Alexandria, VA, January 20, 2022— Invest™, the insurance industry's premier classroom-to-career education program administered by the Big “I," today announced a partnership with Donegal Insurance Group® to bring insurance education and career information to young people in Pennsylvania.
Invest will team up with Donegal, headquartered in Marietta, Pennsylvania, to promote and enhance insurance education and industry training to Central Pennsylvania with future plans to expand into other states. For more than 130 years, Donegal has offered a broad range of personal and commercial insurance products. At present, Donegal writes business in 24 states, exclusively through a network of independent insurance agents.
“We're pleased to partner with Donegal Insurance Group to attract more young people to the great careers we offer within our industry," said Deborah Pickford, executive director of Invest. “Donegal has an impressive track record of local involvement and assisting young people with education and career strategies shows a strong commitment to community."
“At Donegal, we're committed to making our communities a better and brighter place to live and work," said Kevin G. Burke, president and chief executive officer of Donegal Insurance Group. “We know how critical it is to invest in the next generation of insurance professionals now. By partnering with Invest, we can help equip the next generation in launching a fulfilling and rewarding career in the insurance industry."
Donegal “is proud to support Invest's dedication to open students' eyes to the rewarding career paths of the insurance industry, thus strengthening the industry's future," Burke added.
Donegal's community outreach efforts have helped nonprofit organizations raise more than $2 million across its footprint in recent years. Donegal team members serve on local nonprofit boards and roll up their sleeves to provide ground-level volunteer support for organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Red Cross, Toys for Tots, the Y, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Special Olympics and more.
Donegal joins a long list of insurance companies and agency groups currently partnering with Invest, including: AIG; Applied Systems; Chubb Insurance; CNA; Chromium; Dryden Mutual; First Choice Agents Alliance; Foremost and Farmers; Frederick Mutual; Hanover Insurance; HSB and Munich Re; The Hartford; the Big “I;" The Institutes; Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance; National General, an Allstate Company; Nationwide Insurance; Progressive Insurance; Selective Insurance; State Auto; Travelers Insurance; Westfield; and Vertafore.
About Donegal Insurance Group®
Donegal Insurance Group provides personal and commercial insurance products through a network of independent agents across the mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Michigan and the Southwest regions. The company has been in the insurance business for more than 130 years. For more information, visit the Donegal website.
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, Invest benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers, and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented, and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers, and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons. For more information, visit the Invest website.
About the Big 'I'
The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I") was founded in 1896 and is the nation's oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally.