Engage, educate and inspire
We believe good corporate citizenship contributes to the economic and social well-being of our employees, shareholders, customers and our communities.
Through corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism, we help to make our communities better places to live and work. In 2013, our investment of time and philanthropic gifts totaled nearly $10 million.
Where we give
We contribute to nonprofit organizations in our hub and focus cities:
- Charlotte (Mecklenburg County)
- Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, Camden County, NJ and New Castle County, DE)
- Phoenix (Maricopa County)
- Washington, DC (Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia and Montgomery Counties)
How we give
We invest in IRS 501(C)(3) nonprofit arts, human services and education organizations that focus on sustainable change and building healthy, vibrant communities.
Education: We align our core business values with initiatives that support literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to drive academic achievement.
Human Services: We invest in programs that provide basic needs (food, clothing and shelter) to develop economic self-reliance and create pipelines to employment.
Arts: We partner with major arts organizations that provide access to the arts for all and encourage the overall development and economic prosperity of our communities.
Sponsorships and donations
We provide annual operating support through donations and sponsorships to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet our funding guidelines through financial contributions and in-kind donations of travel.
Please read all guidelines and remember, each organization should submit one request annually.
Miles of Hope
Through the US Airways Miles of Hope program, anyone can donate Dividend Miles to five national nonprofit organizations: the American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Mercy Medical Airlift.
Annually, we hold a mileage match promotion and donated miles are used to fulfill each organization's mission. Over 1,000,000,000 (45,000 round trips) have been donated to these nonprofit organizations since the Miles of Hope program began in 1998. Mileage donations are accepted in 1,000 mile increments.
Military and veterans programs
We proudly provide financial and volunteer support to our local USO’s and many other veterans organizations including the Charlotte Bridge Home and the Veteran's Medical Leadership Council.
You can request funding for a veteran's program (click the 'Request funding' link).
We also have special rates for military (and dependents) traveling on an officially excused absence or within 7 days of discharge.
Education grants and school programs
US Airways Education Foundation
The US Airways Education Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations to support children’s educational programs.
Grants are awarded by competitive application to programs that produce academic achievement and increase student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Application deadline: May (each year)
Field Trip FUNd
With the US Airways Field Trip FUNd, K-12 public schools, with a minimum 70% Title I student population in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC can apply for a $500 grant to help fund transportation for educational field trips.
Field trips eligible for consideration include visits to art, science and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career-enrichment opportunities, or other defined educational events or experiences away from school.
Applications are available August 1 with a September 15 deadline (each year).
Field Trip FUNd (for employee dependents)
A companion program for US Airways employees only, we award a $250 classroom grant, based on a competitive application process, for a public school field trip in which at least one student participating is a qualified dependent child of a US Airways employee. $25,000 annually is allocated to this program.
Applications are available January 1 and must be submitted 60 days prior to scheduled field trip.
Capital and building grants
The Community Foundation provides capital funding grants to 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations whose missions support one of the airline’s three focus areas: arts, education or human services.
Application deadline: October 1 (each year)
Grants are awarded for:
- Formal, multi-year capital campaigns for hard costs (brick and mortar) related to new building construction or major renovation/expansion of an existing facility.
- Major capital expenditure for a one-time, mission critical project or purchase. For example, major roof repair or purchase of required vehicle.
Employee volunteer grants and programs
We foster a unique corporate culture of service, where every employee is encouraged, supported and recognized for the active role they play in making their community a great place to live and work.
US Airways Do Crew
The US Airways Do Crew is the cornerstone of the airline's Community Relations program. This compassionate and dedicated corps of employee and retiree volunteers participate in community-based projects on a monthly basis in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, DC.
In 2012, employees and retirees volunteered thousands of hours of community service through the Do Crew program, volunteering their time with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropilitan Phoenix.
Destination: Do Crew
Since we don’t have a Do Crew chapter in all cities, we encourage our employees to volunteer with a local non-profit organization. To show our support, we’ll donate $10 per hour (per employee) to the organization. Just fill out a form and please allow 6 weeks for us to review your request!
Flights for 50
Flights for 50 is a program we developed to recognize employees for their individual volunteer efforts. We turn hours of volunteer service into travel!
When a US Airways employee volunteers 50 or more hours a year, US Airways will donate a $500 US Airways gift card to the organization of their choice.
Puppies in Flight
We partner with Assistance Dogs International (ADI), an organization that trains and places assistance dogs around the world. US Airways employees volunteer to travel with and work with assistance dogs in training to help them prepare for travel with disabled partners. Over the past 10 years, US Airways employees have participated in transports everywhere from California to Croatia.