A key part of MetLife’s commitment to our communities is the work of MetLife Foundation. The Foundation is committed to expanding opportunities for low- and moderate-income people around the world. We partner with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, while engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. Since 1976, MetLife Foundation has contributed nearly $1 billion to build stronger communities. Our financial health work has reached more than 17.3 million low- and moderate-income individuals in 42 markets.
In 2020, as the world navigated the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on every aspect of daily life, MetLife Foundation supported nonprofit partners as they pivoted quickly. MetLife Foundation provided new grants to nonprofit organizations, enabled access to virtual resources and safe and reliable PPE for frontline workers, and donated goods and products to local communities.
MetLife employees raised money to support local food banks struggling to meet the rise in food insecurity across the U.S. and disaster relief in Australia and Lebanon. Globally, they spent thousands of hours sewing masks, interacting with the elderly, making cards with their families for frontline workers, and providing pro bono support to racial equity, financial health, and other social sector organizations through counseling, virtual sessions, and more. Ultimately, our teams stepped up to do what we do best: keep our promises to our communities and each other.