Since 1976, our Helping Hands volunteer program has empowered Allstate agency owners and employees across the country to give back and make a difference in their communities. Every day, this spirit of caring is embodied by an employee network of Helping Hands committees at our offices. These committees of local Allstate volunteer leaders collaborate with colleagues and community partners to find opportunities to give back in meaningful ways. The commitment and creativity of our Helping Hands committees powerfully connect us to local organizations and create grassroots change.
We want to help Allstaters discover and follow their passions, so we offer several ways to get involved. In 2018, employees and agency owners reported 260,000 hours of community service.
To celebrate and honor the involvement of our agency owners, financial specialists and employees, The Allstate Foundation provides Helping Hands Grants to nonprofit or municipal organizations where agency force members and employees volunteer. The Allstate Foundation adjusted its framework in 2018 to ensure broader and more equal access to funding opportunities. The total amount of funding was $7.6 million, but agency owners and financial specialists now have two ways to earn grants. Individuals can earn up to two grants for an eligible organization of their choice by volunteering for a minimum of four hours. Additionally, agency owners can organize a group project, including any mix of agency staff, financial specialists or Allstate employees. After volunteering for a minimum of four hours, the group can choose an organization that becomes eligible for an award.
Helping Hands Grants play a critical role in building Allstate’s reputation in local communities and helping the agency force establish a local presence. Spreading our culture of caring throughout the network of agencies has increased community visibility for the agency force and generated unparalleled excitement about the Helping Hands Grants program. We increasingly see agency owners using Allstate programming to strengthen their communities and enhance their leadership.
In 2015, The Allstate Foundation set a goal having 50% of agencies earn Helping Hands Grants by year-end 2017. Initially, we fell just short of that target. The Allstate Foundation trustees increased funding for the program, and we reached the target in 2018. The number of Allstate employees who earned Helping Hands Grants increased 35% from 2017 to 2018.
We help position agency owners as local leaders by providing programs and resources for issues that matter to them and their communities. These tool kits focus on engagement opportunities around empowering youth and financially empowering survivors of domestic violence, as well as volunteerism, safe driving and disaster preparedness. Beyond turnkey programming, we offer agency owners one-on-one consultations to help build community involvement into their annual business plans and connect them with the programming, resources and promotional support for causes that matter most to them and their communities.
In 2018, more than 5,000 agency owners volunteered to earn an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant for a local nonprofit. Agency owners reported a 78% satisfaction rate with the effectiveness of the tools, resources and programs that Allstate and The Allstate Foundation offered them to build their local presence. Our 2018 reputation data collected in partnership with the Reputation Institute shows a significant increase in the number of agency owners who believe Allstate provides them tools to be visible in their communities.
Allstate is committed to building resilient communities by supporting our nonprofit partners with funds and with our expertise and creativity. Giving our time and talent offers opportunities for employees to build deeper connections with their neighborhoods.
Allstaters drive strong positive change by contributing their time and talent at every level of organizations in their communities. Through the Allstate Officer Nonprofit Board Program, we help officers join boards of nonprofits whose missions advance our strategic social impact areas. By participating in this program, Allstate leaders expand their networks, gain leadership experience and give back to the community.
In 2018, 71 Allstate officers served on the boards of 84 organizations. Of those, 83% had missions that aligned with Allstate’s priority areas of supporting survivors of domestic violence and empowering youth. Allstate officers personally support these organizations with their skills, expertise, time and charitable giving. In addition, Allstate gives a portion of our corporate philanthropic dollars to these organizations.
Started in 2011, Allstate Fellows is a skills-based volunteer initiative investing in the professional development of our employees while also addressing critical needs of nonprofit organizations such as financial management skills and human resource expertise. By leveraging Allstate’s talent to address real-life challenges at nonprofits, we empower employees to lead the way and make an impact.
In 2018, 29 highly skilled Allstate employees helped 18 nonprofit organizations address critical challenges during three-month fellowships.