Sky King Foundation

Rating: 2.83 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 8611 Lemmon Ave Dallas TX 75209 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow sites that allow personal attacks and accusations to be shut down.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

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!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Shut them down and put the founder (S Birch) in jail

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

Will you tell others about this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expose the foundation to fraudulent business practices by misleading donors and banking executives for the sole purpose of defrauding people for personal benefits

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote their work more through better marketing efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Review organization records and past civil litigation.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing transportation to patients who could not afford the cost of a trip to the specialized physician.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spend more time telling the world about what they do.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The thanks I get from the patients I fly who had no other alternatives. They are very appreciative.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure that all rural patients had access to healthcare in major cities within a greater goegraphic area.

Ways to make it better...

None.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Continued ability to raise funds in this economic time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great organization that fills a need not covered by anyone else.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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