Boeing announced Tuesday it would be donating grant packages totaling $48 million to charities around the world in observance of Giving Tuesday.
Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world and a leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. It supports commercial and government customers in 150 countries, with more than 150,000 employees worldwide.
The grants will support 404 charitable organizations in 50 countries, funding programs through 2020 and beyond, according to Boeing.
More than $700,000 of the company’s investment will go to 10 organizations in Arizona that help veterans in the community and inspire prospective aerospace scientists and engineers.
“Boeing’s people bring to life our values and our enduring commitment to supporting the communities where we live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing.
Boeing says its employees amplify the aircraft manufacturer’s giving: By the end of 2019, Boeing employees will have donated nearly $40 million to charitable causes, bringing total employee contributions to $350 million in the past 10 years.
In 2018, Boeing’s 4,300 Arizona employees volunteered 11,000 hours mentoring FIRST Lego League and Robotics teams, building school gardens and helping veterans write resumes to help them re-enter civilian life, according to a company representative.
“Through their close collaboration, our teams and community partners are working to inspire the next generation of aerospace innovators, support our veterans and create lasting change in the communities we call home,” Muilenburg said.
The Giving Tuesday charitable grants package includes $8 million for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and workforce development programs that help build a “talent pipeline” of civil aviation pilots and maintenance technicians, according to Boeing.
Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook 2019-2038 forecasts that 804,000 new civil aviation pilots, 769,000 new maintenance technicians and 914,000 new cabin crew personnel will be needed to fly and maintain the world’s fleet over the next 20 years.
The world’s fleet includes the commercial aviation, business aviation and civil helicopter industries.
“At Boeing, were committed to helping students succeed,” said Cheri Carter, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “We want students to know that their future belongs to them — it has no boundaries.”
The company also committed $800,000 to launch the first Newton Flight Academy in Turkey in 2020, expanding on the existing Newton Europe in Spain and Poland that launched this year. The program teaches STEM skills to high school students through hands-on methods; grant dollars will support a permanent classroom in Turkey that includes three full-motion Boeing flight simulators.
“We believe our success as innovators depends on everyone coming together to inspire the next generation to share in our aerospace advancements,” Carter said. “That’s why we’re investing more than 50 percent of our philanthropic dollars to fund high-impact education programs in the U.S. and abroad.”
A previously announced $10 million for veterans’ recovery and rehabilitation programs, as well as workforce transition services, is also included in the $48 million investment.
Giving Tuesday is a movement started in 2011 to create an international day of charitable giving immediately following Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sale shopping weekend.
To see a full list of Boeing’s grant partners, click here.
This story was originally published at Chamber Business News.