A message from Chairman & CEO, David H. Long
2018 was a milestone year for our philanthropic work at Liberty Mutual, marking the 15th anniversary of Liberty Mutual Foundation and the expansion of our Liberty Torchbearers program. Reflecting on this past year, I’m keenly aware of what an honor it is to support the life-changing work of our community partners and the philanthropic passions and expertise of our employees.
Philanthropy is at our core, both as a business and as individuals. Together with our employees, Liberty Mutual contributed $45 million toward vitally important nonprofit causes across the country. Our ambition is to help people move forward confidently and to be there for them when their need is greatest.
This goal also guides our philanthropic mission: to empower people who are experiencing homelessness, advance access for people with disabilities and expand educational opportunities for underserved students.
In 2018, we weren’t the only ones celebrating a special year. Three of our close partners were as well — Bridge Over Troubled Waters, More Than Words and Artists For Humanity — as significant investments from Liberty Mutual came to fruition. New facilities and renovations will enable these organizations to reach a greater number of under-resourced teens and young adults, including those experiencing homelessness, and to support them with job training, housing and educational opportunities. Having participated on site visits at all of these organizations, I was thrilled to experience firsthand the before-and-after of their transformations.
Through Liberty Torchbearers, we’ve found more and more ways for our employees to stand alongside our community through Give, Serve and Volunteer with Liberty — all under the Liberty Torchbearers banner. During Serve with Liberty, I was proud to join fellow Liberty employees at Cradles to Crayons and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and to see the impact of our collective work.
Moving forward, we’ll keep striving to be a trusted partner, to leverage the commitment and compassion of our employees, and to put the full strength of Liberty behind the causes that we care about.
David H. Long
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance
A message from our foundation president
I’m excited to introduce this year’s report of Our Giving. In the pages ahead, we share the incredible work our partner organizations are doing to empower and uplift the people they serve, and the many ways Liberty Mutual employees give back.
We are an organization that is deeply committed to learning. Once again, we developed our strategic plan for the year based on the feedback from our many partners. To all who shared their input: Thank you.
In 2018, we strengthened our commitment to the issue of youth homelessness, collaborating with other funders, attending and hosting events, and engaging deeply with key partners and influencers.
The ribbon-cutting at the new Liberty House at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, with city officials and program participants at our side, epitomized this integrated approach — and was a truly memorable moment.
We were also proud to work with the city of Boston as it secured a $4.9 million planning grant from the federal government to address youth and young adult homelessness in the region.
Meanwhile, our employees joined together as a community during this year’s Give with Liberty campaign to support A Way Home America — a national initiative that galvanizes communities to end youth homelessness.
Looking to 2019 and beyond, we will continue to be a dedicated collaborator, convener, facilitator and partner — roles we are proud to hold.
Melissa M. MacDonnell
President, Liberty Mutual Foundation
Conversations with Liberty
Conversations with Liberty brings thought leaders and subject matter experts together to share “ideas worth spreading” and help broaden perspectives on issues we care about as a community. At our first event, Chris Gardner, a motivational speaker whose life story was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” discussed his experience with homelessness in the early 1980s while raising his toddler son. In addition, Jamila Bradley shared a perspective on the issues of youth and young adult homelessness and the Rev. Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church moderated a discussion and Q&A. We’re excited to host more Conversations in the year ahead.