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Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 1): Corporate Volunteerism Award goes to 2016 BCA 10 Winner CopperPoint Insurance Companies

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Spotlight on Phoenix, AZ (Part 1): Corporate Volunteerism Award goes to 2016 BCA 10 Winner CopperPoint Insurance Companies

CopperPoint Insurance Companies are known throughout Arizona for far more than providing workers compensation insurance. The company has also built name recognition and an amiable reputation in areas outside of their industry by supporting nonprofits that focus on areas from arts and culture to civic organizations.

 

This past October, CopperPoint Insurance Companies was a winner of the 2016 BCA 10 Award for their dedicated service, commitment, and partnership with the arts. Their relationships to the arts community in forms of sponsorship, Board service, or volunteer hours has positively affected Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, and Phoenix Symphony to name a few. President and CEO, Marc Schmittlein, shares “CopperPoint Insurance Companies understands that a vibrant arts sector attracts and sustains businesses and workers, which promotes economic development and cultural enrichment. Support of cultural, arts, and educational organizations creates a well-balanced life experience for our employees, our customers, and our businesses.”

 

In the same month, CopperPoint also received the Corporate Volunteerism award for companies under 1,000 employees from the Phoenix Business Journal. With each employee eligible for 12 hours of paid volunteer time per year during work hours, CopperPoint’s Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Maruca states, “85 percent of our employees participate in volunteerism and/or donating money, which is really high for a company.”

 

By encouraging employees to help out in the community, they are connecting with their staff and retaining talent like Betty Booth, employee of 16 years, who is the first recipient of the Don Smith Volunteer of the Year Award, named after the former CEO who founded the company’s volunteering efforts.

 

CopperPoint’s generosity doesn’t stop with the work it does in the community.  To celebrate their recognition, the company hosted a large employee-wide lunch, pictured above.

 

Photo: Courtesy CopperPoint Insurance Companies

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Humana Employees Create Fund for the Arts App

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Louisville-based Fund for the Arts, the oldest United Arts Fund in the country, has launched a new app thanks to employee volunteers at Humana. Employees in the healthcare company's Digital Experience Center (an innovation lab) donated over 75 hours to help create the app, Louisville Arts Link, which launched on February 2, 2016. The app provides detailed listings of the various arts and cultural events in the area and enables users to donate to Fund for the Arts.

 

The Digital Experience Center team is proud to have volunteered to co-create the app with the Fund, its constituents and supporters,” said Antonio Melo, Director of the Humana Digital Experience Center. “It is a meaningful and tangible way for us to give back to the vibrant arts community in Louisville that we consider to be among the city’s great treasures.”

 

For its outstanding partnerships with the arts, Humana received induction into the BCA Hall of Fame in 2006, and Humana Chairman Michael B. McCallister received the 2013 BCA Leadership Award for his commitment to the arts.

 

According to the app also will digitize the Fund's ArtsCARD, which offers discounts for many of the 14 arts organizations that coordinate their fundraising through Fund for the Arts. Deals include special ticket packages, first option to purchase, free performances, and last-minute discount offers.

 

“Our goal for the app is to help promote local arts opportunities while increasing access, event attendance, engagement and awareness,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts president and CEO. “The arts are everywhere in Louisville and Louisville Arts Link will make it so easy for our residents and visitors to discover and experience them.”

 

The app follows the release of Fund for the Arts' new branding, which was revealed in January 2016. “As a steward for the arts in our community, Fund for the Arts wanted to pay tribute to everything the arts have done for our city with a new brand that is energetic, vibrant, and modern yet a nod to six decades of rich cultural history," the organization said.

In a video released on Twitter, Fund for the Arts released its new look, stating: “As a steward for the arts in our community, Fund for the Arts wanted to pay tribute to everything the arts have done for our city with a new brand that is energetic, vibrant, and modern yet a nod to six decades of rich cultural history.” - See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/fund-for-the-arts-unveils-new-brand#sthash.EsNkkqgf.dpuf
In a video released on Twitter, Fund for the Arts released its new look, stating: “As a steward for the arts in our community, Fund for the Arts wanted to pay tribute to everything the arts have done for our city with a new brand that is energetic, vibrant, and modern yet a nod to six decades of rich cultural history.” - See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/fund-for-the-arts-unveils-new-brand#sthash.EsNkkqgf.dpuf
In a video released on Twitter, Fund for the Arts released its new look, stating: “As a steward for the arts in our community, Fund for the Arts wanted to pay tribute to everything the arts have done for our city with a new brand that is energetic, vibrant, and modern yet a nod to six decades of rich cultural history.” - See more at: http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/fund-for-the-arts-unveils-new-brand#sthash.EsNkkqgf.dpuf

 

Read the full press release here.

 

Does your business encourage skills-based volunteering to help arts organizations in your community? We want to hear from you! Tell us about it on Twitter using #ArtsandBiz or email us a partnership@artsusa.org.

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