Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, we focus on supporting initiatives that improve academic and career success, develop thriving neighborhoods and create culturally enriched communities.
We contributed more than $22 million to the communities where we live and work, for a total of more than $200 million over the past decade.
Here’s where it went in 2017
22% k-12 education
19% thriving neighborhoods
18% higher education
14% matching gifts
12% arts & culture
7% health & social services
6% disaster relief
1% civic & public affairs
This exhibit represents categorization for approximately $19.2 million of Travelers’ 2017 giving. The remaining funds went toward a variety of causes.
But it’s more than financial contributions. Our employees are strong corporate citizens and valuable assets to their hometowns.
In 2017, our employees gave more than 143,000 hours of their time toward important causes.
Our Employees Dedicated
Description of volunteerism
hours volunteering at the Travelers Championship
hours to build more than 50 homes with Habitat for Humanity® in the United States and Canada
hours to build playgrounds in six U.S. cities with KaBOOM!® to serve more than 4,600 kids
hours to teach the basics of economics in local schools through Junior Achievement®
They also donated more than $3.5 million toward the company’s Employee Giving Campaign, which supports nonprofits, including the United Way.
And we do what we can to support our employees’ community initiatives. In 2017, we gave more than $1.5 million in funding toward employee volunteer initiatives that helped nonprofits across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
We also gave nearly $2 million toward nonprofits in the United States and Canada to match the financial contributions of our employees.
Academic and Career Success
10 Years of Providing Opportunity
Providing opportunity to underrepresented students and preparing them for college and careers.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve:
466Accepted 466 students into our own Travelers EDGE® program
800Supported more than 800 educational initiatives for 460 organizations
$17 MMInvested nearly $17 million in Connecticut and Minnesota school districts
For the past 10 years, we’ve been helping to increase the number of underrepresented students who complete bachelor’s degrees and are prepared for a career within the insurance and financial services industry.
Meet a few of our
Travelers EDGE scholars
Empowering Dreams for a Decade
Over the last 10 years, Travelers EDGE has helped:
466scholars through a direct scholarship or stipend
219scholars complete bachelor’s degrees
206scholars secure internships at Travelers
62scholars obtain full-time positions at Travelers
During the 2016–17 academic year, Travelers EDGE helped:
158scholars through a direct scholarship or stipend
34scholars complete bachelor’s degrees
58scholars secure internships at Travelers
10scholars obtain full-time positions at Travelers
10 Years of Helping Communities Thrive
Helping to create and maintain safe, stable and vital neighborhoods.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve provided more than $32 million in funding to community organizations.
Travelers Fortifies Homes
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity® and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, we’re constructing affordable, fortified homes in coastal areas.
Since our partnership began in 2012, we’ve built 50 FORTIFIED homes.
In 2017, we built 9 FORTIFIED homes in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas.
Small Business Risk Education
Our Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) program was started in 2012, and helps women and minority small business owners learn about risk management, develop safety risk management plans and qualify for microloans.
Since SBRE Started
1,200We’ve helped 1,200 participants
$1 MMOur loan partners have distributed $1,006,000 to program participants
389We helped 389 participants
$40,000 Our loan partners provided more than $40,000 to program participants
NEWWe launched a new business plan workshop for veterans who own small businesses
Supporting organizations that enrich lives through arts and culture.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve
$25.5 MMProvided more than $25.5 million in funding
200Supported more than 200 organizations focused on arts and culture
40Supported more than 40 theaters
We donated more than $3.2 million to theaters and arts programs across the United States.
Which includes our Global Sponsorship of the New York City Ballet, a partnership we’ve had since 2014.
A freshman at the University of Connecticut, Jesus Medina speaks with the composure of a senior. Medina, who is majoring in management information systems, first interned at Travelers the summer before his senior year of high school and plans to intern again this summer. He’s still weighing his post-college career options, but knows he’s on track.
“When I talk to people here, they’re a bit surprised that I have so much more of a plan than other freshmen,” Medina says. He credits Travelers EDGE for that. Medina was a junior at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, a Hartford Public High School, when he learned about the program, and set his sights on the University of Connecticut. “Coming from an inner city, it was a really good opportunity for me to be able to go to school,” Medina says. “I always had the idea in my mind that I’d go to college, but Travelers EDGE helped me be able to go to a good school and to make connections.”
One year out of college, Julio Ortiz is a new homeowner and a Travelers employee, pursuing a passion for underwriting, which he enjoys because it allows him to travel and meet different kinds of people.
