Who are we? What do we do?

      While working for a hospice organization in the Chicagoland area, Flying for Hope’s Founder and President Susan A. Worline, M.Ed has seen first-hand how important it is for families to see their loved ones before they pass or if a crisis situation arises beyond their control. Unfortunately, in many cases, some family members cannot travel the long distance to see their loved ones due to financial hardship and/or cost of airfare, car rental, and accommodations. In August of 2012, Susan received a Facebook message from a cousin in the Seattle area mentioning that he had a free round trip ticket from Southwest Airlines. He wanted to know if she could use it because he was out of town and did not want it to go to waste. Having no immediate need, she declined. Several days later, he posted the same message, and Susan was inspired. She called him and recommended that he donate the ticket to a local hospice organization. She explained the great benefit of allowing someone to visit an ailing family member, as well as how wonderful such a simple yet powerful gift could be. Weeks later, Susan received a call from the hospice organization thanking her for suggesting the charitable gift. They told her how wonderful it was that a young woman’s life was changed. Her grandmother was in the last days of her life when her granddaughter received the call – that they had a plane ticket to come see her. This young college student, unable to afford to fly, had not seen her grandmother for years. Given this wonderful gift and opportunity, she was able to spend several days with her before she passed. This simple idea led to the vision of Flying For Hope: ideas for bringing hope in a time of urgency and changing lives one flight at a time. Our mission is to assist individuals and families in the event of an emergency/crisis situation by providing financial assistance for air travel, bus, and train tickets. Flying For Hope helps serve others by providing financial assistance for individuals and or families to connect them to their loved ones in an event of a crisis situation.

Charitable Giving

    Charitable Remainder Trusts Flying for Hope Not for Profit Foundation. A charitable remainder trust is a separate tax-exempt account into which you transfer your gift to the Flying for Hope Not for Profit Foundation.

How it Works

In a charitable remainder trust a donor transfers assets to the Flying for Hope Not for Profit Foundation. The foundation, as trustee, then provides regular payments, based on a percentage of the trust’s principal, to the donor and/or others for life or a specified period. Later, the Flying for Hope Not for Profit Foundation receives what remains – the “charitable remainder” – of the trust assets.

Capital gains taxes on the sale of highly appreciated stock are reduced or eliminated.

-Significant income tax deduction depending on the beneficiaries’ ages and the payout rate.
-Assets are removed from the donor’s taxable estate, unless beneficiaries other than the donor and the donor’s spouse are involved.
-Lifetime payments can be double or triple the amount of dividends paid by the stock used to make the gift.

A portion of this income can be directed to pay for life insurance on the lives of the donors.

This life insurance policy may be structured in an irrevocable life insurance trust with the named beneficiaries the children of the donors. At the death of the donors the children named as beneficiaries will receive the death benefit outside of their estate “tax free” as a “wealth replacement” trust replacing the value of the original gift to Flying for Hope Not for Profit Foundation.

-Gifts of real estate can eliminate management headaches and reduce tax liabilities.

An annuity is used to fund the trust and make income payments to the donors.

  1. The donor received tax credits.
  2. The Foundation receives assets (immediate and deferred).
  3. The donor receives lifetime income.
  4. The donor’s beneficiaries receive the full value of the original gift returned to them at the donor’s death “tax free” from the irrevocable life insurance trust.

If you have any questions about your donation, please contact Terry Treudt at SumTotalFinancial 630‑661‑7200

Testimonials

      “Flying for hope made it possible for me to spend a week with my father who was terminally ill. Little did we know it would be his last. During that week we laughed talked shared secrets it was a gift from flying for hope and also God.. Susan was so kind and helpful. I was a wreck and she was able to help calm me down. The day I left Dad , he passed on hours later I like to think he was waiting for me. Susan was my angel on earth the day we made contact…that moment she said yes I can help you Trisha. We will remain friends for life..Dad moved on September 15th , having spent a fabulous week with his daughter thanks to FLYING FOR HOPE.. Please donate so people can have the once in a lifetime visit I had♡♡♡♡♡”

      “I met Susan at work today buying items for a fundraiser. This organization helps families, that have sick, dying and terminal family members, get to their destination that would not be able to get there otherwise financially. What an incredible gift to give someone.”

      “I would like to say a HUGE thank you to flying for hope! My grandma passed away on Sunday in Pennsylvania and I didn’t think it was even possible to get out to her funeral especially last minute however thanks to Susan she found flight and offered to book it for me with being a stay at home mom of two boys I was only able to find somebody to watch one of my boys but not the youngest I am grateful that she tried very hard in trying to find two tickets but last minute flight from CA to the east coast to get to the funeral is very challenging. Thank you for helping it means a lot!”

      “Flying For Hope is a god send if it wasn’t for them i would not be going to say good bye to my mom whom passed away May 17th. Thank you all so much especially SUSAN thank you so much.”