We are committed to serving individuals and communities through a wide array of programs and grants.
The New York Life Foundation developed the second annual State of Grief Report to enhance and increase the national conversation around grief and bereavement support. The report includes research surveying adults across the U.S. about grief and loss based on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant events of the past year.
In this report, we’ll share our commitment to Our People, Our Communities, Our Policyholders and Clients, Our Approach to Responsible Investing, Impact and Innovation, Our Environment, and Our Governance. The Report provides updates on our last report and includes new statistics and goals. Additionally, the report also includes our first Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index, which covers key financially material sustainability topics for the insurance and asset management industry.
The New York Life Foundation invests in programs that benefit young people, particularly in educational enhancement and childhood bereavement support. We have fostered a culture of volunteerism and community involvement for New York Life’s employees and financial professionals.
The Love Takes Action Awards program enabled New York Life employees and financial professionals to nominate extraordinary individuals serving their communities in response to the pandemic, awarding $1.75M in grants.
For Kai and his friends, grief and loss are lifelong journeys. The same goes for real children and their families - it doesn’t just end when the book ends. That’s why we’ve expanded the series with our newest book, Lost in the Middle, a graphic novel for middle schoolers.
When it comes to grief support at school, many educators feel underprepared to help. In fact, according to a recent survey by the New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers, ninety-two percent of educators think that there should be a greater focus on training educators to support grieving students, and ninety-one percent say that they personally would be interested in participating in bereavement training offered through their school or district.
New York Life’s Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative was created to address the gap in grief support in schools by providing resources and tools for school communities to support grieving students and their families. Any K-12 accredited private or public school and school district can request to be part of this program.
The essence of our business is serving others. In 1998, New York Life created our corporate volunteer program, Volunteers for Good (VfG). It develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for our workforce, allowing them to serve the communities where they work and live. Giving time and expertise, we collaborate with hundreds of charitable organizations and help coordinate volunteer projects every year to address community needs across the country.
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