Boeing gives more than £350,000 in donations to 10 UK charitable organisations
- Grants support UK charities who work to make a difference across three focus areas
- Partners have adapted their services to Covid-19 challenges and continue to help communities
LONDON, Dec. 16, 2020 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a charitable grants package of more than £350,000 to 10 non-profit organisations across the United Kingdom, funding programmes into 2021 and beyond. Boeing corporate charitable investments are amplified by employee giving which is matched by the company.
“Our teams and charitable partners are working to create lasting change for veterans and young people in the places we call home,” said Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “We will continue to support UK charities as they focus on helping our communities during this particularly challenging time.”
Anchored by local and regional employee engagement activities, Boeing corporate giving is focussed on three priority areas: increasing access to globally competitive learning in underserved and underrepresented communities, improving workforce skills and supporting military families and veterans. All Boeing charity partners have seen strong demand for their support with the detrimental impact of Covid-19 compounding existing challenges, and have adapted their services in response.
The charitable grants package includes funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and skills development programmes aimed at building a robust talent pipeline for the aerospace sector in the UK.
Boeing will continue to partner with The Prince’s Trust for the sixteenth year to help young people grow through learning re-training and skills development, much of which has moved online. The Royal Academy of Engineering distributed 1,184 STEM resource boxes and engaged with 144,484 students through the Boeing-sponsored Connecting STEM Teacher programme in 2020 and will continue their efforts into 2021. The Air League’s focus on inspiring through aviation has moved online to reach more young people and Boeing’s grant will help improve access to these opportunities through scholarships. Boeing’s contributions to the Jon Egging Trust, Golddigger Trust and Outfit Moray will provide much-needed resources, mentoring and skills development opportunities in Moray, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire so that that young people can reach their potential. This is in addition to Boeing’s ongoing support for the Royal Aeronautical Society’s educational and early-careers efforts, designed to improve diversity in the aerospace talent pipeline.
The investment package also includes donations to organisations that help veterans and their families, such as Aerobility, a charity that offers disabled service people the opportunity to learn to fly an aeroplane. Boeing is proud to provide ongoing support for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s Emergency Response Fund, which has been a vital lifeline for serving personnel, veterans and their families throughout the hardship of Covid-19 and will continue to be into 2021. The Open University Disabled Veterans Scholarships Fund, sponsored by Boeing, will continue to offer disabled veterans the chance to further their education and re-train after service through distance learning – an important free resource that transforms lives.
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with our strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. More information about Boeing’s global engagement strategy can be found here.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defence, space and security systems, and global services. The company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base, spending £2 billion a year in the UK supply chain. Boeing has a UK workforce of 2,500 direct employees across more than 30 Boeing and customer sites. The largest of these are in Bristol, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Frimley, Gosport, London, Milton Keynes, Lossiemouth, Boscombe Down, Welwyn Garden City and Yeovil. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.