AEGON Transamerica Foundation
The AEGON Transamerica Foundation (the “Foundation”) has a long history of giving back to the communities where we do business through the financial support and the volunteer commitment of employees.
Our Community Grants Program
Our grants typically support organizations focused on the education, health and well being of the communities where our employees live and work.
View the AEGON Transamerica Foundation Annual Report.
Categories of Support
Our grant dollars go to non-profit organizations in the following categories.
- Arts & Culture: Programs that foster creativity in the areas of music and the performing arts, including venues for artistic expression; all of which contribute to the quality of life, sustainability and growth of our communities.
- Civic & Community: Programs that strive to promote community development, encourage civic leadership, enhance workforce and business development opportunities, and empower people and strengthen communities.
- Education & Literacy: Programs with a mission to provide knowledge and to expand individual's capabilities; especially in the areas of financial literacy where programs empower individuals to gain the knowledge and skills to build financial security and personal success through financial education and planning.
- Health & Welfare: Programs committed to improving the condition of the human body through nutrition, housing for the homeless, disease prevention and other support services.
- United Way: In addition to leading an annual campaign, employees' contributions are matched by at least 50%.
In addition to the areas above, a special fund may be established for employee donations, often matched dollar-for-dollar, and provided to a specific organization devoted to assisting in the relief effort.
2005 Hurricane Rita
In the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, the Foundation donated $700,000 to the Cameron Parish schools, money which was used to purchase temporary classrooms at South Cameron High. Our help didn't end there, as teams of employees were sent to work alongside students, teachers and others unpacking trucks, assembling furniture, configuring computers, building playgrounds and anything else that needed to be done so that school could resume as normally as possible. On October 14, 2010, opening ceremonies were held for the beautiful new South Cameron High School, and the Mighty Tarpons were home at last.
2008 Cedar Rapids Flood
Following the June 2008 floods, employees, along with their family, friends and business associates, were invited to make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund established by the Foundation. Their contributions along with the Foundation's match provided over $1.5 million to aid in recovery of the Cedar Rapids community.
2010 Haiti Earthquake
Since the devastating earthquake in January 2010, our employees responded generously to the appeal for donations and with the Foundation match nearly $153,000 was raised to help rebuild Haiti's shattered infrastructure. AEGON has been working closely with the aid organization CARE international to bring better sanitation and safe drinking water to thousands of people. CARE's project involves working with local communities to dig wells and boreholes, lay pipes and set up new schools and health centers.
2011 Japan Disaster
The Foundation reacted quickly to help support the Japanese Red Cross Society (via the America Red Cross) in their relief efforts following the March of 2011 earthquake and tsunami by launching an employee contribution campaign. The amount raised and matched though our appeal came to $172,000. The Red Cross has been active in Japan in the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami as well as the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichai nuclear plant. Since the disaster, the Red Cross has been providing a number of critical services, including medical assistance, psychological support and water and sanitation facilities. The organization's distribution of relief items, such as blankets and clothing, continues to this day.
Grant requests are considered if they are within the Foundation’s focus areas and mission, and are designated for a community where there is a significant employee presence. Requests can be directed to the attention of the AEGON Transamerica Foundation at one of the locations below:
Cedar Rapids, IA
Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA
St. Petersburg, FL
Guidelines and how to apply:
Use the Grant Application as a guide in preparing to make a request. Applications are reviewed upon receipt and the timing of responses will vary depending on the location. Local committee representatives make funding decisions in concert with the mission of the Transamerica Foundation.
For our Baltimore location, please see additional guidance.
Each request is carefully reviewed and evaluated. However, individuals and the following types of organizations or programs are not eligible to receive grants from the Foundation.
- Athletes or athletic organizations;
- Conferences, seminars or trips;
- Courtesy or goodwill advertising;
- Fraternal organizations;
- K-12 school fundraisers or events;
- Political parties, campaigns or candidates;
- Religious or denominational organizations except for specific programs broadly promoted and available to anyone and free from religious orientation; or
- Social organizations.
For questions, contact the AEGON Transamerica Foundation.