published Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Unum donates $6.7 million

Chattanooga-based Unum donated more than $6.7 million to charitable causes in 2010, 3 percent higher than its total in 2009, the company said in a news release.

Employees followed the company's lead, giving an additional $2.7 million to nonprofit organizations.

United Way was Unum's biggest beneficiary in 2010, receiving more than $2.5 million from the company and its workers.

Tom Watjen, president and CEO of Unum, said the millions donated were part of the company's overall social responsibility strategy. "Supporting our communities is a natural extension of how we serve our customers every day," Watjen said.

The company also gave nearly $2 million to Chattanooga-based nonprofit organizations, and expanded its $600,000 partnership with Hamilton County Schools.

Unum primarily gives to organizations that specialize in public education, disabilities, health and wellness and the arts, the company said.

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jpo3136 said...

An excellent move by a leading company. I'm glad to see that Unum has expanded its commitment to local schools. Over half a million dollars! A notable and significant gift.

And such a significant gift from the employees themselves! The people have spoken with what dollars they could. They have chosen to support what's charitable.

I'm also glad to see that, among their other laudable considerations, that Unum has chosen to support the arts. The corridors of this company have been lined with local art on several occasions. We also notice their history of contributions to the Hunter. Allied Arts projects have long been an important part of initiating and sustaining new commerce through creating an inviting and nourishing environment that rejuvenates our hard workers and attracts top talent.

Excellent work. Many of the great aspects of living in this city have come about as the result of generous patronage. Generosity has helped keep our county and community fresh and alive. The efforts of Unum and its employees are a praiseworthy contribution to our survival. Thank you.

February 9, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
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