The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), announced today that it has raised nearly $500,000 in just over 3 weeks through its national fundraising campaign, the COVID-19 Crisis: IICF Children’s Relief Fund.
IICF’s crisis relief campaign enables donors to focus resources on children at risk of food insecurity, educational disruption, family homelessness and other issues exacerbated by COVID-19. With the support of insurance companies, associations and individual industry professionals, funds raised will benefit 14 nonprofit partners operating throughout IICF’s four U.S.-based divisions.
Overall, U.S. insurers and their charitable foundations have donated approximately $220 million in response to the COVID-19 crisis. And well in excess of $100 million has been contributed internationally, according to Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) estimates based on information collected by IICF.
Insurance industry contributions have gone beyond financial donations, as tracked by IICF. These efforts include:
- More than 400,000 masks donated to frontline healthcare workers
- An industrywide commitment to deliver more than 1 million meals to families in need
- Hosting blood drives
- Purchasing and donating to healthcare workers gift cards from small businesses
- Offering no-cost life insurance policies to frontline healthcare workers
- Providing additional time off to volunteer in the community
- Increased matching of employee donations to local charities
In addition, insurance companies have made commitments not to furlough workers due to the pandemic. And U.S. auto insurers will return more than $10.5 billion to their customers nationwide as part of their COVID-19 response, Triple-I estimates.
To donate to the IICF Children’s Relief Fund, please visit the IICF website and designate the region of the country you’d like to support.
“For more than 25 years IICF has marshaled the philanthropic will and resources of the insurance industry in support of communities. By uniting philanthropically through the industrywide IICF Children’s Relief Fund, we’re able to help children across the country be safer and healthier. “Bill Ross, CEO, IICF
Donations can also be made directly to IICF here to support the organization on a national level with its mission to help communities in need.