About The Michigan Aerospace Foundation
The Michigan Aerospace Foundation (MAF) is the independent fundraising arm of the Yankee Air Museum, and was formed to plan and fund future expansion of the Museum facilities.
The Foundation was established under the leadership of Dennis Norton, one of the Museum’s founders and its first president.
After the tragic fire in October, 2004, which destroyed the hangar that housed the Museum, the Foundation’s mission took on a new cast: raising the funds to rebuild the Yankee Air Museum.
The Foundation was established in 2001 and incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation in the State of Michigan, with its sole function being to raise the funding needed to rebuild and renovate the Yankee Air Museum. As such, the Foundation works closely with the officers and staff of the Yankee Air Museum (itself a separate 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation) in planning for the new Museum campus.
After the 2004 fire, The Yankee Air Museum began the process of rebuilding and relocating the Museum, reopening in October of 2010 at its current location in a repurposed building on the east side of Willow Run Airport. But this facility has never been large enough to house all of the Museum's exhibits, collections and its fleet of flyable vintage aircraft, including WWII-era B-17 and B-25 bombers. Since that time, the Foundation has devoted itself to fundraising to create a permanent home for the Museum, with space to contain everything the Museum has to offer plus room to grow. In early 2013 fundraising efforts shifted from raising funds to build anew, to the preservation and renovation of a portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant as the Museum's future home.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, with members elected internally by the Board.