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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.  As such, the ISTAT Foundation supports non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that provide air transportation for patients that have critical needs for medical treatment and cargo for humanitarian purposes.


The applications for the 2020 ISTAT Foundation Grants Program are now closed. Next year's ISTAT Foundation Grants Program applications will open in January 2021. 

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

Phone: +1.312.673.5379

Congratulations to the 2020 ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Aid Grant Recipients

In 2020, $110,000 in humanitarian grants were awarded to 15 charities worldwide. In addition, $115,000 was granted to Airlink in support of their humanitarian relief initiatives. 

  • Aerobility - UK
  • Angel Fight New England - USA
  • Aviation Without Borders - USA
  • Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust - UK
  • Flying Angels Foundation Onlus - Italy
  • Flying for Life - South Africa
  • Irish Community Rapid Response - Ireland
  • London Air Ambulance Limited - UK
  • Lucy Air Ambulance - UK
  • Mercy Air - USA
  • Mission Aviation Fellowship - UK
  • North Country Life Flight - US
  • Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue - Australia
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria - 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, Christine Rovelli, Rod Sheridan, and Richard Wall.