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American invests in groups that help our communities

American proudly supports nonprofit organizations that work to make a difference in the communities where we work, live and play. With the help of our employees and our customers, the airline’s collective humanitarian efforts provide assistance to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose missions aim to aid children, our military service members and those affected by unexpected adversity. To support this work, and ensure the greatest impact and reach, we concentrate our investment in the airline’s hub cities.

Our support is provided in three ways:
  1. In-kind contributions: American donates to nonprofit organizations in the form of AAdvantage® mileage certificates.
  2. Volunteerism: Our employees give back to their communities by volunteering in projects through our volunteer program, Do Crew.
  3. Cash support: There are limited opportunities to receive a cash contribution.


All requests must be submitted through the on-line application process. No status calls are accepted. Faxed, emailed or incomplete requests will not be considered. There are no submission deadlines to request a contribution, however applications are reviewed at the close of each quarter. Only one request per calendar year will be accepted.

To be eligible for review, your organization must have its 501(c)(3) registered in and providing services directly to those in one of the identified counties.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (Dallas and Tarrant Counties)
  • Miami (Miami Dade, Monroe, Broward, Collier Counties)
  • Chicago (Cook, Lake, Dupage, Will, Kane and McHenry Counties)
  • Phoenix (Maricopa County)
  • Washington, D.C. (Alexandria, Arlington, District of Columbia and Montgomery Counties)
  • New York (Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, Richmond, New York, Bronx, Rockland, and Westchester Counties)
  • Philadelphia (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties)
  • Charlotte (Mecklenburg County)
  • Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernadino Counties)
  • Tulsa (Tulsa County)

Funding Restrictions

  • Auxiliary, fraternal organizations, associations or service clubs (e.g. Junior League, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis)*
  • Business, political or labor associations or clubs (e.g. Executive Women International, Laborers' Local 777, Association of Mortgage Brokers)
  • Foundations, organizations or individuals which are grant-making entities or distribute funds to another nonprofit organization*
  • National nonprofit organizations
  • Organizations funded 50% or more by government sources including all grants, contracts and fee for service programs
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status
  • Organizations that primarily provide advocacy for issue related topics*
  • Professional society, trade association or membership organization (i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Travel Industry Association)
  • Recreational centers, programs and camps
  • Religious organizations, churches and programs that are purely denominational in purpose*
  • Schools including public, private, charter, pre-K, or universities and their support organizations* (i.e. Boosters, PTA/PTO’s, athletic teams, clubs, bands, performing arts groups, alumni associations or reunions)*
  • Sports teams or sporting programs
  • Start-up organizations as defined as a nonprofit organization whose ruling year has been granted by the IRS for less than three years

*As defined by the organization’s IRS 501 (C) 3 NTEE Code.

Funding will not be considered for:

  • A program or event taking place within the current quarter
  • Competitions, beauty pageants or talent contests
  • Baggage fees or cargo space
  • Conferences, seminars or conventions
  • Endowment, debt reduction, capital or building campaigns
  • Video or film production costs or sponsorship
  • Organizations that provide support outside the local community

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