When I joined CopperPoint Insurance Companies earlier this year, I was drawn by the company’s core values, which so closely mirror my own. Starting with the top leadership, CopperPoint’s employees demonstrate their passion for being principled, committed, human, inventive, and hardworking in all they do.
While these values are apparent across the board, I’m most impressed by how they play out through the company’s long-standing commitment to the community. At CopperPoint, we believe it’s our corporate responsibility to be actively engaged in the communities we serve, something we’ve been doing for nearly 95 years.
Our values in action
Being a community partner means more than providing the highest quality of service to our customers. It also means taking ownership of the role we can play in improving our communities.
Our collective efforts focus on five targeted areas: Education, Economic Development, Health & Safety, Diversity and Arts & Culture. Through employee volunteerism, board service, corporate matching, and sponsorships, we work together to invest in and support the diverse, local communities where our customers and employees live and work.
In 2018 alone, CopperPoint and its employees contributed:
- $1.2 million directly to the community through its 2018 community giving budget
- Time and talent to 140 nonprofit and civic organizations
- $224,000 to United Way through pledges and matching gifts, with 85% of CopperPoint’s employees participating in the campaign
- 3,500 employee volunteer hours
- 30 Employees serving on 40 nonprofit and civic boards
We believe in the community so much that we support our employees in their own philanthropic efforts by:
- Hosting an annual volunteer fair to introduce employees to more than a dozen area nonprofits and related volunteer opportunities
- Providing employees with 12 hours of paid volunteer time each year
- Matching their contributions dollar-for-dollar in our annual CopperPoint Cares Campaign with the Valley of the Sun United Way
- Matching individual donations – up to $500 – to nonprofits of the employee’s choice
- Educating new hires about our community outreach efforts starting with their employee orientation
Women leading the way
What’s even more inspiring than watching a company live its values is watching women lead the charge. Sixteen of our women leaders currently serve on nonprofit and civic boards, playing an integral part in the effort of so many wonderful organizations to improve our community.
In fact, our Executive Vice President General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Sara Begley was recently recognized by Ronald McDonald House Charities with their “Heart of the House” award for her ongoing dedication to the nonprofit.
We also recognize one employee each year with a Volunteer of the Year award in honor of our former CEO, who started the company’s community giving program. Since the award began four years ago, a woman has been the recipient each year.
I’m proud to work for an organization that is so deeply committed to helping make the Valley an even better place to live and work.
Congratulations to all the outstanding businesswomen who are finalists in the 2019 Athena Awards. Your commitment to inspiring leadership within your industry, mentoring women throughout your career, and dedicating yourselves to the community is incredible.
By Paula Boca-Bommarito
Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Brand & Community Engagement
CopperPoint Insurance Companies