ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alaska Airlines Foundation is awarding $161,500 to 15 nonprofits in Alaska and Washington. The mid-year grants are the first of two donations the Alaska Airlines Foundation will make this year.
"This first round of donations puts the Alaska Airlines Foundation on pace to give more than ever in 2017," said Tim Thompson, Alaska Airlines Foundation executive director. "Our goal is that these funds will have a lasting impact in the local communities we serve."
In the first half of 2017, grants were made to 15 organizations including the following:
- Alaska Challenger Center for Space Science Technology Inc: The Alaska Challenger Center provides education programs to cultivate youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) through simulated space and earth science missions.
- Community for Youth: Community for Youth pairs students from underserved high schools in South Seattle with mentors to help every mentee graduate high school with life skills to make a positive impact on their communities.
- El Centro de la Raza: El Centro de la Raza provides youth programs, emergency services, asset-building programs and education to achieve social equity on behalf of the Latino community in Seattle.
The Alaska Airlines Foundation has been supporting communities through donations to nonprofits for nearly 20 years. As an independent 501c (3) nonprofit organization, the Alaska Airlines Foundation supplements Alaska Airlines' overall corporate giving program by providing direct cash grants to public charities in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. Grants support organizations that focus on improving their communities, particularly in the areas of education and workforce development.
The Alaska Airlines Foundation considers grant requests twice in a calendar year. Eligible nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit an online application at donationsalaskaair.com by Sept. 15, 2017, for consideration in November.
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