Friday, January 23, 2015
I.I.I.’s new California representative Janet Ruiz brings us this timely report from the insurance industry’s first philanthropic roundtable of the new year:
The first of three 2015 insurance industry philanthropic roundtables was held earlier this week in Woodland Hills, CA at Farmers Insurance to discuss the landscape of philanthropy with the theme of disaster resilience.
Speakers at the meeting presented case studies of successes such as the partnership of Farmers Insurance with the Saint Bernard Project to rebuild Joplin, Missouri. The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) discussed the role of catastrophe communications in getting important information out to media and consumers before, during, and after a catastrophe. Team Rubicon talked about their mission to bridge the gap for veterans and how they engage veterans, first responders and volunteers in rebuilding communities after a disaster.
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) leads the philanthropic roundtables attended by member insurance companies involved in philanthropy and community giving. It was born out of the passion of insurance professionals to make a positive community impact.
The IICF Early Literacy Initiative and Sesame Workshop Partnership recently launched – ‘Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day’ – working to provide every American child the opportunity to read and write. As Melissa Duncan, IICF Western Division says: “Early education makes true social progress.”
Bill Ross, CEO, IICF wrapped up the roundtable by reminding all of the impact the insurance industry has giving $1 billion annually in direct giving and sponsorships to charity.
It was a powerful session!
You can read more on the insurance industry’s contribution to community and charitable causes here.