For more than 85 years, Schneider has been guided by core values, which include respect for all. Now, the carrier said, these values have led it to create its Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Grant Program.
Over the next year, Schneider will provide grants to nonprofit organizations around the country and Mexico working to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the communities where company associates live, work and volunteer.
“We are honored to commit grant dollars to diversity, equality and inclusion work, because it is vital to the future success of our communities,” said LuEllen Oskey, director of the Schneider Foundation. “We know it will make a difference and generate positive change.”
Beginning last November, Schneider provided Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Program grants to 11 organizations totaling more than $75,000. The selected organizations include:
- Boys and Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana
- Atlanta Pride Committee
- Shaping Tomorrows Stars - Atlanta
- Glenwood Academy – Chicago
- Crowned Scholars – Dallas
- CollegeReady – Green Bay
- YWCA of Greater Green Bay
- Group Scholars Program – Indianapolis
- A Step Ahead Foundation – West Memphis
- Agape Child and Family Services – West Memphis
- Entrale - Mexico
Grantees were nominated by Schneider associates, such as LaDarius Campbell, who nominated Crowned Scholars, located in Dallas, Texas.
“The work Crowned Scholars is doing is truly priceless,” said Campbell. “They are giving young black men not only math, science, leadership and life skills, but they are also giving them hope. When I look at the young men this organization is impacting, I see myself in them. I come from very humble beginnings. Anything is possible for these young men.”
Grants from Schneider are helping organizations make strides in creating healthy dialogue and taking concrete actions to bring about change. “The YWCA Greater Green Bay’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all,” said Leslie Asare, director of development at YWCA of Greater Green Bay. “Our diversity and inclusion projects are key to this community. The YWCA creates safe spaces for hard conversations to compel change, and with wonderful grants like the one from Schneider, we can continue this work.”
Schneider has long supported nonprofits through financial contributions, in-kind delivery donations and associate volunteerism. As a supporter of the communities in which its associates and customers live, the Schneider Foundation donated more than $2 million in grants to more than 400 organizations in 2020.
Learn more about Schneider’s history of corporate social responsibility.