Frequently Asked Questions

 

Corporate Giving answers

 

How do I submit a corporate giving donation request?

Please refer to usairways.com/corporategiving for application procedures and eligibility guidelines. An organization should make one annual request for all corporate giving funding opportunities. There are no submission deadlines and the Contributions Committee meets bimonthly to review requests. No status calls are accepted. Emailed, faxed or incomplete requests will not be reviewed or receive a response.

 

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What is the difference between a Foundation Grant and a Corporate Giving request?

Foundation Grants are monetary contributions given to fund programs, projects or initiatives that are large in scale and impact. Both the US Airways Education Foundation and the US Airways Community Foundation have application deadlines, geographic parameters, and specific areas of focus. Please review the Foundation Giving page for more information. The Corporate Giving Program provides financial contributions or in-kind donations of travel to nonprofit organizations that meet funding priorities in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., An organization should make one annual request for all corporate giving funding opportunities and there are no submission deadlines. An organization, should they meet the eligibility requirements, may apply and receive funding from the Corporate Giving Program, the US Airways Education Foundation and the US Airways Community Foundation.

 

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How often can my organization apply for funding?

Organizations may submit no more than one request per calendar year. The first request received from an organization within a calendar year is the request US Airways will review. Any subsequent requests received within the same calendar year will be declined. Requests funded in one year are not assured of future funding as all requests are reviewed annually to best fit our philanthropic goals and budget.

 

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Do we have a better chance of receiving support if we only ask for airline tickets?

US Airways provides support to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet our funding guidelines in two ways: through financial contributions or in-kind donations of travel. The airline does not make a distinction in giving travel versus cash, as each is a valuable asset to our company.

 

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My organization is not located in one of your hub or focus cities but US Airways does provide service in my community. Can we apply for funding?

Each year, US Airways receives thousands of donation requests from worthy organizations and individuals. To maximize the airline’s philanthropic reach, corporate giving guidelines have been established. Due to the volume of requests, coupled by limited resources, we support nonprofit organizations located in and providing services in the major metropolitan areas of Charlotte (Mecklenburg County), Philadelphia (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties), Phoenix (Maricopa County) and Washington, D.C. (Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Prince William Counties). These cities represent the communities served by the airline with the greatest number of flights and employees.

 

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I/My organization is a US Airways Dividend Miles member. Does this help ensure we will receive funding from US Airways?

We recognize that many organizations applying for funding may have business or personal relationships with US Airways. However, when making charitable contributions, these relationships are not factored into funding decisions. All organizations and requests are evaluated using the same criteria, which includes assessments of the organization’s objectives and community-wide impact.

 

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We are unable to pay the travel expenses to fly a family member who is receiving special medical treatment. Will US Airways waive the travel fees due to financial hardship?

Our corporate giving guidelines dictate that we only provide contributions to IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and cannot support individuals through monetary, travel donations or discounted airfare. However, US Airways partners with Mercy Medical Airlift, an organization whose mission is to facilitate a charitable means of long distance medical air transport for all medically indigent, low-income and financially vulnerable patients for specialized medical treatment. Please call 800-296-1217 or visit www.patienttravel.org for more information.

 

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My organization or company is hosting a fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit organization. Will US Airways sponsor our event or provide an auction donation?

Our corporate giving guidelines preclude donations to third party/pass-through fundraisers and individuals or organizations fundraising on behalf of a nonprofit, organization or individual and instead give directly to nonprofit organizations that are the actual beneficiaries of the funds.

 

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My school is having a fundraiser and we need donations for our raffle. Will US Airways provide tickets or a vacation package?

Due to limited resources, we are unable to provide contributions to individual private, public, charter or religious K-12 schools, universities or colleges or their support organizations (boosters, PTO/PTA, alumni association, clubs).

 

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My child was selected to attend a national conference for his/her outstanding academic achievement. Will US Airways consider covering his/her travel expenses?

Our corporate giving guidelines dictate that we only provide contributions to IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. As such, we are unable to make donations to individuals.

 

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My company, club or organization is participating in a walk to raise money for a nonprofit organization. Will US Airways sponsor our team?

Our funding guidelines preclude donations to third party/pass-through fundraisers and individuals or organizations fundraising on behalf of a nonprofit, organization or individual, whether it is a walk, run or bike-a-thon. Our corporate giving guidelines state that we instead give directly to nonprofit organizations that are the beneficiaries of the funds.

 

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My sports team is looking for airline sponsorship. Does this qualify for support from the corporate giving program?

The airlines' philanthropic funding supports arts and culture, human services and education nonprofit organizations. Our funding guideline preclude support of sports teams or sporting programs. If you wish to submit a marketing proposal, email marketing.promotions@usairways.com.

 

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My company has an employee recognition program and is looking for prizes from local businesses. Will US Airways give us tickets for our recognition event?

Our corporate giving guidelines dictate that we only provide contributions to IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

 

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My company is conducting an employee United Way campaign. Would US Airways make a financial or travel donation to our campaign?

US Airways has a long-standing relationship with the United Way and holds an annual company-wide United Way campaign. As such, we are unable to offer contributions to other company's United Way campaigns.

 

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Will you waive cargo fees if we are transporting supplies or goods for a charitable cause?

Due to limited resources, we are unable to provide complimentary cargo space or waive additional baggage fees. US Airways provides our corporate contributions in the form of cash or travel for budget relieving or revenue generating purposes directly to nonprofit organizations in our hub and focus cities. You can find more information regarding our corporate giving guidelines at usairways.com/corporategiving. For information on baggage policies visit usairways.com/baggage

 

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How can my nonprofit organization receive frequent flyer miles?

Each year, US Airways receives many requests to be enrolled in our Miles of Hope® Program which allows our passengers to donate their frequent flyer miles to a charity. US Airways has identified four national nonprofit organizations that have the greatest impact for the miles donated by our passengers. These four organizations are the American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Mercy Medical Airlift. We are not accepting additional partners in the Miles of Hope® program. However, the US Airways Dividend Miles program allows individuals to share or combine miles from one account to another. Read our Dividend Miles program details to find out how at usairways.com/dividendmiles.

 

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Do you provide discounted airfare for groups or nonprofit organizations?

The US Airways Community Relations Department does not offer discounted travel for groups or nonprofit organizations. You may contact 877-USGROUPS for group travel options or check online for the lowest available fares.

 

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We are promoting a travel themed event or project. Would US Airways provide any promotional materials or items?

We are unable to provide complimentary posters, wings or promotional items and provide our corporate contributions in the form of cash or travel for budget relieving or revenue generating purposes directly to nonprofit organizations in our hub and focus cities. You may purchase airline themed items from our Company Store.

 

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I am not a nonprofit organization. How can I submit a marketing sponsorship request?

To submit a marketing proposal, email marketing.promotions@usairways.com.

 

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