GUELPH, ON, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - The Co-operators today announced that it has
raised $721,016 for United Way chapters across Canada, setting a new
fundraising record for the group of companies. Creative fundraising
campaigns in offices throughout the country yielded $391,492 in
personal donations from staff members and The Co-operators Foundation
provided $50 on behalf of each employee for a total corporate
contribution of $329,524.
The largest campaign, due to significant number of employees, was held
in Guelph, Ontario, home to the head offices of Co-operators General
Insurance Company and The Co-operators Group Limited. Staff members
there raised a total of $167,703, and the campaign received two awards
from the local United Way chapter. In Regina, where Co-operators Life
Insurance Company is based, staff members personally raised a total of
$110,300. Employees of The CUMIS Group Limited, based in Burlington,
Ontario, raised $49,300.
"Making a considerable contribution in the communities where we live and
work is at the core of who we are as an organization," said Kathy
Bardswick, President and CEO of The Co-operators. "Our commitment to
supporting the United Way shines through with every creative staff-led
campaign and volunteer effort we engage in."
Thanks to funding from local donors such as The Co-operators, member
agencies of United Way chapters in Canada are able to provide health
and social services support to people throughout the country. By
providing much-needed funding based on local needs and challenges, the
United Way helps its member agencies strengthen communities and improve
the quality of life for Canadians.
The United Way is the largest non-government funder of social services
and the voluntary sector in Canada.
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned
co-operative with more than $42 billion in assets under administration.
Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group,
travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products.
The Co-operators is owned by 47 Canadian co-operatives, credit union
centrals and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its
community involvement and its commitment to creating a more sustainable
tomorrow. In 2010, The Co-operators was ranked #2 among the 50 Best
Corporate Citizens in Canada and listed among the 50 Best Employers in
Canada. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
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