AFAS 2019 Annual Report

Lieutenant General John D. Hopper, Jr., USAF (Ret)

A Message From Our CEO


As Judge Moorman, our board president mentioned, 2019 marked a period of recovery for the Society. Despite tough times we faced last year, we stood together, united by our desire to serve Airmen. We have been busy this year looking for new and innovative ways to expand our support to Airmen. We are excited about the plan to offer support to the Air Guard. These 15,000 Airmen are on Title 32 USC 502(f), Full-Time Active Guard Reserve (AGR) orders, and their full-time mission is devoted to Air Force readiness. We are also seeking new opportunities to expand our Spouse Employment Program. In 2019 alone, we had nearly 900 spouses who completed the program, which came within a whisker of last year’s record of 1,000 spouses. The program remains in high demand, and we are looking to devote more time and resources in order to increase this offering to even more spouses. With this year’s Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign, we raised $1.9 million for AFAS. We are pleased to recognize that Royal Air Force Alconbury received the “Top Performer” base recognition again this year followed by Nellis/Creech Air Force Base who came in as the “Most Improved.” Thank you to these bases and all the Installation Project Officers, Unit Project Officers and key workers for all your hard work. We also had another successful year for the Air Force Charity Ball. Our net profit from this year’s gala was $636,000 Thanks to our corporate and organizational sponsors, attendees, Mrs. Goldfein, Mrs. Wilson, Charity Ball Chair Mrs. Chris Mavity, and her dedicated Charity Ball Committee drawn from the Air Force Officers’ Spouses’ Club of DC. I would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Airmen and their famlies who were gracious enough to share their uplifting stories describing their journey from disaster to recovery. We are aggressively looking for new ways to increase donations outside of our traditional fundraisers. Our marketing and fundraising efforts are focused on launch-

ing a planned giving program to appeal to donors interested in es- tablishing legacy gifts with the Society. Along the same lines, we have a major push to establish/re-establish contact with our donors who are able to make major gift contributions. We have also pursued partnerships this year with our local sporting teams. A special thanks to the Washington Nationals for your continued sup- port and the Washington Wizards and Mystics for your efforts to team with us in the upcoming year to raise money for our Airmen and their families. For the fifth consecutive year, I am happy to report that we still maintained our 4-Star Charity Navigator rating! As I look beyond 2019, I must announce that I have been in active discussions with our board in preparation for my retirement in 2020. We are engaged in reviewing our succession plan to find a new CEO. Stepping aside is always a difficult decision, but I have never worked with an organization better prepared to look and lean forward in sup- porting the mission of helping Airmen! To my staff, I want to say thank you for your commitment to the Air Force families we serve. I would like to thank our donors for your continued support. A special thanks to the USAF leadership, our board, our corporate and organizational partners, A&FRC staff, and our Airmen and their families. You all enable AFAS to continue to be an essential resource for our entire Air Force community.


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