Partners and Friends of Community Matters

Our ability to fulfill our mission and expand our reach is accelerated through our collaborative relationships with first-class organizations and businesses. These essential partnerships span a wide range of involvement, from the generosity of foundations, service organizations and businesses to corporate underwriting, including California Joint Powers Authorities, nationwide risk management organizations and risk pool insurers.

We're grateful to the following organizations and businesses whose support and contributions have had a major impact in helping us make a positive difference in many schools and communities.

Adobe Foundation

The Adobe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by Adobe Systems, Inc. to leverage human, technological and financial resources to drive social change and improve the communities in which they live and work. The Foundation funds and oversees Adobe Youth Voices, their global, signature education program, and a community grants program designed to create strategic, high-impact partnerships with nonprofit organizations within the areas of arts, creativity and youth services.

Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $465 million in grants and sponsorships. As a national health foundation, they promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered 3.8 million hours since 2003.

America’s Promise Alliance

America's Promise Alliance works with more than 400 national organizations and their local affiliates to raise awareness, encourage action and engage in advocacy to provide children with key support. Under the leadership of Founding Chairman General Colin Powell and current Chair Alma Powell, APA has become the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of young people.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

Arthur J. Gallagher & Company is an international sales and marketing company that plans and administers cost-effective, differentiated property/casualty and human resource risk management programs as brokers, consultants and third-party administrators. With offices throughout the United States and internationally, Gallagher is one of the world’s largest insurance broker/consultants and risk management services providers.

Beyond Differences

Beyond Differences is a student-led social justice movement dedicated to ending social isolation for millions of middle school children who suffer every day from feeling left out and like they don’t belong. We envision a world where every child is accepted, valued and included no matter what their differences. While many organizations focus on strategies for reacting to bullying after it happens, Beyond Differences works to prevent bullying before it starts by teaching students to become activists and change the culture of middle school.  Our goal is to inspire students at all middle schools nationwide to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone. This movement matters because today’s children will soon become tomorrow’s parents, teachers, and community leaders. 

California Schools Risk Management (CSRM)

California Schools Risk Management is among the state's oldest joint powers authorities serving public schools by managing risk exposures. On behalf of their members, CSRM maintains rates for school districts and community colleges, reinvests in managed risk exposure reduction, helps manage cash flow and develops strategies with their insurance partners. 


The CharterSafe program was created as a direct response to charter schools' needs of finding insurance options that provided the right coverage at the right price. The program was co-founded by Ted Fujimoto, Vice President of School Services & Products at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), with the help of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. CharterSafe offers an all in-one inclusive package including Workers' Compensation, Liability, School Board, Property and Risk Management Services. Today, over 160 charter schools are insured by the program.

CSAC Excess Insurance Authority (EIA)

The CSAC Excess Insurance Authority (EIA) is a member directed insurance risk sharing pool of counties and public entities committed to providing risk coverage programs and risk management services. Since 1979, the EIA has developed effective risk management solutions to help California public entities proactively control losses and prepare for different exposures.

Giants Community Fund

The Giants Community Fund collaborates with the San Francisco Giants by using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives. The Fund supports Junior Giants leagues throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon (over 20,000 boys and girls, ages 5 to 18 in more than 85 communities) and provides assistance to targeted community initiatives in the areas of Education, Health and Violence Prevention. Since its inception in 1991, the Fund has donated over $14 million to community efforts.

Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation

Joe Lueken and his brother started Lueken’s Village Foods in 1966 in the rural community of Bemidji, MN (pop. 13,000). After many years of profitability and growth, Joe and his wife Jan, created the Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation as a way to give back to the community that had been so good to them. In 2013, Lueken's Village Foods, with two supermarkets in Bemidji and another in Wahpeton, N.D., began transferring ownership to its approximately 400 employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP). Lueken and his family believed that selling to workers would be better for them, the business and their beloved town. Asked by ABC News what prompted him to give away his business, Lueken said it just struck him as the right thing to do.

