Why We Give Back
Once a year, Insurance Journal editors have the pleasure of publishing the very best news in the industry – the news about good deeds given to the community by dedicated insurance industry professionals.
We have enjoyed pulling together this special issue of Insurance Journal – The Charity Issue — that is filled with stories of charitable efforts by agents, brokers, wholesalers, carriers and other industry partners.
It’s always a difficult task to narrow down the stories to a number we could fit in this report, but it was a welcome challenge.
While the insurance industry financially supports many worthy causes year-round, insurance professionals often give much more than dollars.
Sharing of money and time is not only important to the charity but also to the giver, says Bill Ross, CEO of the nonprofit IICF.
“At the end of the day, giving back drives change within a community, and giving back to a community also drives change within an organization and the industry as well,” said Ross (see article on page 18). “We learn about a community, we see what their needs are, and we learn how to put our focus on that.”
Industry professionals participated in hundreds of volunteer events in 2018. They spent thousands of hours volunteering for education, at-risk women, children and youth, the homeless and food insecure, adults and children with disabilities, military veterans, pet rescues, cancer research, health and human services, and other charitable causes.
There are countless stories of good deeds done by insurance professionals and organizations, a number that goes well beyond those printed in pages of this special issue. Our web site InsuranceJournal.com will feature additional photos and stories of charitable deeds in the coming days and weeks. Please check it out.
We hope you will be inspired like we have been by the industry’s generosity and kindness. We encourage all of our readers to give so that others who might be without this time of year enjoy a happier holiday season and are blessed with renewed hope for a better new year.
To all of you who have given and will give, thank you.
Best wishes for a happy holiday and a healthy and prosperous new year … to all.