Philanthropy Now podcast: Southwest Airlines honors the 35th LUV Classic during COVID-19 by donating $1 million to 101 charities

In this episode, Megan Lee, Senior Manager of Community Outreach with Southwest Airlines joins Michael Lopez, former Director of Corporate Responsibility with SVCF for a conversation about Southwest’s philanthropy. Megan, who manages Southwest’s charitable investment activities and community programs, explains how her company’s renowned culture informs and influences its approach to community outreach, including the evolution of its famous LUV Classic Golf Tournament and how their sustainability mission garnered them a spot on Project Runway. The conversation also highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Southwest's corporate giving and mission to continue supporting long-standing partnerships despite the economic impact of the pandemic on its business and industry.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.


Michael Lopez, former Director of Corporate Responsibility with Silicon Valley Community Foundation,

Megan Lee, Senior Manager, Community Outreach with Southwest Airlines


What you will learn:

  • The different program areas and structure of Southwest’s Community Outreach team
  • How COVID-19 has impacted Southwest’s community and charitable endeavors
  • What the Repurpose with a Purpose project is and how it became a feature on Project Runway
  • Future opportunities for Southwest’s philanthropic programs
  • How Southwest’s corporate culture informs their approach to corporate giving and community outreach

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