Boeing Company Charitable Trust

Location: Po Box 831041, Chicago, 60680 IL

EIN: 91-6056738

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4Difficult to work with4Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2Bureaucratic2Culturally incompetent2Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Risk averse

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Boeing Company Charitable Trust

Oct 09, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Boeing funds our organization once in a while. Conservative funder. Just tell them what they want to hear (eg. "Boeing is great!") Nod a lot and you'll be fine.

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Oct 09, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Working with Boeing corporate giving is a miserable experience. Their techonology platforms are terrible, the logo process is a headache and their program officers (while nice) have limited epxerience. The Seattle management is sour and unpleasant.

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with

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Oct 09, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

If you "partner" with Boeing, prepared for a quid pro quo relationship. Beware the Boeing check comes with strings attached. They will expect lots of verbal stage recognition, podium time for their bald white executives to wax on about their community giving (diminished as it is), and the occasional favor in Olympia. Once in a while, we education and workforce Boeing grantees will get an email to "invite" us to "share" with elected officials during the Washington State legislative session about the generosity of Mother Boeing.

Chronicle of Philanthropy and Seattle TImes, reach out to us, we kept all those email "invitations" as proof of this shady practice. They will deny it, obviously.

My nonprofit organization partners with Starbucks, US Bank, Bank of America, Nordstrom, REI, Costco and other companies. Yes, we have done the usual logo, check presentations and mini product placements and so on - pretty reasonable all in all. We have NEVER, ever, been "invited" to speak about how great they are to help with their tax burdens.

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Oct 03, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

There was a time that Boeing was an important, thoughtful, and effective grantmaker in Seattle. As dollars have been re-directed to Chicago, Charleston, and other markets, it has become irrelevant. Its CSR staff is mixed at best - some good program officers, some bad ones, and some deeply inexperienced ones. This review is about the local Seattle management.

Funder retaliation is a real thing and many leaders in the community don't speak up about the abusive behavior of the current Seattle senior manager out of fear. (This aggression has gone on for years and years.) She is a middle aged white woman who has an aggressive, loud, and blustery Trumpian-style. She was accusatory and unpleasant to work with as a community investor and now manager.
A number of us nonprofit leaders got together for drinks recently and decided to take collective action and speak up through this platform.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Sep 30, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Replace your Puget Sound senior manager.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent

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