Pulse news magazine

Volume 28, February 2020

A new approach to community investment

Wyatt Moore, OLDP & Sourcing Engineer at our headquarters in Nashua, drafts one of the hundreds of thank you cards employees wrote to veterans as part of BAE Systems’ first-ever sector wide on-site volunteer activity on Veterans Day.

Improving lives and advancing careers through the power of innovative technologies and experiences

In 2019, Electronic Systems' Community Investment program revised its strategy to reflect current corporate philanthropy best practices and better meet the needs of our business. Our new strategy maximizes our impact on technology education and our veterans and military families by changing the way we give and who we give to across Electronic Systems. It also drives consistency in our employee giving and volunteerism efforts.

A new mission

While Community Investment will continue to support veteran and science, technology, engineering, and math organizations, there is greater opportunity for Electronic Systems at the intersection of veterans, STEM education, and our employees.

Imagine a scenario where BAE Systems partners with a local university for engineering students to modify a hand-cycle bicycle to operate off-road so that a retired Army veteran can pursue his passion for mountain biking. Those students could also be mentored by our employees. That is how we can improve lives and advance careers through the power of innovative technologies and experiences.

A unique approach

What makes this approach so different is the focus on using technology to develop solutions to community issues, which highlights the work our employees do every day. Our employees are known as problem solvers, and we want to embrace that reputation.

Community Investment will also continue our longstanding support of FIRST®, which inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators through robotics. Additionally, there will be three funding opportunities that nonprofit organizations may be eligible for: Tech Power Innovation Grants, Tech Power Career Grants, and Community Impact Grants.

Tech Power organizations offer a way to highlight the skills and talents our employees use every day through our Community Investment programs. These partnerships also give us the ability to engage with aspiring tech leaders, and provide our employees with opportunities to be volunteers and mentors.

We look forward to harnessing the skills and passion of our employees to showcase the purposeful work that we do through our Community Investment activities. For information about ongoing initiatives and how to get involved, employees are encouraged to visit the Community Investment OneSpace intranet page.

To learn more about Community Investment at BAE Systems, please visit our website: baesystems.com/communityinvestment.

Students compete in the 2019 FIRST Robotics Granite State Regional competition at Salem High School in New Hampshire. Students compete in the 2019 FIRST Robotics Granite State Regional competition at Salem High School in New Hampshire.

Funding Opportunities for Nonprofits

  • Tech Power Innovation Grants fund nonprofit organizations that are using technology to improve lives of veterans or other underrepresented populations in the community. Our partnership with Quality of Life Plus, an organization that brings together the brightest engineering students at leading universities nationwide to create life-transforming assistive technology for our country's injured and ill heroes, is a tremendous example of what we’re looking for in recipients of these grants.
  • Our Tech Power Career Grants are available for nonprofits who have a technology job training program for veterans or other underrepresented populations. We recently identified the recipient of our first Tech Power Career Grant: KTECH. This unique program offers individuals who are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED the opportunity to participate in accelerated training courses that put them on the fast-track toward a career in industries such as advanced manufacturing, automotive, finance, and healthcare.
  • Our Community Impact Grants allow our employees to nominate organizations that fall outside of the Tech Power focus area, but still positively impact their local communities. We're excited about evaluating these nominations as they come in from employees across the sector.

By Peter Bucci, Communications, Endicott, New York