02/12/2013
Company contributed an additional $3 million in grants to nonprofits dedicated to serving basic needs, strengthening communities and supporting volunteerism


Minneapolis(February 12, 2013) – Continuing a long tradition of philanthropy, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP), together with its employees and advisors, pledged a record-breaking $6.4 million in 2012 to more than 4,600 nonprofits around the world. Ameriprise also awarded $3 million to nonprofits through grants under the company’s three strategic funding platforms: Meeting Basic Needs, Supporting Community Vitality and Volunteer Driven Causes.
 
Annual giving campaign’s 77 percent participation rate far exceeds average
Participation in the Ameriprise annual giving campaign reached an all-time high with 77 percent of U.S.-based employees and advisors pledging donations, compared to a median of 47 percent at companies with workplace giving campaigns.[1] The company conducts an “open” campaign, giving employees and advisors the flexibility to designate their contributions to any eligible nonprofit organization or one of the company’s featured partners: Community Health Charities, EarthShare, Feeding America, Global Impact and the United Way. Contributions will be distributed to nonprofits throughout 2013.
 
“Nothing makes me prouder than watching our employees and advisors rally together in support of nonprofit organizations whose missions they believe in,” said Brian Pietsch, head of community relations at Ameriprise. “Their generosity and enthusiasm for volunteerism is incredible. With our giving campaign, we’ve found a way to tap this great energy for the benefit of thousands of nonprofits, many of which help the most vulnerable and in-need members of our communities.”
 
Grants program also driven by employee and advisor nonprofit involvement
Ameriprise Financial seeks to help fund nonprofits that have real connections to its people and their communities. In 2012, the company awarded grants to nearly 200 organizations from across the country. Highlights from the year include:
  • Supporting the Pine Street Inn, an innovative leader in the fight to end homelessness, which serves 1,600 individuals each day in the greater Boston area. Funding from Ameriprise will assist programs including an emergency shelter, workforce development, permanent supportive housing and a recently opened transitional housing program dedicated to veterans.
  • Providing funding for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, which opens its doors to nearly 1,400 Green Bay Area sixth grade students every year through its Music for a Great City program.
  • Pledging financial support for Three Square, a Feeding America member food bank in Las Vegas serving nearly 100,000 individuals in need of nutrition assistance each month. Donations from Ameriprise will benefit Three Square’s 600 Program Partners in Southern Nevada, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and programs for senior citizens and children. 
     
Ameriprise Financial is currently accepting grant applications for 2013 funding. The upcoming application deadline is May 15, 2013.
 
Other 2012 Community Giving Highlights
In addition to its giving campaign and grant donations, Ameriprise helped organize more than 50,000 volunteer hours in 2012. In November, the company orchestrated its third annual national day of service, with a record-breaking 9,000 volunteers in nearly all 50 states helping more than 350 hunger relief organizations repackage bulk food items, assemble holiday meal packages and stock their warehouses.
 
About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to using the firm’s resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 5,000 nonprofits across the country.
 
About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, or to find an Ameriprise financial advisor, visit ameriprise.com.
 
 [1] Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy • Median percentage of employees participating in workplace giving campaigns in 2011: 47% (N=18), www.corporatephilantophy.com 
 
