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United Airlines Foundation

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For more than 50 years, the United Airlines® Foundation has served as the charitable wing of our airline. While many divisions and departments at United are involved with the community, the foundation is the only organization within the company whose community support is purely humanitarian.

Our mission is to develop, implement and communicate United's commitment to community service by sponsoring and supporting charitable organizations, as well as programs and activities that improve the communities where our customers and employees live and work.

The United Airlines Foundation was formed in 1952. Originally, the foundation supported only one national charity—the United Way—and a handful of smaller programs. Today, the foundation provides millions of dollars worth of support to charities that fit within our designated areas of focus.

Every year, the foundation receives thousands of requests for support. Although we would like to be able to assist every worthy charitable organization and activity, the volume of requests far outweighs our ability and resources to be responsive to each one.

General guidelines
The foundation's current focus is described throughout the Committed to the Community pages. Focus areas include at risk youtharts and culture, and volunteerism.United also supports disaster relief and humanitarian aid on an as needed basis.

The foundation concentrates the majority of its resources in United's US hubs - Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. These communities sustain our largest operations and serve as home to the majority of our employees and customers.

We do not provide matching gifts, air transportation for fundraising events, air transportation for individuals or support in the following areas: capital and building grants, development campaigns, individuals, political or fraternal organizations, United Way-funded agencies (because they receive support through employee payroll deductions), religious institutions, or individual public or private schools.

Specific guidelines
The following is an example of the information that is typically required in a proposal. Please use this information as a sample only, since specific information required may change when our new guidelines become available. Proposals generally consist of three sections: an executive summary, a history of your organization and supporting documentation.

The executive summary must be kept to one page. It should include the following information:

Summary of project
  • Date/duration of project
  • Location of activity
  • Target beneficiaries
  • Number of people affected by grant
Resources requested
  • Financial
  • Air transportation
  • Human (i.e., volunteer)

Intended use

Intended use of funds, tickets, and/or volunteers.

Benefits to the community at large and the United community specifically.

Description of how the project fits within United's planned giving charitable focus.


Description of how United's participation will affect the project's ability to attract other sponsors, contributors, and participants.

Organizational history including:

  • Mission
  • Goals
  • Current programs
  • Full description of the goals and objectives of the project.
  • A description of the plan for evaluation of the completed project.

Supporting documents
Supporting documents may include any information that elaborates on the items summarized in the executive summary.

In addition to the above, you must provide:

  • A copy of your organization's IRS tax-exempt letter
  • A list of your organization's board of directors with affiliations
  • A list of your organization's major contributors and other sponsors with dollar amounts
  • A copy of your most recent annual report
  • Audited financial statements or Form 990
  • A copy of your previous and current year program and organization budget
  • A proposal letter with benefits of sponsorship clearly outlined
  • All documents may be mailed to the following address:  

    United Airlines-WHQPR
    Corporate Social Investment
    1200 E. Algonquin Road
    Elk Grove Village, IL  60007

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