Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Friends of Flying Santa, Inc.

  • Stoneham, MA
  • http://www.flyingsanta.org

Mission Statement

Our mission remains dedicated to Captain William Wincapaw and Edward Rowe Snow's philosophy that lighthouse keepers and Coast Guard crews were true lifesavers and deserved to be recognized for their efforts. Friends of Flying Santa strives to continue this tradition of appreciation by carrying on the annual Christmas helicopter flights to lighthouses and Coast Guard stations. The helicopter visits and gifts for the children of Coast Guard families are small tokens of appreciation for the outstanding work of the United States Coast Guard crews and their supportive families.

Main Programs

  1. Flying Santa Flights

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York.

ruling year

2014

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Brian Tague

Keywords

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Educational, Traditional,

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EIN

04-3363603

 Number

3910107102

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Through fundraising, Friends of Flying Santa has been able to continue the Flying Santa tradition established by Capt. William Wincapaw in 1929. The annual flights visit more than 800 children from 70 Coast Guard units at 33 locations in six states. The flights continue today as a much anticipated morale event for the Coast Guard families.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Flying Santa Flights

Annual helicopter flights to New England's USCG stations to deliver gifts to the children of the Coast Guard crews.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

10,000

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to be able to continue this holiday tradition for the families of the USCG. As the program continues to expand with the addition of more USCG units, we hope to secure enough financial contributions to purchase the additional gifts for children.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We hope to expand our fundraising through more public and corporate contributions.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We are reaching out to businesses, organizations and the general public through appeal letters, lectures and special events (bus tours, boat cruises) to raise funds for our Flying Santa flights.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    With additional fundraising revenue, we will be able to increase our operations to include additional USCG families.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We now reach 80% of the USCG's First District families. Our hope is to one day be able to include every Coast Guard family in the First District from Maine to New Jersey.
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York.

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Operations

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Friends of Flying Santa, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Brian Tague

BIO

Brian has been involved with the Flying Santa flights since 1991, when he first came on board to photograph the flights. His role in the Flying Santa organization has expanded over the years to include historian, webmaster, toy shopper (and tester), event coordinator and current president.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brian Tague

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity