We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work.

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Vibrant communities provide value to all their constituencies: Individuals, families, businesses and institutions have more opportunities to grow and thrive.

Horace Mann’s employees are concentrated in five geographic markets: Springfield, Ill.; greater Dallas; greater Raleigh, N.C.; Madison, Wis.; and Cherry Hill, N.J. We believe it is important to support organizations that contribute to making each area a place where current and future employees want to live and work. Reflecting our values as an organization, we give preference to community projects that involve education or promote diversity and inclusion.

In 2020, Horace Mann directed about $450,000 to the communities in which we live and work. That giving included more than $300,000 for projects targeting pandemic relief efforts, one of the most significant disruptors of our communities in our country’s history.

Our 2020 core giving program continued our support of United Way of Central Illinois with a corporate contribution of $100,000. Our employees also directly supported their respective United Way organizations with an additional $122,182. United Way focuses on providing basic needs for vulnerable members of the community, in addition to making long-term investments in education, financial stability and health to improve residents’ quality of life.

Other support targeted organizations such as Phoenix Center, which supports central Illinois’ LGBT Community with programming for promoting equality, health and well-being, as well as social and educational growth.

Pandemic-relief efforts were Horace Mann’s most significant area of community giving in 2020:

  • We augmented our ongoing DonorsChoose programs with a $100,000 contribution to support “Keep Kids Learning,” an initiative to help teachers equip the most vulnerable students with educational materials at home, targeted to the communities where we have significant employee concentration.
  • We directed $105,000 in grant funds from Horace Mann and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBank Chicago) Targeted Impact Fund to four organizations focused on closing student opportunity gaps: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois, Springfield Urban League, Compass for Kids and The Matthew Project. Horace Mann's $45,000 community donation was supported by an additional $60,000 from FHLBank Chicago.

As a mission-centric organization, supporting our communities is important to our employees. The Horace Mann Educators Foundation plans to institute a matching grant in 2021 for employee nonprofit donations up to $100 per employee.