American Family Insurance Joins List of Funders for Student Mental Health Programs in Wisconsin

“American Family Insurance’s generous financial and in-kind support brings us one step closer to our goal of helping our four pilot school districts meet their Challenge Grant Match,” said Steve Goldberg, executive director of the WEA Member Benefits Foundation.

The philanthropic arm of a statewide insurance and financial services organization for educators — the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. — has launched a pilot project with four Wisconsin school districts to test a funding model to expand private philanthropic support for school-based 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, joining a growing list of philanthropic corporate organizations.

The WEA Member Benefits Foundation announced that it will support its four pilot districts of Appleton, Racine, Sun Prairie and Watertown to reach out to potential funders in their local communities to fulfill their Foundation-provided Challenge Grant and the grand total for potentially doubling each district. “American Family Insurance’s generous financial and in-kind support brings us one step closer to our goal of helping our four pilot school districts meet their Challenge Grant Match,” said Steve Goldberg, executive director of the WEA Member Benefits Foundation. “We are grateful for their generosity and hope other corporate foundations will follow their example to help school districts strengthen their mental health programs.”

“We are strongly committed to supporting equal opportunity in the healthy development of young people, particularly in mental health,” said Shayna Hetzel, director of American Family Community and Social Impact. “More than ever, it is critical that young people have easy access to mental health resources — and that is what innovative school-based programs like this encourage.”

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

Initial funding for the WEA Member Benefits Foundation Mental Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program pilot comes 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-based mental health initiative and ways you can help, visit 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 charity that supports public education through grants and charitable giving to public educators, public schools and the communities they serve. Visit weafoundation.org for more information.

About the benefits of WEA members

WEA Member Benefits has been helping Wisconsin public school staff and their families achieve their financial goals for over 50 years by offering personal insurance, retirement, and investment and financial planning programs. Learn more at weabenefits.com.

About the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc.

The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation builds on our longstanding commitment to communities by providing unrestricted, general operating grants to eligible nonprofit partners. We strive to use trust-based values ​​to build meaningful, impactful relationships and reduce the power imbalances inherent in traditional financing models. Like our community partners, we are also committed to learning, listening and changing through collaboration and trust. 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 to address long-term equity gaps in America. It also recognizes that capacity building and support for organizations and professionals involved in social causes are equally important in making a positive impact in our communities across the country.

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