.
4. How will this Initiative directly benefit our Cadets?
Morale will be boosted and leadership experience will be gained.
5. How much say so will donors have in the use of the funds?
This fund is restricted specifically for the use of Cadet Wing Leadership at their discretion to
support cadet led morale and welfare. Donors will have no say in the funds specific use.
6. How does the Cadet Wing Leadership & Morale Initiative differ from other cadet
related funds like the Commandant Fund for Cadet Activities?
Gifts made through this Initiative can ONLY be used at the discretion of the Cadet Wing
Commander as opposed to the Commandant of Cadets, or any other permanent party.
7. What are the charges and fees associated with your donation?
All donations made to the Cadet Wing Leadership & Morale Initiative are considered a donation to
the USAFA Foundation. In accordance withe USAFA Foundation Board gift guidelines, 10% of
all gifts are allocated for unrestricted use, to be used for one or more of the following purposes:
cadet programs; support for the Association of Graduates and other Academy-affiliated
foundations; and operations of the USAFA Foundation. All remaining funds are deposited directly
into the gift account of the group/department/class.
8. Are there any other giving opportunities?
Yes. The Air Force Academy Foundation manages more than 300 funds in support of the Air
Force Academy and its programs. Click OTHER GIVING OPPORTUNITIES.
9. If you have any further questions, please CONTACT US TODAY!
10. How do I contribute to the Cadet Wing Leadership & Morale Initiative now?
Click on this link to DONATE TODAY!
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