small business lessons - success
You know that saying, “Good things come to those who wait”? Well, I must respectfully disagree with that cliché. Good things come to those who work hard and persevere, I say. My health management solution company, LiveHealthier, persevered for almost five years to solicit the business of Allstate Insurance. From our first invitation to one…
Celebrating a big birthday by giving a big gift
This year, the Allstate Foundation celebrated a big anniversary not by receiving, but by giving.  The Foundation first invited its key nonprofit partners to an Executive Summit where peers and experts shared ideas on how to build betterorganizations.  It then offered attendees $600,000 worth of special grants to help put those principles into practice. “Due…
Better listening drives better results
Our employees and agency owners are on the ground in nearly every community in the country. That’s why we have been focused for so long on having a positive impact on our local communities. Our strategy for giving back comes from our in-depth understanding of our own communities and also from tapping into a network…
Partnering together to support local communities
[Photo caption: Suren Gupta, Executive Vice President Allstate Technology and Operations, and Jim Towns, agency owner and co-chairman of Agency Executive Council] With corporate giving campaigns, what matters most: that more people give or that people give more? The answer, of course, is both. But broadening the base of employee contributors is always a good…
Fan the flames of volunteerism
How do you energize already-enthusiastic employee volunteers to build on that commitment in their communities? You give them someskin in the game, by allowing them to choose which groups or programs they support. And you back them with grants to help pay expenses for their projects. That was the strategy behind Allstate’s first companywide Week…
The Journey: Joining the Supplier Mentoring Program
By Robin E. Beaman, Beaman Incorporated The last several years have been challenging from many entrepreneurs.   Those that survived the Great Recession, did so with determination and the support of corporate partners committed to supplier diversity.  Allstate is one such company. They consistently provide business opportunities to entrepreneurs and create access for us to develop…
What we’re reading this month…
Nielsen finds that half of consumers under 40 are willing to pay more for products and services from socially responsible companies. [click here] Grantmakers for Effective Organizations surveyed the field to take a snapshot of funder practices and find out if grantmaking is getting smarter. [click here] The Atlantic wonders if corporations should be do-gooders?…
Coming to Work for More Than Just a Paycheck
In this tight economy, corporations have come to discover what many nonprofits have long understood—a paycheck is not the only factor that keeps employees invested in their jobs. At Allstate, we’ve long taken a holistic approach to employee compensation, and have found some new strategies to compliment the typical pay and benefits to help us…
Financial literacy as a tool to end domestic violence
Researchers cite financial stability as the leading indicator of whether a victim will be able to get safe and stay safe from abuse. Inspired to put their financial skills to work for the community, Allstate agency owners and personal financial representatives have focused on helping a group of people who can greatly benefit from financial…
Financial literacy is the best insurance: Talking finances in Washington, DC
The financial strength or our nation depends on the fiscal fitness of every citizen. Giving people the right tools to make the right financial decisions not only helps [read more] them succeed, it helps America succeed. We work hard every day to live into that mission because we believe financial literacy is really the best…