Our ability to fulfill our mission and expand our reach is accelerated through our collaborative relationships with first-class organizations. These essential partnerships span a wide range of involvement, from the generosity of foundations to corporate underwriting, including California joint powers authorities, nationwide risk management organizations and risk pool insurers.
We're grateful for all of our contributors, large and small, and are committed to attracting investment from additional sources (see also "Get Involved" and "Partnering with Us"). The following organizations are representative of our partners, whose contributions have had a major impact in helping us serve many schools and communities.
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.
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.
Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs is a community of schools serving schools' insurance risk management needs. ASCIP exists to serve its members and to protect and conserve educational resources for the benefit of its students in public schools and colleges.
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.
The American River Bank Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and provide physical and emotional well-being for the most vulnerable women and children. Since 2004, the American River Bank Foundation has donated $722,600 to 40 different organizations. One hundred percent of donations are granted to community organizations as the Foundation is supported in whole by American River Bank, its employees and partners.
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.
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.
Clover was the first dairy west of the Mississippi to offer rBST free milk – a commitment to which they remain steadfast. Their local California family farms in Sonoma and Marin Counties are committed to the sustainability of their land, welfare of their cows and produce the highest quality milk pool in the country.
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.
Exchange Bank is a community bank with a commitment to our community and our level of service to our customers. The Bank focuses its philanthropic efforts on the local community with an emphasis on making it a better place to live and work. They do this by investing in, and giving back to, the community with donations to local causes and non–profit organizations, and countless hours of employee volunteer time.
GEM Realty Capital is a real estate investment company that utilizes its extensive expertise to invest in private-market real estate assets and publicly traded real estate securities.
Genesis is an international alternative risk insurance provider, offering innovative solutions to meet the unique needs of its public entity, commercial and captive customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of General Reinsurance Corporation, Genesis offers underwriting expertise, superior claim handling, consistent performance, collective experience and a collaborative approach that enable them to provide stability and consistency to their clients.
The George W. Neilson Foundation's concentration for its giving program is the city of Bemidji and the surrounding area. The Foundation is committed to following the wishes of contributor Katharine Neilson Cram that it supports the Bemidji area and her beloved northern Minnesota where she spent the summers of her youth and lived throughout her later life. The George W. Neilson Foundation supports community development projects by making grants to programs and projects that will improve the lives of the area's children, adults and senior citizens.
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.
Impact100 Sonoma funds organizations in the Sonoma Valley that have a big idea and great potential, but little access to large-scale funds. By bringing together 100 or more women who make an annual donation of $1,000 each, Impact100 Sonoma is able to make a much greater impact on the future of the Sonoma Valley community than if each grantor were to give on her own. Their mission includes increasing participation among women in local philanthropy and making a substantial and lasting impact on the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit community.
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.
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.
Kaiser Permanente – San Francisco believes that good health is a fundamental right shared by all, and they recognize that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like their approach to medicine, their work in the community is prevention-focused and evidence-based. They support community-based partnerships, which include service grants, event sponsorships, technical assistance and volunteer contributions to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving vulnerable San Francisco residents.
In addition to providing health care and coverage for low-income people, Kaiser Permanente’s community investments include grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. Kaiser Permanente - South Bay grants support nonprofit organizations serving Santa Clara County, with the exception of Palo Alto which is in the San Mateo service area. Their grants support projects addressing healthy eating/active living, behavioral health and health care access.
The Middle Cities Risk Management Trust was formed in 1987 by twenty Michigan school districts that created a group self-insurance property / casualty pool. The Trust's mission is: Better Education through Risk Management, and its primary goal is to provide members with the best property / casualty coverage at the lowest cost. Today, the Trust has grown to 36 members including 29 public school districts, two community colleges, four public libraries and one charter school. The Trust has returned over $22.7 million in surplus to its members since its inception.
Founded in 1917, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. is one of the largest reinsurers in the United States. Over 1,000 employees serve their clients from the Princeton, New Jersey campus and regional offices throughout the United States. MRA has earned the A+ financial strength rating from A.M. Best Company. Their clients include pools and trusts, as well as individual entities and their brokers in the management of risk.
Started in 1989, NYSIR has become the largest writer of property/casualty insurance for New York’s public schools. More than 340 New York State school districts insure themselves comprehensively and cost-effectively with NYSIR. Fully-licensed, NYSIR offers a wide range of school-related property and liability insurance, and is “A” rated by industry analyst A.M. Best.
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.
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.
For more than 60 years, the San Francisco Foundation has been an incubator for community investment, original ideas and passionate leadership. SFF is a network of philanthropists and civic leaders bringing resources together to support and build on the strengths of community to make the Bay Area the best place it can be.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is made up of thirty diverse high school and university students from across the United Sates and Canada. Each year, State Farm pledges $5 million to this philanthropic initiative. Since it's inception in 2006, the Board has funded hundreds of youth-led, service-learning projects affecting an estimated 13.9 million people.
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.
York Risk Services Group is a premier provider of insurance, risk management, alternative risk, pool administration and claims management solutions to clients across hundreds of industries. Ranked nationally as the number 3 third-party administrator (TPA) based on annual revenue, York claims a broad customer base that includes more than 5800 public entities and public entity pools.