April 9, 2020
Arbella Foundation Gave $1.8M to Hundreds of Mass. Nonprofits

March 7, 2016 — The Arbella Insurance Foundation recently announced that it donated $1,860,837 to more than 470 Massachusetts nonprofits last year, about two-thirds of the total amount of charitable support it provided to New England charities in 2015.

Support was provided to organizations across the full spectrum of Massachusetts nonprofits, from the Rails to Trails Conservancy in Washington and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in the Berkshires in Great Barrington to Holliston Pantry Shelf in Holliston and Gifts to Give in Acushnet and the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans.

“Our employees and independent agents are enormously valuable because of their outstanding work both in the office and in their communities,” said John Donohue, foundation chairman. “Our foundation finds great value in working with and supporting Arbella employees and agents because they give us a deeper understanding of local causes and our neighbor’s needs. Their compassion and proactivity enables us to allocate our funds directly to where there is need.”

The foundation said it supported employees in 152 charity walks and other events and participated in in 61 volunteers events.

Highlights of the foundation's charitable support last year included donations to:
  • Youth Leadership and Development programs including YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs statewide, such as youth programming at the South Shore Y, a new Teen Center at the Greater Boston YMCA, funds for Crossroads for Kids and ongoing support of Greater Fall River RE-CREATION, which provides Fall River residents and disadvantaged youths with educational and developmental programs

  • Homelessness and Hunger programs, including contributing more than $85,000 to Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, as well as support for the Greater Boston Food Bank in Boston, sponsorship of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, focused primarily in western Massachusetts, and South Shore Habitat for Humanity.

  • Veterans' causes, including financial support to organizations including the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance Veterans Cruise, New England Center and Home for Veterans, and Mass Military Heroes. which honors fallen heroes in Massachusetts and provides ongoing support to their families.

  • Education and cultural programs, including provided funding to 73 schools for bus transportation to the Commonwealth Museum, and continued its support of the BSO School Bus program that subsidizes the costs of transportation to attend Boston Symphony Orchestra youth concerts, sponsored the Boston Celtics Stay in School program, a community initiative organized by the Celtics that partners with Boston Public Schools to recognize and award middle school students for perfect attendance, and support of the New England Wildlife Center’s environmental and STEM education programs.

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