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NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF)

Current Campaigns/Events

Order Before May 14: Support LGBTQ+ Community with NCF Pride Month T-Shirt – NATCA and the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) have teamed up to raise awareness and funds to support the LGBTQ+ community in anticipation and celebration of Pride Month in June. Show your support with the purchase of a Pride T-shirt for $28. Order on or before  May 14, which will ensure the delivery of shirts by June 1. All proceeds, along with a $2,000 additional NCF donation, will benefit LGBTQ+ charities. Please click here for more information and to order.

Welcome to NCF!

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that works to make a difference in the lives of many. NCF has no paid employees and continues to be a 100% volunteer organization of all ages and professions. This keeps costs down and helps ensure donations make a difference to those most in need. NCF’s philanthropic efforts stretch across the country. NCF seeks out areas of need that go un-funded or are missed through other donor drives. It seeks out smaller charities that help the underserved in the communities where NATCA members live and work. Across the country, through NCF, NATCA members and their family and friends give and volunteer to make a big impact and help bring smiles to those in need. Find out more about us and Help us make a difference and donate today!

Our Programs

NCF to seek out areas of need that go unfunded or are missed through typical donor drives. We seek out organizations that help the underserved. Across the country, NATCA members, friends, and family volunteer to help bring smiles to those in need. Please contact us with any questions about our programs.

View our 2020 Charities by State

Mountain View Boys and Girls Club

Empowerment Through Sports

Shelter to Soldier
River Oak Center for Children
Assistance League Palm Springs
Trevor Project

Denver Rescue Mission
Project C.U.R.E.
St. Vrain School System

Food Bank of Delaware
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.

Angel Flight SE
Family Resources
Fish with a Hero
Folds of Honor
Foar From Home

Charlie Bates Astronomy Foundation
Barbells for Boobs

Kapi’olani Health Foundation
Rotary Club of Pearl Harbor

Camp Quality USA Illinois

Special Olympics Indiana
Angel Anonymous of Indiana

Knox Blox Foundation

Kids TLC

DesOrmeaux Foundation
Hearts of Hope
Faith House
VFW of Louisiana for Louisiana DCFS

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Woburn Council of Social Concern
Catie’s Closet
Forgotten Angels Shelter, Inc.

Fisher House Michigan
Children and Family Services of Michigan, Inc.
The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution-Rebecca Dewey Chapter

ZMP Childcare Board
Crescent Cove
Finnegan’s Community Fund
Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota
360 Communities

East Mississippi Veterans Memorial Foundation

Three Square
The Nature Conservancy
Project 150

New Hampshire
End 68 Hours of Hunger
Girls Inc.
Nashua Children’s Home
Family Promise of Greater Nashua at Anne Marie House

New Jersey
Cuddle Me Program
Community Food Bank of NJ
Just One Neighborhood Program

New York
National Hemophilia Foundation
Lustgarten Foundation
Island Harvest
Branches Long Island
The Butterfly Project

North Carolina
The Bicycle Man
Victory Junction
CROSSED: The Youth Law Center
The Salvation Army of the Sandhills Region
Friends of Hamlet
First Ward Community Fund
Parkton Presbyterian Church Backpack Drive

Maryssa’s Mission Foundation
Stowe Mission of Central Ohio
Downs on the Farm
Neighborhood Alliance
Honor Flight
Toys for Tots
Summit County Children’s Services

Challenge Air

Sunshine Division
Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE)
Schoolhouse Supplies
Oregon Dog Rescue

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
Alpha Bravo Canine
Toys for Tots
Horses with Hope

South Carolina
Justin Pepper House

Forrest Spence Fund

Houston Food Bank
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger
Riding Unlimited
Snowball Express
Purple Heart Elementary
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
BEAR (Be a Resource for CPA Kids)
El Paso Children’s Foundation
6 Stone
Kids Matter International
Montana Vista Elementary School
Child Advocates

Sippy Cups & Chardonnay

The Family Place

Winchester Rescue Mission
Guidance Resources for Independent People (G.R.I.P.)
K-9 Caring Angel

Leap for Lupus
Bonney Lake Community Resources
Santa’s Posse
Ronald McDonald House
American Legion Northport
Communities in Schools of Puyallup
Communities in Schools of Washington

