corporate giving

charitable and civic contributions

Corporate Giving

AirTran Airways supports many worthwhile causes in each of the communities we serve. Unlike larger corporations which may have foundations dedicated to supporting charitable and philanthropic organizations, AirTran Airways funds its community involvement with proceeds from our annual profits and thus giving may fluctuate from year to year.

The airline focuses its community efforts on three primary areas — kids, sports and leadership, and many of our 9,000 Crew Members volunteer their time and efforts at various community events. These are just a few worthwhile organizations that benefit from AirTran Airways contributions each year.

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Family


Fairy Godmother Foundation — The Fairy Godmother Foundation grants wishes nation wide to adults facing terminal illness creating an opportunity for peace, closure and cherished memories.

Families of Soldiers in Iraq — In 2006, AirTran Airways donated tickets to soldiers for their families to use during their year-long deployment in Iraq.

Partnership Against Domestic Violence — For over a quarter of a century, PADV, the largest non-profit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate, caring and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. PADV began as an all-volunteer agency in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Today, the agency has over 30 full and part-time staff. The mission of PADV is to support women and their children in their efforts to live violence free.

Samaritan House — Established in 1974, Samaritan House is a non-profit health and human services agency with over 30 years of experience in providing a broad range of services and resources to low-income residents. Services include case management, clothing, medical care, food, shelter, employment assistance, and food and toys for the holidays. All services are provided free of charge to low-income families. Samaritan House case workers evaluate clients and measure their progress to ensure that our services are accomplishing their main goal: helping our low-income neighbors raise their level of self-sufficiency.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure — The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure benefits cancer research, education, and detection programs. www.komen.org

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Kids


A+ Awards Luncheon for Educational Achievements — The annual A+ Awards is sponsored by Atlanta Partners for Education (APFE), a joint venture between Atlanta Public Schools and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. The A+ Awards celebrate achievement and excellence in educational partnerships between Atlanta Public Schools and metro Atlanta businesses and organizations. The awards encourage the pursuit of excellence in education while focusing public attention on educational achievements in the Atlanta Public Schools and successful partnerships between schools and the business community, nonprofit, civic, higher education, religious, social, and professional organizations.

Boys and Girls Club of West End — The mission of the West End Boys and Girls Club is to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The purpose of the West End House Boys & Girls Club is to promote the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth. An increasing number of children are at home after school and in the summer time with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them and that there is a place they can go that is safe, challenging, and fun! The Club offers programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

CHRIS Kids, Inc. — CHRIS Kids, Inc. is an organization that provides a last chance for kids before they face institutionalization or destitution. It is their mission to break the cycle of abuse by healing children, strengthening families and building the community. To find out more visit www.chriskids.org.

I Am the One Campaign — Crew Members in Orlando participated in the I Am the One Campaign in which AirTran Airways partnered with WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando to donate 220 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at Oak Ridge High School. AirTran Airways also purchased a SMART Board- a state-of-the-art interactive presentation program system.

Job Shadow Day Junior Achievement Job shadowing is an academically motivating activity designed to give kids the unique opportunity of an up-close look at the world of work and provide the answer to the commonly asked question, "e;Why do I have to learn this?"e; Beginning with a nationwide kickoff and continuing throughout the school year, students across America "e;shadow"e; workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job. The program invites students to see firsthand how the skills learned in school relate to the workplace.

Junior Achievement of Central Florida JA-Central Florida (JACF) has been helping students better understand business and economics for over 40 years. JACF was founded in Central Florida in 1961 by Linton Allen. JA’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, but what JA is really doing is helping students make the connection between what they learn in school and what they will need to know for the future. JA wants every student to be equipped with the right tools to take advantage of the abundant opportunities in this country and worldwide. Junior Achievement of Central Florida has been ranked Number 10 in the United States in student participation in its programs and has inspired over one million Central Florida students.

Junior Achievement of Georgia The Junior Achievement of Georgia (JA of Georgia) inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. JA of Georgia brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their full potential by bridging the business and education communities. Founded locally in 1943, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit organization, serving students by providing hands-on programs spanning kindergarten through high school. Volunteers from businesses and the community go into area classrooms to share their experiences with the students. The volunteer becomes a classroom leader, giving students a real world perspective on topics including personal financial literacy, entrepreneurial thinking and global business perspectives. Junior Achievement of Georgia reaches over 100,000 students annually through traditional, after-school and signature programs.

Make–A–Wish | National and Local Chapters — Founded in 1980, the Make–A–Wish Foundation enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children around the world with a network of more than 25,000 volunteers granting a child’s wish in the U.S. every 41 minutes.

March of Dimes — The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects and low birth weight.

North Clayton High School — AirTran Airways helped raise money for band uniforms for students at North Clayton High School

The PeyBack Foundation - Founded in 1999, The PeyBack Foundation was established to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation to help disadvantaged youth build a successful future for themselves. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by assisting established community-based programs and providing fundamental leadership and growth opportunities for kids. To date, The Foundation has donated more than $1.3 million to youth organizations in Indiana, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Toys For Tots — The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. To find out more visit www.toysfortots.org.

United Negro College Fund — The United Negro College Fund enhances the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty at historically black colleges and universities. To find out more visit www.uncf.org.

Wings of Hope — AirTran Airways donated 80 desks to students at G.A. Towns Elementary School. We also sponsored Wings of Hope, an event at the elementary school in which Crew Members provided food, toys and a carnival atmosphere for the students during the holiday season in 2006.

YMCA — The YMCA is an association of volunteers, members and staff open to and serving all, offering a wide range of programs that respond to a broad range of an individual's need for personal growth in spirit, mind, and body. They also challenge individuals to personally contribute to, and collectively engage others in, the higher charitable purpose of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. To find out more visit www.YMCAatlanta.org.

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Arts


Atlanta Film Festival — an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta. Started in 1977, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach, which is awarded to the best LGBTQ film as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. The Accountant won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival. As of 2007, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, in Atlanta's Midtown, serves as the official venue of the festival. The Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 Theater and The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State have served as official opening night venues in recent years. www.atlantafilmfestival.com

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — Awarded two Grammies in 2006, the ASO is one of the most creative and innovative orchestras in North America and serves as the cornerstone for musical performance and training in Atlanta and beyond. The orchestra now offers a wide spectrum of engaging and entertaining musical experiences for all ages in the Atlanta Symphony Hall and throughout the greater Atlanta area. The ASO was awarded two Grammies in 2005.

Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Commission — The Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Commission, or MAACC, focuses on five key objectives: increase awareness and attendance at cultural events and venues, develop programs and messaging that elevate awareness of the importance of arts and culture among business leaders, elected officials and others, advocate for new sources of funding for cultural organizations, develop a funding model to assure long-term stability of MAACC, and marshal the resources of the MAACC Board of Directors to achieve its strategic goals.

Orlando Film Festival — an annual film festival held in Orlando. It has become one of the premier film festivals for independent filmmakers to showcase their work. Heading into its 4th year, the Orlando Film Festival attracts over 2,000 entries from filmmakers in more than 30 countries. Created as an alternative to commercial cinema, the annual week-long festival remains true to its original goal of promoting film as an art form. The Orlando Film Festival has become one of the most active film organizations in the country championing artists' rights of expression and free speech. www.orlandofilmfest.com

True Colors TheatreTrue Colors Theatre Company is dedicated to its Core Values of boldness, laughter, abundance and respect. Our company's Core Purpose is to celebrate life by exploring and understanding our differences and our commonalities. Our Mission is to create a moveable feast of theatre grounded and centered in the rich canon of African American classics and branching out to include bold interpretations of world drama and a strong commitment to diverse new voices.
Our Promises are...

  • We will seek truth and clarity.
  • We will tolerate, encourage, explore and honor difference.
  • We will listen to each other.

Woodruff Arts Center — The Woodruff Arts Centeris the largest arts center in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. The Woodruff combines five visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization and is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

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Environment


Captain Planet Foundation — Since 1990, the Captain Planet Foundation has provided funding for hands-on, environmental projects for children and youths that encourage children to design innovative programs to solve environmental problems in their own communities.

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Community


Atlanta Business League — The Atlanta Business League fosters the growth, creation and development of successful business enterprises owned, operated and managed by African-Americans in metropolitan Atlanta. www.atlantabusinessleague.org

CEO Luncheon with the Atlanta Business League — This luncheon is designed to recognize achievements of individuals and members associated with Minority and Majority corporations, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Hundreds of business and professional individuals throughout metro Atlanta join the Atlanta Business League each year to recognize individuals and corporate leaders who are actively involved in working for the inclusion of minorities in all sectors of the economic mainstream.

