Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant?

Click on the "Apply" button on the left side of the web site and complete the application request form or call us at 651-245-2441 to request an application.  Each base has a Beacon representative available to help you with the application process.

Is there a deadline for applying?

No, there isn't a deadline.  You may apply for a grant at any time.

Can anyone qualify for financial assistance?

To apply for financial assistance, the applicant must meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • be a United States based Delta Air Lines flight attendant suffering from, or providing primary care for an immediate family member who is suffering from, a serious/terminal illness, injury or disability
  • be unable to work due to the medical situation
  • have exhausted all sick and vacation time

You will be asked to provide financial records and medical documentation.

Requests for assistance are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Applications that are incomplete or do not fit within the foundation's parameters can be denied.

Beacon Foundation does not grant financial assistance to disaster relief, elective surgery or credit card debt.  A grant from Beacon Foundation is to be used for basic necessities such as: housing, food, electricity and heat.

Will other people know that I've applied?

The application process is confidential.  No one outside of Beacon Foundation will receive any information about your application.   

When was Beacon Foundation founded?

Beacon Foundation was founded as a non-profit organization in April of 2000 by volunteer flight attendants at Northwest Airlines.  With the NWA/Delta Merger, Beacon Foundation expanded its reach to include all U.S. based flight attendants at Delta Air Lines.

Who governs the foundation?

The foundation's board of directors is made up of Delta Air Lines flight attendants who volunteer their time to govern the foundation. The board establishes the foundation's financial goals and operating policies.  Each base has a committee also made up of Delta Air Lines flight attendants.  The base committee reviews applications, recommends grant awards and conducts local fundraising activities voluntarily.  Requests for assistance are approved based on the foundation's policies, IRS guidelines, and recommendations from the local committees.

Who provides the funds for assistance?

Beacon Foundation receives the majority of its financial support through payroll deduction from Delta flight attendants. It is our goal to have every dollar donated through payroll deduction given back to Delta flight attendants who qualify for financial assistance.  Additional funds are received through fundraising and one-time donations.

Is my donation to Beacon Foundation tax-deductible?

Yes!  Beacon Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.  Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

How can I donate?

Donations may be made through automatic payroll deduction, electronic funds transfer, online through razoo.com or by making a check payable to Beacon Foundation and mailing it to:

Beacon Foundation
P.O. Box 211756
Eagan, MN 55121

How does automatic payroll deduction work?

Donation through automatic payroll deduction is easy.  Complete our online authorization form to have your donation automatically withdrawn from your paycheck each month. 

How does Electronic Funds Transfer work?

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is an automatic transfer system which allows you to make monthly gifts to Beacon Foundation without writing checks.  You authorize the transfer of a specific contribution to be electronically transferred from your checking or savings account to Beacon Foundation's account.  Contributions will be transferred monthly either on the 1st or the 15th day of each month, whichever day you elect.  EFT is less risky than contributing by check.  It cannot be lost, stolen or destroyed in the mail.  Download the electronic funds transfer form and return it to Beacon Foundation. 

How can I learn more about Beacon Foundation's financial records?

Beacon Foundation's financial records may be found on GuideStar.