Corporate Responsibility

We believe everyone deserves a Good Life. With our social impact investments, we extend this mission through and beyond our immediate stakeholder groups—customers, employees, agency owners and investors—to help make communities stronger, lives safer and futures brighter.

For more than six decades, The Allstate Foundation has created research-driven, proven programs for millions of individuals and families to help them overcome personal challenges and uncertainties—and live safely and productively.

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We seek heightened impact by working with well-respected nonprofit and community-based partners, and we strive to strengthen the nonprofit sector through innovative programs like our new Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Development Program, which you can read about here.

For the past decade, the Foundation has focused on two signature programs to achieve maximum impact:

  • Our Domestic Violence Program helps survivors overcome financial abuse. We empower survivors to lead safer, financially independent lives. Through public awareness programs, we overcome the social stigmas that often prevent survivors from gaining the help they need to break free from violence.
  • Our Teen Safe Driving Program helps change the way teenagers think and act behind the wheel through teen-to-teen education and awareness programs, resources to help parents better manage their teen drivers and research to help educate the public about safe driving practices for teens.

In 2014, we added a third area of focus to our Foundation’s work: Youth Empowerment.

Allstate empowers domestic violence survivors to lead safer, financially independent lives.

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Domestic violence occurs more than 145 times each hour in the U.S. On average, three women die every day as a result of it. It affects one in four women in her lifetime—more women than are affected by breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.

Critically, the abuse is not just physical. Financial abuse occurs in 98 percent of all domestic violence cases. Financial abuse occurs when an abuser restricts a survivor’s access to cash, credit, employment and other everyday essentials. If a survivor’s credit has been ruined by an abuser, she can’t get an apartment. If she’s been repeatedly fired because her spouse harasses her at work, she can’t get a job. Women are forced, because of financial dependency, back into abusive relationships. Financial abuse is the No. 1 reason why victims of domestic violence can’t leave their relationships. With no money, these victims have no options and no way out.

Allstate is one of the few companies that recognize the power of financial abuse to hold an individual hostage in a violent relationship. And we’re one of even fewer companies offering ways to help women break free from domestic violence and financial abuse. At The Allstate Foundation, we set a goal to provide financial empowerment to 500,000 domestic violence survivors by 2015 as a way to break the cycle of abuse in our nation. Proudly, in 2014, we surpassed that goal.

Financial Empowerment

Unlike many organizations that focus simply on raising awareness of domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation offers a proven solution to women in crisis: increased financial knowledge and capabilities.

Through a partnership between The Allstate Foundation and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), more women are learning how to gain control of their own purse strings so they can escape the control of an abuser and move forward with their lives. Since 2005, nearly 600,000 survivors have taken steps to financial independence and a life free from violence, due to The Allstate Foundation and NNEDV.

Together, The Allstate Foundation and NNEDV developed the Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, a five-part program designed for the unique financial and safety needs of survivors. The curriculum is available for free at In addition, last year the Foundation awarded $1 million to state domestic violence coalitions to help local organizations teach the curriculum to survivors.

In 2014, Rutgers University’s School of Social Work tested and validated our financial empowerment curriculum. Over a 14-month period, Rutgers compared the results of women who participated in our curriculum and those who did not. The study found that women who participated in the financial curriculum significantly improved their financial literacy, attitudes, intentions and behaviors, and reported less financial strain than the women who did not receive the training. On every single financial variable, the women who received the training did significantly better over time than the women who did not.

To help promote best practices in economic justice for survivors, in 2014 the Foundation and NNEDV hosted the 10th annual Financial Empowerment Symposium to train domestic violence counselors (commonly called “advocates”) to teach our curriculum and learn about new ways to build financial capabilities for survivors. Over the last 10 years, more than 8,000 advocates from 1,800 organizations in all 50 states have gone through our “train-the-trainer” program, learning how to educate domestic violence survivors on financial strategies and fundamentally changing the way survivors are served in our nation.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

In addition to promoting financial empowerment, The Allstate Foundation continues to raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. We founded Allstate Foundation Purple Purse in 2011 to make it more “fashionable” to talk about domestic violence and the financial control, sabotage and exploitation that traps women in abusive relationships.

