CopperPoint Insurance Companies (AZ)Contribute to the Economy & Quality of Life
Corporate Volunteerism’s Positive Social Impact
CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Arizona-based worker’s compensation insurance provider and BCA 10 Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts winner, shares how they use the arts to inspire positive change, stimulate a prosperous state economy and sustain a thriving community. CopperPoint has built name recognition and a highly regarded reputation outside of their industry by supporting nonprofits that focus on areas from arts and culture to civic organizations.
This past October, CopperPoint was a winner
of the 2016 BCA 10 Award for their dedicated service,
commitment, and partnership with the arts. Their relationship to the arts community in forms of sponsorship, Board service, and volunteer hours positively affected arts organizations like Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts 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.”
Simply put, CopperPoint employees are amazing volunteers. In the same month, CopperPoint also received the Corporate Volunteerism award for companies under 1,000 employees from the Phoenix Business Journal (PBJ). Employees volunteered nearly 53,000 total hours with charitable organizations over the last 14 years. Their Corporate Volunteer Program allows employees to volunteer up to 12 paid hours per year during work time with nonprofits they choose, whether it be a team project or an individual commitment. In 2015 alone, their employees volunteered with Ballet Arizona, The Heard Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Arizona Science Center, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Cultural Coalition, the Phoenix Fridas, and the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. CopperPoint employees reported 6,150 hours of volunteer time in 2015.
Employees have also designed and printed materials for nonprofit partners
, saving the nonprofits time, resources and money. With a number of programs to encourage its employees to give back to the community, Community Engagement Coordinator Jill Maruca states, “We are proud that 85 percent of our employees participate in volunteerism and/or donating money, which is unheard of in the corporate world, where 40-50% participation is common.” CopperPoint also offers dollar-for-dollar matching for employee donations to nonprofits, including arts organizations, up to $500 per year for employees and $1,000 per year for board of director’s members. Employee donations added nearly $1 million in support of more than 100 community organizations including 14 arts and culture groups.
Newly hired employees have expressed that CopperPoint’s engagement in the community, including support to nonprofits and civic programs, and the opportunities CopperPoint provides to make an impact was a factor in their interest in working for the company. In addition, they report it is a benefit to work for a company that understands giving back is a part of doing business. Their support of Arizona’s arts and culture has helped garner such prestigious awards as the “Most Admired Company”, “Top Corporate Philanthropist” and “Best Place to Work.” CopperPoint believes how the company’s reputation as advocates for the arts along with their community outreach programs goes a long way in making CopperPoint a place where people want to work, and once they are here, they stay, with the bulk of our 300-plus employees having spent more than a decade with the company.
By encouraging employees to help 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.
In 2015, CopperPoint was the winner of the Governor’s Arts awards for business and CopperPoint executives served on the boards and committees of 88 organizations statewide, setting an example for the company’s employees.
Every day, CopperPoint employees embrace their company’s core values of being creative, heroic, friendly and collaborative. These values infuse CopperPoint’s corporate social responsibility, which focuses on supporting organizations that work to improve the quality of life and business for all Arizonans.
Photos: CopperPoint employee volunteer Laura Duran works with children at Machan Elementary in Phoenix; Marc Schmittlein with ballerinas from Ballet Arizona's The Nutcracker; Rick DeGraw with the “Rat King” and The Nutcracker from Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker.
Photos courtesy CopperPoint Insurance Companies