Company volunteers also devoted more than 78,000 hours to their favorite charitable causes
February 07, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time — MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP), along with its employees and advisors, donated $17 million and recorded 78,000 volunteer hours at nonprofits across the country in 2018. To make a greater collective impact, the company focused on supporting causes that help foster vibrant communities and meet the basic needs of homeless and low-income families and individuals.
“One act of kindness can make a difference for those who have fallen on hard times,” said Brian Pietsch, head of community relations at Ameriprise. “We recognize that helping people find their next meal, land a job with a livable wage or secure shelter for their family can offer a path to stability, which is why we support these causes in our communities.”
National nonprofit partnerships support hunger relief and disaster recovery
As a leader in financial planning, Ameriprise and its employees and advisors care deeply about helping people prepare for unexpected events. In this spirit, the company is a committed partner to nonprofits that help individuals and families through periods of struggle and uncertainty. In 2018, Ameriprise continued its longstanding charitable partnership with Feeding America®, which helped provide more than 8.7 million meals to hungry families and individuals through donations and volunteer events. The firm also made an additional $50,000 grant to Feeding America in response to the California Wildfires. In addition, the company continued its annual funding to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and International Services, which provide immediate aid when tragedy strikes in communities around the world.
Employees and advisors dedicated to making a difference
Ameriprise has a strong history of giving back and empowering its advisors and employees to support nonprofits and causes that matter most to them. With a 72 percent participation rate, the firm’s annual giving campaign underscores the commitment its employees and advisors have to the communities where they live and work.
Corporate grants help families and individuals achieve economic stability
In 2018, Ameriprise funded 235 grants to help solve domestic hunger, create a path to financial independence for those in need and build strong communities. Three highlights from the most recent grant cycle are below:
The Campus Kitchens Project – Washington, DC
Founded in 2001, the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a student-led food recovery organization, engaging 30,000 college and high-school aged students who rescue 1 million pounds of food every year on 63 college campuses nationwide. Students collect otherwise wasted food and use on-site dining facilities to prepare nutritious meals for at-risk individuals in their community. Last year, CKP rescued almost a million pounds of food, which was transformed into 455,988 meals distributed to 25,643 low-income children, adults and seniors.
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) – San Francisco, CA
MEDA, a 45-year-old nonprofit, has a mission to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families. MEDA’s integrated services model connects low-income individuals, participating in direct service programs, to financial coaching with a focus on workforce and business development, which helps individuals become financially self-sufficient.
Chapman Partnership – Miami, FL
Chapman Partnership is the largest provider of homeless services in Miami-Dade County. Their nationally-recognized comprehensive programs empower individuals and families to overcome homelessness with dignity and respect and achieve and maintain long-term self-sufficiency.
List of grant recipients from the second Ameriprise Financial grant cycle of 2018
Meeting Basic Needs: 1736 Family Crisis Center; A New Leaf, Inc.; AccessAbility, Inc.; Aeon; Ain Dah Yung Center; Alexandra House, Inc.; All Faiths Food Bank, Inc.; Arkansas Foodbank; Avivo; Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance; Breaking Ground HDFC; Bridging; CAMBA, Inc.; CAPI USA; CaringWorks, Inc.; Casa Central Social Services Corporation; Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Catholic Social Services; Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Central Texas Food Bank; Chapman Partnership; CommonBond Communities; Community Development Corporation of Utah; Community Emergency Service, Inc.; Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.; Community Servings; Connecticut Food Bank; Cornerstone Advocacy Service; Courage Kenny Foundation; Crossroads Rhode Island; Daily Table; Dare to Care, Inc.; DMARC; Desert Mission, Inc.; Family Scholar House, Inc.; Father Bill’s & MainSpring; Feeding America; Feeding San Diego; Feeding South Florida; Feeding Westchester; Food & Friends; Foodbank of Santa Barbara County; Freestore Foodbank; Fresh Start Women’s Foundation; Gleaners Community Food Bank; Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada; Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida; Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota; Greater Green Bay YMCA; Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida; Harvesters–The Community Food Network; Help At Your Door; Henry Street Settlement; HIRED; Hope Haven of Cass County; Housing Opportunities for Women; Houston Food Bank; Human Solutions, Inc.; Inspirica, Inc.; Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul; Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank; Jeremiah Program; Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes; L.A. Kitchen; LA Family Housing; Lifeworks Services, Inc.; Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Lutheran Social Services of Nevada; Maryland Food Bank, Inc.; Mary’s Place; Meals on Wheels of Greenville; Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.; Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; Mission Economic Development Agency; North Helpline; Northern Illinois Food Bank; One-Eighty Place; Open Arms of Minnesota; Opportunity Enterprises Inc.; Oregon Food Bank; People Assisting The Homeless; People Serving People; Pillsbury United Communities; Pine Street Inn; Portland Homeless Family Solutions; Prepare + Prosper; Project for Pride in Living, Inc.; Rebuilding Together Twin Cities; Redwood Empire Food Bank; Rhode Island Community Food Bank; Rosie’s Place; Saint John’s Program for Real Change; Utah Community Action; Sarah’s Circle; Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; Second Harvest Heartland; Serving Seniors; SHELTER, Inc.; Simpson Housing Services, Inc.; Skid Row Housing Trust; Sojourner Foundation; Solid Ground; SBP, Inc.; Store to Door; Suited for Change; Tech Dump, a division of Jobs Foundation; Tech Impact; The Aliveness Project; The Bridge for Youth; The Campus Kitchens Project; The Food Group Minnesota, Inc.; The Greater Boston Food Bank; The Link; The New York Public Library Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations; The Shade Tree, Inc.; Thomas House Family Shelter; Three Square Food Bank; Treasure Coast Food Bank; Tubman; Twin Cities R!SE; Volunteers of America- Minnesota; YouthLink; YWCA of Minneapolis
Supporting Community Vitality: Accion Chicago; American Red Cross; Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket; Brooklyn Academy of Music, Inc.; Carnegie Hall Corporation; Center on Halsted; Charities Review Council; Children’s Theatre Company; Cleveland Classical Guitar Society; Community Reinvestment Fund, USA; Como Friends, on behalf of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory; Frist Art Museum; GiveMN; Guthrie Theater Foundation; HandsOn Twin Cities; Heard Museum; Hennepin Theatre Trust; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; MacPhail Center for Music; Memphis Museums, Inc.; Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Minnesota Children’s Museum; Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; Minnesota Opera; Minnesota Orchestral Association; Minnesota Zoo Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Montgomery County; NewVue Communities; Nexus Community Partners; Northside Achievement Zone; Northside Economic Opportunity Network; Orchestra Iowa, Inc.; Portland Art Museum; Portland Children’s Museum; Propel Nonprofits; Shreveport Symphony Orchestra; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Sphinx Organization; Stages Theatre Company; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; The Arc Minnesota; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Dallas Opera; The Florida Orchestra; The Phoenix Symphony; The Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Smith Center For The Performing Arts; The Trust for Public Land; The Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Theater Latte Da; Twin Cities PBS – TPT; Urban Gateways; Walker Art Center; Weisman Art Museum; Wildlife Conservation Society; WomenVenture; WV Professional Dance Company
About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of more than 7,500 nonprofits across the country. By targeting our grantmaking, we can make the most of our resources and engage our people to make a collective impact with greater benefit for communities. Ameriprise funds grants to local nonprofits twice annually—the next deadline is May 15 and guidelines are available on the firm’s website.
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more than 120 years. With a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors and extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual and institutional investors’ financial needs. For more information, visit ameriprise.com.
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Volunteer Driven Causes: Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter; BestPrep; Genesys Works — Twin Cities; Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity; Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.; Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc in Brown County; Memorial Blood Centers, a division on Innovative Blood Resources; Neuro Assistance Foundation; SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education; Special Olympics Minnesota; Susan G. Komen Minnesota; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity