Delta volunteer holding wooden Captain Planet sign
Community Engagement

Charitable Giving

Our charitable giving program, which includes support from Delta Air Lines and The Delta Air Lines Foundation, benefits local communities through contributions to partner organizations aligned with our four pillars. We tailor our giving to meet the evolving needs of society and our planet, focusing our local, national and global investments and resources where we can deliver both immediate and sustainable impact.

Environment

We work to cultivate greener, more sustainable communities and promote environmental advocacy.

Delta Air Lines and The Delta Air Lines Foundation have contributed $14 million to support Global Citizen’s efforts to deliver the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end extreme poverty and combat the global climate crisis.

Delta sponsored tree planting projects in nine markets to help tackle urban heat and air pollution, create equitable, healthy neighborhoods and inspire the next generation of environmental champions. Additional partners include Trees Atlanta, Tree People in Los Angeles, Speak for the Trees in Boston, Tree Utah and Forterra in Seattle. We also support the MANG Foundation’s mission to rebuild Florida’s mangrove ecosystems through employee volunteer support at its headquarters plant nursery and in the field for in-the-wild plantings.

Our partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, Yale School of the Environment and the Natural Areas Conservancy on the Central Park Climate Lab supports the development of research and tools that will provide scalable climate mitigation strategies and protocols for urban parks across the country. We also support Captain Planet Foundation’s mission to empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet by funding outdoor learning labs at schools in Atlanta, New York City and Seattle.

Equity

We help provide underserved communities with equitable access to quality education, economic mobility and sustainable careers.

Delta is among the 37 founding companies of OneTen, a coalition that aims to hire, promote and advance 1 million Black individuals into family-sustaining careers over 10 years. In 2023, we formally committed to serve as the OneTen Atlanta City Lead to mobilize the Georgia business community to promote equity through skills-based talent practices. While the coalition’s efforts are focused on Black talent, the Skills-First talent strategy benefits all employees – a key driver in fostering equitable outcomes through other Skills-First-based efforts.

Delta provides $1.6 million in financial aid annually to the UNCF, including $1 million for Emergency Retention Grants and Degree Completion Aid and $600,000 for HBCU scholarships.

We support two National Urban League programs to help provide all Americans with access to livingwage jobs and good benefits. The Urban Tech Jobs Program connects long-term unemployed individuals with Information Technology jobs, and the Urban Apprenticeship Jobs Program works to create a nationwide pipeline of career-ready people of color.

HELPING WOMEN TAKE OFF

Delta is committed to empowering and advancing women in the aviation and aerospace industry. Our partner organizations include Women in Aviation International, which provides networking, education, mentoring and scholarships; the Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable, which engages executives to build strategies to develop and promote women leaders; and Sisters of the Skies, which supports future black female pilots through mentorship, scholarship, outreach and professional development.

PRIDE IN FLIGHT

Delta supports the LGBTQ+ community by sponsoring 12 Pride celebrations around the world. For example, in 2023, a crew of Delta and Air France–KLM employees sailed for the first time in a Pride-themed boat at the Canal Parade as part of Amsterdam Pride. We also proudly support The Trevor Project's mission to end suicide among LGBTQ+ youth by providing 24/7 crisis support services and intervention programs, and we team up with GLAAD to honor media accurately and inclusively portray the LGBTQ+ community.

Education

We take a Skills-First, purpose-driven approach to building the workforce of tomorrow.

Delta supports work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through a partnership with Junior Achievement spanning 30 chapters on five continents – providing students with handson experience through job shadowing, immersive simulations and other programs.

We fund 3DE by Junior Achievement programming – which uses interdisciplinary learning and real-world experiences to prepare high school students for careers in a fast-changing economy through critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning, communication and collaboration – in 51 public high schools across 11 states. We share 3DE’s belief that equitable access to quality education drives economic mobility.

As the official airline of the National Flight Academy since 2016, Delta has funded nearly 3,000 scholarships for middle and high school students to attend a six-day, immersive learning experience aboard a virtual aircraft carrier. The program aims to inspire youth interest in aviation and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through flight simulation exercises. We also support a weeklong Girls in STEM program to increase awareness and create career paths in aviation.

The Delta Air Lines Foundation has awarded grants to two Atlanta-area women’s colleges: $2 million to the Center for Innovation & the Arts at Spelman College to integrate the arts into STEM programs and $1 million to Agnes Scott College for a program that takes first-year students on a global journey.

In 2023, The Delta Air Lines Foundation awarded a $3 million grant to Middle Georgia State University’s Aviation School to expand capacity of flight and technical (aircraft maintenance) training to build a pipeline of future aviation talent.

KABOOM! PLAYSPACES

Since 2013, we have partnered with KABOOM! to end playspace inequity by building community-specific playgrounds in underserved minority communities:

  • 37

    Playgrounds built

  • 48,000+

    Kids benefitted

YMCA PARTNERSHIP

Our partnership with YMCA supports after-school programs, tutoring, swim lessons, water safety courses and career exploration opportunities in:

  • 20

    Chapters

  • 3

    Continents

Entire Wellness

We work with partner organizations to support all aspects of community health and well-being.

In 2023, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed $2.68 million to children’s hospitals globally, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (to support Hughes Spalding Hospital), Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam.

AMERICAN RED CROSS

Delta’s longest-standing nonprofit partnership dates back to World War II (WWII), when Delta people collected blood in the hangar that now houses the Delta Flight Museum and flew it to locations in need. Our blood drive program continued to expand in 2023 with 15,053 units collected at 348 drives in 72 locations (including six new locations) and joint drives with our sponsored sports teams in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Seattle. We also sponsored blood drives at 24 HBCUs to support the Red Cross HBCU Ambassador Leadership Program, which engages students in the Sickle Cell Initiative to help save lives through blood collection on HBCU campuses.

In addition to sponsoring blood drives and providing community CPR training in 24 locations, we support global disaster relief and international humanitarian aid through the American Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2023, we contributed $1 million to humanitarian efforts in the Middle East, $250,000 to wildfire relief in Maui, and $100,000 for earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria. These contributions complement Delta’s $1 million grant to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, which enables the organization to proactively prepare for disasters.

SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE

Delta proudly honors U.S. armed services members and military veterans who embody servant leadership, resilience and community. We have funded the construction of four Fisher House Foundation facilities, where families of military personnel can stay at no cost while loved ones receive treatment onsite at U.S. Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs medical centers.

For the ninth consecutive year, Delta matched member-donated miles through the Delta SkyWish Program’s Veteran’s Month promotion to Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles Program and Luke’s Wings. Both organizations use donated miles to provide air travel to wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans, as well as their families, while they undergo treatment and recovery.

We also partnered with the Best Defense Foundation to fly more than 40 WWII veterans on a chartered flight to Normandy, France, for the annual commemoration of the 1944 D-Day invasion.

Additional efforts include:

  • Supporting 10 United Service Organizations (USO) facilities through sponsorship and volunteer work, including assembling care packages, serving hot meals, distributing luggage tags and spending time with service members. We also support non-USO-affiliated military lounges at Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP), and Miami (MIA).
  • Serving as the official airline partner of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation benefiting children in need during the holidays for the 19th consecutive year in 2023. In addition to contributing more than $700,000 annually, Delta employees lead annual holiday toy drives and fundraisers to buy and assemble bikes for children. In 2023, our TechOps team raised funds to build 1,200 bikes for Toys for Toys to distribute.

TAKING A STAND AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

In 2023, The Delta Air Lines Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to Wellspring Living to provide domestic sex trafficking victims and those at risk with specialized recovery services, including apprenticeship programs hosted by Delta. Allison Ausband, our Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer, is co-chairing Wellspring Living’s $20 million capital campaign.

Our commitment to combat human trafficking dates back to 2011 when we became the first airline to sign the International Code of Conduct outlined by End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes. The following year, we became a founding member of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Since then, Delta has helped develop training for customer-facing employees to identify and report human trafficking. More than 60,000 employees have completed the trainings, to date. We partner with Freedom United to install anti-trafficking tools and airport signage to educate travelers on human trafficking indicators and have contributed $3 million to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which connects victims with services to get help and stay safe.

Delta honored National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January 2023 by participating in a news conference at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and other state and local leaders to explore ways the aviation industry can intervene in human trafficking.

We have the opportunity to educate millions of travelers each year on ways to identify and stop human trafficking, as we work alongside government partners at the local, state, federal and international levels.”

Meg Taylor Deputy General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel