The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Celebrates Five Years of Changing Lives and Improving Social Mobility in the UK

1st June 2020

London, June 1st 2020: Today marks five years since the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation launched in the UK. The Foundation creates an industry-wide platform for impactful charitable giving, volunteering and community engagement, inspiring insurance leaders to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and work.

To commemorate this anniversary, the IICF has published its 5-year impact report (view at the bottom of this page), highlighting its community and industry impact and the ways that members of the insurance sector can play a role in the Foundation’s future success. 

The report reveals that through its commitment to advancing social mobility, the IICF has improved the lives of more than 1,600 people in local communities, across the country, through grants to small charities chosen by the industry that promote education, skills and employment.

Throughout the pandemic, the IICF has continued to support these charities through an industry-wide campaign, IICF UK COVID-19 Crisis: Community Relief Fund, through which nearly £75,000 has been raised. At a time where smaller charities are truly struggling to continue to provide the services they do on a regular basis, the IICF has been able to step in to provide that support.

One grant recipient that has benefitted from the campaign includes St Giles Trust, where the money raised has enabled them to provide food and support to those without a safety net during the crisis. The IICF plans to award further grants to Advance and Scran Academy this month.

Tsjanneke Hawkins- van der Cingel, Corporate Account Manager, St. Giles Trust, commented: “We are so thankful to the commitment and support from the IICF and the incredibly generous member companies. We are so grateful that such kindness exists in these extremely difficult times, enabling us to continue providing the vital support our clients need during this crisis.”

Aside from the charitable efforts that have taken place over the last five years, the IICF has also given back to the insurance industry itself. It has helped to develop the leaders of tomorrow through its Associate Board of 30 young professionals, who play a key role in the Foundation, and has been able to convene hundreds of industry leaders each year to volunteer and attend events on topics beneficial to bettering their both business and society.

“On behalf of IICF, I want to say thank you to all of our supporters for the role they have played in our success to-date. I am proud to have seen the IICF represent the insurance industry as its charitable foundation for the past five years, giving voice to the remarkable and collective good work achieved by companies and individuals in our community. We look forward to going even further in the next five years!” commented Wendy Wilder, Executive Director of IICF UK.