MetLife Foundation focuses on supporting communities around the world through grants, impact investments, employee volunteerism and donations, and long-term grassroots partnerships.
These include grants in areas such as health, arts and culture, disaster relief, community development, youth development and education, diversity, equity and inclusion, and veterans. Examples include:
When disaster hits, MetLife Foundation helps mobilize funds and on-the-ground partners to assist communities in recovering and rebuilding quickly and safely.
- Rebuilding Lebanon
MetLife Foundation provided grants totaling more than $500,000 to help Lebanon recover and rebuild after the devastating Beirut port explosion in August 2020. MetLife associates donated an additional $5,000 to the International Medical Corps and $8,500 to the Red Cross, both matched by MetLife Foundation.
- Recovering from Flooding in Hitoyoshi and Kumamura in Japan
In June 2020, MetLife Japan delivered 1,050 disaster kits to the cities of Hitoyoshi and Kumamura in Kumamoto Prefecture, with each kit containing food and water to last one person three days. The kits supported many people impacted by torrential rains and flooding.
- Australia Bushfires
AU $40,000+ was raised for the Red Cross to help with the bushfires at the beginning of 2020. These funds were raised in partnership with MetLife Foundation including employee donations from around the world, matched by MetLife Foundation.
Youth and Education
One of the primary goals of MetLife Foundation’s work is to ensure that low- and moderate-income people are equipped not only with financial tools and resources but also with the right skills necessary to capitalize on opportunities and prepare for the future of work. That often requires early intervention and specialized trainings.
In 2019, MetLife Foundation partnered with Generation, a youth employment nonprofit that will equip 3,000 young people in India with the right skills to gain meaningful employment. These skills will help set them on the path to earning a steady income and taking actionable steps toward improving their long-term financial health. The program delivers a high placement ratio with more than 80% of graduates being placed within three months of training with double their pre-training earnings.
MetLife Foundation partners with nonprofit Laboratoria to train young women for technology jobs in Chile and Mexico, placing about 80% of them in local companies. These new jobs enable women to earn triple their former salaries on average. To ensure that they are best able to manage and plan their finances, Laboratoria also provides coaching and just- in-time financial information as the women move along the pathway to better financial health. In 2020, MetLife Foundation partner Laboratoria pivoted their work in Chile to be completely virtual. While training young women to build technology skills, Laboratoria developed a behaviorally designed program to provide these newly employed women with better tools to manage their increased income. The coaching, counseling, and peer communications are focused on managing day-to-day expenses, saving for emergencies and retirement, and managing and understanding debt.
- Girls Who Code
Since 2018, MetLife Foundation has partnered with Girls Who Code, which provides rising 11th and 12th grade girls with a unique blend of computer science, sisterhood, and careers in technology through a seven-week program, embedding their classrooms in top companies and giving them a chance to explore the many applications of computer science and engage with top female leaders.
- Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop and MetLife Foundation have collaborated on an unprecedented global financial empowerment initiative for families since 2015. The “Dream, Save, Do” initiative has helped children and the adults in their lives set goals, aspire to reach them, make plans, and understand that the choices they make every day can help them achieve their dreams. In 2019, Sesame Workshop launched Phase II of its Dream, Save, Do (DSD) program in three countries: Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. This phase emphasized planning—a vital skill in building financial health—and included an explicit focus on adults.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which MetLife Foundation has sponsored the Honor Awards for over 30 years, helping BGCA recognize innovative and effective programs that have positively impacted millions of young lives across the Movement.
MetLife Foundation funds programs, projects and grants, aimed at helping veterans transition back into the civilian workforce through programs such as the American Corporate Partners mentoring program and empowering entrepreneurs from the military community. In partnership with Bunker Labs, MetLife Foundation ensures that military-connected entrepreneurs and their families have the network, tools and opportunities they need to start successful ventures throughout the United States. Additionally, MetLife Foundation provides support to care for veterans who have been injured mentally or physically from conflict and contribute to programs that provide affordable housing to veterans and their families.
With MetLife Foundation’s support, nonprofit EcoRise expanded its financial and environmental literacy program for students in New Jersey. EcoRise works with companies across the U.S. to bring their sustainability, leadership, and innovation into the classroom to help youth tackle real-world challenges and become problem solvers through a train-the-teacher model. In 2020, at economically disadvantaged schools in Jersey City, New Jersey, MetLife sponsored 20 teachers who were provided with over 200 lessons to help introduce youth to sustainability, LEED credentials, and green building and design innovation, reaching over 500 students in total. MetLife Foundation also partnered with EcoRise to establish a Student Innovation Fund, which awarded six student teams with $500 each to help make their green ideas a reality. Participating student teams submitted solutions for challenges specific to their school and community, with awardees selected based on the innovation of their solutions and their measurability. MetLife volunteers from different departments across the U.S. served as judges and mentors, offering feedback and asking questions. Student projects ranged from weather stations to hydroponic gardens for their schools.
MetLife Foundation supports Brownsville Community Land Trust, a centerpiece of racially and economically equitable development, designed to create and preserve wealth for community residents in Brownsville, Brooklyn.