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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums, Leadership Development, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Under these wings: We Preserve American History. We Educate Generations. We Inspire Community.

Results: Since opening a facility on the Salem Mcnary Airfield in 2015 the volunteer crew has grown from 5 to 117. Our Constituent following has quadrupled. Families continue to donate their WWII artifacts to the Museum. Volunteer Curators are needed to manage the growing artifacts and share the stories. Overall tourism traffic is on the rise. Open hours increased to 3 days - 6 days is our goal. Trained Docents are needed to expand hours. The Restoration is underway: WING ONE is almost completely dismantled for inspection and rebuild. The Nose section is undergoing certification to airworthy status. The Top Turret has been secured! The Bombardier/ Navigators section is nearing completion. The Cheyenne Tail Position is establishing a crew. Digital Parts Management & Inventory controls systems are in place for parts storage & retrieval of the thousands of parts. A few skilled leaders are needed to establish and lead working CREWS and keep the restoration in progress 5-6 days a week.

Target demographics: Restore a WWII aircraft to flying condition to Preserve American History, Educate Gnereation & Inspire our Community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000 veterans feel respected. 100 students learn and be inspired by the stories of WWII.

Geographic areas served: Clackamas County, Marion county and the State of Oregon

Programs: Veterans outreach, community enrichment programs that build awareness of the sacrifices made by our veterans and patriotism, student internships, tours, clubs, and vocational skills development. Crews are educating Leaders who are engaging in in complex organizational structures for restoring a rare aircraft to flying condition. Recently 17 volunteers were elevated to leadership roles within the organization.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an Amazing Non-Profit organization.
Their commitment to Veterans, Living History Museum, Veteran causes and the restoration of Flying history in the B-17 is remarkable.

Their passion for making sure that the history and impact from our veterans is not lost, has inspired many to join in the celebration of those who have given much for our country.

The job of restoration of the B-17 "Lacy Lady" is undaunted. The undertaking is infectious with people flocking to see and be part of the remarkable endeavor.

I heartily endorse this AMAZING group.

Ron

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be able to be a small part of the "hands-on" volunteer effort to restore this amazing piece of history. How many of us will ever have the chance to work on a B-17 in our lifetime? I am hoping I will be around to see it fly some day!!! It is important to keep this part of history alive.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

B-17 Alliance has a great project of taking a WWII B-17 Bomber back to flying condition. It will be a flying tribute to our veterans and their sacrifice for the freedom of our country. Since 100 percent of donations go toward the project of restoring the B-17 "Lacey Lady", I feel like my donations are utilized to the maximum . Lots of volunteers are working on the project and they all feel the same way I do.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The B-17 Alliance is a great place to get involved in an amazing community project. Restoring the Lacey Lady is a major endeavor and you can be a part of the process. The tiny museum needs docents. There is a monthly Veterans coffee. There are oral history stories to record and share. You can help with fund raising and community activities. You can even volunteer to help with the restoration work. You can help this project grow.

5 Fred30

Board Member

Rating: 5

My desire to be part of the B-17 Alliance Group had a very early beginning even before the Group was started. As a young boy I remember climbing up into the aircraft and pretending to be part of the crew, pilot to gunner. As an adult I realized how important this aircraft was in the defeat of Natzi Germany. To me this aircraft symbolizes heart of all the men and women who lost their lives so I can live free today. I volunteer my time to support the Group in its effort to preserve the history of WWII and teach it to all future generations. I want to see this aircraft fly again to be a reminder of the incredible spirit of the airmen who helped win the war.

4 Terry71

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working with B-17 Alliance from day one. This non-profit builds relationships above all else. Our leadership exemplifies integrity and honest honor to all who have served. We invite you to join us for one of our many events that build community and relationships with all those who have served.

Review from Guidestar