Farmington Hills, Mich. (October 11, 2021) – H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of insurance companies, and Burns & Wilcox, its largest flagship organization, today announced its donation of $103,475 to benefit local community food banks, food distribution centers and hunger-relief charities throughout the United States and Canada. The donation is a result of its associate-driven initiative Harvesting Hope Against Hunger.
Food banks around the world continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to leverage the company’s global network and workforce, each policy bound with Burns & Wilcox in the United States and Canada during the month of September resulted in a donation of up to $6 to charities leading the fight to end hunger. Additionally, personal contributions made by associates throughout the month were matched dollar for dollar by Kaufman.
Throughout September, Kaufman and Burns & Wilcox associates were also encouraged to utilize their paid volunteer time and participate in philanthropic activities. In total, Kaufman associates volunteered 620 hours to local food banks in the areas in which they conduct business.
“At H.W. Kaufman Group and Burns & Wilcox, we strive to support the communities where we work and live and act fast to help those in great need,” said Alan Jay Kaufman, Chairman, President and CEO, H.W. Kaufman Group. “Our 52-year legacy of giving and supporting others is more important than ever as we face long-standing impacts of the pandemic. The insurance industry exists to provide relief when disaster strikes, which is why we dedicated a full month to this hunger relief effort for the second year in a row. Our associates are equally passionate about supporting organizations rooted in their communities and we encourage and support their commitment. Working together for change rings true to our company culture.”
More than 50 charities were selected to benefit from Harvesting Hope Against Hunger. A few highlights include:
- Kaufman’s Michigan associates, where headquarters is based, raised more than $8,000 for Forgotten Harvest, the No Kid Hungry and Food Gathers program.
- Louisiana associates raised nearly $5,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
- Texas associates raised more than $13,000 for North Dallas Shared Ministries, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Frisco Family Services, Houston Food Bank, among others.
- California associates raised more than $17,000 for Central California Food Bank, APLA Food Bank, World Harvest Food Bank, among others.
- Florida associates raised nearly $6,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding Tampa Bay.
A full list of other designated charities can be found here.
The Harvesting Hope Against Hunger program is an extension of Champions & Charities, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative that celebrates the community giving efforts inspired by associates and brand ambassadors, including professional golfers Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson and Max Homa.
Kaufman has a history of supporting hunger relief groups over the years through other programming such as its annual leadership meeting.
About H.W. Kaufman Group and Burns & Wilcox:
Burns & Wilcox is the insurance industry’s leading wholesale insurance broker and underwriting manager internationally recognized for its expertise in commercial and professional liability, property, environmental, marine and personal insurance.
H.W. Kaufman Group employs more than 2,000 professionals. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Metro Detroit, Michigan, H.W. Kaufman Group also includes: Burns & Wilcox, Burns & Wilcox Brokerage, Burns & Wilcox Canada, Atain Insurance Companies, Afirm, Global Excess Partners, RB Jones, Stonemark, Minuteman Adjusters, Kaufman Institute, and Noremac Marketing Group. H.W. Kaufman Group International includes: H.W. Kaufman Group Europe, Chesterfield Group, Lochain Patrick, Burns & Wilcox United Kingdom, Node International and Cranbrook Underwriting. More information can be found at www.burnsandwilcox.com or www.hwkaufman.com.