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CHICAGO, IL (December 16, 2014) – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's (IICF) Midwest Division today announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 organizations in the Midwest.

As a national nonprofit organization, IICF is dedicated to enriching local communities. Through combining the collective strengths of the insurance industry, IICF reinvests in the areas in which funds were originally raised. The Midwest Division focuses on local organizations and projects that champion the causes of education, safety, and health throughout the Midwestern United States.

"Providing funding to the areas we serve is one of the strongest ways that the insurance industry shows its support and dedication to our community," said Kevin Smith, Chicago Regional Branch Manager at Chubb and IICF Midwest Division Board Chair. "The IICF's grant program provides a means by which we as an industry can impact positive change where it is needed most."

Recipients of the Midwest grants include Bernie's Book Bank, buildOn, Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, DuPage Pads, Cornerstone School, Lydia Home, Horizons For Youth, Sue Duncan Children's Center, Breakthrough, Lazarus House, OneGoal, ARTS (Arts Refreshing The Soul), Children's Advocacy, Center of NW Cook County, Peterson Garden Project, Danny Did Foundation, Josephinum Academy, SOS Children's Villages Illinois, Chicago Run, By the Hand Kids Club, Chicago Scholars, Children's Home + Aid, Girls, Inc of Omaha, Meta House, and The Children's Place Association.

In addition to these grants, the Ohio Chapter Board of the IICF is uniting to award $45,000 in grants to the following Ohio-based nonprofits: I Know I Can, Northeast Ohio Children's Hunger Alliance, Providence House, St. Malachi Center, St. Vincent de Paul Dayton District Council, and Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland.

The IICF's Midwest Division grants will be highlighted during the Division's 4th Annual Blazing the Trail Benefit Event on March 12, 2015.

For additional information regarding the Midwest Division grant focus areas, please visit