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American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation

At the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, our mission is to inspire, protect and restore dreams by creating more equitable communities. From investments and volunteerism to meaningful partnerships, we drive change through listening, learning, collaboration and trust. We believe it’s our responsibility to ensure our customers and communities have the ability and access to make their dreams possible.
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Annual Reports & Community Grants

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American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation 2020 Annual Report

In 2020, American Family Insurance and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation invested in programs and services in 47 states through community grants, matching gifts, storm relief efforts and United Way campaign donations.
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Community Grants

The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc. builds on our long-standing commitment and support of communities we serve by offering unrestricted, general operating grants to eligible non-profit 501(c)(3) partners. Our next application cycle opens on March 15, 2022.
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2021 Quick Look

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Community Grants

In 2021 American Family Insurance and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc. gave $2.6 million in community grants
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In 2021 American Family Insurance employee volunteers volunteered a total of 33K hours
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Total Giving

In 2021 American Family Insurance and the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, Inc. gave a total of $10.9 million

Dreams Foundation Impact

Among its many philanthropic efforts, the Dreams Foundation is proud to offer grants to eligible non-profits. Discover how these grants help remove obstacles, strengthen communities and help people pursue their dreams ― like in the case of organizations like New Pathways for Youth.

MARLO DYKEMAN: The mission of New Pathways for Youth is to empower youth to fulfill their full potential through mentoring and life skill development. The problem that we're really trying to address is the cycle of poverty, adversity, and homelessness. Our youth come from circumstances of violence, substance abuse, parent incarceration. And really they're experiencing four times these adversities as other youth.

What we recognize as the most powerful intervention to really mitigate those adversities is a caring, stable, adult relationship.

CHELSEA CABANILLAS: My role as an agency owner with American Family has even been further developed by my volunteer efforts. I started volunteering with New Pathways for Youth after I graduated from college. As much as we try to make a difference in those mentees' lives, as a mentor, your life is definitely changed forever if you're open to it.

BRIANA ETHELBAH: My mentor always tells me I'm here for you. She's able to connect with me and support me. I felt like nobody understood me, but she did. My dream is to become independent, and to create stability for myself, and knowing that, no matter what, I'll be OK.

VERONICA SALCIDO: When I met Isala, she was not showing up for class. Because of it, she wasn't passing any of her courses. And then at the end of the wrap of that semester, she had straight A's.

MARLO DYKEMAN: You know, when I think about our kids and how we ask them to dream fearlessly, it's about recognizing the fact that they're capable, and that there's support behind them, and that they're not alone. That creates the foundation for just believing in yourself. And that's powerful to see.

VERONICA SALCIDO: We are breaking the cycle of generational poverty. It is not an easy task but, man, is it doable.

MARLO DYKEMAN: New Pathways for Youth can't do this alone. We need the support of organizations like American Family to help us ensuring that we're reaching the most vulnerable youth in the community. And so to have that support means that we have the resources that enable us to do it successfully.

CHELSEA CABANILLAS: They're literally trying to create an ecosystem for these kids to realize, yes, there are so many things going wrong right now, but it is totally OK to dream.

In The News

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Habitat for Humanity Dane County Completes Frame-Up with American Family Insurance Volunteers

Dozens of American Family employee and agency owner volunteers joined in to complete the frame-up for a new Habitat for Humanity Dane County home at American Family’s national headquarters in Madison on Thursday, May 19.
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American Family Insurance Commits $2.5 million to The Center for Black Excellence and Culture

Latest investment in new south Madison, Wisconsin project underscores the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion and closing equity gaps.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County Receive $750K Grant from American Family Insurance for AVID/TOPS Program

American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation three-year investment announced by Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County President and CEO Michael Johnson at a news conference today in Madison.

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