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GUEST EDITORIAL

GIVING BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation By ALISA BREESE

Editor's Note: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Cal Broker took a break from our usual focus on insurance/financial legislation, products and trends. Instead, we asked the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) to contribute a guest editorial about the organization’s work and the importance of the insurance industry giving back to local communities. In this time of upheaval and dramatic debate over insurance issues, IICF’s work is a nice reminder of what this industry and its people are about! Indeed, #insurancegivesback.

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iving back to the community. It’s seems a simple enough concept and one without controversy. Yet giving back, in a way that will evoke meaningful change and truly help those in need, should be conceived in a thoughtful way with defined goals, and this is precisely the approach taken by IICF and the insurance industry in helping communities and enriching lives. 6 | CALIFORNIA BROKER

IICF is a unique foundation in that we work with professionals from solely one industry – the insurance industry including carriers, agents and brokers, reinsurers and legal, technology, human resource and other firms specializing in supporting the industry. Our mission is to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteerism and leadership by uniting the collective strength of the industry. Since 1994, we’ve - CalBrokerMag.com -

given back to communities throughout the United States and United Kingdom with nearly $29 million in grants and more than 240,500 hours of volunteer service. The concept of supporting communities is an inherent part of insurance. Insurance providers are there for their policyholders in their times of need – often at their most dire time of need – helping to protect families, businesses NOVEMBER 2017

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