social impact and community leadership

The Allstate Foundation works to empower all people to imagine — and achieve — better for themselves and their community. Allstate employees and agents take a stand to empower youth, uplift survivors of domestic violence, and support the communities where we live and work. Allstaters and the Foundation donated resources across the nation to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the challenges of 2020, the Foundation team demonstrated agility and responded to community needs.


We champion bold ideas: From ending domestic violence to bolstering communities to creating a brighter future for the next generation, we believe in setting our sights high and bringing our expertise to address today’s greatest social issues.  

We accelerate change: Together with our partners, we empower today’s visionaries and innovators to test, champion and implement the best solutions.  

We create lasting impact: By focusing on outcomes and using data, we ensure our work is scalable, sustainable and measurable to create lasting change. 


Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent charitable organization made possible by Allstate Insurance Company. Fully funded by donations from Allstate, the Foundation invests nationally and locally in the communities where we live and work. Allstate Insurance Company joins forces with the Foundation to create prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to realize their hopes and dreams.

In 2020, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation invested more than $45 million in communities.

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Accelerating social impact and community leadership

Through The Allstate Foundation, we dedicate volunteer time, resources, expertise and funding to organizations that build vibrant and resilient communities. In 2020, we announced The Allstate Foundation would formally add equity as a third focus area, in addition to youth empowerment and ending domestic violence. The Allstate Foundation has always applied an equity lens across our programs to provide support to underserved communities, and we’ll continue to refine plans in 2021.

Initial racial equity investment

Before determining its long-term approach on this issue, the Foundation invested $1 million in five organizations with leaders of color who are on the front lines of advancing racial equity with youth and domestic violence survivors. The organizations — Mikva Challenge, Acta non Verba, Lost Boyz, Inc., Profound Gentlemen and Mujeres Latinas en Accion — each received a grant of $200,000 to pursue their plans to advance racial equity with their staff, on their boards and for their stakeholders.

The Allstate Foundation focuses on key issues to accelerate social change:

  • Youth empowerment – Prepares young leaders with social and emotional learning (SEL) skills and engages them in service-learning so they can take charge of their future.
  • Ending domestic violence – Disrupts the cycle of domestic violence through financial education and empowerment for survivors, including healthy relationships education for young people.
  • Equity – In 2021, we are formally launching equity as a key priority for The Allstate Foundation. We will focus on accelerating equity and helping drive systemic change.
  • Nonprofit leadership – Ensures nonprofits fulfill their vital missions by providing free leadership development training available to all nonprofit employees in the nation.
  • Community leadership – Encourages Allstate employees and agents to donate their time, expertise and financial resources to benefit local communities.

COVID-19 response

Providing COVID-19 disaster relief was a priority for Allstate in 2020. Where the Foundation’s planned programming had to be canceled, we advanced social impact through general operating grants to longtime partners that provide critical direct services.

Unrestricted grant dollars can be especially valuable to nonprofits, especially during times of crisis. It allows for flexibility and demonstrates a level of trust in the nonprofit’s position to best address the most critical community needs. The Foundation contributed $730,000 in unrestricted grants that not only met needs but also reinvigorated a sector under stress. At its core, trust-based philanthropy is about redistributing powersystemically, organizationally and interpersonallyin service of a healthier and more equitable nonprofit sector. On a practical level, this includes multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined applications and reporting, and a commitment to building relationships based on transparency, dialogue and mutual learning.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, The Allstate Foundation promptly activated disaster relief support for our partners to help domestic violence victims, youth and first responders.

Local communities: $2 million was distributed for relief efforts in our four U.S. hometowns: Chicago; Charlotte, North Carolina; Irving, Texas; and Phoenix.

Domestic violence survivors: Victims of domestic violence have been especially at risk, often sheltering in place with their abusers. The Foundation partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and contributed over $1 million to support more than 200 local DV organizations through mini grants. The Foundation funded technology to enable the National Domestic Violence Hotline to work remotely.

The Allstate Foundation’s donation inspired others to give

“I am so happy to report that after The Allstate Foundation’s initial gift, to assist with equipment needed to transition to remote work, we were able to raise an additional $1.4 million from individuals, foundations and corporations wanting to support our response to COVID-19. This includes more than 600 new donors to The Hotline.

We used this emergency funding to expand our advocate staffing, invest in more technology for remote work, begin an official data collection effort related to the pandemic (now being used by the CDC), develop resources specific to COVID-19 for survivors and launch several awareness campaigns on the impact of COVID on survivors.

The Allstate Foundation’s gift was the very first and inspired such significant investment by others! We still talk about The Foundation’s amazing gift when we speak about COVID-19’s impact on our work and how we transitioned to remote work in three days without one moment of lost coverage on our lines!”

