Charitable Giving

A long history of social consciousness

C&F is unwavering in our commitment to supporting the communities where our employees live and work. Our programs demonstrate our passion for driving positive change among the diverse groups we serve through both charitable giving and community service and engagement.

Longstanding Culture of Giving

Through our Corporate Giving and our employee-driven efforts that include our Charitable Impact Committee (CIC), C&F Cares and Volunteerism, we demonstrate our longstanding culture of charitable giving. In fact, it’s in our DNA! Our parent company Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, since 1991, has made cumulative donations of nearly $240 million to charitable causes.

In 2021, through our Corporate Giving, C&F Cares and CIC initiatives, C&F gave more than $1.6 million, while our employee volunteers supported numerous local initiatives with more than 5,200 hours of service. In fact, over the past decade, C&F has given more than $20.4 million and our colleagues have given over 47,400 hours of community assistance. We continue to build on those efforts each year.

Photo provided by Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute

C&F Corporate Giving

C&F firmly believes we have a responsibility to provide support to organizations where our employees live and work. Through a rigorous evaluation process, we identify entities based on need and location. To that end, C&F donated more than $821,000 to organizations across the country in 2021. Included among those were:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a 160-year-old organization aimed at enabling all young people, especially those who need it the most, to reach their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. C&F supports multiple Boys & Girls Club locations across the United States.

Redwoods Group Foundation, a not-for-profit group that focuses on child sexual abuse prevention, drowning prevention and social entrepreneurship. The Foundation seeks to transform communities by identifying how social harms happen and developing solutions to the root causes of that harm.

Tri-County Scholarship Fund, which provides opportunities for financially needy N.J children — without regard to race or religion — by offering scholarships to better, safer and values-based independent schools that help students reach their full potential.

Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, a nonprofit, public foundation that strives towards inspiring community philanthropy to advance exceptional health care for patients at Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital. C&F is in the midst of a five-year, $250,000 pledge, one that has played a vital role in supporting the hospital’s initiative to add two floors to the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, as
well as offer peace of mind to dozens of heart patients.

St. John’s University Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, a global leader in risk and insurance education and training and draws candidates from all regions of the world.

Medical Center Expansion

C&F is in the midst of a five-year, $250,000 pledge to the Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, one that has played a vital role in supporting the hospital’s initiative to add two floors to the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, as well as offer peace-of-mind to dozens of heart patients. As a result of the ongoing philanthropic support from the community, Morristown Medical Center has been able to add more than 55,000 square feet of clinical space, expand cardiac MRI capacity with a new scanner and establish 72 new private patient rooms. The donations also proved critical during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many of the new rooms were temporarily converted to handle the overflow of patients.

Supporting the Business Community

Since 2016, C&F has been an active member of the Morris County (N.J.) Chamber of Commerce, working with the organization to develop and implement programs and business solutions within the county. C&F is also a member of the Chamber’s Business Cabinet, a group of successful organizations that have a significant investment in the region, and which underwrites many of the Chamber’s signature programs that promote, support and inform area businesses. Among those programs of which C&F is a proud sponsor is the Chamber’s Young Professionals Forum, which provides members who are under 40 years of age a forum to cultivate relationships, develop professionally and support the community. C&F also participates on several of the Chamber’s councils, including those related to Communications, Finance and Human Resources.

Donation dollars and volunteer hours

Charitable Impact Committee (CIC)

Bridging the gap between employees, the local communities and Crum & Forster’s corporate commitment to giving, the CIC is comprised of employees from various divisions and geographic locations across the U.S. within C&F, and focuses on providing donations to local charities and organizations that are in need of funding. The most exciting part about this initiative is that the nominations come from our valued employees.

Since its inception in 2017, the CIC has reached over 80 organizations and provided over $890,000 in support. Organizations range from homeless shelters, youth-serving organizations, animal rescues, educational institutions, environmental cleanup and more.

Through the CIC, this year C&F provided nearly $220,000 to 20 organizations around the country.
Here are just a few:

  • Brian’s Angels, a homeless outreach organization in Bristol, Conn., that provides items such as toiletries, non-perishable foods, clothing (such as socks, thermal sets, underwear, shoes, and coats), temporary shelter, and supplies.
  • LGBTQ Center of Durham, a North Carolina-based group that supports LGBTQ+ people through services, programming, resources, and support networks that center their well-being and allow them to thrive.
  •  Life is Good No Matter What, an Ohio-based organization that provides adults facing life-threatening cancers with an escape from the label of “cancer patient,” allowing them to remember what it’s like to feel normal, if just for a day. Since its founding in 2012, the non-profit organization granted nearly 60 escapes to adults.

C&F Cares

The C&F Cares program enables our employees to continue supporting the 501(c)(3) organizations that are the most meaningful to them. We support our employees’ generosity by providing a strong company match to both employee giving and charity hours up to $10,000 per calendar year. Through this program, in 2021 our employees personally donated 3,338 volunteer hours and more than $573,000 to 784 causes.

Here are some of the ways C&F employees gave back through the C&F Cares program:

  • Employees responded to the Texas winter storm disaster by donating $8,000 to four organizations providing meals and shelter to the community. After C&F’s 2-to-1 match, a total of $24,000 was donated.
  • Employees responded to the COVID-19 Crisis in India, where some of our employees and partners live. Employees donated more than $10,000, which was matched 2-to-1 by C&F for a total of $30,000 donated to three organizations providing support and relief.