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About Us

History / Mission

Humanity, along with financial strength and integrity, are the core values upon which New York Life Insurance Company was founded. We believe our obligation to be there for people when they need us extends beyond our day-to-day business. We are equally committed to serving the communities where our employees and agents live and work – it demonstrates who we are as a Company. New York Life strives to be the "Company of the Community," through the efforts of the Corporate Responsibility Unit and the Foundation.

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 more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of childhood bereavement, educational enhancement opportunities and safe places to learn and grow. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program.

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In 1998, the New York Life Foundation decided to devote the majority of its resources to helping organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of young people. The Foundation launched an initiative called Nurturing the Children*. This initiative continues today and focuses on:

Childhood Bereavement

The New York Life Foundation has long been focused on serving children in need. In 2008, the Foundation expanded that focus to include an initiative to help children deal with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling and to help parents and other caring adults help children deal with the emotional turmoil that results from the death of a close family member.

Educational Enhancement

We fund programs that enhance and augment classroom instruction during the critical out-of- school (after-school and summer) hours. We support programs that help prepare young people for higher education and the workplace and equip them to be responsible citizens.

Safe Places to Learn and Grow

We support programs that provide safe, nurturing environments for learning and advancement for disadvantaged children and youth, including those who are in foster care or “aging out” of foster care, homeless, or are neither in-school nor working.

*Nurturing the Children does not encompass projects that are primarily sports-, health-, or arts-related, or those requesting support exclusively for personnel or capital expenses.