“Without the Travelers EDGE program, I don’t think I would be where I am today,” says Ortiz, who was able to graduate from college knowing he had a job lined up. Without having to worry about paying back college loans, he was able to close on a new condo within a year of graduating. Ortiz benefited from Travelers EDGE in high school, where the program introduced him to the possibility of a career in the insurance and financial services industry. He officially became a Travelers EDGE Scholar as he graduated from high school. Knowing he would be part of Travelers EDGE, Ortiz decided to enroll in general management at Central Connecticut State University, because the major would allow him to learn about all aspects of the business.
Ortiz recalls putting in long hours to balance Travelers EDGE, school and another job. In the summer, he had a full-time internship at Travelers while also working at a nursing home seven days a week. “Travelers EDGE gave me the motivation to work hard and keep moving,” he adds. “The best thing about Travelers EDGE was the support the program gave me while at college. It was almost like a family and everyone kept pushing me.”
In August 2010, Manny Jimenez was a Marine on foot patrol in Afghanistan when his life took an abrupt turn. He had served in the Marines for four years and had already been deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait when an IED (improvised explosive device) blew up, injuring him severely. Manny lost his arm at the shoulder and spent the next two years in and out of the hospital.
Now, just a few years later, Manny is a Travelers EDGE Scholar working toward a college degree while gaining experience to prepare for a career in the financial services industry. Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment) is a career pipeline program that aims to increase access to education for underrepresented students and prepare them for careers in the financial services industry. Travelers partners with high schools, colleges, universities and community organizations to reach students. The program pairs students with professional mentors and offers internships that expose students to the insurance industry.
Manny credits the program with preparing him for a new path and helping him adapt to the ever-changing needs of the workforce.
The loss of a limb can easily derail a person’s ambitions. Manny was different. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he worked for the Pentagon’s Office of Legislative Affairs for a time, then retired from the military in 2012. He went on to work for two nonprofit organizations: HEART 9/11 in New Jersey, where he was part of a team that rebuilt 225 homes for fixed-income families displaced by Hurricane Sandy, and Hope for the Warriors, where he coordinated efforts for military service personnel to attend sporting events around the U.S.
Not long after, he became a Travelers EDGE Scholar when he enrolled at Capital Community College, a Travelers EDGE program partner.
“That’s where I learned about the program and how I could gain corporate experience and access different levels of mentorship,” he said.
Manny interned part time for Travelers while earning his associate degree at Capital Community College — first in Auto Product Development and then in University Relations. In January 2016, he transferred to Central Connecticut State University to pursue his bachelor’s degree in business management and continue as a Travelers EDGE Scholar.
He has received guidance, both formally and informally, from mentors working in the insurance field who have helped him learn about the industry and keep pace with trends. The experience has piqued his interest in underwriting and helped him prepare for his next steps.
“The support structure has been great,” Manny said. “My mentors take their time in answering my questions and make sure I can balance work and school. I feel I am in a good position to pursue a job after graduation.”
Ten years ago, Melissa Rodriguez was sitting in her literature class at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, when a dynamic guest speaker discussed the possibilities of a new career program designed to prepare students for the business world. Inspired by this speech, she applied and was accepted to the first class of what is now the Travelers EDGE program.
Rodriguez, one of seven children, was the first in her family to graduate from college. She’d watched her father and older brother work long hours with family-run businesses, including a pizzeria and a grocery store.
“It’s a lot of work,” says Rodriguez. “I always knew that I wanted to have a profession, that I wanted to be somebody someday, and then give back.”
Now Rodriguez speaks at Capital’s classes, sharing how her college internship turned into a career she loves, working full-time in underwriting at Travelers while pursuing an MBA. Students stop her in the halls of Travelers’ downtown Hartford offices, sharing how her words motivated them to apply to the Travelers EDGE program. She marvels at the effect of that initial inspiration rippling through the years.
“I still remember that moment when they said yes to me,” says Rodriguez. “I felt like it was my golden ticket, like I’d won the lottery.”
At Travelers, Rodriguez’s manager, Kevin Cahill, describes her as dedicated and resourceful, someone who can deftly handle an unexpected project and also find time to mentor student interns.
“She’s fully engaged in her work here, and that comes through in everything she does,” says Cahill. “She’s made the most of the opportunity Travelers EDGE has offered.”
Insurance was far from Nicole Ampe’s mind when she started her college career at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minnesota native planned on working in human resources, but after an internship at Travelers in the summer of 2013, she was drawn to working in the claims department.
Before she joined Travelers EDGE, she says, “The only thing I knew about auto insurance was that I had it for my car.” Now she’s an auto damage appraiser, a job she enjoys. Ampe worked as many as three jobs at a time while supporting herself through college. Her goal was to have zero college debt, a promise to herself she was able to keep thanks to the financial support from Travelers.
The first-generation college student now mentors her younger sister, who is starting college and watching her older sister build her career at Travelers.