OVERVIEW: Farmers Insurance supports disaster resilience, education and civic engagement through its corporate giving program. Its signature program, Thank America’s Teachers, awards grants to teachers based on a public recommendation and voting system.
IP TAKE: The Farmers Insurance company supports disaster resilience, education and civic engagement trough its corporate giving program. Its signature education program, Thank America’s Teachers, awards grants of $2,500 for classroom projects and $100,000 for school-wide initiatives. Application for grants is partially decided by public recommendations and voting.
PROFILE: The Farmers Insurance company, founded in 1928, supports the communities in which it operates through its disaster resilience, education and civic engagement giving programs. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, the company maintains offices throughout the United States.
Farmers’ education program aims to “provide better opportunities for the next generation by increasing their chances to move o to college and successful careers.” The program has three separate initiatives: the signature Thank America’s Teachers program, grants for education and after school programs and the education matching grants program. The Thank America’s Teachers programs awards small grants for classroom-based projects and larger, “Dream Big” grants, intended to have an impact on entire school communities. Grants are awarded to teachers through a process that is partially decided by community recommendations and pubic voting. Examples of funded projects include gardening, cooking, playgrounds and technology and arts enrichments. Farmer’s grants for education and after school programs prioritize at-risk youth and have supported organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the United Way and programs at YMCA organizations nationwide. The Farmers company also matches its employees’ support of education through a matching donations program.
The Thank America’s Teachers program awards classroom grants of $2,500 through three yearly application cycles that begin with an online thank you note recommending teachers for consideration. The larger “Dream Big” community grants are awarded once each year in amounts of $100,000 through a more formal application process that involves public online voting.
While the Thank America’s Teachers program accepts proposals from teachers in the United States, Farmers education and after school program does not run an open application process.
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