Cigna's employees have a strong desire to help their communities. We actively support our employees’ individual and collective efforts to impact their communities and support issues and causes that they care deeply about through charitable contributions and volunteerism.
In 2019, Cigna employees packed 289,481 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere.
Additionally, Cigna's two annual enterprise-wide employee charitable fundraising campaigns continued to show strong results. Our 2019 March of Dimes campaign engaged 37 locations across the country and raised over $400,000. Similarly, our 2019 United Way Campaign raised more than $1.2 million.
In 2019, Cigna’s employees logged more than 92,000 hours of volunteer service.
To encourage employees to engage in meaningful service activities in their communities, Cigna has developed the “Use Your 8” program. The program provides eligible employees with eight hours of paid time each year, which they can spend volunteering with nonprofit organizations. In 2019, employees contributed nearly 19,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits through the program.
Individual Action Grants
Cigna supports employee-driven corporate philanthropy through the following mechanisms.
Cigna Foundation Matching Gifts Program: We support the charities our employees support by matching individual employee gifts to any eligible nonprofit organization. In 2019, the Matching Gifts Program donated over $1.2 million.
Cigna Foundation Healthy Lifestyle Grants: We make the connection between personal health and charitable giving by awarding small grants to nonprofits selected by employees who participate in healthy events such as walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, and 5 kilometer (km) races. In 2019, the Healthy Lifestyle Grants Program awarded more than $112,000 to participating nonprofits.
Community Service Champions: Cigna recognizes employees who regularly volunteer with nonprofits outside of work. Eligible employees who volunteer more than 50 hours of their personal time are recognized and celebrated on Cigna's intranet in a quarterly Community Service Champions announcement. In addition, the nonprofit where the employee volunteered receives a Cigna Foundation grant. In 2019, Cigna contributed $55,000 to nonprofits through this program.
The Cigna Board Service Program: This program offers team members another way to volunteer by serving as a board member for a nonprofit. Nonprofit board membership provides skills based volunteering that enables employees to demonstrate leadership within their local communities.
Volunteer of the Year Award: The Cigna Volunteer of the Year Award is selected from the previous year's Community Service Champions. The finalist is chosen by the Cigna Foundation Board of Directors and awarded a $5,000 grant and a $2,500 personal award.