OVERVIEW: Boeing is among the largest aerospace and defense contractors in the world, and its charitable giving shows it. Complementing its employee donations, the corporation and its charitable fund give quite a bit in grants, with one focus on education.
IP TAKE: Boeing has some seriously deep pockets, and has a penchant for hands-on science learning programs. Boeing likes to be at least somewhat involved or prominently featured in programs it supports, so it's very interested in partnerships. Note that guidelines and accessibility differ by location and focus.
PROFILE: Boeing’s giving is closely tied to its corporate citizenship program, and is presented in tandem with its employee donations, employee volunteering, and efforts that focus on benefiting the locations in which the company operates.
One of the company's areas of focus is education. Within this program, giving is split between early education and primary and secondary education.
The latter interest has an emphasis on preparation for STEM careers (not uncommon for a corporation heavily dependent on a strong pipeline of young people going into these careers). This giving goes to a combination of professional development for teachers and administrators, as well as support for curriculum and programs that will help student performance in science and math. Boeing also emphasizes hands-on learning programs and has shown an interest in supporting science fairs.
Like some other corporate education endeavors, Boeing has also partnered with leading organizations to develop free online curricula and other resources for families, volunteers, and teachers. Partners in this effort include PBS and Above and Beyond.
At the postsecondary level, Boeing is also deeply involved, having partnered with universities worldwide to offer “student-focused programs” such as internships, externships, co-ops, scholarships, and enrichment programs that enable the next generation to “collaborate on innovative products by working alongside thinkers, dreamers, designers and builders” in the field. More information about the University Relations program is available by emailing the team directly.
In addition to grants, funds are also available through Boeing’s Employees Community Fund (ECF). Unlike some other corporations that match donations to individual organizations dollar-for-dollar, Boeing’s employee contributions are allocated based on a determination by “employee advisory boards [that] work to locally distribute combined employee donations,” with Boeing covering all of the administrative overhead so that all dollars donated go directly to the beneficiary organizations.
The application process and eligibility for Boeing funding varies by state, except for higher ed giving, which is centralized through the University Relations program. To find more detailed information specific to your region, head over to their Community Engagement page and scroll all the way down to the section titled “Seeking Support.” On a related note, the Directors for Global Corporate Citizenship at Boeing are also local / regional, so you might need to do a little digging to find the director for your location.
- Lianne Stein, Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship