American Family Insurance joins list of funders for student mental health programs in Wisconsin

“The generous financial and in-kind support from American Family Insurance brings us one step closer to our goal of helping our four pilot school districts meet their subsidy challenge,” said Steve Goldberg, Executive Director of WEA Member Benefits. Foundation.

The philanthropic arm of a statewide insurance and financial services organization for educators – WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. – has launched a pilot project with four Wisconsin school districts to test a model of funding to expand private philanthropic support for school mental health programs across the state. The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation and the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact have pledged to support this pilot project, joining a growing list of corporate philanthropic organizations.

The WEA Member Benefits Foundation has announced that it will help its four pilot districts, Appleton, Racine, Sun Prairie and Watertown, approach potential funders in their local communities to respond to their challenge grant – provided by the Foundation – doubling potentially the total for each district. “The generous financial and in-kind support from American Family Insurance brings us one step closer to our goal of helping our four pilot school districts meet their subsidy challenge,” said Steve Goldberg, Executive Director of WEA Member Benefits. Foundation. “We are grateful for their generosity and hope that other corporate foundations will follow their example to help school districts strengthen their mental health programs.”

“We are strongly committed to supporting equity in healthy youth development, especially mental health,” said Shayna Hetzel, Director of American Family Community and Social Impact. “More than ever, it’s critical that young people have easy access to mental health resources – and that’s what innovative school programs like this help cultivate.”

“We are grateful for American Family’s philanthropic support of our four pilot school districts. School mental health, especially in these stressful times, is so important to the success of our students. We hope others will join us in this effort,” said WEA Member Benefits President and CEO David Kijek.

Initial funding for the WEA Member Benefits Foundation Student Mental Health Grant pilot program came from WEA Member Benefits, WEA Trust, the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), GenRe, Empower Retirement, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Parnassus Investments, Newport Group, Wisconsin Mutual Insurance, Velcor, Strom Ballweg, von Briesen & Roper and T. Rowe Price.

For more information about the WEA Member Benefits Foundation’s School Mental Health Initiative and the ways you can help, go to weafoundation.org.

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About the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc.

The WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization supporting public education through grants and charitable donations to public educators, public schools, and communities qu they serve. More information can be found at weafoundation.org.

About WEA Member Benefits

WEA Member Benefits has been helping Wisconsin public school employees and their families achieve their financial goals for more than 50 years by providing personal insurance, retirement and investment and financial planning programs. Learn more about weabenefits.com.

About American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc.

American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation builds on our longstanding commitment to communities by providing unrestricted general operating grants to eligible nonprofit partners. We are committed to using values ​​based on trust to create meaningful and impactful relationships and reduce the power imbalances inherent in traditional funding models. Like our community partners, we are also committed to learning, listening and changing through collaboration and trust. The grant funding priorities are academic achievement and education, healthy youth development, economic opportunity, and community resilience. These priorities align with our organization’s efforts to close equity gaps, invest in and improve communities.

About the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact

The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact is a venture capital firm and partner of choice for exceptional entrepreneurs building scalable, sustainable businesses as part of a long-term effort to close America’s equity capital gap. It also recognizes that building the capacity and supporting organizations and experts working for social causes is equally important to making a positive impact within our communities across the country.

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