Salvation Army Manitowoc

Puerto Rico
Hogar Cuna San Cristobal
Golitos Foudacion

District of Columbia
K-9 Caring Angel
Community of Hope

Our Sponsors

Sponsorship Levels: Diamond Sponsor – $5,000 | Platinum Sponsor – $3,000 | Gold Sponsor- $2,500 | Silver Sponsor – $1,500 | Bronze Sponsor – $750

Our Diamond Sponsors

Fort Worth Center (ZFW)
NATCA National
Seattle Center (ZSE)
SkyOne FCU

Our Platinum Sponsors

Boston Center – ZBW
Butch and Betty Cooper
John and Trish Gilbert
Houston Center (ZHU)
Indianapolis Center (ZID)
Kissimmee FCT (ISM)
Kristen Laubach
Los Angeles Center (ZLA)
Miami Center (ZMA)
Minneapolis Center (ZMP)
New York Center (ZNY)
John and Illeana Olinger
Paul and Debra Rinaldi
The Rhodes Family
Kelly and Amanda Richardson
Washington Center (ZDC)

Our Gold Sponsors

Betsy Beaumont
Chris and Becky Boughn
Jeff and Yevette Woods

Our Silver Sponsors

Atlanta TRACON (A80)
Corrie Conrad
Denver Center (ZDV)
Houston TRACON (I90)
Jacksonville Center (ZJX)
Kansas City Center (ZKC)
Andrew and Anna LeBovidge
Miami ATCT (MIA)
Northern California TRACON (NCT)
Prospect ATCOs’ Branch U.K.
David Romano
Brad and Kristena Starkey
Jeff Wonser

Our Bronze Sponsors

Anchorage Center (ZAN)
Jason Arnold
Matthew and Peach Baugh
Kimberly Beckett
Jason Boyde
Devin Carlisto
Jimmy and Miriam Clouse
Dallas/Fort Worth ATCT (DFW)
Denver TRACON (D01)
Scott and Dina Earl
Bob and Robin Hill
Natalie Foster
Lisa and Rick Fulford
Sean and Tara Groceman
Joshua Hollands
Dion Johnson
Los Angeles ATCT (LAX)
Aaron McCrea
Kyle McHugh
Randy L. Moore Jr.
John and Erin Murdock
Jerry and Elena Nash
New Bedford Panoramex (NBP)
Oakland Center (ZOA)
Ashley and Annie Olsen
Southern Insurance Group
Sandra Tighe
Travis Weber
Wilmington ATCT (ILG)

Host a Charitable Event!

Through individual donations and fundraising, the NCF has funded a variety of projects and programs in our continued mission to assist and benefit the underserved of the communities in which we live. Follow the link provided below for the request form for marathons, runs, concerts, and other event Sponsorships. We appreciate your suggestions and review each request received.

About NCF

Who We Are

NCF – Get to know us!

The NATCA Charitable Foundation thrives on seeking out areas of need that go un-funded or are missed through typical donor drives. We seek out organizations that serve a similar purpose, to help the under-served. Across the country, one program at a time, NATCA members, friends and family all volunteer to help bring smiles to children and adults in need. Our programs vary from year to year. This link reflects a list of our most current programs. The smiles and cheers from the many we assist make any number of volunteer hours a worthy endeavor. Please contact us with any questions about current or new programs. We love to hear from our supporters as we continue to make every dollar count!

Executive Board/NCF Team

Kimberly Beckett
Jason Boyde
Trish Gilbert
Elisa Muise
Andrea Orr

Corrie Conrad – President
Kristen Laubach – Secretary
Betsy Beaumont – Treasurer

Events Committee:
Jason Boyde – Chairman
Jackie Babenco
Kimberly Beckett
Kaitlynn Cornett
Kristen Lewandowski
Victoria Taggio

**Please email NATCA Charitable at natcacharitable@natca.net for any questions regarding financial information.**


In August 1994, Darrell Meachum, a Fort Worth Center controller, hoped to pool the efforts of many NATCA locals that ran charity fundraisers and bring recognition to the air traffic control profession. His wife Cathy, a dental hygienist with a background running auctions for the American Cancer Society, shared his passion.

Their solution? Form an organization that highlighted the incredible charitable work air traffic controllers were already doing and give them an avenue to expand. They called it the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF). Originally incorporated in Texas, the organization expanded to Florida in 2001, and to Georgia the next year. The long-term goal was to make it a nationwide entity, but in measured steps to prevent a good idea from “crumbling under its own weight due to poor implementation,” said Darrell, who also served as NATCA’s Southwest Regional Vice President from 2003-09.

