Boeing is on track to surpass $200 million in total community giving in 2018. That is the exciting news delivered by Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg during a keynote address to members of the Economic Club in Washington, D.C.
“That’s a significant sum and shows how our company is driving innovation, supporting our people and improving Boeing communities around the world,” he said while announcing $54 million in grants and philanthropic sponsorships to nonprofits within the U.S. and around the world.
As part of the company’s $100 million pledge to invest in local communities following the enactment of the tax reform legislation, the investments include new or accelerated partnerships with organizations that improve STEM education, enrich local communities, and offer transition and health services for veterans and their families.
The sum includes $1.5 million allocated to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to support environmental projects in Washington and Oregon.
“This project promotes cleaner water and air, and makes communities and people healthier. We couldn’t do this essential work without Boeing’s commitment to this region,” said Mike Stevens, Washington State Director at The Nature Conservancy. “We’re grateful for Boeing’s support in enhancing and protecting tree canopy in Washington and Oregon.”
The TNC grant is particularly exciting to Jenette Ramos, senior vice president, Boeing Supply Chain & Operations, and trustee at The Nature Conservancy in Washington.
“Together with The Nature Conservancy, we are united by nature and guided by science,” said Ramos. “Our commitment to community engagement and corporate citizenship is foundational to The Boeing Company. By investing in the work of The Nature Conservancy we will advance sustainability practices in our community to protect the environment for future generations.”
Beyond the local grants, the newly announced investments will help launch Boeing’s “First to Mars” initiative, a comprehensive experiential learning framework that encourages interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and inspires the next generation to see the future in space as their future with Boeing.
Charitable dollars will also support the national scaling of innovative veterans’ health and wellness programs administered by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the National Center for Veterans Services (NCVS).
By Jason Capeheart and Deborah Feldman