As many nonprofit organizations continue to grapple with financial challenges caused by COVID-19, Elephant Insurance is out to lend a helping hand, or in this case, a “Helping Herd.” The Richmond-based auto insurer is looking for nonprofits and other organizations to support.
Earlier this month, Elephant announced its Helping Herd initiative. With the help of its parent company, the Admiral Group, Elephant will donate $300,000 to organizations and programs that have either suffered damaging effects from the COVID-19 pandemic or who are providing COVID-19 relief to the community. Approximately $180,000 of the funds will be distributed in Virginia.
Helping Herd’s goal is to reach at least 50 organizations or programs with the funds, with gifts ranging in size from $2,000 to $20,000. The program launched in June and donations will be awarded through the end of the calendar year.
The goal of the grants is to positively impact local communities during challenging times, says Alberto Schiavon, chief executive officer at Elephant Insurance.
“We know the Helping Herd initiative will be able to make a significant impact on individuals and communities that are hurting due to COVID-19, and Elephant is grateful to be in a position to step up and give back in this way,” Schiavon said. “The Elephant team – our herd – is eager to be a part of this important process, and we’re so appreciative of the support of Admiral Group to make this possible.”
Elephant team members will be involved in the selection process, either by nominating deserving groups or participating in the voting process. A large portion of the funds are anticipated to be distributed in Virginia, Elephant’s headquarter state, but Helping Herd funds also will go to organizations in other states where Elephant services are offered, including Texas.
To be considered, applicants must serve the community in at least one of three areas: mental health, physical health or community health. Interested organizations or programs can apply online, where further eligibility details are available. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 1, 2021.
To learn more or to apply to receive funds from the Helping Herd campaign from Elephant Insurance, visit its website.
At the date of publication, this organization is a client of The Hodges Partnership.