Eggs and Issues Breakfast with Georgia Chamber — Every year, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Eggs & Issues Breakfast marks the beginning of the Legislative Session for the Georgia General Assembly. The Annual Meeting brings the state’s top business and political leaders together to examine the state’s role of nationwide economic leadership. The Eggs & Issues Breakfast affords Georgia’s Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tempore the opportunity to outline the important issues facing the state legislature as the General Session opens.

Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity builds simple and affordable homes in partnership with those in need of decent housing. AirTran Airways has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Atlanta and Orlando.

Hands on Atlanta Hands On Atlanta is a non-profit organization that helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 400 service organizations and schools. Hands On Atlanta volunteers, now 37,000 strong, are at work every day of the year building community and meeting critical needs in schools, parks, senior homes, food banks, pet shelters, low-income neighborhoods and more. Hands On Atlanta is an affiliate of the Hands On Network, an umbrella association of "Cares" and "Hands On" organizations across the United States, U.K. and other countries.

Small Business Person of the Year Award — This award, which for two decades has honored one outstanding small businessperson every year for their contributions to Atlanta's civic and business community, is co-hosted by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Of the more than 130,000 total businesses in metro Atlanta, 94.8 percent employ fewer than 50 people. To qualify, nominees were required to be a primary owner or a major shareholder of a business that has been locally established for at least three years with gross annual revenues not exceeding $40 million. They are also required to be a member in good standing of the Chamber and an active member of the community.

Super Tuesday with Atlanta Business LeagueSuper Tuesday with Atlanta Business League is a day of seminars, luncheon and exhibits oriented toward women business owners and professionals. The day of seminars and sessions is held annually to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of women business owners and the full range of products and services they provide. The day includes a variety of activities and an awards ceremony.

Travelers Aid Metro Atlanta — For over 100 years, Travelers Aid has provided emergency services to stranded, disabled and mentally-ill travelers, low-income newcomers, runaways and homeless and at-risk residents in crisis. When families or individuals face homelessness, Travelers Aid offers them help when they don't have anywhere else to turn and assists thousands of people each year who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless. By supporting Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, you can make a valuable contribution to the prevention of homelessness in the metro area.

YWCA — Women of Achievement — The YWCA Woman of Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious honors for women. The award honors women who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, as well as excellence, accomplishments and commitment in our communities.

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Civic


Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau - Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is a private, non-profit organization created to promote metro Atlanta and Georgia as the premier conventions, meetings and tourism destination, and favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism. ACVB serves as the liaison between meeting planners, tour operators and individual tourists and its member organizations that provide necessary ingredients for a successful vacation, meeting or convention. The combined efforts of ACVB, convention and meeting facilities, hotels and service organizations have helped to make Atlanta one of the top convention destinations in the nation.

Central Atlanta Progress — (www.centralatlantaprogress.org) was founded in 1941 as a private, not-for-profit corporation that strives to create a livable environment for Downtown Atlanta by building a 21st century Downtown as the heart of the Atlanta Region — a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce — The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the business community, aggressively advocating the business viewpoint in the shaping of public policy, encouraging ethical business practices and ensuring the state’s future as economically prosperous, educationally competitive and environmentally responsible.

L.E.A.D. Atlanta - Bringing highly motivated and energetic people together, L.E.A.D. Atlanta is a comprehensive leadership program for young professionals between the ages of 25 and 32. Centered on the founding principles of leadership, education, action, and direction, the program is designed to equip young people with key skills, knowledge and contacts early in their professional and community service careers. The integration of skill development, leadership development, and exploration of community issues makes this program uniquely different from existing programs that target this age group.

Metro Atlanta Chamber of CommerceMetro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MACOC) -- with 4,000 member companies that collectively employ more than 700,000 workers -- is a catalyst for a vibrant metro region. The Metro Atlanta Chamber focuses on the issues that matter most to the business community: improving quality of life, promoting economic growth and making Atlanta a brand name that means opportunity.

Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. — (Orlando CVB) is the only officially recognized sales and marketing organization for the Orlando and Orange County area. Chartered in 1983 as a private not-for-profit organization, the Orlando CVB represent more than 1,450 private businesses that make up the area's tourism industry. It is dedicated to promoting the area as one of America's great vacation and meeting destinations and providing comprehensive, unbiased information to all travelers. The organization’s website www.orlandoinfo.com provides information on Places to Stay and Things to Do when visiting the Orland/Orange county area.

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