Liberty Mutual Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Liberty Mutual Foundation provides grants for organizations providing education, health, and human services in the Boston area. Special priority is given to low-income youth and families, youth with disabilities, and cultural organizations.

FUNDING AREAS: Low-income children, education, health, human services

IP TAKE: Boston nonprofits should not be intimidated by the global scope of this big insurance company. Most funding stays right in Boston, and the funding categories are broad that lots of local groups are eligible for grants.

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the Liberty Mutual Foundation supports communities where company employees live and work. Liberty Mutual is an insurance company with operations throughout the world. However, the company is headquartered in Boston and contributes much of its foundation funding here. This funder’s grantmaking priorities broadly encompass education and health and human services.

There is a strong focus on low-income children in each of these grantmaking categories. Cultural organizations and youth with disabilities are also of interest to Liberty Mutual Foundation. The outfit's education program focuses on disadvantaged youth, and the health and human services program is all about improving the quality of life and safety within the communities it serves. Regarding the LMF’s youth disabilities funding, areas of interest are early intervention, K-12 education, family resources, healthcare, assistive technology, mentoring, bullying, out-of-school time, and preparation for employment. Nonprofits can receive general operating support, program support, capital support, and multi-year support. Capital funding is the least common type of support LMF provides. Characteristics that Liberty Mutual grantees tend to share include solid financials, effective impact measuring systems, a strong board and staff, and a well-planned strategy and budget.

Many recent LMF grants have been between $10,000 and $50,000 each. Learn more about past giving by reviewing the company’s news section of its website. Grantmaking is focused on Boston in Massachusetts, Dallas in Texas, and Seattle/King County in Washington. However, the bulk of funding stays in Boston, where the company is headquartered.

This corporate foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are no application deadlines, as the review process is ongoing throughout the year. The application process is conducted online. Direct general inquiries to the foundation staff at Foundation@LibertyMutual.com.

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