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Nationwide Insurance Foundation

The Nationwide Insurance Foundation is an independent corporation funded by Nationwide Companies to help positively impact the quality of life in communities where their associates, agents and their families live and work.

The Foundation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2010. Over the past 10 years, the Nationwide Foundation has awarded more than $207 million to qualified nonprofit organizations that work to meet crucial needs in communities with large Nationwide associate populations.

The best chance for BDPA-related funding from Nationwide Insurance Foundation rests with BDPA Columbus chapter. If that chapter is interested in partnering with BETF ... we would be happy to work on a joint grant proposal.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Columbus teamed up on a grant proposal to the Nationwide Insurance Foundation. We were seeking a little over $20,000 in support of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program that gets underway this year in Columbus area.

We learned last month that our request for funding had been turned down. The declination letter was addressed to the BDPA Columbus chapter past president, and read as follows:

Dear Mr. Hillery,

Thank you for giving Nationwide Insurance Foundation the opportunity to review your application for 2011 funding. We recognize and appreciate the time and effort involved in submitting your proposal to us. I would like to commend you on the work that your organization does for the community.

Each year an increasing number of charitable organizations request our financial support, making our funding decisions difficult. Unfortunately, after much consideration, we have decided not to fund your proposal for 2011.

On behalf of the Nationwide Insurance Foundation, I wish your organization continued success. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hile, National Insurance Foundation Manager.

Chad A. Jester, President
Nationwide Insurance Foundation

We were very disappointed by this outcome. However, our BDPA Columbus chapter has a number of members who work for Nationwide Insurance. We are going to work together and try to find another way to secure funding to support the chapter. BETF has enjoyed working with Reggie Hillery over the past few years and we look forward to building a powerful partnership with the incoming chapter president Deborah Smedley.

In the meantime, we are always open to suggestions or ideas. Feel free to let us know if you have any fundraising ideas that might benefit our BDPA Columbus chapter in 2011 and beyond.

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