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Championing our Communities: Southwest Airlines Announces 2019 Charitable Grant Recipients


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!



STEM Education

  • 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.


Workforce Development

  • 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


Leadership Development

  • 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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