social impact

Our business is focused on individuals, families and the communities where they live. Whether we’re providing insurance coverage for a home, car, or motorcycle, or offering financial services to help prepare a customer for a secure future, we are a fundamental part of people’s lives. That makes us a part of their neighborhoods and communities, too. So we naturally want to apply our knowledge to improve the quality of life of the people and places we know best.

From giving domestic violence survivors the tools to gain financial independence to helping community members retrofit their homes for added protection against severe weather, we’re dedicated to improving the well-being of everyone whose lives we touch. In this way, we help communities thrive.

10,358 number of Allstate employees, agency owners and their staff involved with Foundation programs
1,359 number of U.S. cities actively supported through the Foundation
45% percentage of funding focused on diverse communities

The Allstate Foundation: 60 years of giving

Our success as a company depends on our ability to help people protect what is important to them, and on our efforts to drive social change. The Allstate Foundation is a vibrant entity within Allstate with a mission to create long-lasting and innovative solutions in communities and to help people realize their dreams. The work of The Allstate Foundation reflects our commitment to engaging in social responsibility in a meaningful and relevant way.

In 2012, The Allstate Foundation observed its 60th anniversary of supporting innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested nearly $300 million in helping communities across the country address key social issues. In 2012, The Allstate Foundation contributed more than $19 million to support various organizations, applying knowledge for good in a strategic and focused approach.

In addition, the Foundation leveraged its 60th anniversary year to heighten awareness and increase involvement of key audiences in its work. The results included:

  • The Allstate Foundation Executive Summit convened 130 nonprofit leaders to discuss relevant issues as part of our effort to build the capacity of our major nonprofit partners to deliver important services to their communities. Topics discussed included leadership development, use of social media to advance missions, high-value governance, and remaining relevant in an increasingly diverse community. We encouraged Summit participants to work together to create greater social impact.
  • Give Outside the Box engaged 4,000 employees in communities across the country. Employees in 35 field locations submitted nearly 900 funding ideas, and 37 local organizations each received $1,000.
  • The Hand in Hand contest promoted community involvement among all agency owners (see sidebar). Nearly 1,300 agency owners sought new ways to get involved and submitted contest entries.
  • The Foundation used crowd sourcing and input from grantees to develop 60th anniversary grants to help with organizational, leadership and infrastructure development. Grants worth $600,000 were made to 14 organizations.

Two Focus Areas

Our combined corporate and Foundation outreach efforts focus on two key areas where we have special expertise and significant resources. These areas are domestic violence and teen safe driving.

Domestic Violence: Our unique approach empowers domestic violence survivors by providing them with the financial knowledge and resources they need to live and thrive free from abuse. Our work with domestic violence survivors has resulted in more than 215,000 survivors taking steps toward financial independence, helping to free them to pursue their hopes and dreams.

Teen Safe Driving: By making “smart” driving socially acceptable to teens—using the power of peer-to-peer influence, guidance from key adults, and public awareness to better help young people understand the dangers associated with driving—we help them change the way they think and act in the car and become safe-driving advocates. Our efforts to address and support these complex issues have contributed to measurable results. Teen crash fatalities have decreased by 26 percent since 2008, when we set our long-term goal of decreasing fatalities by 50 percent through 2015. Since we began the Foundation’s Teen Safe Driving program in 2005, fatalities have decreased by about 43 percent1.

The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, our employees and agency owners gave $29 million.

  1. Calculation based on data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

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