History

2010 – By the end of the June 2010 fiscal year, The CAUSE Foundation had granted funds to over 880 United Airlines flying partners. In spite of challenging economic conditions $412,629 was raised to further the cause of keeping United flight attendants and their families afloat when work/income is limited to medical reasons. Each time, when it appears that income from payroll deductions are reduced, the committees compensate with increased fundraising. We have two flight attendants’ children who have lost a parent attending college with the help of a Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarship and for the first time this year, we are helping a student with her graduate studies. The Founder’s grant was given to Wings Over Wall Street to further the fight against ALS. There is a great deal of anticipation this year about the changes that will no doubt come with the proposed merger with Continental Airlines. The Foundation is planning to contact Continental flight attendants to inform them of our purpose and activities.

2009 – The CAUSE Foundation raised $400,100 in fiscal year ended June 30, 2009. Over $260,000 was granted to flight attendants to help them and their families through some health challenges, bringing the total of flight attendants aided to 825 since CAUSE was founded. There are two children of flight attendants who have lost a parent currently receiving a Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarship to attend various colleges and universities. Four of the past scholarship winners have graduated this year, bringing the total to seven. The CAUSE Foundation founder’s grant this year went to The Lulalee Foundation, founded by one of our own SFO flight attendants. Lulalee is an organization that promotes reading for disadvantaged young children. A research grant was again awarded to Wings Over Wall Street a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for ALS.

2008 – A system-wide appeal was sent out in November 2007 requesting that all flight attendants consider contributing monthly via payroll deduction was a huge success, increasing funds available to help our flying partners by over 10%. Six childrens of flight attendants who have lost a parent are receiving a Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarship. We are proud that three of our former recipients have graduated. Increased amounts were raised during Have a Heart for CAUSE Week, Holiday sales and The Chicago CAUSE For Dinner event. CAUSE has added significantly to our committee ranks, especially some younger and very enthusiastic volunteers. Funds were contributed to The Alzheimer’s Association in honor of our founder and a check was sent to Wings Over Wall Street in memory of a flying partner who lost her battle with ALS. Over 780 United flight attendants and families have received grants. Our funds raised as of fiscal year ended June 30, 2008 equal $408,050.

2007 – Support from payroll deductions continues its gradual upward trend. It is decided to increase grant support to applicants impacting the bottom line. Nevertheless, The CAUSE Foundation raises $420,000 for the fiscal year. The Foundation has 6 students benefiting from Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarships and attending colleges across the US. Research funds are granted to Wings Over Wall Street which seeks a cure for ALS. ALS has claimed at least two United flight attendants in the past few years. Since its inception, CAUSE has granted funds to 700 of our flying partners to keep the roof overhead, food on the table and the lights on during work time lost due to accident, illness or disability.

2006 – By fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, over 650 United flight attendants and their families have received grants. Six children of flight attendants who have lost a parent are currently receiving a Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarship. Over $50,000 has been raised for a memorial in Shanksville PA dedicated to the crew members lost on Flight 93. This monument is to be dedicated on September 11, 2006. Funds are raised to benefit Freidrich’s Ataxia research, a fatal disease that has afflicted the children of some of our flying partners. Funds are also granted to Wings Over Wall Street in memory of a United flight attendant who lost her battle with ALS. Total earnings this year: $478,635.

2005 – A slight rebound in numbers of flight attendants is reflected in an increase in payroll contributions. Volunteers continue to raise additional funds through holiday sales, Have a Heart Week and CAUSE For Dinner events in Newark and Chicago. To date, CAUSE has helped over 560 flight attendants and their families with basic necessities during periods of illness or other medical problems. Fiscal year ended June 30, 2005 shows funds raised $507,311.

2004 – Marks 10 years of Incorporation. Since its inception over 500 Flight Attendants and their families have been assisted due to illness, injury, disability and death. This continues to be the Foundations main focus and mission. In addition, Scholarship funds have been raised and disbursed to the families of the Flight Attendants who lost their lives on Septemeber 11, 2001. Scholarships are being granted to children of Flight Attendants who have lost a parent not related to 911. Organizations, which directly impact a Flight Attendant or a member of their family, have received funds which are for research, developement or education. Fiscal year earnings $478,064. Fiscal year ended June 30, 2004.

2003 – Large number of retirements and furloughs at United Airlines impact The CAUSE Foundations® monthly income. Newark’s 3rd Annual “CAUSE for Dinner” Fundraiser expands its scope to honor 4 memorial sites dedicated to 911. Fiscal Year earnings $594,262.

2002 – 911 Family Funds are disbursed. Scholarship Funds offered to children of Flight Attendants who perished on September 11,2001. Corporations, Foundations and individuals contribute to our CAUSE becoming our “Best Friends”. Chicago debuts “CAUSE for Dinner-Chicago Style”. Before years’ end United Airlines files for bankruptcy protection. Fiscal year end brings $787,390.

2001 – Berni Schafer Memorial Scholarship Fund is created for children whose Flight Attendant parent or spouse has died. An Advisory Board of Doctors and professionals is established. The CAUSE logo receives its ‘registered mark’ from the trademark and patent office. CAUSE debuts its Website and Newsletter. September 11, 2001 brings with it “the Family Fund”. Newark organizes the first annual “CAUSE for Dinner” Fundraiser, to assist the families of the Flight Attendants lost on Flight 93. $594,482 raised in the fiscal year.

2000 – The IRS grants CAUSE permanent non-profit status. New brochures are designed. Fiscal year $512,174.00

1999 – The need for a centralized office and part time staff becomes a reality. In addition to the established payroll deduction plan, CAUSE also participates in the United We Care campaign. Fiscal year raises $477,369.00

1998 – The CAUSE Foundation receives its ‘registered mark’ from the trademark and patent office. Peachtree becomes the computer program of choice. December marks the month that more than $1million has been raised since the inception of the organization. The fiscal year ends with $382,411.00 being raised.

1997 – Meeting with United Airlines Employee Credit Union. CAUSE becomes the Credit Union’s 1st Organizational Account. CAUSE enters into a recycling test period with Dobbs International. CAUSE grants 1st ‘Organizational Grant’. The 2nd fiscal year raises $296,188.00.

1996 – ‘Have a Heart’ Week campaign in February is the first of what would become the traditional fundraising week. The 1st fiscal year raises $130,000.00

1995 – July 5, 1995 The CAUSE Foundation receives its 501 (c) (3) determination letter from the IRS. The first CAUSE Campaign is held in September with the 1st funds transferring into a CAUSE account in November.
1994 – The CAUSE Foundation incorporates in Cook County, Illinois October 28, 1994. The CAUSE logo is designed.
1993 – Proposal presented to United Airlines. A feasibility study begins.

1992 – Proposal presented to the Association of Flight Attendants to create a non-profit Foundation to assist United Airlines Flight Attendants and their families in financial distress due to illness, injury, disability or death. CAUSE: Concerned Attendants for a United Support Effort. Receives unanimous approval.