Our Mission:

"Utilize aviation to inspire, motivate and provide a path for young people to realize their dreams"

Founded in 2007, the Ryan J. Poe Foundation was created by world-renowned aerobatic pilot Greg Poe as a means of supporting his youth program called “Elevate Your Life”. This exciting and nationally recognized program came about as a result of Greg's son Ryan’s tragic drug related death in August of 2002.

With the passing of Greg Poe on July 24th, 2011, our mission needs your support more than ever. The Ryan J. Poe Foundation is making great headway with new plans to continue Greg's work and expand, so please give generously. We are accepting requests for presentations nationwide, and our new program is a step up with brand new content and more activities! We now feature school fundraising projects, more opportunities for flights, scholarships, and a few surprises! Please call for more information.

Greg Gibson

Click HERE to learn more about Ryan.

The Foundation supports Elevate Your Life and other positive youth programs, an upcoming scholarship initiative, and other notable domestic and international projects that currently include a school and housing recovery effort for underprivileged families in El Salvador. The Ryan J. Poe Foundation is a licensed not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

Foundation Now Accepting Donations Online

You can now make online donations using your credit card or personal check. Your donations are fully tax deductible, and will go exclusively to the supprt of our many efforts to help children realize their hopes and dreams. Click the Button below to make your donation today - no amount is too small! If you wish to have your contribution go to a specific project, please specify in a note with your contribution.


Our Staff

Founder - Greg Poe
Speaker/ Pilot - Dax Wanless
Executive Director / Pilot - Greg Gibson
Logistics - Russ Poe

Up in the Air with Greg Poe - by Kathryn Tenbarge

Soaring through the sky like a bird, 
Watching clouds float lazily below, 

Feeling the wind as you twist, roll, and dive,
Seeing the world spread out below you,

Like a bird, you fly with freedom,
Like a bird, you do what you please, 

No one can stop you, 
When you're up in the air. 

Dear Greg Poe, 

Thank you so much for taking me flying. It was an amazing experience that I'll never forget. I now have a new dream- to be a pilot, or even a professional stunt pilot like you are. Thank you for inspiring me to fly. 


Kathryn Tenbarge
Dayton, OH

Elevate Your Life Starts Out with a Bang!

We have had a great start to 2011 - Over 4100 young people reached already! Stay tuned!

Please mail donations to:
Ryan J. Poe Foundation
518 Dishman Pl.
Caldwell, ID 83605

Or call to make a credit card donation over the phone: (208) 455-0700


Elevate Your Life at Eastwood Middle School in Tuscaloosa, AL

Elevate Your Life Featured on CNN

While in San Antonio, TX for Greg's last airshow of the 2009 season, the Poe team gave rides and Greg spoke to students from Taffola and Washington Middle Schools. The rides were filmed and broadcast by KABB FOX TV in San Antonio, then picked up by CNN and broadcast worldwide!