New York Life celebrates 170th anniversary by building better tomorrows.

New York Life Foundation Grants $170,000 to Top Ten Charities Chosen by Employees and Agents


NEW YORK, May 6, 2015—New York Life recently celebrated its 170th anniversary on April 12. In honor of this special milestone, more than 5,300 employees and agents across the country voted for their top ten favorite charities out of a list of 35. Each organization will receive a $17,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation, for a total of $170,000.

“Celebrating the company’s anniversary by giving back speaks to who we are as a company. I applaud all of the New York Life employees and agents who participated in this event,” said Heather Nesle, president of the New York life Foundation. “The impressive level of participation is a testament to the longstanding commitment our employees and agents have to making a difference in the communities where we live and work.”

Similar to New York Life, the charities selected have rich histories of creating safety and security for those in need. In addition, they share the company’s ability to grow and change with the times. These charities mirror New York Life’s dedication to building better tomorrows for families across the country.

The selected charities are:


  1. American Cancer Society, founded in 1913, is on the cutting edge of advanced treatments for cancer, and offers aid to those who suffer with the disease.
  2. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's catastrophic diseases.
  3. American Heart Association, originally formed in 1915, fosters cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  4. Make-A-Wish America was founded in 1980, and has granted the wishes of 220,000 ailing children.
  5. Habitat for Humanity, founded in1976, has built or repaired over one million homes, serving more than five million people worldwide.
  6. American National Red Cross, founded in 1881, prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies through its volunteers and donors.
  7. Autism Society was founded in 1965, and serves as a voice for those afflicted with the disease through lobbying, conventions, and public statements.
  8. Feeding America, founded in 1979, operates a network of over 200 food banks across America and has served more than 46 million people.
  9. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, founded in 1904, is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States.
  10. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949 when leukemia was one hundred percent fatal; survival rates today range from 60 to 80 percent.

About New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s & (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life’s website at www.newyorklife.com for more information.


About the New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $200 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

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  • Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 6/16/14. For methodology, see http://fortune.com/fortune500/. 
  • Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 3/26/15. 
  • New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.