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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Medical Services & Transport, Health, Public Transportation Systems

Mission: Sky King Foundation was created to provide no-cost air transportation to rural patients seeking specialized healthcare in urban centers. 

Programs: A clear need to meet the skyrocketing need due to economic factors has been identified by our board members and the marketplace. Sky King Foundation is uniquely positioned to immediately increase existing capacity of patient transport operations to include many more patients in the Texas Region. We have seen a steady increase in requests for our services over the past three years and we simply do not have the resources to the current demand. To provide some insight as to the need, just one of our coordinating agencies, Grace Flight, had 4,300 requests for transport in 2009. Slightly less than half of those requests were filled at forty-five point eight percent. This unfortunate statistic is multiplied by the number of organizations who are far less successful than Grace Flight in filling missions. It is our desire to raise additional funds to help address this increased need and decrease in participation by other pilots due to the economic downturn.
Sky King Foundation understands that it is not practical to be able to fill the entire gap of missions requested, but we want to make as big a difference as possible. By expanding our Texas operations, we can make the most immediate impact. With a $500,000 grant, we would be able to assist 290 additional patient mission requests and combined with our operational budget, we could cut the number of unfilled Grace Flight missions by half.  In providing a more detailed view of the financials associated with the organization in the financial overview section of this document, we will learn that each charitable mission averages 2.4 hours of flight time. The resulting cost per flight is $1,720 with a cost per patient leg of $500. Arriving at the total grant figure the organization took into account a variety of factors; aircraft utilization, crew resource considerations, feasibility of incremental expansion, and need.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an animal rescue facility director, Sky King Foundation provided critical transport to many of our animals. They were professional, prepared, and caring. Their ability to help animals is testimony to a commitment to compassion and caring. Thank you!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just served as a volunteer for the organization. I witnessed first hand the great work they do with cancer patients and animal airlift. Not sure about what happened in the past, but this is a worthwhile cause that should be featured more.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is interesting that the negative "reviews" of this charity focus on a person and do not say anything about the services provided. Elenore Roosevelt said, "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people." While the lawsuit was unfortunate, it is clear the former donor saw great value in investing in the organization, but then changed his mind, stole services, and chose to sue the very charity he was assisting. Any of the board would be happy to explain the extenuating circumstances of the case that led to no adequate defense of the organization.

Sky King Foundation operated for 14 years prior to the suit without incident, but in an attempt to expand the mission trusted a person who was untrustworthy. It turned personal and their continued attempts to discredit the work and question the integrity of a person dedicated to charitable work speaks for itself. I encourage anyone to call our offices and talk to us and judge for yourself.

Review from Guidestar

Advisor

Rating: 1

This charity is a total scam! The founder (s birch) is a crook and should be jail. They've been repeated sued in Dallas district courts. Be warned and stay away!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Skyking is a fraudulent entity which proclaims to take donors money and utilize for the benefits of patients. Check their lawsuit whereas the founder of skyking was found guilty by a jury for fraud. Exposing skyking foundation to a judgment of 3.9 million dollars. Jury award was in Dallas county

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I spent two days a week for a month assisting this organization with logistics associated with animal and cancer patient flight coordination. It was great to work with all the professional people at the nonprofit to help those in need.

Review from Guidestar

Fraudulent

Donor

Rating: 1

This Non-profit organization lost civil lawsuit for fraud after suspicious activity by founder. Judgment on file for review on Dallas County records.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a clearinghouse for many organizations, Sky King Foudnation does a great job of picking up flights for many other groups. I personally have flown multiple trips for them and receive great satisfaction from the knowledge that I am helping people in need. Great organization and I encourage everyone to particpate!