Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award

The Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award is now closed. Congratulations to the 2017 awardee, Lowlander Center. The award was presented at the Travelers Institute’s Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season Symposium in Louisiana on May 25, 2017.


Travelers is committed to raising awareness about disaster preparedness and creating discussion about the importance of improving response and recovery actions after major events.  Through its charitable giving arm, the Travelers Foundation, and its public policy division, The Travelers Institute®, the company has created an annual Excellence in Community Resilience Award of $100,000 to recognize an organization that demonstrates leadership in addressing community resiliency.

All Hands Volunteers have been assisting the flood-affected communities of South Carolina since October 2015, ensuring that the conditions of affected homes are safe to live in and rebuilding where possible.

Award Criteria:  Applicants' initiatives should demonstrate leadership in addressing safety, community resiliency, and/or financial threats related to catastrophic events.  In addition, the program should take into consideration the varying needs of all residents of the geographic region.

  1. Applicant organization must have a demonstrated track record of positive impacts related to disaster preparation, mitigation, response and/or recovery.
  2. Award may be for a new or existing program related to creating community resilience.
  3. The organization or program must demonstrate innovation in the field and intent to share effective strategies with others.
  4. Eligible organizations will submit plans to implement, or proof of having implemented, actions in the community. Academic research projects and surveys are not eligible.

All Hands Volunteers' demolition team in action - volunteers work to clear debris from an earthquake-demolished home in the district of Sindhupalchowk, Nepal.

Applicant Qualifications:  The organization and program must be located within the United States.  Applicants must be IRS-designated public charities or government agencies; individuals are not eligible for the award.  If the project is a collective effort, a single fiduciary organization must be identified.  Applicants must be on sound financial footing and demonstrate strong governance practices.

The following organizations will not be eligible for the award:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, culture, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a military veteran or genetic information.
  • Universities, except as fiscal agents for collaborative efforts with other entities in action-oriented initiatives.
  • Religious organizations, unless it can be shown that the organization is seeking charitable funds in the direct interest of the whole community.
  • Fraternal organizations.
  • Political or lobbying organizations.


All Hands Volunteers, pictured throughout the site, is the second annual Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award recipient and is the world's leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers.  The non-profit organization addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.  Over the last eleven years, All Hands Volunteers has enabled over 35,000 volunteers to donate 175,000 days impacting 500,000 people all over the globe.

Application and Award Process: 

Application and Award Process: All applicants must complete the Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award online application (see below). The application for the 2018 award will be available in late 2017.  Applicants must commit to having a senior executive attend the Travelers Institute® Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season Symposium, which will be held in late May or early June 2018.

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