Boeing Donates More Than $10 Million to Support Racial Equity and Social Justice Nonprofits and Programs
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020
Boeing [NYSE: BA] today donated$10.6 millionto a group of 20 nonprofits working to address racial equity and social justice inthe United States. The funding package is part of the company'spreviously announced multi-year commitmentthat includes a mix of local and national-level grants aimed at increasing the number of minority and underserved students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and diversifying the aerospace talent pipeline. Grant money also will fund programs that work to address criminal justice reform and health care gaps in underserved and minority communities.
"At Boeing, we acknowledge the toll that systemic racism and social injustice have had on people of color, particularly Black communities here inthe United States," saidDavid Calhoun, Boeing president and CEO. "As we work internally to confront these issues, we also remain focused on addressing the causes and impacts of racism and social inequality in the communities where our employees live and work. With today's financial commitment to this group of nonprofit partners, we are hopeful that together, we can begin to make real advances in our ongoing pursuit of equality."
Today's announcement builds on Boeing's history of partnering with organizations that improve access for and address inequities in communities of color. Over the past five years, Boeing has invested more than$120 millionto support underserved communities – including racial equity and social justice programs in those communities – acrossthe United States. Boeing plans to make additional announcements related to its racial equity and social justice investment strategy in the future.
ChicagoPublic Schools : Apreviously announced$1.5 millioninvestmentwill fund the expansion of technology access for about 4,500ChicagoPublic Schools students enrolled in remote learning courses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DC College Access Program: A$1 millioninvestmentwill support underservedDistrict of Columbiapublic and public charter high school students in pursuing STEM education and careers.
Equal Justice Initiative: A$1 millioninvestmentwill fund public education and policy research efforts that address criminal justice reform inthe United States.
The Mission Continues: A$1 millioninvestmentwill supportOperation Nourish, a program aimed at combating food insecurity by mobilizing veterans to grow, collect and distribute food in underserved communities and communities of color.
UNCF: A$1 millioninvestmentwill support the development of a high school STEM engagement program in collaboration with the organization's historically Black colleges and universities in locations where Boeing has a significant local presence.
International African American Museum: A$250,000investmentwill support the development of education curriculum and programs for theCharleston, South Carolinamuseum, opening in early 2022.
National Black Child Development Institute: A$250,000investmentwill support the development of early childhood education, health and wellness, child welfare, literacy and family engagement programs for Black children and families.
Space Center Houston: A$175,000investmentwill fund theGirls STEM Academy, which helps underrepresented middle-school-age girls apply STEM concepts and skills through hands-on, inquiry-based learning.
Adrienne Arsht Center: A$145,000investmentwill supportLearning Through the Arts, a STEM learning initiative that integrates the arts into classroom discovery and provides hands-on coding and robotics instruction for three underserved schools inMiami.
Girls Inc. ofHuntsville: A$120,000investmentwill fund Operation SMART, a hands-on STEM learning program that will reach more than 700 girls of color in theHuntsville, Alabama, area.
BE NOLA: A$100,000investmentwill fund programs that build the capacity of Black-led efforts to advance educational progress inNew Orleansfor local students.
Space Foundation: A$100,000investmentwill support the development of the 2021 "Art Galleryin Space" exhibition, which will highlight "STEM Icons of Color" and complement Boeing'sFUTURE Ueducation programming.
Turning Leaf Project: A$100,000investmentwill fund programs that address systemic recidivism for at-riskCharleston-area men returning home from prison and expand the model to additional cities inSouth Carolina.
Urban LeagueofPortland: A$25,000investmentwill support the development of public forums on community issues, work skills training, health and wellness outreach, and career fairs.
Youth Celebrate Diversity: A$20,000investmentwill fund a conference for high school students to connect on current issues, including racial inequity and social justice.