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Boeing to donate $1.8M to Indigenous communities

Arizona programs among those getting funding

Posted 11/3/21

In observance of Native American Heritage Month, Boeing has announced a $1.8 million donation to organizations across the U.S. supporting Indigenous communities.

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Boeing to donate $1.8M to Indigenous communities

Arizona programs among those getting funding

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In observance of Native American Heritage Month, Boeing has announced a $1.8 million donation to organizations across the U.S. supporting Indigenous communities.

The package will fund over 22 programs working to improve access to clean water, provide resources for those impacted by COVID-19, increase natural disaster response and preparation in high-risk communities, and support STEM education programs for Native American students, as well as workforce training for veterans, according to a news release.

“We are proud to continue supporting and uplifting Native American and Indigenous communities as we work toward a more equitable future for everyone,” said Marc Allen, Boeing’s chief strategy officer, senior vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development and enterprise executive council champion of the Boeing Native American Network. “These grants will help our partners reach their goals of expanding access to clean water, encouraging more students to pursue STEM, offering professional development and job opportunities to Native American veterans and much more.”

The funding will go toward organizations with a national focus, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which offers 200 Native Clubs across the U.S., First Americans Museum School Access Program, which supports Title I schools in Oklahoma, the American Indian College Fund, the First Nations Development Institute and more.

Boeing’s contribution will also fund an additional 16 programs providing support across 7 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

A Valley-based organization, the Phoenix Indian Center, will receive $85,000 in funding to support a new health and wellness program that incorporates traditional American Indian games and sports alongside existing academic, substance abuse prevention and college and career readiness programs. It will also provide sponsorship support for the center’s 75th anniversary.

Other organizations benefi ting include DigDeep, which will provide the Navajo Water Project with access to clean water, training and equipment, The Nature Conservancy to support tribal nations that rely on the Colorado River, and the Potlatch Fund, which will help expand programs that build community, provide space for Native Americans to celebrate their heritage and help heal Indigenous communities through education, arts and language, among a host of other organizations.

Over the past three years, Boeing has invested more than $2.6 million in organizations supporting Native American and other Indigenous communities in the U.S., bringing its global tally for support of Indigineous populations to approximately $3.3 million.

Chicago-based Boeing has a large presence in Mesa.

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