Georgia Center for Nonprofits Joins Together with Southwest Airlines to Spread 'Luv' to Georgia Nonprofits

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The launch of LUV Grants for Good makes available $150,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations from across the State of Georgia.

We thank Southwest for offering the best kind of gift to our state -- much-needed resources for nonprofits and expanded support for our communities.

This week, Georgia Center for Nonprofits is thrilled to announce a new program with Southwest Airlines to support our state's nonprofits.

Continuing its 40-year mission to serve in its communities, Southwest has just announced the launch of LUV Grants for Good, making available $150,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations from across the State of Georgia. The online essay and video contest, now live at, will award a total of $150,000 in LUV Grants for Good to six Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The deadline to enter is Feb. 22, 2012.

GCN President & CEO Karen Beavor joined the celebration in a LUV-themed ceremony on Monday featuring congratulations from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and a cadre of Southwest customers and employees.

“We welcome Southwest Airlines to Georgia and thank them for offering the best kind of gift to our state," said Beavor, adding that "this is the kind of exciting relationship between the corporate and nonprofit sectors that brings much-needed resources and expanded support for our communities."

The public will have an opportunity to vote and select the winning six organizations from a pool of finalists that produce videos on how they would use money to show love to the communities they serve. Those finalists will have been selected from essays submitted online and judged by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Southwest Airlines.

In accepting the gift on behalf of all Georgians, Governor Deal said, “Southwest Airlines has established itself as a first-rate corporate citizen in our State by creating LUV Grants for Good to celebrate their arrival in our community. This program will benefit the people of Georgia, who welcome Southwest, their good works, and the wonderful opportunities they bring to our great State.”

About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Over the past 20 years, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits has become a leading state nonprofit organization through its work to improve the quality of life in Georgia communities by helping to create higher-performing nonprofits. GCN magnifies nonprofit impact in powerful ways—through training, networking, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and collaborations. Learn more at

About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and has recently acquired AirTran Airways, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest serves 73 cities in 38 states and is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has more than 37,000 Employees systemwide.

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