Industrywide, philanthropic giving in response to the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase. Using information collected by Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), the Insurance Information Institute upgraded its earlier estimate to $280 million donated through early June by U.S. insurers and their charitable foundations in response to the pandemic. In addition, international insurers and their foundations have donated more than $150 million.
On June 15 the IICF announced a $500,000 contribution from Lloyd’s to its Children’s Relief Fund. This donation will help deliver tens of thousands of meals to vulnerable children struggling with food insecurity and help to address educational disruption, family homelessness and other risks exacerbated by the pandemic. This gift from Lloyd’s brings the IICF’s Children’s Relief pandemic campaign total to $1.1 million raised to date.
“As the industry’s leading charitable giving platform and convenor of brokers, insurers and service providers, the IICF’s value proposition rings more clearly now than ever,” said Hank Watkins, Regional Director and President, Americas at Lloyd’s, and former Chair of the IICF Northeast Division Board of Directors. “Lloyd’s is proud to join hands with our industry colleagues in supporting the IICF’s mission and efforts to meet the needs of those in our communities left vulnerable by the pandemic crisis.”
IICF reports seeing widespread and united industry support for its crisis relief campaign, including nearly 600 individual contributors. IICF anticipates providing one million meals throughout this campaign to children and their families in need.
To learn more about the IICF Children’s Relief Fund or donate, please visit here.
U.S. auto insurers will return more than $10 billion to their
customers nationwide, according to an estimate released on April 11 by
the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).
We’ve listed many of the companies that are offering refunds in
a previous post. This week, several
other auto insurers have announced refunds or credits. This is not an exhaustive list, so be sure to check
with your insurer to see if they are offering refunds or credits. All premium and rate adjustments are subject to
Chubb‘s auto insurance clients will receive a credit reflecting a 35%
premium reduction for the months of April and May, with additional discounts
for subsequent months, as the situation warrants, upon renewal. Across Chubb’s
portfolio, the average credit is expected to be $110 per vehicle.
Financial announced that every client with a personal auto insurance policy
as of April 1, 2020 will receive a 15% refund for two months of auto premium in
anticipation of a decrease in driving activity in April and May.
CSAA Insurance Group is giving a 20 percent refund
for two months of auto premiums, March and April 2020.
has announced that lowering personal and commercial auto rates would be the
best option for providing additional relief to customers. The company estimates
the total rate reduction impact to be approximately $200 million throughout the
12 states and District of Columbia where ERIE operates.
is offering personal auto premium credits on more than 80,000 personal auto
policies for an estimated total of $6 million. Ohio Mutual is voluntarily
providing a 25% personal auto premium credit that applies to an 11-week period
(March 16 – May 31, 2020) for all policies in-force on May 31. Credits will be
automatically applied to customers’ first invoice after June 1. Those with a
balance less than the credit will receive a refund by check.
The Hanover Insurance
Group announced it has
created The Hanover CARES Refund, through which the company will return 15% of
April and May auto premiums to its eligible personal lines customers, providing
financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
MAPFRE Insurance announced its Staying Home Refund program,
which will return 15 percent of April and May premium to its voluntary personal
auto policyholders in Massachusetts, totaling over $30 million. On average,
most policyholders will receive a credit of approximately $40.00. A similar
credit will be provided to the company’s personal auto policyholders in its
other states of operation for the same time period.
announced a 15 percent policy credit to their eligible personal auto insurance
customers for three months.
Chubb has announced a support program designed to
help ease the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on its small business
clients in the United States and provide direct support to healthcare workers
and other front-line responders.
Chubb’s U.S. small business clients
whose policies renew between April 1 and August 1, 2020 will receive an
automatic 25% reduction in the sales and payroll exposures used to calculate
their premium as well as a 15% reduction in premiums for their commercial auto
insurance. In addition, Chubb will purchase $1 million in gift cards from small
business clients around the country, which will be donated to healthcare
workers and other first responders on the front lines of the pandemic in their
Fundación MAPFRE, a global nonprofit foundation created by
MAPFRE, announced it will donate $2.3 million to support urgent medical and
community needs across Massachusetts, as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The funding is part of a global $38 million aid package by the foundation for
medical providers and communities around the world.
Hanover announced customer relief
measures and a commitment to contribute $500,000 to nonprofits in local
communities to address needs arising from the public health crisis.
Farm has donated $1 million
and partnered with Salesforce to provide one million masks and other protective
equipment to healthcare workers in areas of urgent need identified by FEMA
(Federal Emergency Management Agency). Since the start of COVID-19, State Farm
has provided about $5 million in neighborhood relief across the country.
