Education Program:

Are the exhibits in the Future of Flight gallery appropriate for children of all ages?

While exhibits in the gallery are intriguing to children at any age, children need to read and comprehend at the 5th grade level or above to fully interact with the exhibits.

I want to bring my students to the Future of Flight, what are my options?

There are three options for bringing your students to the Future of Flight:

  1. Flights of Innovation – a scenario-based immersive learning education program. Learn more about this program.
  2. Future of Flight Gallery – a self-guided visit to the gallery that does not include the Boeing Tour. Schedule a visit to the Future of Flight gallery [external link].
  3. Boeing Tour – the public tour of the Everett Boeing Factory and a self-guided visit to the Future of Flight gallery. Schedule a Boeing Tour [external link].

Your Flights of Innovation education program includes “scenario-based immersive learning.” Please explain.

Scenario-based immersive learning provides students the opportunity to experience real life jobs with real life expectations and responsibilities. They work in teams to problem-solve real world challenges while developing higher level thinking strategies and skills.

Does the Flights of Innovation education program align with current education standards?

Yes, the Flights of Innovation education program aligns with national, state, and local school district requirements and supplements essential learning skills, concepts and performance standards.

Are docent tours available for Future of Flight field trips?

Currently, we do not offer docent-led tours for students or adults in the Future of Flight gallery, but there are knowledgeable volunteers available to answer questions. The Boeing Tour is a public information-based tour guided by a trained Boeing employee. Schedule a Boeing Tour or a visit to the Future of Flight Gallery [external link].

Are there worksheets for Future of Flight field trips?

We are developing inquiry-based worksheets for school groups and young visitors to the Future of Flight gallery.

Does the Design Your Own Airplane activity in the gallery cost anything?

There is no additional cost for the Design Your Own Airplane activity in the Future of Flight gallery. Each participant leaves with a standard copy-paper print of their unique design. The gift shop does offer the option of having the design printed on a t-shirt or a poster for an additional fee.

Is there a fee to use the XJ-5 Flight Simulator in the gallery?

Yes, using the XJ-5 Flight Simulator costs $8.00 per person.

How does the innovative process work?

Our friends at Pinchot and Company Inc. of Bainbridge Island, Washington propose that what we’re taught about the innovative process differs substantially from how we realize it:


Do you have a giving program for donors?

Yes. Our annual fund program is a giving program with various giving levels (see below). We hope that our donors will include the Future of Flight Foundation in their annual giving each year. We also have a planned giving program where donors may make a deferred gift such as a bequest, charitable remainder trust, or life insurance policy. These planned gifts allow the donor to leave a legacy while also assisting the Foundation and gaining significant financial benefits.

Future of Flight Foundation
Annual Fund

Under $100
$100 – $499
$500 – $999

Contributors Level
Friends Level
Ambassadors Level

Leadership Circle

$100,000 and up

Dreamers Level
Collaborators Level
Researchers Level
Builders Level
Partners Level
Innovators Level
Mentors Level

Can I designate my gift to a particular program or need?

You may designate your gift to any of the following:

  • Greatest need (to be determined by our Board of Directors)
  • Education
  • Exhibits
  • Student Work and Travel Program
  • Student Exchange Program
  • Institutional advancement*

*The Future of Flight Foundation advances the vision and mission by ensuring we can build our capacity for growth and continue to expand existing and new programs. This is done by securing funding to sustain the Foundation and its programs for future generations. Funding is sought to enhance development efforts and expand the Foundation’s capacity to fundraise. Items such as donor and development software, support staff, equipment, and space are needed. Investment in institutional advancement is also an investment in the exhibits, education and exchange programs.

What type of recognition do your donors receive?

Donors are recognized with a formal acknowledgment letter, in our Annual Report, and at various events. Donors at the Leadership level and in our Partners in Innovation Program are recognized in our lobby and gallery throughout the year, if desired, and may be featured in a newsletter or Web site article.

Is it okay if I prefer to give a gift anonymously?

Yes, if donating on this website, check the box for anonymity. Or if donating by check or credit card, enclose a note indicating your desire for anonymity.

Is it possible to make a gift in honor of a special friend?

Yes, you may make a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one. This gift will be acknowledged from you in their honor or memory. If an address is provided, acknowledgement will be sent to the family or honoree without disclosing the amount of your gift. You may donate in honor or memory of a person and still request anonymity.

How do I make a stock donation to the Future of Flight Foundation?

