Seattle, Wash. (July 2, 2012) — Safeco Insurance Foundation is giving $745,000 to help local nonprofit organizations provide emergency assistance and other health and human services.
Of that amount, $600,000 is designated for the basic needs of homeless families and individuals through 42 grants to Northwest charities.
“Supporting fundamental services is some of the most important community work that the Safeco Insurance Foundation does,” says Paul Hollie, foundation director. “As mounting pressures at multiple levels have increased, more people need more basic-level help. We’re trying to counter that growing need in the Northwest by partnering with very effective non-profit organizations through our Basic Services Initiative.”
A check representing the foundation’s $600,000 gift to 42 local organizations was presented before the July 1 Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field in Seattle to leadership from Food Lifeline, Shoreline, Wash., and Mary’s Place, Seattle, two of the charities receiving support through the Basic Services Initiative.
Since 2010, the Safeco Insurance Foundation has awarded 100 grants totaling nearly $1.3 million to 65 community organizations across Washington and Oregon that provide emergency, basic services.
“All of these organizations have a successful track record of reaching individuals experiencing homelessness and their programs have demonstrated a cost-effective use of resources,” said Hollie.
In addition to the 42 Basic Services Initiative grants, the Safeco Insurance Foundation recently awarded $145,000 through 11 additional donations to local health and human services organizations.
In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.
For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.