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Community Affairs & Grassroots Partnerships

The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.

Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.

National Partners

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice

    The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. Learn more.

  • Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)

    AAJC works to advance the human and civil rights for Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. AAJC is one of the nation's leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention/race relations, census, immigrants' rights, immigration, language access, television diversity, and voting rights. Learn More

  • Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

    Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our members include foundations, staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and nonprofit organizations in nine regional chapters in the United States. AAPIP engages AAPI communities and philanthropy to address unmet needs; serves as a resource for and about AAPI communities; supports and facilitates giving by and to AAPI communities; and incubates new ideas and approaches for social justice philanthropy. Learn More

  • Asian Business Association

    ABA represents Asian American business owners and creates business opportunities for its members and their diverse communities. Learn more.

  • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

    APAICS is dedicated to increasing participation of individuals of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. Founded in 1995, APAICS was created to promote, support, and conduct non-partisan education and informational activities, research, and programs designed to effectively enhance and increase the participation of the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community in the democratic process at the national, state, and local levels. Learn More

  • Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE)

    ACE's mission is to serve as a strong advocate of AAPI business interests and effect positive change on all issues that enhance and advance the goals and aspirations of AAPI business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. We strive to do this through supporting and promoting issues that impact the AAPI business community, improving the economic development and economic impact of the AAPI community, advancing coalitions and enhancing community building, and fostering the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs and CEOs. Learn more

  • Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

    Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education which serves as the foundation for their future success and contributions to a more vibrant America. Learn more.

  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Japanese American Citizens League, founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States.  The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community. JACL constantly assesses the effectiveness of its role in Japanese American, Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities, and what infrastructure is necessary to effectively support our mission and efficiently achieve our goals. Today, with inter-racial and multi-ethnic marriages changing the face of the Japanese American community, the JACL faces additional challenges in looking to its future and to the future of the Japanese American community.

  • National Asian American Coalition (NAAC)

    The NAAC (formerly Mabuhay Alliance) is a HUD-approved nonprofit organization, with a focus on sustainable homeownership, Asian American diversity, consumer and small business development. NAAC advocates in the halls of Congress, in the California legislature and key federal legislators such as the Federal Reserve, FDIC, FTC, FCC and SEC and among today’s Fortune 500 corporations. Learn More

  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)

    CAPACD is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community development needs of diverse and rapidly growing AAPI communities. They are a membership-based network of more than 100 organizations and individuals in 17 states that serve Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, refugees, and immigrants nationwide. Since 1999, National CAPACD has brought together some of the most sophisticated, comprehensive, and active community development agencies, social service providers, national organizations, advocates, and organizers. Learn More

  • Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

    OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA aims to embrace the hopes and aspirations Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA is engaged in organizing its over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the nation to develop both leadership and community involvement. OCA chapters and college affiliates are establishing strong local programs in all parts of the county. Learn More

  • The Center for Asian Pacific American Women

    The Center for Asian Pacific American Women helps to develop Asian Pacific women nationwide to achieve success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives, and to lead positive change in their workplace and communities. Learn More

  • The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)

    The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization. SALDEF’s mission is to protect the civil rights of Sikh Americans and ensure a fostering environment in the United States for future generations, and it empowers Sikh Americans through advocacy, education and media relations. Founded as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, SALDEF began solely as an all-volunteer organization with a primary focus on media analysis and education. Based on the needs of the Sikh American community, SALDEF began responding to civil rights, legislative, employment, and accommodation issues. Currently, SALDEF maintains a full-time staff in addition to several volunteer local representatives and regional directors. Its pro bono legal team includes several part-time volunteer attorneys who handle legal matters affecting Sikh Americans. Learn More

  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

    South Asian Americans Leading Together is dedicated to fostering an environment in which all South Asians in America can participate fully in civic and political life, and have influence over policies that affect the approximately 2.7 million South Asians who live in the United States. Learn More

  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

    SEARAC is a national organization advancing the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans through leadership development, capacity building, and community empowerment. Founded in 1979 as the Indochina Refugee Action Center, the organization's purpose was to facilitate the relocation of Southeast Asian refugees into American society and foster the development of nonprofit organizations led by and for Southeast Asian Americans. SEARAC's goals are to serve as a coalition-builder and leader, carry out action-oriented research projects, and strengthen the capacity of community-based organization such as mutual assistance associations and faith-based organizations. The organization also fosters civic engagement among Southeast Asian Americans, and represents their communities at the national level in Washington, DC. Learn More

Los Angeles

  • Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)

    CAUSE is a nonprofit, non-partisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through non-partisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development. Founded in 1993 as Chinese Americans United for Self Empowerment to promote civic and political participation in the Chinese American communities, CAUSE expanded its mission to serve the larger Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in 2003; thus, becoming Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment. Comprised of committed professional, business, community, and political leaders, CAUSE has established itself as a prominent APA community-based organization in the Greater Los Angeles area, with influence and reach throughout California. CAUSE is a unique nonpartisan, community-based organization, dedicated to promoting APA civic and political participation. Learn More

