Boeing Company: Grants for Conservation

OVERVIEW: Boeing primarily supports education, workforce development, the environment, financial stability, and health. Boeing divide its giving by state, and gives in 20 states total (plus Washington, D.C.). Areas of focus vary by state, but a focus on environmental conservation is prevalent.

IP TAKE:  Because Boeing divides its giving by state, with each state formulating its own specific priorities and parameters, grantseekers must take extra time to carefully review requirements for their state. it will take a bit of extra investigative work to determine whether your conservation program is a fit. 

PROFILE: As the second-largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world, the Boeing Company supports "innovative partnerships and programs that align with [its] strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, and supporting [...] military and veteran communities." A broad funder of STEM education, Boeing also commits its grantmaking to environmental causes.  

Boeing does not maintain specific programs to facilitate its grantmaking. Rather, it divides awards by state. For those seeking support, Boeing offers funding to 20 different states (including Washington, D.C.), which each reflect different grantmaking priorities. While not every states offers grants towards conservation or sustainability measures, each has its own environmental emphases. For instance, Washington state seeks to "promote environmental stewardship through leadership development." Texas focuses on "environmental education inside and outside the classroom focused on reducing impact on the environment and conservation." Montana seeks to "foster individual and collective impact towards protection of all natural resources and the preservation of our lands." California dedicates itself to "programs that support the development and implementation of water conservation."

In addition to the Boeing Company's state-by-state giving, applicants can also secure funding through the Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company, which Boeing employees fund through employee donations. The fund also divides its giving—and giving priorities—by state, and sometimes regions within a state. There are 19 different Community Funds (across 17 different states, plus D.C.), and the website also provides an excellent drop-down menu for these purposes. Not all Community Funds are committed to funding environmental conservation, but many are. 

There are valuable opportunities for conservation programming through Boeing, if applicants' work aligns with Boeing's regional priorities.

PEOPLE:

Lianne Stein, Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship