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March 2021  

Give A Mile Achieves Charitable Status in the United States 

We have been working on it for a while now and we are excited to share the details!

In late 2020, Give A Mile became a qualified charitable organization in the United States. By obtaining charity status, Give A Mile is tax-exempt and able to provide receipts for tax deduction for charitable gifts.

"We are thrilled to have attained our charitable registration in the United States," shared Kevin Crowe, Founder of Give A Mile. " We are in the process of establishing a board and core advisors to lead our work in the US. Our mission is the same and our focus continues to be on providing flights for people to be with a loved one who is palliative or critically ill," he added.

Give A Mile has been providing flights into and within the United States for several years. By establishing charitable status in the United States, Give A Mile will focus on developing additional loyalty point partnerships and can now provide an opportunity for donors in the United States to receive tax receipts.

Our website and social media profiles remain the same. We look forward to sharing flight stories and developments from our work in the United States.

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Give A Mile Launches 500,000 Mile Campaign to Connect Families Using United’s Miles on a Mission Platform

Today,   Give A Mile is launching a 28-day campaign to raise 500,000 United MileagePlus miles through United’s Miles on a Mission platform. This campaign will help Give A Mile toward its goal of providing 20 or more flights this year in the United States.

“Being with a loved one at the end of life is one of the most meaningful experiences. We want to provide flights for those who do not have the means to make that trip,” said Kevin Crowe, founder and CEO of Give A Mile. “It’s already such a difficult situation - providing the flight gives the patient and family one less thing to worry about.”

All United MileagePlus members are eligible to participate and can donate as little as 1,000 miles to help make a flight possible. 

“This is really about giving the gift of a final goodbye,” Crowe said. “All of us have lost someone we love and can relate to that, but I think it’s resonating even more with COVID because so many of us are not able to be with our loved ones in the same way.”

 Give A Mile has continued to provide flights of compassion during COVID, working with recipients to ensure compliance with health regulations. 

“We are so excited for this opportunity with United’s incredible Miles on a Mission program,” said Crowe. “This is going to jump start our work in the U.S. and help us make an even greater positive difference.”

How Can You Help?
Donate Now: Login to your United MileagePlus account and give as many miles as you would like, starting at 1000 miles.

Spread the Word: Forward this newsletter, share on social tell a friend.

Help someone: If you know someone that is terminally ill or have a family member who is terminally ill and needs helps with a flight, tell them about Give A Mile. They can email us at info@giveamile.org to request a application.

Donate cash: Don't have United miles? You can make a cash donation. 100 % of your donation will go to pay for flights. Your donation is tax deductible.
 
Kevin Crow Announces  Give A Mile's 500,000 Mile Campaign with United's Miles on a Mission

Flight Story - Final Goodbye with Grandmother

Give A Mile was able to provide a flight for Melissa Murphy so that she could be with her critically ill grandmother.

In early December, I received the dreaded phone call from my brother that our
grandmother had a massive brain bleed and it wasn't good. No one had heard
from my Nanny for 2 days, so on Saturday my aunt went to her apartment and
found her on the floor, they rushed her to the hospital. That night I could not
sleep, waiting to hear what the doctors in emergency had to say about my grandmother.

The next day I contacted Give A Mile and they had me on a flight that same night to Saint John, New Brunswick! I landed at 11:30 am and immediately went to the hospital. I was able to say goodbye to my Nanny and spend the last couple hours with her and my family. She passed away that afternoon. If it wasn't for Give A Mile I never would have had the chance to hold her hand one last time and tell her how much she meant to me.

I am forever grateful to Give A Mile for providing me with this opportunity!

- Melissa Murphy
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Monthly Giving
 Sustainable Pathway to Supporting Give A Mile’s Mission
 
The giving landscape is definitely changing and Give A Mile is taking a proactive approach to respond to these changes.  The donor base in Canada is aging and becoming less stable when it comes to their support for non-profits. This also comes at a time when corporations and governments are also cutting back funding.  Give A Mile is focused on addressing their funding needs by cultivating giving from a diversified group of individual donors.
 
Monthly giving programs make donations easier
Preauthorized monthly giving makes the donation process easy for our donors and Give A Mile. Our monthly donors do not have to remember when they made their last donation or to send in their donation. Give A Mile does not have to send out solicitations and can manage all of the information online, avoiding manually processing donations.
 
Low Administration Costs
One of the most talked about benefits of monthly giving programs is the low administrative cost involved with recurring giving. By eliminating processing and mailing costs, more of our donor’s gift can be used to fulfill Give A Mile’s mission.
 
Predictable Income
One of the prime reasons why Give A Mile is focused on a monthly giving program is that this type of giving offers predictability – a predictable and stable income stream. This is particularly important for Give A Mile as our main income sources are traditionally seasonal and linked to our Christmas and Mother’s/Father’s Day Campaigns.
 
Better communication
An overlooked benefit of a monthly giving program is the opportunity to increase affinity. This allows us to refocus communication with our donors, showing the results that these gifts fund – rather than sending ask after ask. This focus on results creates a partnership between our donors and Give A Mile.
 
Environmentally friendly
Another benefit of our monthly giving program is less paper waste. Monthly giving programs reduce the need to mail communications, reducing paper and stamps.


If you are interested in supporting Give  Mile with a monthly donation, please visit Monthly Donor
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