In 2014, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse became a fashion statement with an amped-up message of hope and action. Popular actress and activist Kerry Washington served as the program ambassador and spokesperson. Her efforts generated more than 1 billion media impressions for our issue in a wide variety of publications ranging from celebrity magazines to thought-leader journals. Her 30-second public service announcement video explained the challenges faced by survivors and the hope we can all offer to them.

Washington designed a limited-edition purple purse to generate interest in our issue. In addition, we developed and distributed a Purple Purse charm to hang from a handbag, gym bag or computer cover. Each charm featured a compelling true story of a woman who used financial empowerment to break free from violence. The charms let survivors know there’s hope, tell abusers their actions are unacceptable and bring us all a little closer to a world free of violence.

In 2014, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse became a fashion statement with an amped-up message of hope and action.

For the first time, we used Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to raise critically needed public funding for domestic violence organizations. Our Purple Purse Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, an online fundraising platform, helped 136 of our community partners raise nearly $2.5 million for survivor services, fueled by fundraising incentives offered by The Allstate Foundation. Participating organizations like the YWCA of Evanston/Northshore (Illinois), Jenesse Center in Los Angeles and Harbor House of Central Florida learned new ways to use the power of their social media networks to recruit new supporters.

We leveraged Allstate’s extensive media relationships to extend our program. A provocative full-page print Purple Purse public service announcement brought our messages to new audiences through diverse national and local publications.

At Allstate, we believe being a force for good starts young.

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We’re helping to inspire the next generation of leaders to rise up, serve causes greater than themselves and make the world a better place. We all benefit when young people are empowered to solve problems in their schools, their communities and throughout the world. Allstate has long supported programs like Junior Achievement, the YMCA and YWCA, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This year, in a new initiative, Allstate is taking on the challenge of empowering young people with the strength, confidence and skills to stand up for themselves and realize their full potential.

In 2014, Allstate conducted extensive research with consumers to understand what social issues were most important to them and their communities. Empowering today’s youth to step up as leaders by giving them the tools to improve their world emerged as a top priority. Allstate will meet this challenge primarily through a national partnership with Free The Children.

Free The Children empowers young people to create change. Through its We Act programming, it gives youth the tools to build character, achieve more at school and become better citizens through volunteer activities. The organization works through schools and youth groups, encouraging middle and high school students to take on a service project to solve a problem in their school or community and to raise money and awareness for a global problem. Through its We Day events, the organization celebrates those young people through daylong motivational events, at which 16,000 to 17,000 young leaders gather for recognition and inspiration.

In 2014, as Free The Children’s partner, Allstate and The Allstate Foundation took an active role in U.S.-based We Days, expanding these programs to locations in California, Seattle and Minneapolis. In 2015, we will be adding a Chicago program to the lineup. In addition, Allstate agency owners and employees are becoming involved in ongoing We Act initiatives, supporting young people year-round in volunteer activities. By giving Allstate employees and agency owners the tools to create their own empowerment events and programs, we are expanding the reach of this exciting new opportunity to be a force for good.

Sustainability Meets Fashion with Me to We Style

Free The Children gives kids the tools to change the world for the better through modest, tangible steps. This year, Allstate supported Free The Children’s Me to We Style initiative by purchasing T-shirts for We Days in the U.S.

The T-shirts, which are made with eco-friendly fabrics in factories that treat workers fairly, help protect the environment and give people in underserved countries a way to support their families. For every Me to We T-shirt that is purchased, a tree is planted in one of the Free The Children’s international communities.

In 2014, Allstate purchased 56,575 T-shirts for free distribution at U.S.-based We Day celebrations. We plan to purchase an additional 47,035 T-shirts in 2015. That two-year commitment will finance the planting of more than 100,000 trees in Kenya. The seedlings are grown at Free The Children’s Bogani Tree Nursery in the Massai Mara in Kenya, and are later planted at farms, homesteads and schools in rural Kenya.

We help change the way teenagers think and act behind the wheel through education and awareness programs, parental resources and research to help educate the public about safe driving practices for teens.

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Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in America, resulting in more teen deaths each year than any other single cause. We have been making teen driving safer since 1952, when The Allstate Foundation awarded one of its first grants to a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping keep teens safer on the road.

More recently, The Allstate Foundation set a goal of helping reduce teen traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2015. Last year’s data, which covers through the end of 2013, shows crash fatalities have decreased almost 48 percent, nearly reaching our milestone.

Communicating Safety

To stay safer on the roads, teens need to know about three of the deadliest behaviors in cars: driving too fast, not wearing a seatbelt and having too many friends in their car. But they also need to feel that safe driving is socially acceptable among their peers. Allstate Foundation’s Teen Safe Driving program uses a variety of communication platforms to reach teens and parents, including social media, direct-to-teen outreach, publicity, research studies and more.

  • #GetThereSafe helped inform more than 81 million teens about safe driving practices by capitalizing on how teens speak to each other on social media through the use of hashtags. In 2014, teens uploaded photos of themselves or their destinations and inserted a safe-driving hashtag like #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app and were entered into a sweepstakes prize drawing. The winner, Alysha Gassman, got to meet teen pop idol Austin Mahone, the celebrity spokesman for the program.
  • We also explored the issues and attitudes that Spanish-speaking families have about teen driving in a new survey called, Vamos! Our survey found that twice as many Hispanic teenagers as non-Hispanic teens delay getting their licenses until the age of 18. As a result, they miss the chance to learn to drive under the guidance and watchful eye of a supervising parent. That means they miss out on the benefit of adult knowledge and experience about safety. The Allstate Foundation made a variety of teen safe driving materials available in Spanish to help families promote safer teen driving.
  • The Allstate Foundation continued to partner with the National Safety Council on promoting Teen Safe Driving Coalitions in 10 states with the largest number of teen crash fatalities. The Coalitions help safety leaders promote safe driving in their own communities. Results have been very promising. The most recent fatality data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrated that over the past five years, deaths in Coalition states have declined 52%, compared to 43% in non-Coalition states.


Over the last five years, deaths in Coalition states have declined 52%, compared to 43% in non-Coalition states.

#GetThereSafe Winner Meets Pop Idol

Alysha Gassman, a senior at Gowanda High School near Buffalo, New York, was just trying to keep her friends safe when she sent a tweet asking them to #GetThereSafe. But her message about avoiding distraction, using seatbelts and not going too fast had an unexpected effect. Alysha won the grand prize in The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe Challenge—which meant that pop superstar Austin Mahone came to meet her and visit her school. Mahone’s visit on September 26 was the highlight of a summerlong campaign that kicked off in May 2014 with Global Youth Traffic Safety Month and continued throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.

“The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe Challenge was a fun way to use my social media power for good—sharing with my friends how I get to places safely and asking them to do the same,” said Gassman. “To me, I feel that I won two prizes—meeting Austin Mahone and keeping my friends safe.”

Employees, agency owners and financial specialists are a force for good in the communities where they live and work, volunteering their time and donating their money to local organizations that make life better for everyone.

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At Allstate, we are a part of the communities in which we live and work. Our deep engagement in diverse communities is a result of this philosophy. We cultivate an environment that creates community advocates: employees, agency owners and other champions who become inspired by compelling opportunities to give back. The ingenuity and creativity of our employees and agency owners powerfully connect us to local organizations that create social change at a grassroots level. We support their efforts, making Community Involvement an integral part of our culture through workplace giving and volunteering programs.