Crystal Justice, Chief Development and Marketing Officer,
National Domestic Violence Hotline

Youth in need: As students were sent home indefinitely, potentially experiencing anxiety and uncertainty, the Foundation helped make Inner Explorer’s audio-guided mindfulness program available to families everywhere for free. The Foundation also provided the National Runaway Safeline with technology resources for remote counselors.

First responders: The Foundation provided $1 million in support of first responders, including nurses, and their families.

Employee and agent matching gifts: The Foundation increased its match on Allstate employee and agent charitable donations to dollar-for-dollar (up from 15 cents per dollar in 2019), doubling their contributions. Allstate employees and agents were encouraged to participate in virtual volunteer efforts, which will be a sustained part of our Community Leadership offerings.

In 2020, as a lead sponsor of this bipartisan assembly of experts, the Foundation provided $500,000 in seed funding to support the education pillar, which created Ten Ways to Make Online Learning Work, addressed learning loss, especially among Black and Latino Americans, with the Meeting the Moment action plan, and hosted a summit with education leaders to plan to reopen schools safely and sustainably. In addition, the Foundation and Collaborative hosted events with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith for Allstate employees and supported an Ad Council Vaccine Education Initiative with former U.S. presidents. An additional $500,000 was contributed in 2021 by the Foundation.

Youth empowerment

Allstate believes all youth deserve the opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams — regardless of race, ethnicity or the place where they were born. Some of The Allstate Foundation’s largest investments are made in empowering youth — especially marginalized youth — through programs and experiences that can set them on a path to lifetime success. Since 2014, our investment of nearly $95 million has supported evidence-based programs focused on social and emotional learning and service-learning programs.

Research shows that social and emotional learning skills, like resilience, empathy and teamwork, are a better predictor of lifelong success than academic ability alone, and increasing these skills results in both immediate and long-term improvements in school, work and life, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, interests and aptitudes.

We partner with organizations to scale SEL and service-learning resources for educators, parents and youth, and invest in research and curriculum that translate into better short- and long-term outcomes for young people. We also focus on building awareness of the importance of SEL and service-learning among educators, families and policymakers. If you make a positive impact on enough youth, the ripples will help a family, a school, a community and ultimately the world. 

2020 was a school year more challenging than any other, with families and educators facing the impact of remote learning, a global pandemic, a financial crisis and racial inequities. The Allstate Foundation recommitted to making SEL part of every young person’s education — whether in the classroom, after school or at home. The Foundation and its nonprofit partners compiled free resources to help youth build important life skills, graduate from high school, prepare for college and the workplace, and thrive in an ever-changing world.

In 2020, we surveyed 1,000 teens age 13 to 18 across the nation and developed an SEL toolkit to help youth manage complex emotions during these difficult times.

Addressing the digital divide during the pandemic

The Allstate Foundation donated more than $2 million to address racial equity through the immediate needs of students without access to resources to participate in virtual learning.

In 2020, the Foundation identified the most acutely at-risk students in Chicago, Charlotte, Irving and Phoenix to provide access to technology. The following investments were made to address the digital divide and ensure students had the resources to be successful:

  • Communities Foundation of Texas: Technology and broadband to more than 600 youth and their families living across three districts in South Dallas County: Lancaster, DeSoto and Cedar Hill.
  • Chicago Public Schools and Children First Fund: Laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, service and headphones for Options School (alternative school) students to reconnect them to support staff at the schools, enable learning and incentivize attendance for 775 most vulnerable students in Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale and South Chicago.
  • Arizona Community Foundation: Laptops and hotspots for 300 at-risk students within the Phoenix area, with guidance, coordination and technical support provided by AmeriCorps.
  • CMS (Charlotte Mecklenburg School) Foundation: Devices for 3,100 of Charlotte Mecklenburg’s youngest learners to help preserve the interaction between teacher and student that makes it easier to work on key language and literacy skills.
  • Foundation for the Carolinas – Technology Impact Fund: Laptops for families with more than three students, hotspots, internet access and headphones for five low-income communities.

Domestic violence

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $80 million toward disrupting the cycle of domestic violence and empowering survivors on the path to safety and security

In 2020, more than 55,500 domestic violence survivors received financial education, training and other support services through our grants, and more than 10,700 young people received education on healthy relationships. We also expanded our advocate training strategy and trained more than 6,500 advocates, a 47% increase from 2019.

Allstate employees and agents continued to volunteer and donate much-needed supplies to local domestic violence organizations across the country in 2020. We also launched a social media campaign to increase public understanding of financial abuse and equip the public with ways to improve their financial independence and help prevent abuse before it starts.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allstate donated more than $1 million in emergency grants to local domestic violence nonprofits to support ongoing operation costs, purchase PPE and technology, and provide direct assistance funds to domestic violence survivors in need. More than half of the available grants were directed toward nonprofits serving marginalized communities. Through these small, flexible grants, local domestic violence nonprofits in more than 40 states could meet the urgent needs of nearly 13,000 survivors. Many of these survivors were from underserved communities.

