Delta committed in 2016 to contribute 1 percent of its record net income from last year to charities in communities where employees live, work and serve. A new Matching Gifts to Education Program launched this month as a part of that commitment.
CEO Ed Bastian explained the commitment in a memo to employees, customers and community partners in February.
“2015 was a remarkable year for Delta, and the communities we call home should share in this success,” Bastian wrote. “That’s why, beginning this year, Delta will contribute 1 percent of its net income from the previous year to key charitable organizations. This commitment will be fulfilled through cash contributions and in-kind travel, as well as grants from The Delta Air Lines Foundation. In 2016, Delta is projected to give $37 million to charitable organizations worldwide.”
Through the Matching Gifts to Education program, The Delta Air Lines Foundation will match donations made by Delta employees, retirees and Board of Directors to public and private, accredited, non-profit educational institutions, pre-K through post-graduate, on a 1-to-1 basis up to $5,000 per individual per calendar year.
Delta people can donate to an eligible educational institution and request a match via an internal Delta website.
“Supporting education is a high priority for Delta, and the Matching Gifts to Education Program represents an important piece of our pledge to support community and charitable organizations where our employees live, work and serve," said Tad Hutcheson, Senior Vice President of The Delta Air Lines Foundation.