In 2014, 50 percent of Allstate employees, agency owners and financial specialists participated in the Allstate Giving Campaign, contributing $6.2 million, including Allstate’s match. The Giving Campaign matches 15 cents for every dollar donated by Allstaters to local and national nonprofits. The company adds an additional 5 cents to United Way, and covers all administrative costs associated with the campaign.

Allstate, The Allstate Foundation and its employees and agency owners gave a total of $34 million in 2014 to local community organizations.


Employees at Allstate give back to community projects and organizations through the Allstate Helping Hands Corporate Volunteer Program. Across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Northern Ireland and India, 111 Helping Hands employee-based committees plan and manage participation in volunteer opportunities. In 2014, Allstaters donated 200,000 volunteer service hours to locally based organizations through Allstate Helping Hands. The Allstate Foundation matches Allstaters’ volunteerism with grants to organizations where employees and agency owners volunteer, further increasing the impact of our community volunteerism.

A Force for Good in Nashville: An Interview with a Helping Hands Committee Chair

Bill Key is part of the Strategic Deployment Team in Allstate’s Southern regional office in Nashville, Tennessee, helping to bring new agency owners on board and assisting with technology. He’s also the Helping Hands Committee (HHC) Chair for his region, where he coordinates volunteer activities for agency owners and employees. Here’s how he’s organizing Central Tennessee’s Allstaters to be a powerful Force for Good.

How did you get involved in Allstate’s Helping Hands Program?

Our marketing department organized a couple of events in 2009, and that really got me interested in volunteering. It really grew from there. I began seeking out other opportunities and started organizing projects the following year.

What organizations do you or your HHC work with most closely?

In the regional office, a lot of our focus is on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Personally, I also help a lot with Special Olympics Tennessee and the Nashville Predators Foundation.

What were some of last year’s highlights for your HHC?

We had a successful Week of Service, with projects for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank Middle Tennessee, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Blue Star Families. Around the holidays, regional employees donated over $700, which we used to “adopt” five children as part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.

Why do you think Allstate employees should get involved in volunteer work? How does the HHC allow Allstaters to be a Force for Good?

I feel it’s really important to give back to the community, and it’s easy for employees to get engaged—especially when Allstate facilitates volunteering with events like Bring Out the Good Month. The HHC organizes on- and off-site volunteer opportunities where employees can work individually or on teams to be a Force for Good in the community. When people see volunteers in their blue Allstate shirts working on projects, this lets them know that Allstate and its employees care and give back to the community.

Week of Service

In 2014, employees, agency owners and financial specialists joined together for the third year in a row in an enterprise-wide Allstate Week of Service. This year’s Week of Service was the most successful ever, with:

  • 5,000 Allstate volunteers participating, a 33% increase over 2013
  • More than 400 hands-on, community-based projects
  • 16,500 volunteer hours, an increase of 30% from 2013 levels
  • A total donation of $370,000 in volunteer time, plus $106,000 in grants to local charitable organizations

Bring Out the Good Month

In 2015, we introduced Allstate’s first-ever Bring Out the Good Month, which expands the Allstate Week of Service to a full month of giving back and combines it with another community involvement initiative, the Allstate Giving Campaign. During this companywide event in April, thousands of Allstaters supported causes they care about, personally and with their Allstate team, by volunteering and donating their resources.

Strengthening Nonprofit Boards

Serving on nonprofit boards is a great experience for our executives, enabling them to give back while enhancing their leadership skills and making valuable contacts, as well as strengthening nonprofits’ capacities to serve individuals and communities. The Allstate Officer Nonprofit Board Program connects officers with nonprofits that support Allstate’s strategic corporate responsibility focus and need their specific skills and experiences. Today, we have 83 officers involved in the program, including 52 currently active and 31 in the process of being placed. Together, these officers serve 67 different organizations. The program is growing strongly, increasing participation by 15 percent a year.

