MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP), together with its employees andadvisors, gave $13 million and logged 81,000 hours volunteering atnonprofits across the country in 2016. In keeping with its longstandingphilanthropic priorities, the firm directed much of its support tononprofits aimed at helping individuals meet basic needs like food andshelter.
In addition, Ameriprise continued its seven-year national partnershipwith Feeding America®, the country’s largest hunger-reliefand food rescue organization. Through its partnership with FeedingAmerica and other hunger-relief nonprofits nationwide, Ameripriseprovided the equivalent of more than 8 million meals to families andindividuals in 2016.
“At Ameriprise, our focus is on helping people confidently plan for thefuture, but we know it’s hard to feel confident when you’re not surewhere your next meal is coming from or you’re worried you won’t be ableto afford housing for your family,” said Brian Pietsch, head ofcommunity relations at Ameriprise. “We believe everyone should haveaccess to these essentials. Together, we’re committed to lifting upthose who need a hand and building more healthy and vibrant communities.”
As a testament to the firm’s commitment to giving back, Ameriprise washonored with the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Invest inOthers Charitable Foundation. The award recognizes the company’scommunity impact, contributions and support for employees and financialadvisors who are dedicated to making a difference.
Volunteerism reaches new heightsAmeriprise employees andadvisors demonstrated their steadfast commitment to volunteerism bydedicating 81,000 hours of their time working at nonprofits nationwide.The highlight of this work took place on the company’s National Days ofService, which brought together 14,000 Ameriprise volunteers at 750events across the country to prepare more than 1.5 million meals forfamilies and individuals struggling with hunger. In 2016, Ameriprise, inpartnership with Feeding America, received the Silver Cause MarketingHalo Award in the “Best Employee Engagement” category for its NationalDays of Service efforts.
Employees and advisors give generouslyMore than 75 percentof Ameriprise employees and advisors pledged support to nonprofits oftheir choice and had their donations matched by Ameriprise during thefirm’s 2016 annual giving campaign. Engagement in the campaignsignificantly surpassed the national participation average of 32 percentat companies with workplace giving campaigns.1
Ameriprise grant program supports nonprofits nationwideIn2016, Ameriprise awarded 181 grants to nonprofits that support its threestrategic philanthropic priorities – meeting basic needs, supportingcommunity vitality and volunteer-driven causes. Highlights of recentgrants include:
JeremiahProgram, Minneapolis, MNJeremiah Program works withdetermined single mothers and their children to help them achieveself-sufficiency. Their unique and nationally recognizedtwo-generational programming for low-income single mothers and theirchildren moves them beyond poverty and into a life of economicindependence through career education, safe and affordable housing,quality early childhood education and life skills and empowermentclasses.
CarnegieHall, New York, NYThrough Carnegie Hall’s MusicalConnections program, participants often living in challengingcircumstances, collaborate with professional artists and with eachother to create, perform and produce original music and art.Participants have an opportunity for self-expression, and to exerciseagency in their daily lives. The program provides a platform to createempathy, inform policy, strengthen communities and bolster the systemsthat support people in public hospitals, homeless shelters, and acrossthe justice system.
PeopleAssisting the Homeless (PATH), Los Angeles, CAPATH’smission is to end homelessness for individuals, families andcommunities. They do this by building affordable housing and providingsupportive services throughout California. In the past four years,PATH has helped over 6,500 people move off the streets and intopermanent homes.
Ameriprise funds grants to local nonprofits twice annually—the nextdeadline is May 15 and guidelines are available onour website.
About Ameriprise Financial Community RelationsAmeripriseFinancial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents toimprove the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Throughgrantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matchingprograms, the company supports a diverse group of nearly 6,500nonprofits across the country. By targeting our grantmaking, we are ableto make the most of our resources and engage our people to make acollective impact with greater benefit for communities.
About Ameriprise FinancialAt Ameriprise Financial, we havebeen helping people feel confident about their financial future for morethan 120 years. With a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisorsand extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, wehave the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individualand institutional investors’ financial needs. For more information,visit ameriprise.com.
1 Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy • 2016 Givingin Number Edition – Median percentage of employees participating inworkplace giving campaigns in 2015: 32%), www.corporatephilanthropy.org
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Complete list of grant recipients from the second AmeripriseFinancial grant cycle of 2016
Meeting basic needs – 65 grants:Akron-Canton RegionalFoodbank, Augsburg College, Breaking Ground HDFC, Bridging, CAMBA, Inc.Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Catholic Charities ofthe Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, Chapman Partnership,Community Development Corporation of Utah, Community Emergency Service,Inc., Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, Cornerstone AdvocacyService (Cornerstone), Courage Kenny Foundation on behalf of CourageKenny Rehabilitation Institute, Covenant House Florida, Inc., CrossroadsRhode Island, Dress for Success Worldwide, Father Bill’s & MainSpring,Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Goodwill of Southern Nevada,Goodwill-Easter Seals MN, Harvesters – The Community Food Network,Hawaii Foodbank, Henry Street Settlement, HIRED’ House of Hope CDC,Housing Crisis Center, Houston Food Bank, Jeremiah Program, L.A.Kitchen, LA Family Housing, Lifeworks Services Inc., Living ClassroomsFoundation, Lonoke County Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Inc.,Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Maryland New Directions, Meals onWheels Central Texas (Meals on Wheels and More), Mercer Street FriendsCenter, Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc., Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.,Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc., Open Arms of Minnesota, Oregon FoodBank, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Pine Street Inn, Project forPride in Living Inc. (PPL), Rhode Island Community Food Bank, River BendFoodbank, Sarah’s Circle, SHELTER, Inc., Sojourner, Solid Ground, St.Louis Area Foodbank, Store To Door, The Arc Greater Twin Cities, TheBridge for Youth, The Campus Kitchens Project, The Food Bank forWestchester, The Food Group Minnesota, Inc., THREE SQUARE, Tubman,Volunteers of America- Minnesota, Wellsprings Village, Inc., YMCA ofGreater Boston, International Learning Center, YouthLink, YWCA ofMinneapolis
Supporting community vitality – 28 grants:American RedCross, Carnegie Hall Society Inc., Cedar Rapids Symphony OrchestraAssociation, Inc., Orchestra Iowa, Center on Halsted, Charities ReviewCouncil of Minnesota, Inc., Community Reinvestment Fund USA, ComoFriends, Dallas Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, GiveMN,Latino Economic Development Center, Local Initiatives SupportCorporation, MacPhail Center for Music, MAP for Nonprofits, MetropolitanConsortium of Community Developers, Minnesota Zoo Foundation, NexusCommunity Partners, Northside Achievement Zone, Portland Art Museum,Prospera Community Development, Smithsonian National Museum of theAmerican Indian, Sphinx Organization, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, TheMinnesota Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Theater Latté Da, Twin CitiesPublic Television, Wexner Center for the Arts – The Ohio State University
Volunteer-driven causes – 4 grants:Memorial Blood Centers,a Division of Innovative Blood Resources, SIFMA Foundation for InvestorEducation, Step Up, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity