Boeing has announced more than $50 million in grants to more than 500 nonprofit organizations across 50 countries globally, with many located in the Puget Sound. The annual contributions include a three-year commitment of more than $25 million in support of veterans' recovery and rehabilitation programs and transition services.
The charitable grants package will fund programs through 2018 and supplement an anticipated $117 million in company-wide business and employee contributions to similar causes—bringing Boeing's total community investments to approximately $167 million this year alone.
"We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. "By harnessing our teammates' unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe."
Anchored by local and regional employee-engagement activities, Boeing charitable grants are geared toward developing tomorrow's innovators through investment in the skills required in today's modern workplace, and supporting military veterans and their families transitioning into the civilian workforce. At a local level, Boeing investments address unique challenges and issues that are critical to those communities where our company operates.
In the U.S., some of the largest Boeing grants will support FIRST Robotics and its focus on primary, middle and high school STEM proficiency and diversity, USO Pathfinder and its holistic military transition services, and National Fund for Workforce Solutions through its Boeing on-the-job training program that focuses on strengthening the manufacturing workforce pipeline.
2018 Boeing Charitable Grants by the Numbers:
Our Future: Tomorrow's Innovators: A total of 188 grants targeting increased STEM diversity, proficiency and interest among K-12 students.
Our Heroes: Veterans & Their Families: Nearly $8 million in veterans grant investments, representing a year-over-year increase of 50 percent from 2016 to 2017.
Our Homes: Dynamic Communities: More than 130 global community grants supporting a range of programs from environmental projects in Puget Sound, Wash., to health programs in South Carolina and workforce development initiatives in India.
A full list of Boeing's 2018 grantees can be found here.
By Jason Capeheart