Employee Resource Groups Give Back

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) have been actively involved in youth empowerment and other community efforts. Here, basketball legend Magic Johnson addresses a group of inner-city kids at an event sponsored by the African American Working Network at Allstate’s corporate offices in Northbrook, Illinois. For more on our ERGs, see the Inclusive Diversity section of this report.

A New Focus on Agency Owners

Allstate’s approximately 10,000 exclusive agency owners and approximately 1,170 exclusive financial specialists are small business owners who are extraordinarily committed to the communities where they live and work. Many support local organizations through financial contributions, volunteering and even leadership by serving as board members. In 2014, over one-third (36 percent) of agency owners and financial specialists participated in community events, up from 8 percent in 2010. Allstate is currently refocusing its social impact programs—including teen safe driving, Purple Purse and the new Youth Empowerment initiative—to provide agency owners and financial specialists with the tools and resources to customize these efforts to their local communities. Our goal is to involve 40 percent of agency owners and financial specialists in community events by 2015.

Natural Catastrophe Preparedness

Natural catastrophes test us all, from our customers, to Allstate employees and agency owners, to the communities in which we live and work. Helping our customers prepare for—and recover from—natural disasters is our moment of truth as a business. We help people mitigate losses through these programs:

  • Information and Advice: Allstate’s Be Aware and Prepare website provides easy-to-use, hands-on advice on a wide range of safety topics. Allstate agency owners also appear on radio and television to promote safety and disaster preparedness strategies.
  • Disaster Preparedness Kits: The Allstate Foundation [cross-link to subsection] is a founding supporter of Good & Ready, a collaborative disaster-preparedness initiative sponsored by Points of Light. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation and Points of Light helped 10,000 families and individuals in 14 cities to start their own disaster preparedness kits.
  • Advocacy and Research: Allstate works with community and industry groups to better understand and address natural catastrophe threats. For instance, our customers benefit from insights we gain into household risks—like ice damage to roofs during last year’s brutal Midwest winter—through our partnership with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

A Long-Term Commitment to Sandy Recovery

Sandy’s impact on the Eastern Seaboard has lingered for years, but so has Allstate’s commitment to helping families rebuild and recover. On April 30, 2015, The Allstate Foundation and Allstate New Jersey received the Coastal Habitat for Humanity’s Golden Hammer Award in recognition of outstanding corporate citizenship and partnership after the devastating Sandy storm.

Manasquan, a resort community on the Jersey Shore, suffered heavy damage during the storm, with roughly 20 percent of its housing stock affected. Repairs took some time, and a year after the storm, some residents were still homeless. In the spring of 2014, Allstate New Jersey worked with the Allstate Foundation and the Coastal Habitat for Humanity to come up with a plan to make a meaningful difference to families.

Allstate created “Allstate Wednesdays,” bringing together more than 100 agents and employees to work side-by-side with Manasquan families to repair storm damages. Launched in May 2014, the program continued over five months and ultimately restored two buildings completely and made substantial repairs on eight additional homes. Although the program ended in August with a “Good Hands, New Friends, Stronger Communities” celebration event, teams from Claims worked through September, using the project as a team builder. Overall, Allstate agency owners and employees clocked 1,000 volunteer hours on this project.

Allstate provides products and services that make life better for our customers, strengthen their financial security and keep them safe from harm. Our public policy mission is no different: We use our advocacy to strengthen the business and be a Force for Good for the customers and communities we serve.

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Ensuring a Healthy Regulatory System

We believe that a more efficient and effective regulatory system with more uniformity and consistency is in the best interests of our company and our customers because it would allow us to innovate and more quickly introduce into the marketplace products that will help them. At the state level, we support removing barriers to innovation and the delivery of more efficient customer service. At the federal level, we’re focused on reducing dual regulation.

Promoting Fiscal Responsibility

The customers and communities we serve have a major stake in government fiscal responsibility. Everything from their taxes and schools to their retirement savings, healthcare, transportation and food safety is impacted by inaction on critical issues like pension reform and entitlement spending. Our primary goal is to encourage state and federal governments to be fiscally responsible.

Fostering Market Innovation

Technology is changing our customers’ lives. It is also changing the way we do business and allowing us to offer products and pricing that are more customized. Our focus is on offering our customers unique and innovative products and services to meet their ever-changing needs. Allstate seeks to create a favorable regulatory environment in which we can realize this objective.

Fighting for Consumers

Allstate advocates for legal changes that protect the best interests of insurance consumers. This includes legislation that addresses no-fault reform, civil justice reform, certified aftermarket parts and fraudulent contractors. We are committed to fighting fraud, abuse and overutilization, all of which drive up the cost of insurance.

Promoting Safety and Security

We continue to advocate for public policy solutions that promote consumer safety and security. We remain committed to strengthening each state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system, which improves teen safe driving and reduces teen deaths and injuries. We’re also focused on reducing distracted driving, protecting victims of domestic violence, preventing and mitigating property loss, safeguarding our customers’ and consumers’ privacy, and improving cyber-security and data-security.

Advocating for Small Business

We are a network of nearly 12,000 small businesses, and their concerns are our concerns. We work to establish favorable legislative and regulatory solutions that benefit small businesses and engage agency owners in efforts to strengthen their communities and serve customers. By freeing agency owners and other small businesspeople from unnecessary government interference, we can unleash their full potential to build the economy and be a Force for Good.

Empowering Our People to Be Involved

Through a robust grassroots advocacy effort, we encourage our agency owners and employees to be active, vocal participants in the political process. Our Take Your Stand grassroots engagement program offers our people the ability to connect with their elected leaders on key issues important to the customers and communities we serve. We do this through interactive communication, local connection opportunities with public officials and in-person advocacy programs like our annual Allstate Congressional Fly-In.

Leadership in Industry Groups

Through board membership, Allstate’s senior leadership team actively participates in many of the industry groups we support, contributing our knowledge and expertise to the issues that affect our company and our customers. We are active in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, the Institute for Legal Reform and many others.

Social Advocacy

Greater Good: Allstate Nonprofit Leaders Program

Nonprofit organizations are partners in many of our social impact programs, and they face unprecedented challenges that require strong management skills. In 2014, The Allstate Foundation and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Center for NonProfit Management piloted a program called Greater Good to train the next generation of nonprofit leaders. In 2014, 16 nonprofit executives from a wide range of organizations in Chicago and across the country joined the program. The kickoff event took place at a three-day development and training session at Northwestern’s Chicago campus, and the work continued throughout the year.

Greater Good participants had access to leadership coaches and development opportunities specifically tailored to their needs. Northwestern University brought in faculty to share expertise in management, communication, technology and fundraising.

“The Allstate Foundation is one of only a handful of corporate funders providing intensive development opportunities for nonprofit leaders. Greater Good aligns perfectly with the center’s mission to create opportunity and greater capacity for nonprofits. From supporting domestic violence survivors to education on money management, it’s exciting to see such a diverse pool of leaders joining this new program.” —Liz Livingston Howard, Director of Nonprofit Executive Education at the Center for Nonprofit Management

In 2015, Allstate will continue to support the program, with a planned class of 25 new nonprofit leaders.

Get IN Chicago’s Work on Urban Violence

Homicide has claimed the lives of more young African-American men than anything else—more than accidents, suicide or disease.1 In 2013, Allstate entered into a partnership with Get IN Chicago, an organization in our hometown dedicated to developing a coordinated plan to improve safety in neighborhoods across the city.

Allstate’s initial $5 million donation helped Get IN Chicago implement high-impact, research-based strategies to prevent violence, intervene with those at greatest risk and help make Chicago’s communities safer. In addition, Allstate CEO Tom Wilson serves as a co-chair of a campaign to raise $50 million from other local companies for Get IN Chicago, and we donated significant staff time and expertise to develop a framework for the organization.

In 2015, Get IN Chicago is working with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the MacArthur Foundation to offer up to $1 million for the best idea or ideas to combat youth violence through an innovative design competition. Organizers are looking for imaginative, research-based approaches to improve outcomes and reduce violence among young Chicagoans at risk.

1 CDC, “Deaths, percent of total deaths, and death rates for the 15 leading causes of death in 10-year age groups, by Hispanic origin, race for non-Hispanic population and sex: United States, 2011”

Service Award Winner Christina Shaw Sets a Standard for Service

Throughout the five years that she has been an Allstate agency owner in Bellmore, New York, Christina Shaw has supported her community—with dollars, time, education and even some muscle. Through her volunteer efforts, the 2014 Ray Lynch Community Service Award winner has helped everyone from people needing bone marrow transplants to wounded veterans, children in need, and college-bound high schoolers.

“Christina supports her community in every way possible,” Agency Operations Vice President Linda Collora wrote in her nomination form. “As a local business owner, she goes above and beyond the call of duty and is truly a face in this community, making a point to interact with, publicize and positively impact the greater good of the community and customers who live within it.”

After winning the Ray Lynch Community Service Award in 2014, Christina immediately directed the $5,000 grant that comes with the honor to one of her causes: The Susan Satriano Memorial Charitable Foundation Trust. The trust awards $1,000 scholarships to students whose parents have succumbed to, or are fighting, cancer.

Christina also awards her own $500 scholarship to seniors from her high school alma mater who write winning essays about what it means to be a small business owner, and she and her staff give Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas gifts to children and families in need. After Sandy swept through Nassau County, Christina teamed up with The Allstate Foundation and helped plant trees, paint fences and assemble equipment for a Little Hands Playground.

Put it all together, and it’s quite an ongoing legacy of service—one that’s been nurtured by Allstate’s companywide culture of service. “I think all of my volunteerism really started because Allstate gives you the ability to donate funds [through Agency Hands in the Community grants],” she said. “And then I figured if I’m giving them Allstate money, I should give them some of my time, too. The people I’ve connected with, I just want to help.”

Bryan Fallon: A Camp for Diabetic Children

More than 20 years ago, while still in college and taking flight lessons to obtain his pilot’s license, Bryan Fallon, an Allstate agency owner from Crestwood, Kentucky, learned that he had Type 1 diabetes. Inspired to help others who had the disease, he got a job as a camp counselor at Camp Hendon, a summer camp run by the American Diabetes Association. During his first summer working there, Fallon had a life-changing experience when he saved the life of a camper who was having a low-blood-sugar attack at 3:00 a.m. in the woods. After this experience, Fallon returned each summer to work and help children learn to manage living with diabetes.

Fallon has remained committed to Camp Hendon throughout his career as an Allstate agency owner. In 2010, when the ADA decided to close Camp Hendon and combine it with another facility in southern Ohio, Fallon led an effort to save the camp. He helped to rename the facility the Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, establish it as an independent 501(c)(3) organization and build a board and fundraising operation to support it. Fallon now serves as the camp’s president, overseeing its management and operation. But he still takes time to welcome the new campers each summer, giving back to an organization that turned his own disease into an opportunity to work for the greater good.

Krystal Knoll: Preparing Teens for Workplace Success

Krystal Knoll, agency owner from Holland, Michigan, is using her skills as a small business owner to help teenagers get ready for career success.

Knoll volunteers at Wavecrest Career Academy, which provides learning opportunities for students in grades 9 through 12 who struggle in traditional high school settings. She helps the teens write their résumés and conducts mock interviews. At the end of the school year, each student presents his or her career objectives, résumé and a list of people with whom he or she has interviewed. Knoll was part of the panel that critiqued the presentations and provided feedback, helping the students imagine achieving professional success in the future.

“Career services are my passion, mainly because it was hard for me growing up and I didn’t get that help. I want to give them training for the real world so they are destined to succeed,” says Knoll.