Giving back is at the Heart of Southwest Airlines and I am excited to share with you all how Southwest is continuing to invest in and support communities around the globe. In September 2018, we announced the launch of a $1 million charitable grant program.
Our grant received more than 300 applications from organizations across the country. From that competitive pool, we selected 24 innovative nonprofit organizations to receive grant funding. Amounts ranged from $25,000-$50,000. Recipients of this grant are nonprofit organizations dedicated to causes important to Southwest and our communities: K-12 STEM education, building a resilient workforce, and leadership development.
The focus of this grant was to help empower organizations that develop the workforce of tomorrow. Supporting these types of organizations builds stronger communities, and addresses a real business need—ensuring we have a strong Employee pipeline in the years to come.
We are thrilled to support the efforts of these extraordinary organizations and will continue to champion communities across the globe the Southwest Way!
Sci Tech Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
100 Black Men of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
Children First Fund- The Chicago Public Schools Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Dallas, Texas
YMCA of Greater Houston, Houston, Texas
Code Nation, New York, New York.
Sword to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization, San Francisco, California
Career Learning & Employment Center for Vets with Disabilities, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Connections to Success, Kansas City, Missouri
Women’s Bean Project, Denver, Colorado
Café Momentum, Dallas, Texas
Hallmark University Inc., San Antonio, Texas
YouthForce NOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana
Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Hispanics in Philanthropy, Oakland, California
The Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, California
East Oakland Youth Development Center, Oakland, California
San Diego MANA, San Diego, California
Ocean Discovery Institute, San Diego, California
Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment, Burbank, California
Arnold Air Society - Silver Wings, Tampa, Florida
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, San Antonio, Texas
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At Southwest Airlines, we’re focused on connecting People and championing community. We have a long history of giving back, which is evident in our dedication to the places where our Customers live and work.
To continue this commitment, I’m excited to share the launch of a $1 million charitable grant program to support innovative nonprofit organizations across the United States. This exciting grant will provide us the opportunity to further invest in the careers and workforces of tomorrow!
Between now and October 22, 2018, eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and K-12 schools that are aviation focused are welcome to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 by visiting swa.is/grant. Specifically, Southwest Airlines is seeking to invest in three targeted areas that will play strategic roles in setting future generations up for success.
K-12 STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
Building a resilient workforce
We are thrilled at the opportunity to empower our communities to thrive and hope you consider sharing the grant information with qualified organizations you are passionate about. Additionally, on Tuesday, September 25 at 11:00 a.m. CT we will be hosting a webinar to go over the application process and requirements. All are welcome to attend and you can join the webinar on the 25th by clicking here .
Whether in the air or on the ground, we believe community is more than a place; it’s at the Heart of what brings us together and we look forward to developing the workforce of tomorrow through this grant!
The grant funds will be awarded to nonprofits that are selected through the competitive grant application and review process from the Southwest Airlines Foundation, a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation®. Recipients will be announced by the end of January 2019.
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