State Farm Companies Foundation was established in 1963 as an independent private foundation. The Foundation is primarily committed to education, helping to raise the level of student achievement in our elementary and secondary schools, as well as supporting key higher education initiatives.
State Farm is committed to service-learning, an innovative teaching strategy that uses the school’s curriculum to address a community problem. Service-learning programs not only teach students about issues that have real-world importance, but also provide a golden opportunity for them to have a positive, direct impact on their community while using and increasing their academic skills.
Good Neighbor Service-Learning Initiative
The State Farm Companies Foundation, in collaboration with the National Service-Learning Partnership, awards grants to six K-12 school districts to increase the practice of service-learning through the development of mutually beneficial partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.
Grantees work with local and regional State Farm® associates to pilot service-learning projects that respond to specific community and homeowner issues. Grantees collaborate with State Farm and the National Service-Learning Partnership to establish a sustainable, local service-learning partnership of teachers, students, district leaders, community representatives, and business organizations.
State Farm provides each school district $5,000, renewable for three years, to support service-learning project costs, including planning, training, materials, supplies, and transportation. The Partnership, with its member organizations, provides school districts with training and technical assistance support.
For details, visit www.service-learningpartnership.org.