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This blog highlights stories of the entrepreneur’s journey. We believe in featuring both the head and the heart of our portfolio companies and other social impactors from around the country.

Webinar features Jonathan Scott, filmmaker of “Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip” and BlocPower CEO

Posted November 19, 2021

Recently, we had the opportunity to bring together two people committed to helping make America's communities more resilient and to close equity gaps in the process.   American Family Insurance…

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The Power of Mentorship: A Generational Approach

Posted October 13, 2021

What is the power of mentorship? To the 12-hundred alumnae-student pairs who have been involved in Spelman College’s Sister 2 Sister (S2S) Professional Mentoring Program, the value could not be…

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Listening as a tool to learning when it comes to youth sustainability advocates

Posted July 23, 2021

During the course of our work convening a Youth Climate Collaborative, we've had the opportunity to hear from and listen to numerous young people about their hopes and dreams for…

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Partners in Progress: Regional events bring energy, inspiration to Youth Climate Collaborative

Posted June 30, 2021

"Inspired, excited, grateful, curious, thrilled, hopeful, and energized." These were the feelings described by me and other youth participants entering the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact’s…

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Helping the helpers: Let’s make sure the mental health community gets the support it needs

Posted May 19, 2021

There has been a lot discussed and debated about our individual and collective mental health over the last 14-plus months. It has led to headlines throughout the pandemic—on the lips…

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From the Outside to Working on the Inside: The “Why” of the Institute’s Climate Advocacy Work

Posted April 14, 2021

As a GenZ business student and climate and children’s rights advocate, I am constantly surrounded by like-minded youth voices who are motivated to make tangible change in the world around…

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gener8tor Art and the State Street muralists

Posted March 11, 2021

When you think of the BLM protests this summer, you probably conjure up images of protesters in the streets, but you probably also think of the imagery surrounding the protests…

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Institute invests in 12 mission-driven startups

Posted July 27, 2020

Social impact venture capital fund invests $11.1 million in first year Summary The American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact has completed its first full year of venture capital…

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“The people who care about us”

Posted May 26, 2020

As we look back on our first full year of operation, we’re remembering a visit to our office earlier this school year. In attendance were the students in the Leadership…

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Kitchen provides foreign students with ingredients to succeed in America

Posted April 30, 2020

At the Emma’s Torch restaurant, aromas of “New American” dishes waft in the kitchen, cooked and served up by literal new Americans. From tamarind barbeque wings to black-eyed pea hummus,…

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DAIS: Work of the Heart

Posted April 27, 2020

In order to understand statistics, many people try to picture scenarios. Maybe something like, “Strolling through the farmer’s market, you will pass dozens of survivors of domestic abuse.” This helps…

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“Retrofit Milwaukee” launched by BlocPower on 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Posted April 21, 2020

BlocPower, an energy technology company with a mission to make city buildings greener, healthier, smarter is partnering with the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and Common…

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Pia Justesen: Real life stories of disability build understanding, break down barriers

Posted April 13, 2020

It’s been 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, but a powerful collection of oral histories shows the barriers in today’s world that still prevent disabled people…

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Financial health matters: Today and every day

Posted April 6, 2020

April 7, 2020 is #FinHealthMatters Day. American Family Insurance is a proud member of the Financial Health Network. Through my early childhood, I was aware of my family’s financial situation.…

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Sitting with sadness doesn’t mean giving in to the sadness

Posted March 31, 2020

Our colleague Dr. Joy Ippolito is out with a Medium.com blog highlighting the importance of talking about mental health during a time like this. Joy is a Social Impact Investment…

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