2013 Scholarship Winners Announced!

We’re excited to announce the recipients of this year’s college scholarships! OneBeacon has awarded sixteen $2,000 scholarships – eight to OneBeacon employees’ children and eight to the children of our distribution partners. Here is the list of this year’s winners:

Scholarship Recipient Company                                    (parent’s employer) College Attending
Savannah Ballew Tanner, Ballew & Maloof, Inc. Samford University; Birmingham, AL
Travis Beaney OneBeacon Emerson College; Boston, MA
Connor Burke OneBeacon Elizabethtown College;                Elizabethtown, PA
Gabrielle Dinger Willis Group McGill University; Montreal, Canada
Hanna Isenberg Marsh Group University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC
Alison Jeffrey OneBeacon University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH
Shannon Kirkness OneBeacon Ithaca College; Ithaca, NY
Shelby Morkovsky OneBeacon Texas A&M University; College Station, TX
Catherine Nasella OneBeacon Stony Broook University; Stony Brook, NY
Olivia Pelletiere Aon Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
Brittany Schreiber HUB International Muhlenberg College; Allentown, PA
Alexander Skiljan Hylant Group University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ
Victoria Strain OneBeacon Providence College; Providence, RI
Savanna Sturkie J Smith Lanier & Co. University of Georgia; Athens, GA
Helen Volf OneBeacon Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; Boston, MA
Emma Wong Aon University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI

OneBeacon’s scholarship program is managed by Scholarship Management Services®, a nonprofit scholarship program administrator, and is funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Selection criteria included academic records, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities, among others.

 Congratulations to these exceptional students and their very proud parents!

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way!

Early June means it’s time to pull out the grills and flip-flops, but for Corporate Legal’s Ginny McCarthy, it’s time to rally her team for their annual walk around Boston’s Charles River. For each of the past 11 years, team captain Ginny and another dozen or so friends and family members have united to raise funds for Boston Children’s Hospital.

This annual Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital has raised more than $10 million to support patient care and research over the years. Participants have the option of a two- or seven-mile loop, and fortunately this year, the weather was nearly perfect – dry and mid-70s, with mostly sunny skies.

Ginny noted, “We’ve already raised almost $4,200 for this year’s walk, which we’re very excited about! We appreciate all the support, which helps us give back to Children’s as a family – and as a team.”

Way to Give, Ginny and her team, Will’s Walkers. (Note: Will is Ginny’s son, who was successfully treated at children’s when he was quite young.)


Ginny is pictured in the second row, right in the middle!

OneBeacon for One Fund

In response to the recent Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick established The One Fund to collect donations for the families and businesses directly impacted by this tragedy. Their goal was simple – by very quickly creating this entity, the community could focus all contributions to a single organization. In fact, that’s why the name “The One Fund” was selected.

Like many groups in Greater Boston, the local OneBeacon teams decided to organize a small fund raiser to support The One Fund. A raffle featuring over 20 themed baskets donated by various departments was held on May 1st and raised close to $6,000. This generous contribution was augmented by donations from employees across the company and enhanced by a nice contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Overall, the OneBeacon community was able to donate $35,000 to The One Fund.

To date, The One Fund has collected over $34 million, which is an incredible testament to the generosity of Greater Boston and beyond. We are proud to be among this group.

25 Years Young!

We are always excited to blog about community-giving efforts involving our fellow employees and our producers. Joining together for a common cause is a great opportunity to strengthen these relationships. Recently, we had the opportunity to both support and honor one of our west coast brokers – Heffernan Insurance – a group that has partnered with OneBeacon for many years. Today, they work primarily with OBTI and OBPI, but also write with IMU and OBE, among others.

Besides their insurance business, they’ve also been leaders in their local communities as demonstrated by their 25 years of community giving. In fact, they established the Heffernan Foundation to manage their grant-giving efforts targeting shelter, food, education and the preservation of the environment.

To celebrate their company’s 25th anniversary, Heffernan decided to host a party to help raise additional funds for their foundation. Now that’s putting your community first!

