For more than two decades, Southwest’s Community Outreach efforts have centered on developing and nurturing authentic relationships around our network with organizations committed to building resilient communities. We believe in championing causes that matter most because we are more than an airline, we are your neighbor. And it’s important to us that our contributions mirror the diverse communities we serve. With the increased dialogue around racial injustice, we have been able to lean on longstanding relationships with several organizations to help us as we listen, learn, and act.
Southwest has proudly supported the National Urban League and 100 Black Men of America in their efforts to promote education, mentorship, and leadership development as they lift up Black communities all across the country. In June, Southwest donated $500,000 through the Southwest Airlines Foundation (a corporate-advised fund within the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) to these important organizations.1515) https://community.southwest.com/t5/Blog/Building-Resilience-and-Advancing-Black-Communities/ba-p/108216
Our donation will be used to support long-term, sustainable change through national strategies and local initiatives centered on their impactful programs. Both organizations conduct crucial work that help create a catalyst for change and encourage Black men and women to realize their highest potential. Our donation was in addition to our continued local contributions. We also established a separate donation page to provide an avenue for our Customers and Employees to offer additional support to these two organizations.
As our Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly recently shared, “We stand alongside our Black, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Employees, Customers, and communities whose voices will no longer be silenced. There is plenty of work to be done, but we are committed to doing our part to drive change.”