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!

Joy to these Kids!

In Farmington, the team decided to renew its support for Covenant to Care, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting at-risk youth, including those who may be placed with foster families. According to volunteer organizer Nikki Nelson, gifts were generously collected on behalf of 30 kids served by this agency. This is the second year that our Farmington colleagues have gathered holiday gifts for Covenant to Care kids.

Way to give, Farmington!

Donating from the heart, literally!

In Canton, employees had two holiday giving options: participate in our first on-site blood drive or bring in a gift for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program. We had great participation in both programs, including both employee donors and volunteers!

The Red Cross reported that most donor slots were filled, and walk-in traffic was actually more that could be handled! In total, 32 pints of blood were collected, exceeding expectations. And nearly 130 toys were generously donated for area kids.

Thanks to the Canton team for helping make the holidays a little healthier and a little brighter!

A sampling of the toys donated in Canton for the Toys for Tots drive.

It’s Often Nicer to Give than to Receive

As we fast approach the holidays, I’ll try to post a few updates about the good deeds you are pursuing to help neighbors in need have a happier holiday. First stop, Salem, Virginia!

This year, the Salem Operations staff decided to redirect some of their personal holiday budgets to replenish the shelves of a local food bank. And while the idea started in Operations, it quickly caught on with the entire Salem office.

In two short weeks, they collected:

–85 jars of peanut butter

–395 cans of food

–Plus bags of rice, pasta, beans and cereal

As Linda Huffman, Operations Manager noted, “This is definitely an example of celebrating the true spirit of the holidays! I’m very proud of the team and their sense of responsibility to our community.”

We’re proud, too, and know the Southwest Virginia Food Bank must have been very grateful.

A Family That Runs Together Makes A Difference!

We are always amazed to learn about the commitments many of you make to causes that are dear to your hearts, but I think you’ll agree that this family’s efforts earn the high-water mark for team-based community giving!

Steve Spinney from Corporate Finance has a niece, Michaela, who was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome as a toddler. Her family became involved with the Williams Syndrome Association (WSA), a group organized to support people and families living with this condition. In fact, Michaela’s mom currently serves as president of the WSA’s New England chapter. She also set up Team Michaela to run the Amica Half-Marathon as a way to raise money and awareness of this medical condition. 

Team Michaela’s roster featured 13 members of her family, including Steve and his son and daughter (his wife would have run but was sidelined by injuries). Everyone completed the race and the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was able to support their efforts through a contribution. 

And as you suspect, this team keeps on going; in fact, they’d previously participated in fund-raising walks and Michaela’s mother is helping organize the national convention being hosted in Boston this summer.  Way to Give, Steve, and Team Michaela!

Insurance Industry Donations Top $500M

This blog provides you with insights on how OneBeacon employees, producers and our Charitable Trust consistently give back to local communities through donations of time and money. We thought you may also be interested in hearing how our industry engages in charitable efforts overall.
The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) recently shared a McKinsey report indicating that the insurance industry awarded over $500 million to nonprofits in 2010. Most of the funds were allocated to education, health and social services, and community and economic development efforts.
The MetLife Foundation ranks first in terms of grants awarded. MetLife allocated $39.5 million in 2009, according to a report compiled by the Foundation Center, a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.  Also in this top group were Nationwide, State Farm and Allstate. Here is the summary report
Also noteworthy is that eleven of the 50 largest foundations are those established by insurance companies. So by any measure, our industry is well represented in the community giving realm.


Breakdown of Supported Industry Causes