Grateful for a Year of Giving Back:
Combined Insurance in the Community
This year, we are proud to share that we continued to live out our common purpose by giving back to communities where we live and work! We honored our founder, W. Clement Stone’s, philanthropic legacy and engaged in charitable endeavors year-round, by giving back to 15 Chicago-based and national charitable organizations. As he said, “To be happy, make other people happy.”
W. Clement Stone’s legacy
Our founder, W. Clement Stone, was dedicated to making the world a better place. He donated more than $275 million to civic groups, mental health, and other charitable organizations during his lifetime and was once quoted as saying, “All I want is to change the world.”
He established The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone foundation in 1958, a foundation that continues to support philanthropic causes throughout the Chicago area and beyond.1 And, while our company is not associated with the foundation, we are proud to carry on our founder’s legacy by making involvement in our communities a focus of our corporate culture.
Combined Insurance in the community
Our employees have given back to the community in numerous ways over the past year, both in funding and in volunteer time.
During this season of giving - and as Combined marks a century in business - we’re especially grateful to have the continued opportunity to serve our communities.
What does philanthropy mean to us? It’s an extension of our core mission to help individuals and families in times of need. We contribute financially and engage personally.
In giving back, Combined stays true to our enduring values and commitments - while remaining open and adaptable to the needs of a changing world. This year…
Our strong support of the military community and cancer research continues.
• We volunteered at a USO Illinois block party, and served Thanksgiving dinner to U.S. Navy recruits.
• Our Sales teams competed to direct grants to Luke’s Wings and Fisher House Foundation, and assembled kids’ bicycles for Blue Star Families.
• During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we volunteered at an American Cancer Society walk-run, and participated in Chubb IMPACT’s annual Virtual 5k.
With Ukraine under attack, we quickly moved to provide support. Combined Canada announced a grant to 4ukraine.ca and sponsored the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival.
And we reached out to organizations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals and the Centre for Young Black Professionals.
Community service truly is a team effort.
We are grateful for the opportunity we have to carry on our founder’s legacy, and we have found that it really does add an important component to our corporate culture and identity. It’s always fun to take an hour or two out of the work day to come together and work on something that makes a real difference in someone else’s life. As our founder W. Clement Stone said, “To be happy, make others happy.”
1-Jeff Donoghue, W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved December 19, 2017, from https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/insider-guide-to-program-offic/jeff-donoghue-w-clement-and-jessie-v-stone-foundation.html