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Domestic Violence Survivors Receive Access to More Than $1 million in Financial Empowerment Services

The Allstate Foundation's Financial Empowerment Grant program addresses unique financial challenges faced by survivors

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10/29/2012 - Northbrook, Ill.

The Allstate Foundation announced more than $1 million in financial empowerment grants to state domestic violence coalitions today as a part of the Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program.  The grant program, a joint effort between The Allstate Foundation and National Network to End Domestic Violence, aims to reach an estimated 30,000 domestic violence survivors and supports statewide domestic violence coalitions that provide innovative financial empowerment services.

"Domestic violence survivors are often faced with the difficult decision -- stay in a violent relationship or face extreme financial hardship," said Vicky Dinges, vice president for public social responsibility with Allstate. "Access to financial resources is the number one indicator of whether survivors break free and stay free from an abusive relationship. We hope these grants provide a long-term solution that helps domestic violence survivors move from safety to security."
 
The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant program supports a variety of services aimed at creating collaborative efforts between the state domestic violence coalitions, local programs and community partners that build state-wide capacity to respond to survivor's complex financial needs.  The grants support financial education, job readiness and training, individual development accounts and match-savings, micro-loan programs.

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $30 million in life-changing financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors.  To learn more about The Allstate Foundation's Domestic Violence program, visit www.ClickToEmpower.org.

This year's Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment grantees include:

Organization Name Project Title
Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence Economic Empowerment for Survivors of Domestic Violence in Alabama
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Building Opportunities for Survivors' Success (B.O.S.S)
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence Delaware Women in Charge of their Financial Futures (WICFF)
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Focus on the Future: Growing Economic Empowerment for Survivors

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Survivors Achieving Financial Empowerment (SAFE Project)
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Career Club: Employment Support and Strategies for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Kentucky Domestic Violence Association KDVA Microloan & Car IDA Project
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 2012 Allstate Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment
Ohio Domestic Violence Network Economic Empowerment for Ohio Domestic Violence Survivors
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Building Assets and Opportunities for Survivors Toward Economic Independence
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Investing in Survivors' Financial Independence
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fresh Start
Texas Council on Family Violence ASSET$ - A Strong Survivor Empowered Through Savings
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence EASE-E: Education and Support for Economic Empowerment
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Achieving Survivor Safety & Stability through Economic Empowerment
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault WCADVSA Financial Empowerment Program


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

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