The best way to make a gift of appreciated securities is to contact our Development Director, provide the name of the stock, the number of shares you are contributing, and the name of your broker. We will assist you with the procedure for completing the gift.

It’s most advantageous to you to transfer the shares intact to the Future of Flight Foundation, not to sell the stock yourself or have your broker sell it.

Certificate stock gifts will be acknowledged on the date the shares are delivered to the Foundation or on the postmarked date. Electronic transfers will be recognized on the date the shares are received by the Foundation bank.

What if I’d like to donate closely held stock?

It is best to consult with your financial advisor and our Development Director for further information regarding gifts of closely held or controlled stock.

Do you accept gifts of real estate or personal property?

The Foundation may accept gifts of real estate after a thorough appraisal, including environmental assessment and other assessments as appropriate. Gifts of tangible personal property, such as aircraft, items for exhibits, works of art, books or other collections that align with the mission of the Foundation, may be accepted at the discretion of the Foundation. These items may be retained for exhibits and collections or sold to support the Foundation. Certain gifts of property may also require a cash gift to cover the costs of display and/or ongoing maintenance.

I’d like to donate a life insurance policy. How do I do this?

If you have an existing life insurance policy that is no longer needed, you can make the Future of Flight Foundation the beneficiary of that policy. The Foundation will receive the policy proceeds after the covered party’s death. If you contribute the policy and continue to make the premium payments, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction.

What is the easiest way to add the Future of Flight Foundation to my existing will?

The easiest way to add the Future of Flight Foundation to your will is with a codicil. This is a simple statement spelling out the gift and listing the Future of Flight Foundation as the recipient. You do not need to change your will, simply add the codicil. We always recommend you meet with your attorney and financial advisors to plan the contribution arrangement that is most beneficial to your estate. Our Development Director will assist you and your attorney with language regarding your gift to ensure the Future of Flight Foundation can fulfill your goals.

Should I let the Future of Flight Foundation know if they’re listed as a beneficiary in my will?

Yes. Please let us know so that we can recognize your generosity.

Partner Programs:

Do you have a giving program for corporations or businesses?

Yes, our Partners in Innovation Program is our corporate and business giving recognition and benefits program. This program is an excellent opportunity for organizations to support the Future of Flight Foundation’s mission and receive many great networking and marketing opportunities while having fun.

What are the Partners in Innovation program giving and benefit levels?

Our Partners in Innovation program giving and benefit levels are as follows:

$2,500 – 4,999

Collaborators Level

Recognition in the Annual Report, on the Donor Wall in the Lobby and on the Web site

$5,000 – 9,999

Researchers Level

Above benefits, use of FoF Executive Board room and 10 Tickets to the FoFF Gallery

$10,000 – 24,999

Builders Level

Above benefits, use of the Flight Deck meeting room, an invitation to a reception and annual donor recognition dinner and recognition on large Gallery Screen

$25,000 – 49,999

Partners Level

Above benefits, use of either the Fore or Aft Cabin meeting room, a guided tour of the gallery and a feature story on our Web site

$50,000 – 99,999

Innovators Level

Above benefits and use of the Strato Deck

$100,000 and up

Mentors Level

Above benefits, use of any Future of Flight special event facilities, a hosted dinner with the Executive Director and Board Officers, a behind the scenes tour of the Future of Flight and affiliated aviation facilities at Paine Field

Who are the current Partners in Innovation program participants?

The Future of Flight Foundation is generously supported by the institutions and businesses below:

Mentors Level: $100,000 and up, GE Aviation, The Boeing Company

Innovators Level: $50,000 – $99,999, Taproot Foundation

Builders Level: $10,000 – $24,999, Snohomish County, PRV Aerospace (LLC, Giddens Industries, Inc., Precision Machine Works, Inc., Aero Design & Manufacturing, Inc., Tell Tool, Inc.)

Researchers Level: $5,000 – $9,999, Air France, Center for Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing (Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, State Board of Community and Technical Colleges), Point b, Inc., Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County OED, Rolls-Royce

Collaborators Level: $2,500 – $4,999, Celebrate Catering, Celebrations Catering, City of Mulkiteo, Egencia (an Expedia, Inc. Company), Global Aerosystems, LLC, Historic Flight Foundation, Northwest Duty Free Stores, Inc., 360 Hotel Group, Hamilton Sundstrand, Danner Corporation, Hilton Garden Inn, Moss Adams, LLP

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