What is the AMR Family Fund?
A: The AMR Family Fund
is a public, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to provide short-term, crisis
relief assistance to current or former AMR Corporation employees of American Airlines, American
Eagle and TWA LLC, and their families. Assistance will be provided for applicants
facing sudden, unexpected situations that threaten their health and welfare after
other avenues for assistance have been exhausted. Financial assistance is based
upon an application process that requires demonstrated need. Additionally, assistance
may also be provided to national or international organizations to support relief
efforts in communities served by American Airlines.
Why does the Family Fund help Communities?
A: Including the communities served by AA
supports our representations that the Family Fund benefits the public at large,
this a requirement to be exempt from federal taxes as a 501(c)(3) Charitable organization.
Contributions made to 501(c)(3) organizations generally qualify as charitable contributions
for income and estate and gift tax purposes.
How does Family Fund define "family"?
A: For purposes of Family Fund, the term "family"' means and
includes any immediate family member or dependant household members. Immediate family
includes spouse, dependent/non-dependent children, parents (maximum two) or
siblings/step-siblings. Dependant household members include anyone claimed on a federal
How does Family Fund define "spouse"?
A: For purposes of Family Fund, the term "spouse" includes
husbands, wives and/or domestic partners who are either registered with AA or the state
or are otherwise recognized under state law as the equivalent thereof, as well as common-law
spouses recognized under state law.
Are donations to Family Fund tax-deductible?
A: Family Fund is a qualified 501(c)(3) U.S. organization. To the
extent allowed by law, contributions are tax deductible for American Airlines employees on domestic
payroll. Donations from employees not on U.S. domestic payroll are governed by their
local tax authorities.
All contributors are reminded that the extent to which any charitable donation is tax deductible is
determined by personal circumstance and governed by the IRS in the U.S., and by other regulatory
bodies unique to each specific region outside the U.S. Specific tax questions should always be
directed to a tax advisor for final determination.
Who's eligible to receive assistance?
A: Current or former AMR Corporation employees of American Airlines, American
Eagle, and TWA LLC, and their families are eligible to receive assistance.
Additionally, from time to time and based upon committee recommendation and board approval,
grants may be made to national or international organizations to support relief efforts in
communities served by American Airlines. Community assistance is also
based upon need as a result of some sudden and unexpected catastrophic event.
What is the criteria for granting assistance?
A: All assistance, whether individual, family or community,
is based upon need as a result of some sudden and unexpected catastrophic event.
Criteria for approving requests for assistance may change from time to time and without
notice. Approval of an application will be based upon the criteria in force at the
time the application is reviewed by the Grant Committee.
Q8: What is the maximum grant amount?
A: Assistance is available one-time in a calendar year per household (maximum
$2,500), but shall not exceed more than two times in a five-year period, nor
more than $5,000 per household. Household is defined as a domestic
establishment including members of a family and others who live under the same
Q9: Who can
make a financial contribution to Family Fund?
A: Any individual, company or foundation
may make financial contributions to the AMR Family Fund.
Q10: How can American
Airlines employees, retirees or friends make financial contributions
to Family Fund?
||Active American Airlines employees may contribute financial donations to Family
Fund through the American Giving program. Please see the Jetnet under
||Friends, retirees and former employees
of AMR Corporation companies may contribute using checks only.
Q11: How can
an individual request assistance from Family Fund?
A: An individual may request assistance
by completing an application. An application is available on the
I Need Assistance page.
All applications must be completed, signed and returned to Family
Fund via E-mail to AA.FamilyFund@aa.com, by fax at (817.967.9784) or U.S. Mail addressed to:
AMR Family Fund
4333 Amon Carter Blvd.
Ft Worth, Texas 76155
Q12: What is the policy of Family Fund
regarding confidentiality of the information?
A: Family Fund takes reasonable measures to
safeguard the personal and confidential information supplied by all its
contributors and applicants. However, applications for assistance require
verification of personal statements, and the review process may include
discussions with supervisors, co-workers, friends, neighbors, businesses,
mortgage holders, landlords and others.
Q13: What is
the Family Fund's federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
A: The Family Fund EIN is 75-2855813
How can additional information not covered in this FAQ be obtained?
e-Mail to: AA.FamilyFund@aa.com
Q15: For what
length of time will an employee's payroll deduction to Family Fund
remain in effect?
A : Employees self-manage their charitable deductions. These
payroll deduction pledges remain in effect until canceled or changed
by the employee via the AmericanGiving website.
Q16: How much of my donation goes toward the mission, and how much is used
for administration and promotional expenses?
A : The Family Fund is committed
to sound management and stewardship of all contributions and utilizes
volunteer and donated resources whenever possible to accomplish
its mission. 99.9% of a donor's contribution is applied to the mission.
Administration expenses are made available through the generosity
of American Airlines and the volunteer efforts of individual American
Airlines employees and personnel from non-profit organizations.
Promotional materials are either donated or, if purchased by the
Family Fund, do not exceed one-tenth of one percent of annual funding.
: Who are the current Advisory Committee members?
The Advisory Committee members are comprised of a group of internal and external individuals who are philanthropically inclined and support charitable efforts and organizations such as the Family Fund.