COLUMBUS, Ohio – United Way of Central Ohio recognized the outstanding campaigns of partner organizations at its annual Celebration of Excellence luncheon on May 2. In partnership with United Way, these organizations help fight poverty in our community.
Grange Insurance received the highest honor, the Corporate Award of Excellence, which recognizes overall achievement in corporate and volunteer philanthropic efforts. Grange’s deep commitment to philanthropic leadership is evident in its employee volunteer engagement, dollar for dollar company match on gifts, and impressive leadership giving efforts. This year, Grange employees increased their donations by a generous 12%.
“Receiving the Corporate Award of Excellence acknowledges our company’s collective dedication to supporting our neighbors,” said John Ammendola, president and CEO. “Grange is committed to giving back to our communities and I’m proud of our continued partnership with United Way.”
This is the twelfth year that the Corporate Award of Excellence has been presented. Previous winners include American Electric Power, Nationwide, UPS, Deloitte and Columbia Gas of Ohio. The awards were presented by Robert Schottenstein, president and CEO, M/I Homes, who served as 2016 campaign co-chair; Lisa S. Courtice, Ph.D., United Way of Central Ohio president and CEO; and Angel Harris, SVP, resource development and chief development officer at United Way of Central Ohio.
Grange Insurance, with $2 billion in assets and more than $1 billion in annual revenue, is an insurance provider founded in 1935 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Through its network of independent agents, Grange offers auto, home, life and business insurance protection. The company and its affiliates serve policyholders in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
About United Way of Central Ohio
United Way of Central Ohio is dedicated to the singular goal of fighting poverty. We do that by acting as a catalyst for lasting improvements and by mobilizing our community to give and volunteer. We provide a comprehensive system of pathways linking people to high-quality services that effectively help them emerge from poverty. We bring leaders together to improve the policies and systems that directly affect thousands of lives. As one of the largest United Ways in the country, we bring together more than 80,000 donors and volunteers. For more information, visit www.liveunitedcentralohio.org.