Darrell and Cathy Meachum

That type of far-flung expansion is something some never imagined possible when he envisioned the foundation, but just six years after its creation, the foundation raised more than $17,000 at the 2000 Biennial Convention in Anchorage. As NCF President, Cathy Meachum would go on to mentor Elena Nash, who served as NCF President from 2011-2017, only recently passing the baton this year to new NCF President Corrie Conrad.

NCF quickly became a success and NATCA officially recognized Cathy’s ongoing efforts with an honorary lifetime membership. It was the first time NATCA bestowed the tribute on someone wholly outside the air traffic control profession. Cathy, who’d been an associate member for 7 years, was in shock, saying it is an honor beyond expression.

“They’re amazed at how far we’ve come and how much we’ve accomplished,” Cathy Meachum said. “They didn’t think it was feasible to get a bunch of people to do all this work by volunteers only.”

The absence of paid staff members enables NCF to donate nearly 96 percent of the money it raises. In the 1990s, a core group of about 20 volunteers ran the organization, including satellite offices in Houston, Texas, Jacksonville, Fla., and Peachtree City, Ga. In 2001, the foundation gave $43,000 to more than two-dozen charities and families across the country. NCF income has grown steadily since then — with a total of $153,575 in charitable donations by the end of 2001 to $200,000 of charitable donations in 2016 — focusing on areas that aren’t being met by other charities.

For the Meachums, giving back to their communities was always the driving force behind everything they did.

Shortly before Christmas 2000, Darrell Meachum and a colleague hefted a dilapidated table up a flight of stairs to a two-bedroom apartment in a low-income suburb northeast of Fort Worth, Texas. Cathy and their volunteer helper had driven 40 miles to retrieve the item from the donor’s outdoor porch. Its weather-beaten condition made them shake their heads in dismay. Grime covered the white Formica top and splotches of rust were corroding the metal trim and legs.

It belonged in a dump.

But the trio did their best to wipe off the dirt before setting out to deliver it to a single mother and her three young boys. They were one of several families “adopted” that holiday season by the NATCA Charitable Foundation, a tradition that continues today at many facilities across the country.

While maneuvering the table into the apartment, they noticed that the only furniture outside the bedrooms consisted of a shabby couch and a small television sitting atop a nightstand. They made three more trips to lug in a donated microwave, pots and pans, a laundry basket full of toiletries, and two armloads of holiday gifts — under the ecstatic gazes of the youngsters and their mother.

As soon as the table and four vinyl-padded chairs were positioned in front of a window near the kitchen, the boys jumped onto their newfound seats. Beaming, they set their hands on the table as if holding forks and knives.

“Look, ma, a table,” they exclaimed.

“Can we have a meal at our table?”

The mother was speechless.

Such scenes are one of the most rewarding aspects of the NATCA Charitable Foundation. Cathy Meachum said recipients “inevitably are crying because they’re so happy and we’re just beside ourselves.”

NCF volunteers at Communicating For Safety 2017 with NCF Cathy Meachum Volunteer of the Year award winner Dina Earl. The award was named in honor of Cathy in recognition of her lifelong support of NCF.

NCF has always put in a lot of effort in choosing which charities to support, hoping to make the biggest impact. A Dallas-area shelter for abused women, which regularly needs undergarments, towels, and art supplies for children, who often use creative outlets to deal with their emotional trauma was an early beneficiary of those efforts. NCF also favors helping children who are disadvantaged, disabled, and terminally ill, along with national charities such as the American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Association, and Habitat for Humanity.

Visiting terminally ill children and disadvantaged people surviving on the edge of poverty can be uncomfortable, Darrell Meachum said. But, he adds, “You know that you’ve done something for the good of the community and that you’ve given something back in the name of your profession and your union.”

Cathy Meachum noted that persuading detail-oriented controllers to donate is sometimes a challenge.

“They want to know the full picture before they commit to anything,” she said. “But once they see it, they jump in full body. They are overwhelmingly generous.”

From its humble beginning, the Meachum’s legacy continues to be felt and honored today, with NCF naming it’s annual Volunteer of the Year Award after Cathy, awarded at Communicating For Safety every year.

NCF is a non profit 501(c)(3) Corporation with supporters and programs across the country. Today, it continues to be a 100 percent volunteer organization with volunteers of all ages and professions. They are proud that their operating expense ratio has remained below five percent since being established in 1998.



Corporate Office:
NATCA National Office
Attn: NCF
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 220-9831

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