Nonprofit leadership

Nonprofit organizations are the lifeblood of our communities. Each year, millions of nonprofit employees heal, shelter, educate, inspire, enlighten and nurture people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic status. Since 2014, we have strengthened the nonprofit sector through The Allstate Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Center to build more prosperous communities for all.

We partner with the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University to offer free in-person and online nonprofit leadership development programs, available to every nonprofit employee in the nation. In 2020, the online development programs were key to providing continuous support during the pandemic.

Each year, our Executive Leadership Program provides 30 competitively selected leaders with academic learning, coaching, networking and mentoring. Our Nonprofit Management Essentials Online courses are available in three formats to meet diverse learning styles and objectives, from self-paced study to group train-the-trainer courses. More than 30 online modules are provided on critical subjects like Data Analytics, Measuring Impact and Building Stronger Community Partnerships. In 2020, more than 6,700 leaders developed their competencies through our Nonprofit Management Essentials Online and Executive Leadership Program, compared to just over 5,000 leaders in 2019.

New in 2020, the Foundation developed online equity training materials to help nonprofits increase the diversity of their boards and staff through curriculum developed by Northwestern and offered at no charge through the Nonprofit Leadership Center to Allstate and Foundation nonprofit partners.

Last year, the Foundation offered a Virtual Nonprofit Leadership Series to help address leadership issues emerging from the pandemic. More than 600 leaders from 31 states and 25 countries participated in the four-part program. We also provided tailored learning related to pandemic challenges through weekly emails from Northwestern to past program participants.

Community leadership

We demonstrate our character where it matters most by encouraging and supporting agent and employee community service and funding local nonprofit organizations in towns across the nation. Since 1976, our Helping Hands volunteer program has empowered Allstate agents and employees across the country to give back and make a difference in their communities. Every day, this spirit of caring is embodied by volunteer leaders across the country, including an employee network of Helping Hands committees. These committees and other local Allstate volunteer leaders collaborate with colleagues, fellow agents and community partners to find meaningful ways to give back. The commitment and creativity of our employees and agents powerfully connect us to local organizations and create grassroots change. To help Allstate employees and agents discover and follow their passions, we offer several ways to get involved.

In 2020, Allstate employees and agents completed 3,608 volunteer projects, and 833 volunteer coordinators inspired their teams to give to and volunteer with our nonprofit partners. In total, 17,490 Allstate employees, agents and agency staff participated by giving and volunteering, benefiting almost 11,490 community organizations. Other highlights:

  • To help with food insecurity due to the pandemic, we executed group projects involving 1,277 agents in 43 states benefiting 84 nonprofits with $1.24 million in grants to get much-needed food and supplies to food banks.
  • Over 300 agents helped surprise public school teachers across the country when the Foundation funded 1,821 SEL projects on DonorsChoose, benefiting nearly 300,000 students.

In 2020, 403 employees earned 563 Helping Hands Grants, providing $281,500 to 378 nonprofit organizations. This represented a 35% decrease in grants over 2019, largely due to in-person volunteerism limitations related to the pandemic. While groups of agents couldn’t come together in person due to the pandemic, The Allstate Foundation approved $3.9 million in Group Helping Hands Grants to ensure nonprofits received much-needed funds.

Agent community leadership
Metric 2018 2019 2020
% Serving as a community leader 61% 66% 57%
Nonprofits benefitting from their service 2,749 2,938 2,358
Communities served 1,581 1,598 1,398

Allstate Officer Nonprofit Board Program

Allstate helps build resilient communities by supporting our nonprofit partners with funds and with our expertise and creativity. Through the Allstate Officer Nonprofit Board Program, officers join the boards of nonprofits whose missions advance our strategic social impact areas. By giving their time and talent, employees build deeper connections with their neighborhoods. In early 2020, the number of officer participants hit an all-time high of 79. By year-end, the number had decreased to 65 Allstate officers serving on the boards of 71 organizations. The decrease in 2020 was largely due to organizational changes at the officer level. Allstate officers 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.

Metric 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of officers on boards 77 71 79 65
Number of organizations 94 84 88 71

Allstate Fellows

As interest in skills-based volunteering grows, we are connecting more Allstate leaders with nonprofits in critical need of their expertise and counsel. Allstate Fellows is a volunteer engagement program for leaders seeking to develop their skills and provide business advice to help our community partners deliver on their missions. By expanding the program to operate fully virtually in 2020, we’ve supported new nonprofit partners, broadened our community support and engaged Allstate expertise from across the nation. In 2020, 12 Allstate Fellows were paired with 10 nonprofit organizations.

