USA Soaring Team Funding
While many competing teams are subsidized by their countries governments,
United States soaring teams rely exclusively on personal contributions to compete
Classes, Opportunity and Cost
changes at the world level of competitive soaring have been occurring over the
last several years. New classes and new championships have been recently
sanctioned by the Federation
Aeronautique International (FAI) and the
International Gliding Committee (IGC). These
new classes have opened up World Soaring Championship participation to new
segments of the soaring community which is in keeping with the long term
growth strategy of the IGC. This expansion in eligible teams, while viewed
as a positive for the sport in the long term, has placed
unprecedented strains on team funding.
On the expense side,
the typical logistics of sending U.S. Soaring Teams to distant World
Gliding Championships (WGC) are daunting and costly. While team
members are all volunteers the main expenses of food, shelter, airfare,
transportation, glider rental or shipping and entry fees are
high. As most championships are held in Europe, the complex and expensive
logistical challenge faced by U.S. Soaring Teams stands in stark
contrast with many European competitors.
All team funding is
contributed by individuals in the U.S. soaring community. There are two primary types of
contributions, direct and
perpetual. Direct contributions are fully available for
use by the teams
and include sweepstakes, merchandise sales and individual donations.
The second source of team funding is perpetual trust income from the
Robertson and Woods Trusts. Contributions to these Trusts are invested,
with the income providing reliable perpetual support for our teams.
For full details on the
Robertson Trust see the www.RobertsonTrust.com
full reporting on the U.S. Team
Committee page here...
Every two years the SSA sponsors a U.S. Soaring Team Sweepstakes. Typicality
first prize is a valuable soaring related item.
The Sweepstakes program is typically administered by the Soaring Society of
America. This income source typically accounts for almost forty percent of
the U.S. Team's budget in prior years.
Merchandise & Donations
US Team budget consists of, merchandise sales and individual donations.
Over the year clubs and soaring organizations raise funds for the U.S. Team,
the Team sells commemorative merchandise and individual supporters all
contribute to help send our teams to compete internationally.
The Robertson and Woods Trusts are administered by the SSA Foundation and
charted to help support United States Soaring Teams participating in FAI
World Soaring Championships. In this case the income from contributions is used to
help field U.S.
Soaring Teams participation while the original contribution remains
As part of
the SSA Foundation, the Robertson Trust, provides contributors with an
independent foundation managed by trustees providing for long-term
security and stability while bringing the internal discipline necessary to
preserve and manage perpetual endowments. The Robert Robertson
Memorial Team Fund has an established track record of growth and service
to the US Soaring Teams since its establishment in 1988.
Robertson Web Site for
the current crisis in U.S. Team funding many teams have turned to their
members to self-fund participation in World Soaring Championships. While
some level of pilot support is to be expected over the long-term, the
interest in competitive soaring will be curtailed if it comes with a hefty price tag to participate in World Soaring
Championships. Typical levels of self funding now run in the $ 5,000
U.S. Soaring Teams
There are three basic ways to participate. Consider
helping to fund US World Champions with your contribution to US Soaring
Teams. Your donation is tax deductible and will go along way toward
insuring the future success of US Soaring Teams.
Contribute to U.S. Soaring Teams Three Ways...
| Make a donation to the
GENERAL TEAM FUND which is then administered
between the teams according to policy as set each year by the team
committee. This is the preferred method of donation.
Make a donation designated to a particular team. These are the
15-Meter, Standard, 18-Meter),
Club, World and Junior
Make a donation to one of the two U.S. Team Trusts (Robertson or
Woods). In this case the income from your donation is used to field U.S.
Soaring Teams participation in FAI class
World Gliding Championships and the principal remains intact. See the
Robertson Web Site for
||The Team Committee
recently started a tax deductible "US Team Camp Fund"
contribution category. Tax deductible contributions to this fund will
be used to help offset the costs of sponsoring the teams camps.
All contributions need to be specifically dedicated to this fund by
marking the check, "US Team Camp Fund" and sent to, "Soaring
Society of America, US Team Camp Fund, P.O.
Box 2100, Hobbs, NM 88241-2100".
Contact for team contributions:
U.S. Soaring Team Contribution
Soaring Society of America, Inc.
P.O. Box 2100
Hobbs, New Mexico 88241-2100
Phone: (505) 392-1177