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Ameriprise Financial Grants Awarded in 2012
Meeting Basic Needs – 105 grants: 
AccessAbility, Inc.; Accountability Minnesota; Achieve Minneapolis; Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank; American Indian OIC, Inc.; AMICUS Inc; Anne-Marie House; Arc Greater Twin Cities; Association House of Chicago; Augsburg College; Aurora Inc; Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc; Boys & Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities; Bridge Fund of New York Inc.; Bridging Incorporated; Capital Area Asset Building Corporation; Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston Inc.; Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis; Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Centro Cultural Chicano, Inc.; CES Meals on Wheels; Channels Food Rescue; Climb; College Possible; Community Resources Council Inc. d/b/a Placer Food Bank; Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio Inc.; Cornerstone Advocacy Service; Courage Center; Crossroads Rhode Island; Desert Mission Food Bank; Easter Seals New Hampshire Inc.; Emergency Foodshelf Network Inc.; Family Place Inc.; Family Promise of Greater Phoenix; Family Scholar House Inc.; Father Bills & Mainspring Inc.; Food Bank of Delaware; Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia; Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.; Golden Harvest Food Bank Inc.; Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota; Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Harvesters - The Community Food Network; Helping Up Mission of Baltimore City Inc.; Hillside Food Outreach, Inc.; Hired; House of Charity; Housing Opportunities for Women; Jeremiah Program; Junior League of Minneapolis; Junior League of Salt Lake City Inc.; Lifeworks Services Inc.; Living Classrooms Foundation; Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota; Lutheran Social Services of Nevada; Meals on Wheels and More Inc.; Meals on Wheels of Wake County, Inc.; Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport Incorporated; Metro Meals on Wheels Inc.; Metropolitan Family Service; Minnesota Home Ownership Center; Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center; Minnesota State Council on Economic Education; Miriam’s Kitchen; Neighborhood House; Neighborhood Housing Services Inc.; New Born Holistic Ministries Inc.; Northern Illinois Food Bank; Open Arms Of Minnesota Inc.; Operation ABLE of Michigan; People Serving People Inc.; Pine Street Inn; Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger Inc.; Project for Pride In Living Inc.; Project Homecoming; Rebuilding Together - Twin Cities; Rebuilding Together of Richmond; Rebuilding Together Peninsula; Resource, Inc.; Rhode Island Community Food Bank Association; Sabathani Community Center, Inc.; Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee; Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee; Second Harvest Heartland; Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank; St. Paul Area Council of Churches; Summit Academy OIC; Tabor Community Services Inc.; The Bridge for Youth; The Greater Boston Food Bank Inc.; The Women's Resource of Greater Houston; Three Square Food Bank; Tubman; Twin Cities RISE; Vermont Foodbank; Wardrobe for Opportunity; Welcome House of Northern Kentucky Inc.; Wellsprings Village Inc.; Wheels of Success Inc.; Wings Program, Inc.; Women at Work; Women’s Action To Gain Economic Security; Women’s Center Of San Joaquin County; Youth Farm and Market Project
 
Supporting Community Vitality – 43 grants:
Ballet Metropolitan, Inc.; Ballet Works Inc.; Camba Inc.; Carnegie Hall Society Inc.; Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. Children's Theater Company and School Coastal Enterprises; Inc.; Community Reinvestment Fund, USA; Complexions-A Concept In Dance; Girls Incorporated; Green Bay Symphony Orchestra Inc.; Guthrie Theatre Foundation; Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida Inc.; HUC-Skirball Cultural Center; Intersection for the Arts; Latino Economic Development Center Local Initiatives Support Corporation Lower Manhattan Cultural; Council Inc. MacPhail Center for Music; Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits Inc. Metropolitan Economic Development Association; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Minnesota Opera Company; Minnesota Orchestral Association; Minnesota Shubert Center for Dance and Music; Minnesota Zoo Foundation; Museum of Fine Arts; National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Montgo; County, Inc.; Pillsbury United Communities; Rebuilding Together Oakland County; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society Shakespeare Theatre Company Shreveport Opera; Shreveport Opera; Stages Theatre Company Inc.; The Colorado Museum of Natural History; Theater Latte Da; Twin Cities Community Development Corporation; Twin Cities Public Television Inc.; University of Minnesota Fnd - Frederick R. Weisman Art M; Urban Gateways; Volunteer Resource Center Inc.; Walker Art Center Inc.
 
Volunteer-Driven Causes – 27 grants:
AIDS Resource Center Ohio Inc.; Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota; Apple Ridge Farm Incorporated; Arkansas Special Olympics Inc.; Bestprep; Center for Academic Excellence Inc.; Center For Victims Of Torture; Community Hospice Foundation Inc.; Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Inc.; Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery; Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona; Habitat for Humanity International Inc.; Habitat for Humanity of Wake County; Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington; Junior Achievement of West Central Florida; Junior Achievement Of Wisconsin - Brown County District; Juvenile Diabetes Research Fnd International, Alabama Chapter; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Virginia Chapter; Memorial Blood Centers; Minnesota AIDS Project; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education Fie Inc.; Special Olympics; Trinity Habitat for Humanity; United Through Reading; Williamson County Child Advocacy Center