Acuity makes year-end donation of $500,000 to six charities

Employees chose the beneficiaries

Dave Wiemer of Conquer Cancer Foundation and Ben Salzmann, president and chief executive officer of Acuity.

Property and casualty insurer Acuity Insurance recently made special year-end donations totaling $500,000 to six charitable organizations chosen by its employees.

Dave Wiemer of Conquer Cancer Foundation and Ben Salzmann, president and chief executive officer of Acuity.

This year’s beneficiaries included the Conquer Cancer Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Mental Health America, Safe Harbor, The Salvation Army and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Distribution of the $500,000 was determined by employees during a town hall-style meeting. It’s the sixth year that Acuity employees have directed a special year-end contribution by the Acuity Charitable Foundation to nonprofit organizations.

In total, Acuity said it contributed more than $1 million to charity in 2018.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation received $120,000, the largest allocation. The other five organizations received donations ranging from $50,000 to $90,000.

“One of my favorite expressions is: ‘Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle,’” said Ben Salzmann, president and chief executive officer of Acuity. “Being kind and supporting our community is a priority for Acuity, particularly at the end of the year when charitable organizations battle with higher need for their services while facing budget constraints.”

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.