As I look back on 2017, I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I’ve been with the passion, commitment, and accomplishments of our community partners and employees. 2018 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and I’ve never been more excited about the path we’re on.
Through our philanthropy, we partner with organizations that empower people experiencing varying levels of vulnerability. That includes expanding accessibility for people with disabilities, providing educational opportunity for young people living in poverty, and offering security to people who are experiencing homelessness.
This year, our total giving increased to $53 million, with a philanthropic focus in Boston, Dallas, and Seattle, and gifts matching our employee contributions throughout the country. The quarterly site visits I made in 2017 gave me the chance to see more of our partners’ efforts firsthand and better understand how we can best stand behind their deep commitment and critical missions.
The generosity of our employees, who enthusiastically donate their time and money through our Liberty Torchbearers program inspires all of us. Participating in Serve with Liberty, our annual day of community service, is always one of the highlights of my year, and this year was no exception. I had the opportunity to serve with Liberty employees at four very different sites: Yawkey Child Care Center/Catholic Charities, the YMCA, Medicine Wheel Productions, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve at every one of them.
Through this report, we celebrate the work of those in whom we proudly invest. We are grateful for their tireless efforts on behalf of others; we are energized by their leadership and the opportunity to help serve; and we are honored to stand behind their good work.
David H. Long
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
I’m excited to present the report of Our Giving. Every year, I’m inspired anew by the vision and dedication of the organizations we support. We’re proud to call ourselves their partners.
While we have always made a point of listening to the leaders of the organizations we support and the voices of the people they serve, this year we took that commitment to a new level.
As part of our programming, we invited our nonprofit partners to a series of “Coffee and Conversation” gatherings throughout the year in Boston, Seattle, and Dallas to discuss how we can best amplify their work to provide educational opportunity, security, and accessibility. These conversations served as the foundation of our efforts this year. Another highlight was bringing our community partners together for a symposium featuring David Callahan, author of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, and a panel of philanthropic experts.
This year also saw the release of the Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count Report on youth homelessness nationally and in Suffolk County, which shone a light on the extent of this epidemic. It’s clear that eradicating youth homelessness will take a comprehensive movement, and we are committed to providing the funds, partnership, and advocacy necessary to help accomplish this vitally important mission.
Our employees, as always, play an inspiring role in our philanthropic efforts. We reinvigorated our community service programs this year with the introduction of Liberty Torchbearers, a platform to support our employees’ generosity in its many forms. Through Give with Liberty, 62% of employees pledged their support to 7,837 charities. 29,000 employees from 19 countries around the world served in their communities during the first two weeks of May through Serve with Liberty. We also began to celebrate individual volunteering — and wow, were we impressed by the magnitude of the commitment employees make to nonprofit organizations outside of work.
As we begin our 15th year and look to the future, we will continue to evolve, listen, and use our philanthropy to support the promise and purpose of all of you who are empowering people today so they can confidently pursue their tomorrows.
Melissa M. MacDonnell
President, Liberty Mutual Insurance Foundation