The Giving Campaign

The Allstate Foundation honors the personal passions of employees and agents by offering a match on their qualifying charitable contributions. Since 1997, the Giving Campaign has raised $136 million for thousands of nonprofit organizations across the country.

In 2020, the Giving Campaign raised nearly $6.5 million from Allstate employees and agencies. For every dollar donated, employees, agents and staff could request a $1-for-$1 match up to $500 per person per year. In 2020, Giving Campaign donations were distributed to more than 9,500 nonprofit organizations across the country.

Metric 2017 2018 2019 2020
Giving Campaign pledges $6.1M $5.4M $5.8M $4.4M
Corporate match $0.9M $0.8M $1.1M $2.1M
TOTAL $7.3M $6.4M $7.2M $6.5

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Hometown presence

In 2020, Allstate continued to lead as a force for good by supporting nonprofit organizations in our hometowns of Chicago, Charlotte and Irving, where Allstate has a large employee presence. Our approach includes corporate sponsorships and grants, the Officer Nonprofit Board Program and Allstate Fellows. And, for the sixth year, we continued to focus on programs and partnerships that empower youth – in their own lives and in their communities. As of December 2020, Allstate provided $5.5 million in corporate giving and invested $4.9 million of that total to support youth empowerment programs.

Allstate’s innovative and strategic funding of more than 180 nonprofit organizations has made a positive difference in the lives of youth in our hometowns. The focus on youth empowerment includes direct services, skilled volunteerism, public awareness and engagement activities. Our strategy aims to reach youth, parents, educators, Allstate leaders and employees to build SEL awareness by highlighting youth as problems solvers, not problem creators. In 2020, we:

  • Reached more than 400,000 at-risk youth.
  • Provided more than $4.9 million to youth-based nonprofits, compared to $4.6 million in 2019.
  • Directed 88% of funding to youth-serving nonprofits, compared to 83% in 2019.
  • Directed 83% of youth-based funding to the at-risk and acutely at-risk youth population, compared to 78% in 2019.
  • Pivoted to a virtual Allstate Fellows program, due to the pandemic.

Our focus is on programs that help youth increase self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. It is built on:

  • A deep commitment to developing the qualities that turn at-risk youth into empowered youth, guided by the skills identified by experts in the field.
  • Strong partnerships with local communities’ most trusted institutions to create reliable programming and direct access to youth who can benefit most from our support.
  • A focus on measurable results that we deliver in partnership with grantees.

Allstate’s funding of 240 grants/sponsorships to organizations serving Chicago, Charlotte and Irving continues to make a positive difference in the lives of youth.

Our in-school programming and large gatherings were canceled due to the pandemic, which impacted the number of youth served. Allstate continued to provide operating support to nonprofit partners.

Additional Partnerships and Initiatives

The Better Arguments Project (BAP), a civic initiative founded by The Aspen Institute, Allstate and Facing History and Ourselves, launched in September 2020. BAP offers free tools and resources to help people learn how arguing can help bring people together. Discussion topics include Liberty & Equality, Voter ID, Tech Boom Tensions, and themes including freedom, responsibility, and accountability. The framework empowers teachers and other facilitators to run these conversations in educational, workplace and community settings. BAP was featured alongside two of The Atlantic’s best performing columns, rooted in the notion of building healthier, more sustainable relationships.

Allstate knows that good ideas start at the local level and that communities have the power to create their own prosperity. In 2020, Allstate worked with The Atlantic and A57 to continue our work powering The Renewal Project and associated initiatives:

  • The Atlantic Festival - We co-hosted a virtual roundtable focused on how we can make systematic changes in our business practices while building back from the pandemic.
  • The Renewal Project and Renewal Awards – We co-hosted a national competition recognizing organizations that use innovative solutions to create lasting change in their communities. 2020’s winners were the fifth class of award recipients and were selected from more than 13,000 nominations. Each of the five winners received a $40,000 grant to amplify their mission of helping others, along with national recognition to elevate their work.

Looking ahead

We are evolving and modernizing our work to help accelerate social impact by empowering and educating the most vulnerable, inspiring today’s visionaries and promoting community leadership. 

In 2020, we announced that we will add equity as a focus area for the Foundation, building on our success in empowering youth and helping victims of domestic violence. We will work to accelerate equity and help drive systemic change.

While some nonprofit partners responded to the pandemic and took action to survive and even thrive, there is still work to do. Organizations continue to struggle to find innovative ways to raise funds and deliver their services virtually in what will continue to be a challenging environment for the foreseeable future.

Allstate and The Allstate Foundation will continue to find new ways to support our partners.

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