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Humanitarian Aid Program

Showcasing how the aviation community can join together to aid those in need.



The Foundation supports humanitarian causes that use the power of aviation to help save lives, promote human welfare and alleviate suffering. Our focus is on restoring the basic necessities and improving the well-being of those in need as a result of global disasters and/or afflictions. In addition, the ISTAT Foundation collaborates with and supports non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that provide air transportation for patients that have critical needs for medical treatment and cargo that is necessary to support humanitarian causes.

How to Apply

The committee is actively accepting proposals for the 2019 ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Program. The committee welcomes qualified charities to submit applications for grants of up to $10,000 USD. 

The application must include the following:

  • Cover letter with the name, mailing address and website of the organization, key staff contact details, and the organization’s mission and activities
  • Amount of grant request (up to $10,000 USD) and its budget framework
  • Description of the organization’s grant request
  • Outline plans to recognize the ISTAT Foundation’s support

Completed applications shall be submitted as an email attachment to with the subject line: ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Grant Application, {Organization Name}. It is encouraged to provide electronic attachments of the organization's brochures, news clippings or articles.
The deadline to submit applications for the 2019 ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Program is Sunday, 1 September 2019. 

For more information on the ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Aid Program, please contact ISTAT Foundation Headquarters.

Phone: +1.312.673.5379

Congratulations to the 2018 ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Aid Grant Recipients

The ISTAT Foundation awarded $95,000 in humanitarian grants to 13 charities worldwide, plus an additional $100,000 to Airlink:

  • Aerobility - UK
  • Airserv International - USA
  • AMREF Flying Doctors - Kenya
  • Angel Flight NE - USA
  • Aviation Without Borders - UK
  • Flying Angels - Italy
  • Freedom in the Air - UK
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship - UK
  • Royal Australian Flying Doctor Service - Australia
  • South African Red Cross Society - South Africa
  • Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Australia 
  • Wings of Hope - USA


Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with pre-qualified nonprofits, was founded in 2010 by the ISTAT Foundation after responding to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed over $1.6 million in support of their initiatives.  

Today, Airlink has transported more than 5,000 passengers and more than 3,000,000 pounds of cargo in support of a broad range of humanitarian initiatives. To learn more about Airlink and how you can support their mission, please visit  

Humanitarian Aid Committee

The 2019 Humanitarian Aid Committee is comprised of David Swan – Chair, Julian Balaam, Todd Freeman, Sylvain Gloux, Michael Halaby, Mary Ellen Jones, James McCarthy, Rod Sheridan, and Richard Wall.