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Relocation didn't dent donations to groups in state
Losing Boeing's headquarters briefly threatened to spill red ink on the books of nonprofits across the state. Dawn Rains, development director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, summed up the arts community's reaction in one word: "Angst."
"Boeing has always been our top corporate contributor," she said.
That was equally true for many cultural, civic, environmental, educational and social-service groups across Washington.
Charitable contributions of $46.6 million flowed from Boeing, its employees and retirees in 2001. Boeing people also volunteered countless hours, everywhere from Little League diamonds to board rooms.
To the relief of nonprofits in Washington, Boeing has kept its promise to continue that support.
"Our relationship with them is as rich and direct as it has always been," Rains said.
Per employee, contributions have actually increased considerably since 2001. Last year the company and its employees gave away $796 per capita, compared with $594 in 2001.
Benjamin J. Romano, Seattle Times business reporter
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