Ameriprise Financial Gives Back to the Community with $13 Million and 81,000 Volunteer Hours in Support of Nonprofits

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP), together with its employees and
advisors, gave $13 million and logged 81,000 hours volunteering at
nonprofits across the country in 2016. In keeping with its longstanding
philanthropic priorities, the firm directed much of its support to
nonprofits aimed at helping individuals meet basic needs like food and
shelter.


In addition, Ameriprise continued its seven-year national partnership
with Feeding America®, the country’s largest hunger-relief
and food rescue organization. Through its partnership with Feeding
America and other hunger-relief nonprofits nationwide, Ameriprise
provided the equivalent of more than 8 million meals to families and
individuals in 2016.

At Ameriprise, our focus is on helping people confidently plan for the
future, but we know it’s hard to feel confident when you’re not sure
where your next meal is coming from or you’re worried you won’t be able
to afford housing for your family,” said Brian Pietsch, head of
community relations at Ameriprise. “We believe everyone should have
access to these essentials. Together, we’re committed to lifting up
those who need a hand and building more healthy and vibrant communities.”

As a testament to the firm’s commitment to giving back, Ameriprise was
honored with the 2016 Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Invest in
Others Charitable Foundation. The award recognizes the company’s
community impact, contributions and support for employees and financial
advisors who are dedicated to making a difference.

Volunteerism reaches new heights
Ameriprise employees and
advisors demonstrated their steadfast commitment to volunteerism by
dedicating 81,000 hours of their time working at nonprofits nationwide.
The highlight of this work took place on the company’s National Days of
Service, which brought together 14,000 Ameriprise volunteers at 750
events across the country to prepare more than 1.5 million meals for
families and individuals struggling with hunger. In 2016, Ameriprise, in
partnership with Feeding America, received the Silver Cause Marketing
Halo Award in the “Best Employee Engagement” category for its National
Days of Service efforts.

Employees and advisors give generously
More than 75 percent
of Ameriprise employees and advisors pledged support to nonprofits of
their choice and had their donations matched by Ameriprise during the
firm’s 2016 annual giving campaign. Engagement in the campaign
significantly surpassed the national participation average of 32 percent
at companies with workplace giving campaigns.1

Ameriprise grant program supports nonprofits nationwide
In
2016, Ameriprise awarded 181 grants to nonprofits that support its three
strategic philanthropic priorities – meeting basic needs, supporting
community vitality and volunteer-driven causes. Highlights of recent
grants include:

  • Jeremiah
    Program, Minneapolis, MN

    Jeremiah Program works with
    determined single mothers and their children to help them achieve
    self-sufficiency. Their unique and nationally recognized
    two-generational programming for low-income single mothers and their
    children moves them beyond poverty and into a life of economic
    independence through career education, safe and affordable housing,
    quality early childhood education and life skills and empowerment
    classes.
  • Carnegie
    Hall, New York, NY

    Through Carnegie Hall’s Musical
    Connections program, participants often living in challenging
    circumstances, collaborate with professional artists and with each
    other to create, perform and produce original music and art.
    Participants have an opportunity for self-expression, and to exercise
    agency in their daily lives. The program provides a platform to create
    empathy, inform policy, strengthen communities and bolster the systems
    that support people in public hospitals, homeless shelters, and across
    the justice system.
  • People
    Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Los Angeles, CA

    PATH’s
    mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families and
    communities. They do this by building affordable housing and providing
    supportive services throughout California. In the past four years,
    PATH has helped over 6,500 people move off the streets and into
    permanent homes.

Ameriprise funds grants to local nonprofits twice annually—the next
deadline is May 15 and guidelines are available on
our website
.

About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise
Financial is dedicated to utilizing the firm’s resources and talents to
improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through
grantmaking, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching
programs, the company supports a diverse group of nearly 6,500
nonprofits across the country. By targeting our grantmaking, we are able
to make the most of our resources and engage our people to make a
collective impact with greater benefit for communities.

About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have
been helping people feel confident about their financial future for more
than 120 years. With a nationwide network of 10,000 financial advisors
and extensive asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we
have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of individual
and institutional investors’ financial needs. For more information,
visit ameriprise.com.

1 Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy • 2016 Giving
in Number Edition – Median percentage of employees participating in
workplace giving campaigns in 2015: 32%), www.corporatephilanthropy.org

© 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

Complete list of grant recipients from the second Ameriprise
Financial grant cycle of 2016

Meeting basic needs – 65 grants:
Akron-Canton Regional
Foodbank, Augsburg College, Breaking Ground HDFC, Bridging, CAMBA, Inc.
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, Catholic Charities of
the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, Chapman Partnership,
Community Development Corporation of Utah, Community Emergency Service,
Inc., Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio, Cornerstone Advocacy
Service (Cornerstone), Courage Kenny Foundation on behalf of Courage
Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Covenant House Florida, Inc., Crossroads
Rhode Island, Dress for Success Worldwide, Father Bill’s & MainSpring,
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Goodwill of Southern Nevada,
Goodwill-Easter Seals MN, Harvesters – The Community Food Network,
Hawaii Foodbank, Henry Street Settlement, HIRED’ House of Hope CDC,
Housing Crisis Center, Houston Food Bank, Jeremiah Program, L.A.
Kitchen, LA Family Housing, Lifeworks Services Inc., Living Classrooms
Foundation, Lonoke County Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Inc.,
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Maryland New Directions, Meals on
Wheels Central Texas (Meals on Wheels and More), Mercer Street Friends
Center, Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc., Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc.,
Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc., Open Arms of Minnesota, Oregon Food
Bank, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Pine Street Inn, Project for
Pride in Living Inc. (PPL), Rhode Island Community Food Bank, River Bend
Foodbank, Sarah’s Circle, SHELTER, Inc., Sojourner, Solid Ground, St.
Louis Area Foodbank, Store To Door, The Arc Greater Twin Cities, The
Bridge for Youth, The Campus Kitchens Project, The Food Bank for
Westchester, The Food Group Minnesota, Inc., THREE SQUARE, Tubman,
Volunteers of America- Minnesota, Wellsprings Village, Inc., YMCA of
Greater Boston, International Learning Center, YouthLink, YWCA of
Minneapolis

Supporting community vitality – 28 grants:
American Red
Cross, Carnegie Hall Society Inc., Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra
Association, Inc., Orchestra Iowa, Center on Halsted, Charities Review
Council of Minnesota, Inc., Community Reinvestment Fund USA, Como
Friends, Dallas Museum of Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, GiveMN,
Latino Economic Development Center, Local Initiatives Support
Corporation, MacPhail Center for Music, MAP for Nonprofits, Metropolitan
Consortium of Community Developers, Minnesota Zoo Foundation, Nexus
Community Partners, Northside Achievement Zone, Portland Art Museum,
Prospera Community Development, Smithsonian National Museum of the
American Indian, Sphinx Organization, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The
Minnesota Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Theater Latté Da, Twin Cities
Public Television, Wexner Center for the Arts – The Ohio State University

Volunteer-driven causes – 4 grants:
Memorial Blood Centers,
a Division of Innovative Blood Resources, SIFMA Foundation for Investor
Education, Step Up, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Contacts

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Alison Mueller, 612-678-7183
Media
Relations
alison.g.mueller@ampf.com
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