ISTAT News | 18 May 2021
ISTAT Foundation Provides Immediate COVID-19 Relief Funding for India
In addition to its planned giving in 2021, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) is committing, by way of the ISTAT Foundation, up to US$100,000 for the purpose of immediate COVID-19 relief through Airlink's Operation Airlift India, as the region continues to be deeply impacted by a rapid and deadly surge of the virus.
The Foundation has granted an initial US$50,000 to Airlink and is also launching the ISTAT Foundation Matching Gift Campaign through which it will match up to US$50,000 in additional grant funds raised by corporate and individual donations. The matching gift campaign will run from Tuesday, 18 May through Friday, 28 May.
Through the initial contribution and matching funds, the goal is to raise US$150,000 to directly benefit Airlink's Operation Airlift India.
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Airlink's Operation Airlift India
Airlink's Operation Airlift India is being coordinated to provide an initial pipeline of 17 supplies shipments for 11 NGOs. Due to distances between these destinations within India and state restrictions for transportation of humanitarian goods with the country, both direct airlift and last-mile considerations is critical to ensuring supplies reach their intended recipients in the fastest time.
"The ISTAT Foundation is delighted to be able to support Airlink as Lead Sponsor for their Operation Airlift India COVID-19 relief effort," states ISTAT Foundation Chair Peter Huijbers. "Since its inception by the ISTAT Foundation over 10 years ago, Airlink has developed into a center of excellence for NGOs to provide support using aviation as a bridge to move crucial people and goods from origin to their destination. For the ISTAT Foundation, it is important to be able to make an impact and provide support where needed. With our long-standing partnership with Airlink, we will strive to continue doing exactly that."
About ISTAT and The ISTAT Foundation
The ISTAT Foundation's mission is to support individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism. ISTAT historically provides the ISTAT Foundation with an annual grant to continue this mission through its Scholarship, Internships, ISTAT University, Grants, and Humanitarian Aid Programs. In times such as these, ISTAT and the ISTAT Foundation believe it a privilege and responsibility to provide additional support.
Airlink is a nonprofit organization working with aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for reputable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe. The ISTAT Foundation founded Airlink in 2010 and has contributed nearly US$2 million in support of their initiatives to date. To learn more about Airlink and how you can support their mission, please visit www.airlinkflight.org.