AGIS foregoes client gifts, donates to charity
By: Erin Robinson
Three-year holiday giving tradition part of yearlong philanthropic commitment
INDIANAPOLIS, December 1, 2009—AGIS, a full-service insurance agency with an office in Indianapolis, will continue the tradition of charitable holiday giving for a third consecutive year as part of the company’s yearlong commitment to local nonprofit support. Instead of distributing the traditional holiday gifts to its client roster in a seasonal rite of corporate gratitude, AGIS will donate those funds to College Mentors for Kids.
In 2009, AGIS launched a company-wide Community Outreach Program, encouraging employees in each office to become involved in a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. The company is providing employees with the time and financial resources necessary to make a difference in the local community.
“With the current state of the economy, it is more important than ever to support the local charities and nonprofit organizations that help our communities,” said David Norris, president of AGIS of Indiana. “This year we decided that, in addition to our holiday giving tradition, we would implement the Community Outreach Program, encouraging our employees to help several organizations with both donated time and financial support. Thus far, it has been widely embraced throughout our five offices in Michigan, Florida and Indiana.“
Founded in 1995, College Mentors for Kids is a nonprofit organization that pairs youth with local college student mentors for weekly activities that expose youth to opportunities for higher education. Activities encompass three core topics, including higher education and career, culture and diversity, and community service.
Norris hopes that this is a trend that will catch on with other corporate citizens who are in a position to help where help is needed most.
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Founded in 1978, AGIS is a full-service insurance agency, representing over 60 insurance carriers. With offices in three states, the company provides complete employee benefit programs, funding arrangements and services, including plan design, benefit analysis, Section 125 plans, employee communication and enrollment, renewal preparation, COBRA services, claims and administrative assistance, and legislative updates, as well as products and services related to property/casualty insurance. In addition to Indianapolis, AGIS has offices in Detroit, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fla., and Indianapolis.
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