Educational Institutions

Thomas W Wathen Foundation

  • Riverside, CA
  • www.flabob.org

This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission Statement

The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation uses the fascination of flight to inspire the love of learning for successful careers and satisfying lives. We include all people, especially youth, veterans and the disadvantaged and challenged. At our historic Flabob Airport, there is excitement in working with the head, hand and heart, side by side with pilots, craftsmen and innovators in an authentic workplace. We preserve and disseminate the history of aviation, and encourage and nourish the designers, builders and innovators of tomorrow.

Service Areas

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California

The Wathen Foundation serves both Southern California and the worldwide aviation community.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Mr. Thomas W. Wathen

Keywords

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Aviation education, historic aviation preservation

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Also Known As

Wathen Foundation

EIN

95-4752331

 Number

4962025581

Physical Address

4130 Mennes Avenue Bldg 24

Riverside, CA 92509

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Program 1

"Air Academies," for 12-25 middle and high school students, at Flabob Airport. In 2007, four middle school academies, and three high school academies. "Prime Time" after-school aviation programs at middle and high schools in the Riverside (CA) area. Elementary School field trips to airport, and classroom visits. Sixteen schools and 862 students. Two intergenerational Elderhostels for grandchildren and grandparents at Warner Springs Gliderport, featuring basic aeronautics and aviation, and glider training. Joint sponsor (with the Experimental Aircraft Association) of Aeroscholars, an interactive web-based, locally tutored, aviation education program. Build-A-Plane projects (two currently active, in which 10-20 young people restore a trainer aircraft and earn credit toward flying lessons. Support of "Young Eagles" flights for children 8-17, over 12,000 flights at the Foundation's Flabob Airport. "Builder Center" at Flabob Airport for builders and restorers of historic and amateur-built aircraft. Provide classroom and office facilities, use of airport facilities, and curricular enrichment for Wathen Aviation High School located on airport and operated by River Springs Charter School. Monthly "Design Group" for all persons interested in aircraft design and aeronautics. The Roadable Aircraft Workshop subgroup showed a prototype roadable airplane at the EAA national convention at Oshkosh WI. Sponsored participation by female high school students in Women in Aviation conferenc.

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Service Areas

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California

The Wathen Foundation serves both Southern California and the worldwide aviation community.

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THE TOM WATHEN CENTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Thomas W Wathen Foundation

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Principal Officer

Mr. Thomas W. Wathen

BIO

Thomas W. Wathen, since retiring as CEO of Pinkertons, the international security firm, has devoted himself to using aviation to teach science, math, technology and leadership to young people and to preservation of historic aviation.

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Thomas W. Wathen

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