Kaiser Permanente - Marin/Sonoma

Through partnerships with community organizations and educational and government entities, Kaiser Permanente – Marin/Sonoma strives to benefit the community by addressing issues and concerns that affect overall community health. These partnerships are built upon the sharing of knowledge and resources between Kaiser Permanente and health-related community service organizations in the counties of Marin and Sonoma. They offer a variety of resources to their partnerships including: cash grants to support community activities; volunteers; and in-kind donations.

North Bay Schools Insurance Authority (NBSIA)

North Bay Schools Insurance Authority is a California Joint Powers Authority that provides a self-funded risk sharing pool. Contributions to fund claims and services comes from the members' general funds. The combined efforts of NBSIA and member school districts from Davis to Benicia and throughout the Napa Valley to manage their risks make NBSIA a very cost effective and reliable alternative to commercial insurance.

Petaluma Health Care District

The Petaluma Health Care District is a community owned and operated public agency. For 70 years, they have been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Southern Sonoma County through leadership, advocacy, support, partnerships and education.

Their vision is to foster a healthier community, a thriving hospital and local access to comprehensive health and wellness services.

San Diego County Office of Education Risk Management JPA

The San Diego County Office of Education provides a variety of services for 42 school districts, ranging from district and school improvement to budget approval and monitoring. The Risk Management Department is a partner with San Diego County and Imperial County school districts through two Joint Powers Authorities (JPA): the Risk Management JPA and the Fringe Benefits Consortium. The Department's mission is to provide risk management programs so that each member district's assets are protected against loss. When losses are prevented and reduced, districts have more money and resources for the classroom.

Sanford Health Foundation

The Sanford Health Foundation is the fundraising arm for Sanford Health, the largest rural, not-for-profit, integrated health system in the nation. The Foundation’s goal is to enhance the lives, health and hope of the patients served by Sanford Health in the regions it serves. In keeping with the mission of Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota to improve the health status of the community and region, the Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota Board of Directors established a $1,000,000 Community Health Endowment Fund in 1997 to assist local non-profit agencies addressing significant regional health and wellness issues.

Schools Excess Liability Fund (SELF)

The Schools Excess Liability Fund serves more than half the public school districts in California and represents approximately 4.3 million students. SELF members include many K-12 districts, community college districts, charter schools, county offices of education and regional occupational programs.

Schools Insurance Authority (SIA)

Schools Insurance Authority is also a Joint Powers Authority dedicated to meeting the risk management and risk financing needs of its membership. SIA maintains stable and reasonable insurance costs through smart risk pooling techniques, effective prevention services, joint purchasing services and by helping to maintain safe and strong school environments for students and employees.

Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC)

SISC is a Joint Powers Authority administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office whose philosophy is “schools helping schools”. SISC policies are set with the best interests of schools in mind with all Board Members being employees of school districts. SISC provides a very cost effective rate environment which reflects its commitment to preventing losses and controlling costs. This keeps millions of dollars in the classroom that would have otherwise been paid out in premiums.

Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County

The Community Foundation Sonoma County is the hub of philanthropy for Sonoma County, CA, connecting people, ideas and resources to benefit all who live there. They work with philanthropists to create plans that will make an impact in the community and become part of their family’s legacy. The LGBTQI Giving Circle Fund is made up of 100+ individuals each of whom donate to the fund with the intention of building community, being educated about the needs and opportunities in the local LGBTQI community, and pooling resources to grant to non-profits who are providing valuable services to the LGBTQI community in Sonoma County.

United Way of King County

The mission of United Way of King County (WA) is to bring caring people together to give, volunteer, and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges.

West San Gabriel Joint Powers Authority

The West San Gabriel Joint Powers Authority are comprised of school insurance pools serving Preschools, K – 12 Public and Charter Schools located in the San Gabriel area of Los Angeles County. The Joint Powers Authority insurance programs use a combination of District self-insurance, insurance through the CSAC-EIA, traditional insurance carriers and pooled self-insurance to provide financial coverage for the JPA members.