The OneBeacon Trust was pleased to support this request, in recognition of the special event – and our longtime specialty partner. Kudos to Heffernan for demonstrating the way to give!

Giving a Hand to Those Giving Back

From time to time, as our producer relationships mature, we begin to hear about their interests outside the office. And what we learn is that many are dedicated to helping others. Whether mentoring, coaching or volunteering, our partners help take care of their community, both as insurance advisors and as compassionate citizens.

A recent example we heard about concerned a senior executive from AJ Gallagher in Southern California. She is actively involved in the East Los Angeles Women’s Center and was helping out with a fund-raising event. The Center provides support services for women and girls in crisis. Their goal is to empower women to obtain the skills, confidence and tools necessary to establish stable, healthy homes.

Said OBTI Regional VP Paul Heidel, “I can’t begin to quantify the goodwill our support for Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Ability First and now this group has engendered in the community, and the degree to which it has strengthened our relationships with our agency partners.” Those three nonprofits benefit from the targeted volunteerism and fund raising spearheaded by OneBeacon partners’ Barney & Barney, Bolton and AJ Gallagher, respectively.

Kudos to AJ Gallagher for their terrific work in the East LA community! The Trust was glad to support this opportunity and the OBTI Western Region.

Scholarship Deadline Just 2 Weeks Away!

Attention all OneBeacon employees: if you have a college-bound student at home, don’t forget to take advantage of our scholarship program! Participation is easy: simply download the online application and the 2013 program brochure for further details. Applications and a complete transcript must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15, 2013 to this address:


OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program

Scholarship Management Services

One Scholarship Way

Saint Peter, MN  56082


Final decisions for scholarships will be announced in early June. Please refer any questions to our program administrator, Scholarship Management Services, at 507.931.1682. The program is funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. On behalf of everyone at OneBeacon, congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Running for Research

Those of you who work with Real Estate’s Paul Newman know that he’s an avid triathlete who’s constantly in training. Next month he’ll start his 2013 competitive season with the Boston Marathon. A race he’s run before, this year he will participate as a member of the “Run for Research” team, which is using this event to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation (ALF). The ALF’s Run for Research is the oldest and one of the largest teams in the Boston Marathon’s official charity program. For over 25 years, they’ve helped thousands of runners compete in the race while raising funds for the fight against liver disease.

 Said Paul, “Participating on this team is not only motivating and fun, but it gives me a wonderful feeling to dedicate my training to such a great cause.” We congratulate Paul on stepping up to this significant challenge and will be cheering for him on race day, April 15. The Trust is also supporting Paul’s fund raising with a contribution.

 Way to give and way to run, Paul!

Have a high-school senior at home? Read on…

Amazingly, this is the tenth year that the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has offered college scholarships to employees’ and producers’ sons and daughters. Looking back, we’ve helped 176 students begin their university studies, including all three of Ed Barber’s kids. With the opportunity for another sixteen winners this year, we’re fast approaching 200 OneBeacon scholars.

If you’re among the many households waiting for college acceptance letters, then consider having your child apply for one of our $2,000 awards. Applying is easy – simply download the application and submit it, along with a completed transcript, to our program administrator – Scholarship Management Services (address noted on the application). All information must be postmarked by April 15th.

Decisions will be announced in early June and reflect decisions made by the vendor based on academic success, extracurricular activities, community service and personal recommendations. Feel free to contact them directly if you have any questions: 507.931.1682. All the best to the class of 2013!


Soup’s On!

…in our Salem office that is, along with peanut butter, crackers and more by the boxful. But before you wonder about the local menu, Salem was actually collecting donations for the community’s annual “Soup for Seniors” food drive.  And collect they did. Last year, they felt pretty good donating 428 food items but this year, they bested their record by collecting a total of 613 items.  Once again, IT’s Sharon Paisley coordinated the drive and personally delivered the food items.  Local Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey wrote an article noting that, “This year the Local Office on Aging (LOA) has expanded its goals and is hoping to collect 42,000 food items, enough to serve 3,500 seniors. Each year I give a shout to this weeklong collection drive, because it’s the purest charity out there. There’s no overhead, zero employees and lots of volunteers.  Every donation of soup, other nonperishable food or cash ends up helping a needy senior.” Read the full article here and view a photo of the Salem delivery below.

Nice work, Sharon and everyone in the Salem office!

Salem’s Donations to Help the Elderly613


Year in Review: where we donated in 2012

Last year, the Trust was pleased to support nearly 90 nonprofits and 40 schools and universities as a result of your requests. Whether you volunteer for a nonprofit or wanted to support an important producer relationship, the Trust  reinforced your community-giving spirit.

Wondering where the donations went? Just take a look at the list below. Kudos for all you accomplished last year, and think of the Trust as you pursue such opportunities in 2013.

   — Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits — 

Ability First

AIDS Action Committee

ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Liver Foundation

American Red Cross

Annapolis Area Ministries

American Parkinson Disease Association – CT  Chapter

Bailey House

Bakken Museum

Barney And Barney Foundation

Boomer Esiason Foundation

Boston Children’s Chorus

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Boys Hope Girls Hope Of IL

Buffalo Greyhound Adoption

Calvary Children’s Home

Canton Area Helpline

CARE Ownership (Coalition To Affirm Real Estate Ownership)

Catholic Charities Of LivingstonCounty

Charities Aid Foundation America – Aon United Fund

Children’s Hospital Of Boston

Christopher Maki Memorial Foundation

City Year Miami

Collectors Foundation

Colorado Organization For Victims Assistance

Connections For Independent Living

Cradles To Crayons

CT Breast Health Initiative Inc

Dana Farber Marathon Challenge

DAV Department Of Massachusetts Service Fund

Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers

Dorothy Day Center (Catholic Charities Of St Paul & Minneapolis)

Families Of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Feel The Warmth

Food Bank Of The Rockies

Food Bank Of Western New York

Food Share

Forsyth Central High School Band Booster

Golf Fore The Kids


Heffernan Foundation

Holy Trinity Parish Food Pantry

Hopkins Westwind Concert Band

Hopkinton Public Library Foundation

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

Interfaith Food Pantry

Kids In Crisis

LAS Tiger Trot

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Make A Wish Foundation – Northeast Ohio Region

Melanoma Research Foundation

Mended Hearts Inc Chapter 9

Montessori Children’s House

Mountain Shadow Foundation


National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Neighborhood House

Pacific Mesothelioma Center at Pacific Heart Lung Blood Institute

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

Personal Best Charity

Pine Street Inn

R.F.KennedyCenter For Justice & Humanity

Raymore-Peculiar Bond Boosters

Repertory Theatre

Rogers & Gray Insurance Agency Charitable Foundation

San Francisco Food Bank

Science Museum Of Minnesota

Seattle Children’s Hospital

SFM Foundation

Society Of St. Vincent De Paul


Southwest Boston Community Development Corp

Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank

Special Olympics CT

St Ann Troop 20

St Jude’s ResearchHospital

Tewecado Trust Inc

The Community Center Of Eastern CT

The CraigSchool

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Jimmy Fund

ThriveWell Cancer Foundation

Tunxis Community College

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale

United Way

University of St. Thomas

Volunteers Of America

Wake Up Narcolepsy

Wounded Warrior Project

 –Matching Gift Contributions to Educational Institutions— 




Bishop Feehan High School

Boston University


Brown University

Champlain College

Denison University

Duke University

Emma Willard School

Georgetown University

Harvard University

Kimball Union Academy

Malden Catholic High School

Marist College

New England School Of Law

Northeastern University

Poland Spring Academy

Providence College

St. Peter’s Prep High School

Suffolk University

Syracuse University

The Craig School

The University Of Chicago

The University Of Connecticut

Trinity Catholic High School

Tunxis Community College

University of Colorado

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

University of Rhode Island

University Of Rhode Island

University of St. Thomas



West Point Association Of Graduates Of The USMilitaryAcademy

Xaverian Brothers High School