Walnut Creek, CA, July 14, 2011 – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Western Division is proud to award $52,415 in community grants to ten outstanding nonprofit organizations. Marking the second round of grant funding for 2011, the IICF Western Division increases its yearly grant contributions to $232,915, touching thirty-six separate non-profit organizations located across California.
“At its heart, insurance is a business focused on community. We are an industry dedicated to helping those in times of need. Therefore, it is fitting that together, as a united industry, we continue this tradition of community commitment by supporting local nonprofits that address the specific needs of our communities,” commented Mark El-Tawil, Regional CEO, West Region, Humana and 2010-2011 IICF Grants Committee Chair.
Although national in reach, the IICF is committed to positively impacting communities at the local level. As such, the Foundation maintains a philosophy of reinvesting funds back into the areas in which funds were initially raised. The Western Division focuses grant making in four areas: Child Abuse Prevention, Education & Awareness; Disaster Preparedness & Response; Education & Literacy; and Health & Human Services.
Through the second round of Western Division grants, the IICF is proud to support the following exceptional agencies:
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency
Holy Cross Medical Clinic
Kids First, Orange County
North Bay Children’s Center
The Salvation Army of Fresno
The ARC of Alameda County
The Red Cross of Northeastern California
Commenting on the significance of the IICF community grant, Charles McCaul, Emergency Services Manager, American Red Cross of Northeastern California, remarked, “As a direct result of the IICF grant, the Red Cross is able to provide a much needed Disaster Response Trailer filled with 100 cots, blankets, personal hygiene kits, shelter kit and special needs cots. This new Disaster Response Trailer enables the Red Cross to quickly mobilize vital supplies when a community disaster strikes.”
The IICF seeks to help communities and enrich lives by combing the collective strengths of the insurance industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Initially founded in California in 1998, the Foundation has grown to serve the Western United States, the New York-Northeast region and the Midwest. To date, the Industry Foundation has contributed over $17 million and 140,000 volunteer service hours to hundreds of community nonprofits.
To learn more about the industry foundation or to become part of this united philanthropic movement please visit www.iicf.org
or contact the Foundation Office at (925) 280-8009.