How we give back

Helping injured workers get their lives back is central to what we do, but it’s not the only way we serve the community. Between our own nonprofit, employee giving and corporate support we are always looking for more ways to make a positive impact on those in need.

Ways we give:

SFM Foundation

One unique way we give back is through the SFM Foundation, a nonprofit we created to ease the burdens on families affected by workplace accidents.

How we give back: SFM Foundation logo

To do this, the Foundation provides post-secondary education scholarships to children of parents fatally or seriously injured while working for Minnesota, Iowa or Wisconsin employers.

  • $2.1 million has been committed to support 173 scholarships awarded since the Foundation began in 2008
  • Each student can receive up to $10,000 per year for up to five years
  • Fundraising and event planning is done 100% by our employees and donated by SFM
  • All funds raised go directly to scholarships
  • Scholarships involve workers’ comp claims handled by 55 different insurers
  • One scholarship each year is funded entirely by our employees

SFM Foundation is an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization, Kids’ Chance of America , and is also known as Kids' Chance of Minnesota and Kids' Chance of Iowa. Kids’ Chance creates, assists and supports organizations across the United States that provide educational opportunities and scholarships to the children of workers who were seriously injured or killed on the job.

Learn more about the SFM Foundation

Giving is ingrained in our culture at SFM. Helping injured workers get their lives back is part of what we do every day, but we also strive to improve and enrich the lives of people in the surrounding community.

Employee support

Our charitable giving committee plans volunteer events and fundraisers to benefit local charities. Through the committee’s events employees have helped build and paint homes, made bag lunches, helped with charity mailings, organized donation drives and silent auctions, attended galas and more to help those in need.

 

Employee Tom Davern volunteers at an SFM Habitat for Humanity build
Employee Tom Davern volunteers at an SFM Habitat for Humanity build

Days off to volunteer

To encourage our employees to be active in their communities, we host an annual company-wide volunteer day. We also offer one floating holiday each year for employees to volunteer at the charity of their choice.

 

Corporate support

We donate to many charities throughout the year in the communities where our employees live and our policyholders do business. Organizations supported within the last year included:

 

  • 916 Education Foundation
  • Academy of Holy Angels
  • Access of the Red River Valley
  • Accessible Space
  • ACS Relay for Life Chippewa/Yellow Medicine Counties
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • American Red Cross
  • Angel Foundation
  • Apple Valley High School eSTEM Progam
  • Avivo
  • Big Fluffy Dog Rescue
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Bridging
  • Burnsville Alpine Ski Booster Club
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Clare Housing
  • College Possible
  • Community Foundation of Johnson County
  • Community Health Charities
  • Cornerstone Advocacy Service
  • Cottonwood Area Community Foundation
  • Courage League Sports
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
  • Fanconi Anemia Research Fund
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Feline Rescue
  • Fraser
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Greyhound Adoption League of Texas
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
  • International Justice Mission
  • Independent School District 197 Foundation
  • Independent School District 279 Foundation
  • Kicks for Kids
  • Legacy Refuge
  • Legal Aid of Northeastern Minnesota
  • Minnesota Home Ownership Center
  • Minnesota Spina Bifida Association
  • NAMI Dane County
  • Nebraska Kids' Chance
  • Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc.
  • Northern Lights Greyhound
  • Olmsted Medical Clinic Foundation
  • Open Arms of Minnesota
  • Open Your Heart
  • Pause 4 Paws
  • Pinky Swear Foundation
  • Ruff Start Rescue
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Secondhand Hounds
  • SFM Foundation
  • Sharing and Caring Hands
  • Simpson Housing Services
  • Small Sums
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation
  • St. David's Child & Family Development
  • St. Luke's Foundation
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 
  • Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure
  • The Accel Foundation - Run the Ripple
  • The Match Foundation
  • The Wisconsin 1752 Club
  • Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure
  • Underdog Rescue
  • Vail Place
  • VEAP
  • Volunteers of America
  • Wayside Recovery
  • Weather Shield LITE Foundation
  • Wiggle Your Toes Foundation
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • YMCA St. Cloud
  • Youth Frontiers