Unum and its employees contributed more than $3 million last year to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, part of the more than $13 million in total charitable support from the company in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.

Chattanooga Unum employees also volunteered 25,000 hours of time to local causes. Officials said that the company primarily focuses its charitable efforts on supporting public education initiatives. Unum has been partnering with the Hamilton County Department of Education for five years, giving grants to support mentorship programs, improve achievement levels and increase the use of technology in the classroom.

The company also supported the Principal Leadership Academy, which was launched in 2010 to prepare aspiring school principals with leadership training and business mentorship from Unum executives. Unum also gave $100,000 toward the build-out of Chattanooga’s STEM school.

“The needs in our communities continue to be greater than ever,” Joe Foley, Unum’s chief marketing officer, said in a prepared statement. “I’m always incredibly proud of our employees and amazed by their generosity. A strong commitment to social responsibility is one of Unum’s core values, so it’s rewarding to see that our employees are so dedicated to our tradition of community support.”


The United Way was another big beneficiary of Unum’s corporate giving last year. Other Chattanooga nonprofit organizations that partner with Unum include:

-Chattanooga History Center
-Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
-Junior Achievement
-Hunter Museum of Art Field Trip Program
-Challenger Center for Space Science Education
-Allied Arts
-Big Brothers Big Sisters
-Boys and Girls Club
-Girls Inc.
-Urban League

“We continue to invest heavily in these programs and many more like them,” Foley said. “They not only improve the educational outlook of children and young adults in our area, they help us build a strong community by developing tomorrow’s leaders.”