Nationwide Insurance has been an active supporter of American Red Cross disaster services for more than 25 years. In 2008, Nationwide Foundation entered its second year of a unique partnership providing a grant distributed to the Red Cross' national headquarters and chapters across the country where Nationwide conducts business.
This year, Nationwide Foundation generously increased its donation amount to $475,000, expanded its chapter funding, and supported Red Cross disaster preparedness and response initiatives. The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund received $250,000 and the remaining $225,000 was distributed among 14 chapters across the country. In addition, almost all of the funded chapters have participation from local Nationwide leadership, including numerous members on chapter boards.
"We are grateful for Nationwide's donation which will support disaster preparedness and response efforts across several states and 14 chapters, said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer, American Red Cross. "It is only through donations such as this that we are able to carry out our mission year in and year out."
The Nationwide Foundation's partnership with the American Red Cross extends over generations and is multi-faceted. Nationwide continues to supports local preparedness and response, maintains a blood donation center at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, donates to the Central Ohio Blood Region, and makes significant contributions during times of disaster. Most recently, Nationwide generously supported relief efforts in response to the Iowa tornado with a gift of $50,000, in addition to the California wildfires, the Minnesota bridge collapse and Hurricane Katrina.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.