Best Partnership Award - Allstate and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)

 Finalist: Allstate and the Allstate Foundation with NNEDV

The Allstate Foundation's partnership with The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists.

Nearly 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence during their lifetime. And, research shows that financial security is one of the main reasons victims of domestic violence return to or remain in abusive relationships.

Through their partnership, Allstate and NNEDV financially empower survivors to build new lives. In 2010, Allstate and NNEDV trained 2,963 domestic violence advocates in 878 local programs across 33 states and reached 25,324 survivors through financial empowerment services.

The groundbreaking work includes the Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, which is used by domestic violence advocates across the country to help survivors get free and stay free from abuse.

Allstate has also provided nearly $1 million in direct assistance grants to survivors of domestic violence, microloans and matched savings grants and resources to help survivors get better jobs.

Allstate and NNEDV credit their continual conversations, commitment to collaboration and differing points of view for making the partnership successful.

Even when they disagree, the joint commitment to the “amazing, ground-breaking, and life-saving program,” in NNEDV’s words, keeps the partnership strong. Recipients of Allstate Foundation grants track outcomes, not just number of people served. Outcomes include number of survivors creating a financial plan, meeting their savings goals and working toward improving their credit. The number of people served is also tracked.

Feedback on the program comes from state and local advocates who use the programs and the survivors themselves. Over the years, Allstate and NNEDV have relied heavily on feedback from the state coalitions to continually improve the program.

The program offers on-going train-the-trainer sessions including an evaluation where participants rate session content, the trainers, and even their impressions of Allstate and The Allstate Foundation.

In addition, The Allstate Foundation partners with Rutgers University, Center on Violence Against Women and Children to evaluate participating survivors’ use of the Moving Ahead curriculum and what financial changes they had made as a result, such as making a budget.

The study showed positive results. According to the press release, more than 90% of the participants were satisfied or very satisfied with the curriculum, and more than half reported they used the curriculum often or very often.

Additionally, 88% of the participants had set financial goals for themselves: more than 75% had created a budget; over two-thirds reported they had begun paying off debts or looked up their credit history and 22% started a retirement account.

This initial study is a base for a larger study, which Rutgers began work on at the end of 2010. This study will compare the experiences of survivors that used the Moving Ahead curriculum with survivors that did not and more fully explore the extent of financial abuse the participants experienced. 

The Business Case

The Chamber BCLC believes the best examples of business-nonprofit partnerships have true benefit to the company, as well as the cause or community the company serves.

Survivors of domestic violence greatly benefit and gain financial independence from the knowledge and skills that Allstate brings through their Domestic Violence Program. The Allstate Foundation-NNEDV partnership is currently the only national, public-private partnership focused on using innovative financial strategies to end the cycle of violence.

Their leadership and commitment has enabled domestic violence programs around the country to implement critical financial; empowerment work in their communities. Besides funding staff at NNEDV, the Foundation has a number of its own people working on the program.

A manager, senior consultant and junior consultant at Allstate work with NNEDV. Allstate’s General Counsel is the program champion, and its public policy team is aligned with the work.

The Allstate Foundation recently worked with Allstate Financial to recruit Allstate agents and personal financial representatives as volunteers. Nearly 200 reps responded and 100 were connected to a domestic violence program in their communities to conduct workshops on budgeting, credit repair, insurance, and the like.

These volunteers are leaders in their communities and help build survivors’ and advocates’ understanding of financial concepts.