The American Fidelity Founders’ Fund was established in 1985. In 2007, it was renamed the American Fidelity Foundation. Its mission was refocused to better meet the needs of our community. The Foundation began providing more financial grants that matched the civic involvement of the American Fidelity companies and our Colleagues.
The Foundation was created to build on the legacy of American Fidelity founders C.W. and C.B. Cameron. The father-son duo founded the Company in 1960. It has grown to become one of the largest private, family-owned life and health insurance companies in the nation. Learn more about American Fidelity.
The strength of the American Fidelity companies has helped the Foundation collect assets of more than $17 million.
About Our Giving
American Fidelity’s leaders believe that to have a strong company, you must have a strong community. As a result, the American Fidelity Foundation distributed more than $1 million in 2016 to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oklahoma City and beyond. The Company also partners directly with other organizations to support education and other important community initiatives.
Our Colleagues get in on the act of giving as well. Each month, they donate nearly $1,000 to a designated charity. Collectively, they also support the United Way, Allied Arts, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Buchanan Elementary, our partner school. Individual divisions and departments also sponsor volunteer efforts and donation drives to organizations of their choice.
Annually, American Fidelity hosts a pair of worksite giving campaigns to support Allied Arts and the United Way. Each spring, Colleagues host a variety of creative fundraisers to support Allied Arts. In 2016, Colleagues pledged more than $46,000 to Allied Arts, and the AF Foundation also contributed $60,000. A fall campaign helps set the pace for the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s annual effort. Colleagues pledged to donate more than $320,000 while the Foundation added $220,000 to the mix.
The AF Foundation coupled with corporate donations provided grants totaling nearly $850,000 to more than 150 individual agencies. The Foundation matched $70,956 in donations made by individual Colleagues, doubling the impact of those individual donations to organizations nationwide.
The Company continued its partnerships with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, KFOR’s Weatherschool, the Teacher Feature on Magic 104 FM radio, our partner school Buchanan Elementary and others.
AF sponsors the Thunder’s literacy programs including the Rolling Thunder Book Bus, Teacher of the Game, Read to Achieve Reading Timeouts and the Reading Challenge. Since its debut in 2007, the Rolling Thunder book bus has distributed more than 133,000 books and visited nearly 1,700 schools and day care groups. In the 2015-16 school year, nearly 400 schools participated in the Reading Challenge, and about 34,000 students logged more than 26.5 million minutes of reading.
The Company’s paid volunteer time program continued to provide time for Colleagues to volunteer for non-profit organizations or schools and match their paid personal time with paid volunteer time. Colleagues used about 645 hours of paid volunteer time, meaning they spent about 1,300 hours working in the community during business hours. Colleagues are allowed up to 20 hours a year.
This year’s Famboree, an event each fall for Colleagues and their family members, raised funds and awareness for four local agencies. The Oklahoma City Police Department’s FACT program earned the highest number of Colleague votes and collected $5,000. Teach for America, WINGS and Upward Transitions were awarded $1,000 each in honor of the event.
The American Fidelity Foundation and the family of companies are proud to be strong corporate citizens committed to building vibrant community for our Colleagues and Customers. We believe it’s always the right time to do the right thing.