Swiss Re Group pledged to donate CHF 5 million to support
the needs of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic around
the world. Through its non-profit grant foundation, the Swiss Re Foundation,
the funds will be distributed to organizations tackling the crisis,
particularly in developing countries.
The Westfield Insurance Foundationis
helping communities in Northeast Ohio and across the country by donating nearly
$1.5 million dollars to nonprofit partners focused on family stability and
disaster recovery. These dollars will help stabilize communities and help those
who need economic support.
Auto insurers are giving refunds to their customers as
people are driving less due to coronavirus shut-downs. No action is required by
customers to receive credit in most cases, but Sean Kevelighan, Triple-I CEO,
urged customer to reach out to their insurers. “We always recommend the
customer contact the insurer and explain their individual situations. Insurers
are always happy to look at individual situations and work with the customer,”
he said in a Weather
Here are the refunds some of the major auto insurers
Allstate customers will get “Shelter-In Place
Paybacks,” adding up to $600 million over the next two months. “This
is fair because less driving means fewer accidents,” Tom Wilson, the company’s chair,
president and chief executive officer said in a statement.
American Family will return approximately $200 million to its auto insurance customers.
Farmers auto customers will receive a 25 percent reduction in their April premiums. “We are committed to helping customers during this unprecedented time,” said Jeff Dailey, the company’s CEO. “As we continue receiving updated information in the coming weeks, we’ll assess additional ways to take care of our customers.”
Hanover Insurance Group will return 15% of April and May auto premiums to its eligible
personal lines customers. The company also announced additional customer relief
measures and a commitment to contribute $500,000 to nonprofits in local
communities to address needs arising from the public health crisis.
Hartford announced its COVID-19 Personal Auto Payback Plan, which will
provide customers with a 15 percent refund on their April and May personal auto
insurance premiums. Over the next two months, the company will distribute
approximately $50 million to its customers.
Liberty Mutual will return approximately $250 million to
customers. Personal auto insurance customers will receive a 15 percent refund
on two months of their auto premium.
Auto & Home customers will
receive a 15% credit for April and May based on their monthly premiums. The
company is also extending coverage under all personal auto insurance programs
at no additional charge while customers are making deliveries in response to
the crisis, effective March 20, 2020, through May 1, 2020. Additionally,
MetLife Auto & Home is offering identity protection coverage to its
State Farm announced an up to a $2 billion dividend that will
go to its auto insurance customers. Customers do not need to take any action to
receive this dividend, which will appear as a credit on their auto policy. On
average, State Farm Mutual auto customers can expect to receive a credit of
about 25 percent of premium for the time period March 20 through May 31; exact
percentages will vary by state.
Travelers Companies is giving U.S. personal auto insurance customers a 15 percent
credit on their April and May premiums. Travelers will continue to assess the
program as more information comes to light about the impact of the COVID-19
crisis on the driving environment and auto claims.
USAA is set to return $520 million to its members for
driving less during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders. The company said in a
statement that the payment is a result of data showing members driving less
during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders across the country.
IICF’s Children’s Relief Fund
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)
has launched a national industry-wide fundraising campaign to benefit
vulnerable children. Funds raised through the COVID-19 Crisis: IICF
Children’s Relief Fund will help support children at risk of food
insecurity, educational disruption, family homelessness and other circumstances
exacerbated by the crisis. To make a donation and support children in need,
please contribute here.
The Allstate Foundation
Allstate Foundation together with Allstate employees and agency
force members, will donate resources across the nation to support communities
during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Foundation is contributing $5 million to accelerate relief and
recovery for domestic violence victims, youth in need, first responders and
communities at large.
“It’s incredibly inspiring to see people finding ways to take care
of each other,” said Elizabeth Brady, Allstate chief marketing, customer and
communications officer and trustee of The Allstate Foundation. “For 68 years,
The Allstate Foundation has delivered on Allstate’s promise to serve as the
Good Hands – especially in a moment of need.”
The Nationwide Foundation
Foundation is making $5 million in contributions to local and national
charities to support medical and economic response efforts.
“As communities experience impacts related to the pandemic,
many non-profit organizations stand on the front lines, providing basic
necessities, wellness services and support to those in need,” said Nationwide
CEO and Nationwide Foundation Chairman Kirt Walker. “Finances, staffs, programs and resources are
being stretched as these non-profits not only serve their communities but feel
the impact themselves. During these challenging times, we each have a
responsibility, when we can, to lift those around us.”
Tough times bring out the best in many people, and the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.
