Safeco Insurance Fund
Established in 2006, the Safeco Insurance Fund, a fund of the Liberty Mutual Foundation, supports the communities in which we live and work. In partnership with our grantees, our common purpose is: to invest the expertise, leadership and the financial strength of Liberty Mutual Insurance and its employees to improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Our grants help nonprofits that work to empower families and individuals who are struggling to thrive despite challenging situations. To that end, our grant-making priorities focus on organizations and programs in Seattle/King County that provide accessibility for individuals of all abilities; security for men, women and children experiencing homelessness; and educational opportunities for children and youth living in poverty.
We strive to give nonprofit organizations the flexibility they need. Therefore, the Safeco Insurance Fund makes single and multi-year program grants, supplemented by occasional capital and operating support. Discretionary proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and our Request for Proposals in specific funding areas have stated deadlines and are widely posted. Our review process is continuous.
Our goal is to invest in leadership that is responsible. To that end, we give preference to nonprofit organizations with these attributes:
- solid financials
- clearly articulated systems for measuring impact
- a strong board and staff
- thoughtful strategic plans and budgets
Our Response to COVID-19 and Beyond:
Since the COVID-19 epidemic began Liberty Mutual Foundation has developed a significant response of emergency grants and flexible use funds for our nonprofit partners. As we considered how best to assist our current partners, we determined that 2020 is not a year when we will be in a position to welcome new grantees. For Liberty’s regular funding we will maintain our ongoing geographic boundaries and areas of focus (Accessibility, Homelessness and Education) working with the existing portfolio of partners.
As the epidemic unfolded, the Foundation also worked to listen and respond to the needs of our partners. One such opportunity included a series of financial management webinars produced by the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), with support from the Liberty Mutual Foundation. These free webinars are part of a broader suite of tools and resources created by the NFF which focus on providing practical, financial knowledge for nonprofit leaders managing through the COVID-19 crisis.