Something Worth Singing About

Finding a common ground as a life lesson; enhancing access to the arts; giving less privileged kids a chance. These themes and more are what gave birth to the Boston Children’s Chorus nine years ago, an organization with ties to OneBeacon. CFO Paul McDonough and Investor Relations VP/Treasurer Todd Mills have volunteered with the BCC in leadership roles for the past few years. Paul was a Board member, and Todd currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Said Todd, “It’s been great to bring a little of what I do day to day to help such a worthy nonprofit. The Boston Children’s Chorus organization helps kids be much more accepting of differences at an early age, all through something they all love to do—sing. And by the way, they are really good!”

Another great cause that the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was happy to support based on our colleagues’ committed involvement. And if you want to hear more, visit:

Running for Readers

On Monday, April 16, Admin Services’ Paul Newman will be one of 27,000 runners converging in Hopkinton, Massachusetts for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon. While Paul is an avid triathlete (training for his second Ironman competition this summer!), he is running Boston for a cause; a literary one at that!

In that same town of Hopkinton, a group has formed to fund expanding its public library. In these days of e-books and tablets, public libraries are often still the information heartbeat of many local communities and uniquely serve multiple generations. Noted Paul, “As the proud father of two young children who’ve benefited greatly from programs and materials available in our town’s newly renovated public library, I jumped at the chance to help Hopkinton’s library fund-raising efforts.”

We wish Paul all the best as he completes his 26.2 mile trip from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, and are glad the Trust was available to support his worthy cause!

Walking the Talk: Joan & Kelly Geddes

Community giving means a lot more when you get involved for very personal reasons. That’s just what happened in the Geddes household, when Joan and daughter, Kelly, decided to “Walk for Hospice” to honor a family friend who lost his battle with cancer. The Walk, which took place last Saturday, March 24th, benefited the South Shore Hospital Hospice where their friend received his final care.

Joan and Kelly have a history of team fund raising, having participated in the Best Buddies cycling fund raiser for several years. This year, they decided to keep their feet firmly on the ground and formed Team Destiny, named after their friend’s boat. He was an avid sailor who loved his boat, so all agreed it was a fitting tribute to his memory.  

On Saturday, Team Destiny joined nearly 3,000 others Walking for Hospice. We were pleased to hear that the event met its goal of raising $230,000 due to the support of people like the Geddes family. Way to Give, Team Destiny and its Captain, Joan!

2011: A year of giving!

Are you wondering which organizations OneBeacon supported through Charitable Trust sponsorhips? We’ve made that easy by preparing an Annual Report that lists all the nonprofits, schools and colleges that received a donation. Most Trust sponsorships came about due to employee requests to support the charities you are involved with. Donations to colleges and universities were the result of our education matching gift program.

In all, we donated to 90 nonprofits and 31 schools, again in support of your generous gifts of volunteerism and financial support. View the full list below.


OneBeacon Charitable Trust – 2011 Annual Report

The following lists the various nonprofits that received a financial donation                                     from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust during 2011, based on employee or producer requests.
—Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits—
Accion USA
AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City
ALS Association, Keith Worthington Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association
American SCORES New England
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
America’s Vet Dogs – Veteran’s K-9 Corps
Annapolis Area Ministries, Inc.
American Parkinson Diseases Association – Connecticut Chapter
Arbor Day Foundation
Bike and Build
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Boston Children’s Chorus
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
Boy Scouts of America – Narragansett Council
Boys Hope Gils Hope of Illinois
Boy Scouts of America – Troop 410
Buffalo Greyhound Adoption
Calvary Children’s Home
Canton Area Helpline
CatholicC harities Livingston County – HOPE Youth Mentoring Program
Children’s Foundation
Children’s Hospital
Coalition to Affirm Real Estate Ownership
Collectors Foundation
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
Connecticut Humane Society
Cystic Fibrosis – Connecticut Chapter
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dana Farber Marathon Challenge
Eliot Community Human Services, Inc.
Feed My Starving Children
Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of Western New York
Food Share
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
Golf Fore the Kids
Haws Avenue Soup Kitchen
HealthScience Center Foundation at Syracuse, Inc.
Heifer International
Holy Trinity Parish Food Pantry
Interfaith Food Pantry
Joslin Diabetes Center
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kids In Crisis
Leelanau Conservancy
Lucky’s Place
Make A Wish Foundation – Northeast Ohio Region
Manomet Elementary School HAS
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Neighborhood House
North Attleboro Middle School PTO – Odyssey
NorthShore and Greater Boston Hospice
Northern Stage
Northeast Bone Marrow Transplant Fund
Personal Best Charities
Pine Street Inn
R.F.Kennedy Center for Justice & Humanity
River Heritage Foundation, Inc.
San Francisco Food Bank
Small Army For A Cause
Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Bristol, Inc.
Teach For America
The Brooklyn Autism Center
The Center for Grieving Children
The Community Center of Eastern Connecticut
The Craig School
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk
The Lustgarden Foundation
The Salvation Army
The Seat Swap, Inc.
ThriveWell Cancer Foundation
Touch A Person In Need (TAPIN)
Twin Cities Jewish Chorale
United Way
Washington Legal Foundation
Whitinsville Christian School
Williams Syndrome Association, Inc.
WTHS Minutemen Bank
—Matching Gift Contributions to Educational Institutions—
Babson College
Bates College
Bentley University
Boston College
Bowdoin College
Bucknell University
Deerfield Academy
Dennison University
Harvey Mudd College
Harvard Law School
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hollins University
New York University
PitzerC ollege
Princeton University
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
Saint Joseph College
Servite Fathers-Servite High School
Suffolk University
The CraigS chool
The Waynesburg University
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts Amherst
U.S. Catholic Conference – Malden Catholic High School
Washington & Lee University
Wesleyan University
Xaverian Brothers High School

Ninth Annual OneBeacon Scholarship Program

We are pleased to announce that the OneBeacon Scholarship program has just released its application for 2012! If you’re a OneBeacon employee and have a high-school senior at home—read on!

Sixteen deserving members of the class of 2012 will receive a $2,000 OneBeacon scholarship, which is funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Eight scholarships will be awarded to our employees’ children, and another eight will be granted to our producers’ children. For detailed information about the scholarship program including eligibility requirements, please review the brochure. Winners will be announced in early June.

Applications, along with a complete grade transcript should be postmarked no later than April 15, 2012, and sent to:

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
Attn: Shellee Hintz
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Best of luck to the Class of 2012!

Bowling for Charity in Denver by Lynne Grannen, OBGR

Recently, OneBeacon’s Denver office was invited to participate in a bowling event organized by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). Never a group to turn down a friendly challenge, members of the Denver office stepped up and represented OneBeacon Insurance well by taking 3rd  place overall! 

Team members included: Susan Foland, PIM; Ed Johnson, PIM; Jason Keeler, Technology; Jack Young, Claims; and Ty Pixler,OBGR.

The fund-raising event raised more than $6,000 to benefit the IICF’s community-grant programs. You can view more photos from the event on the IICF Facebook page here.

Meet The Bowlers: back row: Ed Johnson, Jack Young; front row: Jason Keeler, Ty Pixler, Susan Foland

About the IICF: The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) seeks to help communities and enrich lives by combining the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Through the collaborative efforts of insurance companies, reinsurance companies, agents, brokers and strategic industry partners, the Foundation primarily supports programs that focus on health/safety and education.

Soup’s On in Salem!

Caring for our senior population is becoming an increasingly important aspect of community service.

In Salem, Virginia the community has come together under the leadership of the Local Office ON Aging in collaboration with AARP. Together, they sponsored a “Soup for Seniors” program to collect and distribute cans of soup. Thanks to community generosity, including OneBeacon Salem, the group was able to distribute 30,000 cans of soup to more than 3,000 local residents. They chose the end of the month because seniors’ incomes are often running low at this time, as their fixed income payments are often distributed early in the month. As well, the normally harsh winter months made this a perfect time for the drive. 

Sharon Paisley, IT, coordinated this drive for OneBeacon. Over the weekend, the Salem team delivered 358 cans of soup, 70 boxes of crackers and a small cash donation. Kudos to the Salem team, whose thoughtfulness was certainly appreciated!

Lighting the way through community giving!

Welcome to a new year—and a new look! We’re excited to unveil our new Trust logo. The new look was designed to align to our corporate brand.  And with our new look, we encourage more of you to support your volunteering and philanthropic efforts through Trust sponsorship.

Take a moment to review our Trust guidelines to learn how to supplement your community giving through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.  We are proud of your generous spirit and glad to support your efforts!


Holiday Giving Round-Up

Halfway through January, the holidays seem like such a long time ago! But the community giving that many of you pursued will have a lasting impact. To that end, we thought you’d enjoy knowing which local nonprofits were targeted for holiday donations from the Charitable Trust by our various offices. This is the fourth consecutive year that OneBeacon has provided donations to food banks and other worthy nonprofits during the holiday season. Happy New Year! 

Annapolis Annapolis Area Ministries Inc.
Atlanta Cavalry Children’s Home
BlueBell Haws Avenue Soup Kitchen
Boston/Canton The Greater Boston Food Bank
Boston/Canton Canton Area Helpline
Buffalo Food Bank of Western New York
Chicago Boys  Hope Girls Hope of IL
Denver Food Bank of the Rockies
Farmington Food Share
Los Angeles St. Jude’s Research Hospital
Minnetonka Neighborhood House
Morristown Interfaith Food Pantry
New York City(OBEG) The Brooklyn Autism Center
New York City(OBE) R.F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Humanity
New York City(IMU) Holy Trinity Parish Food Pantry
Overland Park Harvesters
Philadelphia Philabundance
Salem SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
San Francisco San Francisco Food Bank
San Antonio ThriveWell Cancer Foundation


Fighting Hunger. Feeding Hope: Team Denver Gives Back

Just before the holidays, we received an update from our Denver colleagues regarding their community-giving efforts.

The Denver team once again volunteered their time and offered generous support to the Food Bank of the Rockies. This organization, whose tagline is “Fighting Hunger. Feeding Hope” serves more than 1,100 hunger-relief programs in metropolitan Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The OneBeacon team delivered over 300 pounds of food and a Charitable Trust donation during the especially critical holiday period. And what’s more, many were able to spend an afternoon helping sort and organize food items at the distribution center.  As you can see from this on-site team photo, the spirit of giving made for an enjoyable few hours assisting at a favored local charity!

Nice work, Denver, and to all of you who give back to your communities!

Wishing you a great 2012!

Team Denver Delivers!