Citizens around the world are donating to crisis response
organizations, sewing masks and gowns for
medical workers, delivering groceries to homebound neighbors and boarding
Corporations also are rising to the occasion. MetLife (a
Triple-I member company) is providing parking lots at its St. Louis office
location for the local hospital, Mercy
South to use for coronavirus drive-through testing.
MetLife Foundation has committed to donating $1 million to food banks
across the U.S. to help them deal with increased demand for their services as a
result of coronavirus.
Food banks face the challenge of getting shelf-stable food
into people’s homes as quickly as possible, especially now that vulnerable
populations, such as the elderly, have been advised to practice social
distancing. In addition, food banks face greater need from families with
children who no longer have access to meals at schools.
MetLife Foundation will donate funds to food banks in
communities where MetLife, Inc. has a significant presence, such as the greater
New York City area, Cary, N.C., Tampa, Fla., and Warwick, R.I.
“We want to help those impacted by coronavirus,” said Mike
Zarcone, head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and Chairman of MetLife
Foundation. “That includes the communities where we work and live. We know that
children out of school and seniors face food insecurity as a result of
COVID-19, and we are committed to help.”
Prudential also is helping. Over the weekend, the Newark,
N.J.-based insurer donated
more than 150,000 protective face masks and respirators to the state.
The masks and respirators, expected to provide a two-week respite
for hospitals, were in storage at the company’s Newark headquarters. They had
been stockpiled after the 9/11 terror attacks as part of the company’s
emergency preparedness efforts.
If your company is helping those affected by the pandemic, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it.
Did you know that volunteering your time and expertise can make you happier and healthier? It’s been shown that unpaid work for the good of others enables people to make new friends, learn new skills and experience reduced stress levels.
And it’s not just individuals who benefit. Companies that create a culture of volunteering have better employee morale, workplace atmosphere and brand perception. A Deloitte study found that a large majority (89 percent) of employees think that companies that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better work environment. Volunteer activities were also reported to be more effective at boosting staff morale than company-sponsored happy hours, and more than three-quarters of workers said that volunteering is essential to employee well-being.
The insurance industry is no slouch when it comes to volunteering. The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) has contributed more than 300,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1994. The industry gives back to communities in significant and varied ways including pro bono and skills-sharing support to nonprofit organizations, disaster response, relief and recovery, employee-driven outreach in local communities and many other creative corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The industry is also hoping to recruit and retain workers by emphasizing the culture of volunteering. On April 10, the IICF released a white paper documenting the findings of its Millennial Ideas Summit. The summit convened in late 2018 with more than 50 young leaders and emerging talent from across the insurance industry to discuss key topics and challenges facing the industry. These included talent and recruitment of millennials; technology, innovation and change; and social responsibility, particularly the industry’s philanthropic response following natural disasters.
The paper, What Millennials Want, how are we engaging the millennial workforce, concluded that communicating to the younger workforce that insurance is a business of service and one that helps people in their times of need is critically important to millennials, who want opportunities to give back and make a difference through experiences and grassroots ways that help their communities.
April is National Volunteer Month. What is your company doing to promote volunteerism? Let us know in the comments section.
Volunteers from the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) are about to have a lot of fun while helping clean up New York City waters.
On August 30th, AIMU will have its annual Volunteer Day at the New York Harbor School on Governors Island. The team will help the Billion Oyster Project, an initiative to add – you guessed it – a billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035.
Today, oysters are functionally extinct in the harbor due to over-harvesting, dredging, and pollution, but once oyster reefs covered over 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They provided valuable ecosystem services to the region by filtering water and providing a habitat for other marine species. A single oyster can filter about 30 to 50 gallons of water every day. And New York City was virtually built from oyster shells. In the 1700s many building projects depended on the mollusks’ shells for lime, and oyster carts were as ubiquitous as hot dog carts are today.
It’s fitting that AIMU is helping to keep the marine environment clean and healthy for future generations.
April is National Volunteer month, and in time with this event State Farm® has conducted an interesting survey which reveals key insights into what motivates people to volunteer.
The study found that that only 23 percent of younger millennials currently volunteer, compared to 46 percent of older millennials (those who are married, have kids, or own a home). State Farm research confirms what others have found, that younger people are looking to align their giving opportunities with their life goals.
Millennials have supplanted Baby Boomers as the largest population group in the United States, and as a result they have the biggest potential to influence volunteerism. With that in mind the study offers several useful tips for engaging young professionals in volunteer activities:
Show the impact: People want to know their work was worth it. Forty-three percent of older millennials and 34% of younger millennials say seeing the impact of their time and talent reaffirms their commitment to give back.
