The Horace Mann Educators Foundation is an independent charitable organization formed by the Horace Mann Educators Corporation to recognize the dedication of educators to helping each student reach their full potential.

The Foundation’s primary focus is to provide resources for needs identified as critical to students’ success by specific educators, schools or districts, as well as for solutions to systemic issues that are identified as roadblocks by educators. Special emphasis is given to proposals in areas where HMEC employees live and work and to projects that support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The Foundation also honors the dedication of Horace Mann Educators Corporation employees to making their communities a better place by supporting causes important to them.

In 2021, the Foundation gave nearly $315,000 to support educators, employees, communities and others in need. This included:.

  • $137,000 to support strong communities
  • $93,000 to support giving to charitable organizations of employees’ choice, including a matching program
  • $75,000 in educator-focused grants, primarily to support social-emotional learning resources
  • $10,000 in disaster relief and non-focused grants

    The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. For more information, contact foundation@horacemann.com.

    Horace Mann Educators Foundation Board of Directors

    Marita Zuraitis, President
    Bret Conklin, Treasurer
    Don Carley, Secretary
    Ryan Greenier
    Jenny Thayer