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

Holiday Gifts that Keep On Giving!

We hope you enjoyed hearing about the community goodwill enabled by the Charitable Trust’s holiday donations around the country. We just received some photos from OBGR San Antonio shown delivering their donation to ThriveWell, a San Antonio-based cancer foundation whose mission is to help patients “survive and thrive.” Brian Latimer and Mary Herrera (right) are pictured below presenting the donation to ThriveWell staff.

Brian Latimer and Mary Herrera (right) present a holiday gift.

Remembering our Neighbors

Each holiday season, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has made funds available for many of our offices to make a donation to a local nonprofit. Whether a local food pantry or a children’s hospital, these are opportunities to support those entities doing some good in your local communities.

This year, a number of you were able to hand-deliver these holiday gifts and we heard some wonderful stories of appreciation. In Salem, the staff at the Southwest Virginia Food Bank was literally waiting for Esther Greene at their front door. They couldn’t thank her enough for all our Salem team does to support them throughout the year through various food drives, topped off by this monetary contribution.

In Minnetonka, the Neighborhood House was one of two beneficiaries of the Trust’s holiday generosity. OBPI’s Paul Ablan served on their Board for many years and now helps with fund raising and other activities. He is pictured below with Armando Camacho, president of Neighborhood House, presenting our holiday gift.

Remember that our Trust is available to support those nonprofits that are important to members of the OneBeacon community. Be sure to review our guidelines or ask a question through this blog or email ( if you have a potential sponsorship request.

Paul Ablan (right) presenting a holiday Trust donation to Armando Camacho

Paul Ablan (right) presenting a holiday Trust donation to Armando Camacho

Holiday eCard Donations: Thanks for your votes!

This holiday season our animated holiday e-card featured a very special charitable giving component. Those who received the card were able to cast their vote among three worthy nonprofit organizations selected to receive a share of $30,000 from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

After nearly 1,000 votes from OneBeacon producers, vendors and partners, the tally for allocating the 2012 OneBeacon holiday gift donation is in!  The OneBeacon Charitable Trust will be making the following donations:

  • Red Cross – Sandy Relief Fund: $10,500
  • American Cancer Society: $13,000
  • City Year: $6,500

Happy New Year!


Thinking Local

In recognition of those in need during the holidays, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust once again has made a generous donation. The Trust allocated $60,000 for distribution to those communities where we work. Each location selected a worthy nonprofit where we may already volunteer or offer support, or that is simply well recognized for helping our neighbors.

For your reference, here is the list of the nonprofits we supported through this holiday donation, with the sponsoring office noted in parentheses. Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

Annapolis Area Ministries (Annapolis)
Cavalry Children’s Home (Atlanta)
Feel the Warmth (Blue Bell, PA)
Pine Street Inn (Boston)
The Greater Boston Food Bank (Canton)
Canton Area Helpline (Canton)
Boys Hope Girl Hope of Illinois (Chicago)
Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver)
St. Jude’s Research Hospital (Los Angeles)
Neighborhood House (Minnetonka)
Dorothy Day Center (Minnetonka)
Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown)
Holy Trinity Church Parish Food (New York City)
RFK Center for Justice & Humanity (New York City)
Bailey House (New York City)
American Cancer Society (New York City)

How to dish out dinner for 2,500+ guests

If you happen to be in Southeastern Massachusetts next fall, then look up IT’s Joe Topale, who’s an old hand at managing this guest list. You see, Joe and his family (and the OneBeacon Charitable Trust) are longtime supporters of Personal Best Charities, a local nonprofit that provides complete Thanksgiving dinners to 2,500+ families who reside in 40 area communities. The effort is known as the “Turkey Brigade” and has delivered over 50,000 pounds of food to area families.

Joe first got involved through his kids’ karate school. “It’s a great opportunity to give back as a family,” said Joe. “Each year, we help sort the collected food items and then deliver baskets the weekend before Thanksgiving. And the fundraising includes a road race that we’ve run in several times, which is a lot of fun.”

All of the students attending schools associated with Personal Best take part in raising money, donating canned goods, packaging the food and delivering the baskets to needy families.  In fact, Personal Best’s motto is “Building Character…Enhancing Lives.”

We think that’s a pretty powerful theme and we salute the Topale family and the entire Turkey Brigade’s efforts. To read about the 2012 events, click here

Topale family volunteers!

Topale family volunteers!


Helping Feed Southwest Virginia

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s mostly about enjoying good food with family and friends. But what if your pantry is bare? How can you celebrate? Thanks to community volunteerism, many food banks are able to provide for those in need. Quite recently, our Salem colleagues held a food drive for Feeding America Southwest Virginia, which serves 26 counties throughout the area, and happens to have a Salem-based warehouse. 

The office collected nonperishable food items from October 29 through the morning of November 15 and delivered the donations to the food bank warehouse later that day .  “It was a successful effort due to the support and participation of the entire office,” noted event organizer Esther Greene.

For perspective, in 2011, Feeding America distributed over 17.5 million pounds of food and related product from its two distribution centers in Salem and Abingdon, Virginia, as well as it’ direct distribution program serving the Alleghany Highlands region. Based on audited calculations, this food had a value of over $24 million dollars.

Great effort by our Salem colleagues, who ensured that more local families will enjoy a plentiful table on Thanksgiving!