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Alaska Airlines donates nearly $150,000 to nonprofits in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington

The Alaska Airlines Foundation has awarded $145,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations throughout the states of Alaska, Hawaii and Washington.

This is the first time the Alaska Airlines Foundation is adding a mid-year grant to complement its traditional end of year cycle.

For nearly 20 years, the Alaska Airlines Foundation has distributed cash grants to locally-based nonprofit organizations that support youth, work-force development and educational efforts. The Foundation grants supplement the company’s corporate giving program that donated over $11 million in cash and in-kind gifts in 2015.

In the first half of 2016, grants were made to 12 nonprofits, including the following:

Covenant House Alaska – CHA is the largest provider of services to homeless, runaway and trafficked youth in Alaska. This grant will provide funding for CHA’s school-to-work transition program designed to keep students in school through graduation and help them transition into the workplace in quality jobs.

Friends of Hawaii Robotics – Friends of Hawaii Robotics operates FIRST robotics programs throughout Hawaii. Over 8,000 students currently participate in the program, which exposes them to real-world problem-solving and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) applications.

Washington’s Environmental Science Center – THE ESC’s Science Literacy: Let Nature Teach program will engage K-12th grade students in studying ocean habitat. Program participants include students of low-income and racially diverse backgrounds within the South King County area, ensuring that all students and citizens have access to quality environmental education.

“The Alaska Airlines Foundation is committed to investing in our communities,” said board chair Joe Sprague. “These organizations are working hard to make sure that today’s youth have the skills and knowledge needed for tomorrow’s environment.”

The Alaska Airlines Foundation was established in 1998 as a 501 c (3) private foundation as a way to supplement Alaska Airlines’ overall corporate giving program by providing cash grants to public charities in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. Grants typically focus on educational and workforce development efforts that serve a unique need or value to a community.

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