Career development: Forty percent of older millennials and 35% of younger millennials said offering opportunities to help their career or job search would boost their willingness to volunteer.
Knowledge is power: The prospect of gaining expertise in a certain area or learning a new skill inspires more people to get involved. Forty percent of older millennials and 31% of younger millennials say this opportunity would make them more likely to volunteer.
The more the merrier: Both groups agree, being able to participate with friends (44% older millennials, 35% younger millennials) or meet new people (28% older Millennials, 22% younger millennials) plays a large role in their decision to volunteer. In fact, one in five millennials reported finding a significant other through volunteering!
For more about how the insurance industry is committed to our communities read the latest issue of I.I.I.’s Impact magazine
The Fundación MAPFRE has issued an open call for awards designed to appreciate and recognize the work being carried out by people and institutions around the world that seek to improve society through outstanding actions across a number of fields.
Each prize is worth 30,000 euros so that the recipients can continue with their important work. The call for submissions is global and applications can be submitted in English, Spanish and Portuguese by candidates themselves or by other people or institutions, both private and public.
Here are the categories:
THE JOSÉ MANUEL MARTÍNEZ MARTÍNEZ LIFETIME AWARD FOR A PROFESSIONAL CAREER
A recognition granted to a person who has led an exemplary professional lifetime career in the service of society and people. Further information
BEST SOCIAL ACTION INITIATIVE
This recognition goes to a person or institution that has undertaken an outstanding and effective social initiative for the benefit of those who are most disadvantaged. Further information
BEST HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVE
This award recognizes an action taken by an individual or entity to promote good health and improve people’s quality of life. Further information
BEST ACCIDENT PREVENTION INITIATIVE
This award recognizes a significant contribution by individuals or institutions towards preventing and reducing accidents. Further information
THE JULIO CASTELO MATRÁN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE AWARD
This recognizes those initiatives and projects that have fostered economic stability and solidarity through Insurance and/or Social Protection. Further information
The Fundación MAPFRE is a non-profit institution created by MAPFRE, a member company of the Insurance Information Institute.
With Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday rounding out the Thanksgiving holiday digital spending and giving are expected to reach record levels, which means businesses and individuals need to be prepared for cyber threats.
It cautions businesses to be vigilant, especially when it comes to payment card protection, and offers the following tips:
—Change your passwords and make them strong: just as you would lock the doors before leaving, lock this door too. Make sure employees know this too.
—Install software updates known as patches that your payment service provider sends you for your payment systems: install updates, just as you would on your phone, so your payment system is protected.
—Keep business information private: keep passwords, user IDs, or other details for payment systems private. Confirm an unexpected call or email separately with the supposed caller or sender before proceeding.
In fact one of the first global-scale events that brought attention to mobile donations was the 2010 hurricane that struck Haiti. The Red Cross received millions of dollars in donations from cellphone users who simply texted the word “HAITI” to a five-digit number.
While it feels good to give, the ITRC says it’s important to remember to do your homework and check out a charity before clicking on a link or responding to potentially fraudulent email requests claiming to be a part of Giving Tuesday.
One cause you might consider supporting is The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Early Learning Initiative (ELI) which provides an opportunity for every young child – regardless of means – to learn to read and write.
Join your insurance industry colleagues in the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement by contributing $5 for ELI here.
Check out the Insurance Information Institute’s facts and statistics on corporate social responsibility here. The I.I.I. white paper Cyberrisk: Threat and Opportunity has the latest information on the current exposure and how insurers are responding.
As our tour guide explained, during the Great Depression people didn’t have the money to buy insurance. So Mr. MacArthur came up with a plan to make it affordable. He would charge them $1 (that’s $17.65 in today’s dollars) for a life insurance policy.
There was just one caveat: for the policy to pay out, a person had to die of unnatural causes.
Needless to say, Mr. MacArthur was very successful. Five years later, Bankers had more than $1 million in assets and by 1977 more than $1 billion.
At the time of his death in 1978, Mr. MacArthur’s insurance companies had more than 3 million policyholders, with $5.5 billion of insurance in force and a sales staff of more than 5,000 agents and brokers.
In addition to insurance, Mr. MacArthur had an interest in real estate and development and his holdings included 100,000 acres of land in Florida, mostly in the Palm Beach and Sarasota areas.
Mr. MacArthur later donated a section of his Palm Beach property for use as a public park after a university study convinced him it was a biological treasure.
The MacArthur Foundation (established in 1970 so that his money would go to good use after he was gone) contributed additional funds to help develop the park and nature center. The John D. MacArthur Beach State Park opened to the public in 1989.