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.
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:
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.
”Thank you so very much for the invitation to participate in such a fabulous event [The Allstate Foundation Executive Summit]. The content and speakers were excellent, the opportunity to network most beneficial. The team at the Foundation does an excellent job. Appreciate all the work put into making the event the success it was. Thank you also for the opportunity to apply for additional funding from The Allstate Foundation. This was an unexpected bonus!”
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, Inc.
When he’s not writing new business, helping customers file claims or playing the role of husband and father, Allstate agency owner Scott Sherman of Rochester, NH, finds time to support a national organization that helps families of children with upper-limb abnormalities.
“My daughter was born with an upper-limb difference, and my wife and I sought out the Helping Hands Foundation* because we needed advice from other families who were going through the same thing,” Sherman said. “Now we share our knowledge and experiences to benefit families who are new to the group.”
The Allstate Foundation supported Sherman’s outstanding commitment to the organization with a $1,000 Allstate Agency Hands in the Community grant.
In addition, to help commemorate its 60th anniversary—and increase awareness of Allstate’s and agencies’ commitment to community service—the Foundation launched the Hand in Hand contest, which invited agency owners and exclusive financial specialists to submit online entry forms briefly describing nonprofits they support and their involvement with them.
By the contest deadline in late July, the Foundation had received nearly 1,300 submissions from across the country. A random drawing yielded 14 winners—one from each Allstate region—who were each awarded a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to give to their chosen nonprofit.
When Sherman found out he’d won, out of nearly 120 entries from the Northeast Region, he had to sit down.
“I felt overwhelmed with gratitude toward Allstate,” Sherman said. “I’m involved [in the Helping Hands Foundation] because I know from personal experience how important it is for families across the country. And I’m proud to work with a company that supports the things that are important to me.”
* The Helping Hands Foundation is not affiliated with Allstate or The Allstate Foundation.
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