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.
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
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
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
APIASF is based in Washington, DC, and is the country's largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Established in 2003, APIASF forges partnerships by building a national Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship organization that supports and encourages all Asian and Pacific Islander American students to pursue higher education, thereby developing future leaders who will contribute back to their communities, and ultimately, strengthening America. APIASF is also the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholars/APIA, which provides outstanding low-income Asian and Pacific Islander American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. Supporters of APIASF include members of the general public and a wide spectrum of community and professional leasers, organizations, and corporations. Learn More
APIAVote is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. APIAVote promotes the participation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPIs) in electoral and public policy processes at the national, state, and local levels. APIAVote is dedicated to supporting the AAPI community's full participation in the democratic process. APIAVote is the only national institution focused on voter mobilization and civic participation efforts in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community. Learn More
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.
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
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
NJAMF works to tell the Japanese American story of service and sacrifice in protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans through their various educational programs, special events, and the Memorial to Patriotism. Learn More
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 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) 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
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program improves the public's appreciation of the crucial roles that Asian Pacific Americans have played in American history and, simultaneously, empowers APA communities in their sense of inclusion within our national culture. Learn More
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
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
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
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 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 is the largest and most influential ethnic chamber in Northern California and is open to all businesses and organizations, regardless of ethnicity. The membership is comprised of individuals and businesses from many different sectors – united in promoting, nurturing and propelling economic growth in the region. Learn More
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) 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) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Established in 2010, the APAHF is the fiscal sponsor of the APA Heritage Celebration Steering Committee, whose goals are to promote public awareness of APA Heritage Month and plan the City's official celebration of this special occasion every year.
The mission of APAHF is to promote appreciation of Asian Pacific American culture and heritage, and provide a forum for the diverse APA community to share information, discuss issues of concern and collaborate on projects of community interests. The organization accomplishes its goals by organizing and supporting civic as well as educational activities. Learn More
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
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 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
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
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)'s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals and their families by providing an array of human services. AACI empowers the Asian American community by working collaboratively for equality and social justice. Founded in 1973, AACI is now the largest community-based organization serving the Asian American community in Santa Clara County. Current programs includes mental health and primary care health services, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, breast cancer education, substance abuse treatment, a center for survivors of torture, programs, and shelter for women and children who are domestic violence victims, a senior center, after-school youth programs, English and citizenship classes, and advocacy. Learn More
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
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
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