  • LEAP

    Since its founding in 1982, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) has been intent on growing leaders within Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the country. When LEAP opened its doors 25 years ago, it was founded on a simple yet powerful idea; that in order for AAPI communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in the larger democratic process, those communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf. A national, nonprofit organization, LEAP works to achieve full participation and equality for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through leadership, empowerment, and policy. Learn More


  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Community Education Foundation (APAPA)

    Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Community Education Foundation works to promote the advancement of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through active participation and leadership in civic and public affairs. APAPA educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. Learn More

  • The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

    The Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC) is dedicated to promoting, nurturing and propelling economic growth in the Sacramento Region. Learn more.

San Francisco

  • Asia Society of Northern California

    Drawing on its strength as one of the nation's premier educational and networking links between Americans and Asians, the Asia Society in Northern California strives to offer fresh perspectives on the forces and issues that are shaping Asia's relations with California, the Silicon Valley, and the rest of the world. Through lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, conferences, cultural events, and country briefings, the Northern California Regional Center presents the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the Bay Area community. As technology and Asia's growth and development continue to change the face of the world we live in, the Northern California office presents timely and relevant forums for enhancing public understanding of these developments and their impact on the local community.  Learn More

  • Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF)

    Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America’s past, present and future. AIISF raises funds to restore, preserve and interpret the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island, a National Historic Landmark.  In partnership with the California State Parks, AIISF educates the public about the complex story and rich cultural heritage of Pacific Coast immigrants and their descendants. Learn More

  • The APA Heritage Foundation (APAHF)

    The mission of the APA Heritage Foundation is to promote awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of Asian Pacific Americans. Learn more.

  • Center for Asian American Media

    The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Learn More

  • Chinatown Community Development Center

    The Mission of the Chinatown Community Development Center is to build community and enhance the quality of life for San Francisco residents.

  • Filipina Women's Network

    Filipina Women's Network provides educational and cultural resources through publications, lectures, activities, and training programs to further the professional and personal developments of it members. FWN members are Filipina women from corporations, government, and nonprofit sectors including organizations who support FWN's mission. Learn More

  • The Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC)

    PAAWBAC was founded in 1980 by women representing Chinese, Chomorro, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese, and other Asian and Pacific communities to represent the interests of Pacific and Asian American women. Since its inception, PAAWBAC has continued to support programs and seminars of relevance to Pacific Asian women in areas such as career advancement, relationships, educational equality, health care, business/economic development, risk-taking, and political empowerment. PAAWBAC continues to network with concerned individuals, members of other community organizations and leaders in the community to address issues affecting Asian and Pacific women and our communities. Learn More

San Jose

  • Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI)

    Founded in 1997, APLALI was founded as a public-interest incubator of civic education and leadership in Silicon Valley by Dr. Michael Chang during his term as Mayor of Cupertino. APALI is administered by the Intercultural & International Studies Division of De Anza College and provides to educate and develop a pipeline of ethical civic leaders for underrepresented minorities in American society. APALI provides education and networking programs for youth leaders to practicing and emerging leaders to elected officials through two community-based programs and three college-level programs. Learn More


  • Asian American Institute

    The Asian American Institute was established in 1992 as a pan-Asian not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to empower the Asian American community through advocacy utilizing research, education, and coalition building. The Institute works to improve cooperation and mutual understanding by bringing ethnic Asian American communities together, raise the visibility of the Asian American community and spotlight its concerns so that elected officials, policy makers and the general public will understand, and gather and disseminate data about Asian American communities. Learn More

New York

  • Chinatown Partnership

    The Chinatown Partnership was formed to bring residents, business owners, and community group together to rebuild Chinatown following 9/11, and to preserve the neighborhood's unique culture while ensuring its vitality in the future.

    Through a broad range of programs, the Chinatown Partnership engages the community and leads efforts to improve the neighborhood's physical environment, provide opportunities and services for local businesses and entrepreneurs, showcase arts and culture, attract public and private investment, advocate for a fair share of government services, and create a dynamic and diverse 24/7 neighborhood.

    With an accomplished staff and a distinguished board of directors, neighborhood improvement programs like Clean Streets are taking on Chinatown's toughest and most-cited challenges. Innovative arts and cultural events like Taste of Chinatown and Lunar Stages are instilling pride in the community while drawing new generations of visitors from near and far. Explore Chinatown, an award-winning communications and marketing campaign, is connecting Chinatown to the world through the Web and welcoming the world to Chinatown by shining a spotlight on the neighborhood's cultural riches and myriad attractions.

    Recognizing that the future of the largest Asian American community in the greatest city in the world begins with today's vision, the Chinatown Partnership challenges the community to imagine, and bring into reality, its vision for Manhattan's Chinatown in the 21st Century. Learn More

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