CORRECTING and REPLACING NIA Announces Grant Program to Help Member Nonprofits With Urgent Equipment and Project Expenses

  • Nonprofits are on the Frontline of Community Response to the COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) Outbreak and Need Help to Manage Risks to Their Organizations.
  • All Members of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA) Eligible to Request Funding.

Second paragraph, second sentence of release dated March 19, 2020, should read: The fund covers crucial expenses such as carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher replacements, child car seats, emergency lighting, roof repairs, and many more essential loss control projects that have a significant impact on nonprofit operations.

The corrected release reads:

NIA ANNOUNCES GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP MEMBER NONPROFITS WITH URGENT EQUIPMENT AND PROJECT EXPENSES

  • Nonprofits are on the Frontline of Community Response to the COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) Outbreak and Need Help to Manage Risks to Their Organizations.
  • All Members of Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA) Eligible to Request Funding.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA), the nation’s leading insurer exclusively focused on the nonprofit sector, announced today that it is accepting applications for the NIA Gilbert Fund 2020 calendar year cycle. The announcement is timely with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (New Coronavirus), which has left many nonprofits caring for populations that are at-risk and medically vulnerable. Through this fund, 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are members of NIA can pay for equipment, safety, training, and other loss control expenses to improve their operations. The fund, named in honor of Roger Gilbert (1932-2013), former NIA board member and retired president of Great American, was set up to help nonprofits protect themselves and strengthen their organizations.

All nonprofits located across 32 states and the District of Columbia that are members of NIA (NIAC and ANI) are eligible to apply for reimbursement or financing for expenses up to $500 through the fund. The fund covers crucial expenses such as carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguisher replacements, child car seats, emergency lighting, roof repairs, and many more essential loss control projects that have a significant impact on nonprofit operations. The Gilbert Fund helps nonprofits reduce risk and strengthens their ability to continue serving their communities. Nonprofits can apply online at insurancefornonprofits.org/apply-for-gilbert-fund.

The Gilbert Fund is helping nonprofits across the country. "Our organization serves those with mental illnesses and those suffering with addictions," says Tammy Greer, CFO of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, located in Oregon. "We received recommendations for one of our residential treatment facilities housing individuals with severe and persistent mental illness with medical conditions. Through the Gilbert Fund, we installed exit lighting and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors to provide additional levels of safety."

"I’m struck by how critical the resources are to the nonprofit," says Kim Aday, CFO of NIA. "We know it isn’t easy to get traditional funders to support risk management for nonprofits, so NIA is stepping in to help reduce exposure to potential losses that could interrupt vital community services."

Recipients of the Gilbert Fund include a music venue in Santa Cruz, CA, in need of galvanized steel containers; a preschool in Colorado in need of a new boiler and water heater; a residential home in Palo Alto, CA, for mothers and infants that benefited from four fire extinguishers with instructional signage; a children’s donation center in Georgia that serviced and recharged thirteen fire extinguishers; and a theatre in Michigan that serviced and repaired its sprinkler system.

The fund has been established by the Gilbert family, and NIA employees continue to contribute to support the work of nonprofits. Employees and board members who had the privilege of working with Roger Gilbert characterize him as a compassionate mentor fully invested in bettering his community and the work of charitable organizations.

"Roger was an impactful board member," says Kim Aday. "While he came from a for-profit culture, once he joined our board, he fully understood how we operated as a nonprofit and as an insurer and successfully dedicated himself to strengthening the organization and the board." NIA is honored to see the legacy of a respected board member who exemplified social responsibility benefiting the nonprofit sector.

About Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA) is the nation’s leading property and casualty insurer exclusively serving nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1989 in Santa Cruz, CA, NIA is a social enterprise developing the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit sector. NIA has one of the best customer retention rates in the industry. NIA members enjoy specialized and stably-priced insurance, specialized insurance coverage, dividends, and innovate risk management and member services. The NIA group brand is comprised of Alliance Member Services (AMS) and three AM Best A VIII (Excellent) rated insurers: Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC), Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance, RRG (ANI), and National Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance (NANI). All organizations under the NIA brand are 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Learn more about Nonprofits Insurance Alliance at insurancefornonprofits.org/about.

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