• A message from Ted Mathas & Heather Nesle

"Our goal is to help give children and youth a better chance to realize their potential..."

For nearly 170 years, New York Life Insurance Company has been in the business of being there for people when we're needed and helping them to build a better tomorrow. This is also the driving force behind the work of the New York Life Foundation and our Corporate Responsibility programs. We partner with local and national nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of individuals from all walks of life, with our primary focus on organizations providing services to disadvantaged young people. From educational enhancement to bereavement support for kids who have lost a parent or loved one, our goal is to help give children and youth a better chance to realize their potential and build a brighter future for themselves and the world around us.

Now in its 35th year, the Foundation has awarded nearly $170 million in grants since its inception. And while funding for nonprofit agencies has become more difficult during these challenging economic times, our commitment to doing what we can hasn’t wavered. In 2012, in fact, the Foundation increased its grants budget by five percent. Moreover, New York Life continues to demonstrate that it can be counted on when the unexpected strikes: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the company made an immediate $1 million contribution to the Red Cross and other relief efforts, and subsequently matched more than another $250,000 in individual contributions.

While corporate-level support of vital community programs is, of course, very important, it is the individual efforts of our agents, employees, and retirees that we are most proud of. On any given day in cities and towns across the country, you will find our people tutoring kids in after-school programs, collecting food and clothing for the homeless, or helping to restore and beautify a park. Their selfless actions reflect our value of humanity, and our shared belief that New York Life not only has the ability – but also the responsibility – to help keep the good things going in people’s lives and in our communities.

Thank you for your interest in the New York Life Foundation and our Corporate Responsibility programs. We invite you to explore this website and learn more about what we do.

Tad Mathas, Chairman, President and CEO of New York Life
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Ted Mathas

Chairman, President and CEO
New York Life Insurance Company

Heather Nesle

President, New York Life Foundation
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility