Corporate giving guidelines

One way in which Unum helps support our communities is through our corporate giving program. Our charitable contributions are provided to the communities in which we’re located by the local charitable contributions committee.

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Our focus

Unum seeks to partner with organizations that work within our three preferred areas of focus:

  • Public education — public education is the primary focus of our outreach efforts, and we are committed to supporting organizations that grow strong individuals and school leaders, more successful communities and a prepared future workforce. We partner with public schools, business and community leaders to:
    • Focus on achievement and innovative educational experiences
    • Mentor youth through organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs, Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Collaborate with business and community leaders to impact education at the local and state level
  • Health & Wellness - we support organizations that provide programs and services to improve the wellness of individuals and communities. Additionally, we partner with organizations that help people with disabilities lead independent and fulfilling lives.
  • Arts & Culture – we believe that a truly vibrant community includes engaging outlets and opportunities for cultural education. We understand for a community to reap the benefits of these institutions, we need to provide opportunities for students to use these places to connect classroom curriculum with real-world experience.

Requests for contributions

Requests are considered throughout the year and are reviewed by our community relations representatives in our local areas. One request per year will be considered from an organization during a 12-month period. Proposals can be submitted online or in writing to a local Unum Community Relations Representative with the following included:

Charitable Grant Application
  • A cover letter on the organization's letterhead describing the purpose of the contribution and who will benefit from the requested funding.
  • A proposal that includes the amount of the request.
  • The organization's operating budget for the current year. If the request is for a specific program, include the program budget as well.
  • The organization's most up-to-date year-end financial statements.
  • An IRS letter of tax-exempt charitable status under Section 501(c)3 and proof that the organization is not a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the IRS code.
  • A list of the organization's current board of directors.

Grants will not be awarded to:

  • Organizations that have a written policy of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military or protected veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
  • Nonprofits serving clients outside our home office regions
  • Political organizations and political candidates
  • Religious or anti-religious organizations and institutions
  • Individuals
  • Athletic events or teams
  • School groups or clubs
  • Organizations whose primary missions are the environment or animal welfare
  • Organizations whose primary work is advocacy and not direct services
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is to raise money or fund programs that are not direct services of the requesting organization

Submitting requests


Contribution requests may be sent to Unum via the Community Relations Representative in your local area.

  • Chattanooga: Suzanne Payne, spayne@unum.com, 1 Fountain Square, 5S, Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • Portland: Steve Alpren, salpren@unum.com, 2211 Congress Street, B201, Portland, ME 04122
  • Worcester: Leah MacLeod, lmacleod@unum.com, 1 Mercantile Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • Corporate: Cary Olson Cartwright, carolynolson@unum.com, 2211 Congress Street, B201, Portland, ME 04122

If you would like more information about our corporate giving program, e-mail your requests to CommunityRelations@unum.com or to one of the abovementioned Community Relations Representatives. Please include your full name, phone number with area code, and the name of the organization that you represent.

Matching gifts program

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Unum sponsors a matching gifts program that lets us directly support our employees' philanthropic efforts to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The program will match eligible gifts from a minimum of $50 to an aggregate maximum gift of $10,000 per employee, per calendar year. We provide matching gifts on a $2-for-$1 basis to accredited colleges, universities, graduate schools, secondary and elementary schools within the United States and Canada. Gifts to qualified non-profit organizations are matched $1 for $1.

Employee participation gift

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The employee participation gift is a $50 grant given to a qualified non-profit on behalf of a Unum employee who participated in an approved fundraising event. Events include fundraising walks, runs and bicycle rides. Tournaments of any kind do not qualify for the gift. The form must be filled out and sent to the organization who will return it to us after participation can be verified. We cannot reimburse employees for any fees or donations made toward any event. An employee can request up to five employee participation gifts in a calendar year.

Volunteer service grant

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Unum also sponsors a volunteer service grant program for employees. We will match $1 for each hour an employee volunteers, from a minimum of 50 hours ($50) up to 500 hours ($500) per year. An employee may report volunteered hours accumulated from a single and/or multiple eligible organizations and combine those hours to meet the minimum volunteer requirement.