Boeing donations to South Carolina communities and non-profit organizations have surpassed $100 million since 2010, following the recent announcement of nearly $6.3 million in charitable contributions. With its targeted donations, Boeing aims to inspire South Carolina’s next generation of STEM innovators, support veterans and military families in their transition to civilian life and help advance economic mobility for underserved populations.
Boeing recently hosted local non-profit partners at the company’s North Charleston campus in recognition of their role in the community toannounce the new donations.
“Boeing is honored to work with each of the nonprofit partners recognized today,” said Boeing Global Engagement senior manager Erin Fisher. “These investments highlight our continued commitment to building shared success in South Carolina. By aligning our resources, expertise, and partnerships, we strive to foster a brighter future for all.”
South Carolina grant partners shared these comments:
“Boeing’s impact on veterans and families across South Carolina via Vantage Point Foundation (VPF) has been significant. Through their partnership, they have established an avenue for transitioning veterans that equips them to find community, growth, and purpose as they reintegrate into towns and cities across the state. Moreover, the VPF Veteran Transition and Spouse Partner Programs that Boeing has supported, enables veterans and their significant others to navigate a difficult road with dignity and success. Boeing has raised the standard of veteran support across South Carolina.”
– Mark Holyfield, Executive Director, Vantage Point Foundation
“Boeing is a true community partner, committed to creating opportunities that advance economic mobility for local agricultural workers and provide healthy, locally produced food to our neighbors in need. This award will enable us to purchase and distribute more than 52,000 pounds of locally-produced food sourced from the Gullah Farmers’ Cooperative, GrowFood Carolina, and individual farms for distribution to food-insecure children, adults, seniors, and veterans throughout coastal South Carolina. Historically, the agriculture industry in South Carolina plays a central role in rural communities. This grant will help area farmers increase their capacity, build long-term resilience of our rural agricultural system, advance economic mobility within those communities, and help promote the overall well-being of the community and its environment.”
– Brenda Shaw, Chief Development Officer, Lowcountry Food Bank
“The Open Space Institute is honored to partner with Boeing on the Black River Initiative. Boeing’s generous support of OSI and its continued investment in the Black River is testimony to the industry giant’s longstanding commitment to safeguarding South Carolina’s natural resources while simultaneously providing essential resources to help the Black River rural communities chart brighter economic futures.”
– Michelle Sinkler, Development & Special Projects Director, Open Space Institute
“We are grateful to Boeing for aligning volunteers and capital to bring tutoring to more students in Charleston County School District. Boeing has been an integral partner in bringing Heart Math Tutoring (HMT) to Charleston students and is our leading funder … The grant is helping Heart’s program reach a third school site this year, where students are building a strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success. This will accelerate program growth beyond next year, with the hopes of confirming additional school partnerships in spring 2024.”
– Cydney Kramer, Executive Director of National Partnerships, Heart Math Tutoring
“The Coastal Expeditions Foundation mission has been transformed and invigorated by the support we receive from Boeing. We are stewarding at-risk populations of sea birds, shore birds, sea turtles and their critical habitat. We are also witnessing firsthand the impact Boeing’s support is delivering within our local military veteran community through the Coastal Warriors Program. We have seen at-risk PTSD-affected veterans take hold of this Boeing-funded lifeline and rescue themselves and their fellow soldiers from the dark reality that haunts our veteran population nationwide. There are productive members of our community today, and we thank Boeing for making this most profound difference in their lives.”
– Captain Chris Crolley, CEO, Coastal Expeditions
“The Boeing Company has long been a crucial supporter of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. This transformative gift marks a pivotal moment. It empowers us to craft an immersive museum experience for children in an underserved rural area of our region, offering local access to a dedicated learning center focused on hands-on, STEM-based activities and programs. As the nation’s only satellite children’s museum housed in a former African American school building, we recognize both the historical significance of this project and its immense potential to cultivate a passion for science-based learning among children who have often lacked such opportunities.”
– Karen Coltrane, President and CEO, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
These Boeing’s grants cover programs and services from Sept. 1, 2023, through Aug. 31, 2024. For a full list of the grant recipients, please reach out to Libba Holland.
For more than a decade, Boeing South Carolina has been the home of the full 787 Dreamliner production cycle. In that time frame, the BSC team has also grown to include all aspects of the Boeing enterprise, developed company-leading innovation, and has a notable presence in the Lowcountry community. Today, more than 6,500 teammates work at the site, which is spread across two campuses.