Travelers is one of the largest providers of property and casualty insurance products in the United States. The St. Paul Travelers Foundation funds a wide range of programs, particularly those designed to help the underserved and minorities. It made $8 million in grants last year.
Emphasis is placed on efforts in Minnesota and Connecticut, where the company has a large presence. However, national organizations may receive support for specific initiatives that fit within the foundation’s funding priorities. Special consideration will be given to those national requests that support or leverage the potential of other grantees, and those that directly aid local initiatives. Guidance is here: http://tinyurl.com/kj7s79g.
The foundation focuses on three core areas:
- Academic & Career Success: Creating social and economic opportunities to educate underserved populations. Efforts must focus on foster improving academic achievement for middle and/or high school students.
- Arts and Culture: Enriching lives and celebrating diversity through arts and culture. Specifically, Travelers funds organizations that incorporate the use of the arts in learning and stimulate creativity, while supporting improved academic achievement in local public schools.
- Thriving Neighborhoods: Revitalizing communities through economic development and housing.
Diversity is a significant focus area for the foundation. For example, Travelers gave $25,000 to the African-American Academy for Accelerated Learning in Minneapolis.