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Due to the recent hurricanes, we have altered our newsletter format to highlight the actions being taken by the industry and IICF to support individuals and families so severely impacted by these natural disasters. We will return to our regular format with expanded topics in October.
IICF Establishes Disaster Relief Fund to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irma
We have all watched with great sadness as so many people in Texas and Florida, and in Puerto Rico and beyond, struggle with the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and other recent natural disasters. IICF has been overwhelmed by your generous contributions to the IICF Disaster Relief Funds and support of our industry relief efforts.
Early last week IICF announced the establishment of the Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund to assist the millions affected by the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Recent news report indicate that 10,000 people remain in emergency shelters in Florida, and millions in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas - and all those on the entire island of Puerto Rico - are still without electricity. The need for assistance is extensive and widespread – from historic flooding in the northern affected areas to the vast devastation in the Keys and Caribbean.
“IICF board members, volunteers and supporters have been pledging their generous support for those in Florida and beyond, just as they stepped up immediately to help in Texas following Hurricane Harvey,” said Bill Ross, CEO, IICF. “With Hurricane Irma following so closely behind Harvey, there is unprecedented need for support of the community at large.”
To help those who have been so severely impacted by Hurricane Irma, please consider a contribution to the Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund. Donations can made by clicking here. We encourage you to share the need for support within your own companies and networks, and ask that you consider making a donation to one or both of the IICF disaster relief campaigns.
“IICF’s Southeast Division, based in Dallas and with chapters in Houston and Atlanta, is leading our Hurricane Irma response as well as fundraising efforts for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Southeast Division is currently in the process of forming its next chapter in Florida, and we're proud to be able to show our support of these communities through the IICF Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund,” added Ross.
Through your support and that of so many in the insurance industry, we are able to make a meaningful impact in the lives and communities of those affected by this devastating hurricane. #insurancegivesback #FloridaStrong
Contributions from Insurance Industry Companies and Professionals Continue to Support IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
Having established the IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund in late August, immediately following this devastating hurricane, the industry supporters of IICF responded with incredible generosity and compassion. To date, more than $430,000 has been raised to assist victims in the affected areas - through both company contributions and individual donations from over 1,000 insurance professionals. We are grateful for your trust, and your confidence in IICF’s mission to help communities in need by uniting the strength of the insurance industry.
100% of these funds will benefit Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. IICF is working with local nonprofit organizations, including the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Houston Food Bank, SBP and the American Red Cross, providing direct assistance to individuals and families in the Texas communities.
FEMA has estimated that long-term damages and cost of recovery in Texas may exceed even Hurricane Katrina, and with the immediate needs still so great, the IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund remains open to contributions. Donations can made by clicking here.
In its role as the philanthropic voice of the insurance industry, IICF has been gathering reports of industry contributions to these hurricane relief efforts. Initial Hurricane Harvey relief efforts are, at a minimum, reported to be $15 million in collective industry contributions to date. With most employee giving and company matching programs still in progress, this figure is expected to increase.
IICF is proud to join with our industry partners, supporters and volunteers in helping individuals and families recover and rebuild their communities. #insurancegivesback #TexasStrong
Week of Giving 2017: October 14 - 21
Be a Part of Something Greater
IICF’s annual Week of Giving is almost here - join with thousands of your industry colleagues for our most impactful week of the year!
Confirm your team readiness for Week of Giving:
✔ Registered Team on IICF Week of Giving website
✔ Signed up for Volunteer Projects
✔ Ordered Team T-Shirts
IICF Week of Giving is an annual, eight-day international and industry-wide initiative during which we bring together insurance professionals – individuals and teams – to complete volunteer projects and service in support of community nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and United Kingdom.
Join with thousands of your industry colleagues as we complete volunteer projects and service with hundreds of nonprofits and charities, focused in the areas of early childhood literacy; homeless and veterans causes; support of women, children and families: beach, river and community park clean ups; food insecurity; child abuse prevention; disaster preparedness and safety; and so much more.
Check out our latest volunteer projects and sign up on our Week of Giving website at weekofgiving.iicf.org
Learn more in our Week of Giving flyer and FAQs, visit weekofgiving.iicf.org or reach out to your local IICF contact. You can also download the Nonprofit Website Guide and Volunteer Team Leader Website Guide for additional details.
Contact your IICF division representatives with questions and we look forward to seeing you the week of October 14!
Remember to share updates and photos of volunteer activities: #IICFWeekofGiving
2017 Week of Giving T-shirt: There is still time to order your team t-shirts. Order today by clicking here , and show your IICF team pride!
Final Week of Western Division's Campaign for Change
Donate Your Spare Change for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief
The IICF Western Division is in its final week of the inaugural “IICF Campaign for Change”, running from September 1 – 30.
Proceeds will be generously contributed to the IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.
Make this last week count as we help communities and enrich lives, together! The Top Fundraising Company and Top Fundraising Office will be recognized for their efforts. Click here to learn more and make a donation, and help IICF build change from change!
Let's Get Social!
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Skyline Park Annual Benefit
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Bowling for Charity
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Sporting Clay Shootout
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New York Associate Board
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Rock for Charity
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Annual Benefit Dinner
Sheraton Times Square Hotel
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BY THE NUMBERS
2016 Week of Giving Volunteers: 8,463
Hours Served: 21,757
Projects: Nearly 400