Altogether, Argo Group supports more than 1,500 non-profit groups internationally each year. But the company places high priority on investing in the communities and neighborhoods in which it is based. This explains why the international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products made the recent move to the heart of downtown San Antonio, and why Argo commits so much funding and energy to support the city as a whole.
When Argo made the move in 2012, the company became an important part of the area’s transformation, immediately increasing downtown employment and economic impact – two of SA2020’s goals. For Argo, the move was a “win-win-win”: an opportunity to contribute to downtown revitalization, a chance to expand and upgrade its facilities, and a way to provide employees with an enhanced work environment – both inside and outside the building.
And Argo continues to do a great deal outside its offices. From the company’s Houston Street location, Argo sponsors Artpace’s popular Chalk It Up event each October, giving all San Antonians the opportunity to explore downtown, get creative and learn more about the value of arts education.
You can also find Argo employees distributing meals to San Antonio families at Thanksgiving and helping support many other local nonprofit agencies throughout the year. Argo’s San Antonio Community Relations Committee (CRC) handles philanthropic requests from area organizations, triggering direct local community involvement through monetary donations. The CRC also helps organize employees who want to volunteer, participate and see firsthand how Argo makes a difference in the community.
Finally, Argo supports its employees’ own passions. Through the company’s Matching Funds Program, Argo helps employees give back to their favorite causes. When an employee gives to a charitable, educational or cultural organization, Argo matches 150 percent of their donation.
As David Snowden, senior vice president Argo Group communications explains, “The core purpose of our company is to secure the future, not just for policyholders, employees and shareholders, but also the communities in which we live and operate.” Argo is giving back in a big way to both downtown and San Antonio as a whole. Based on its longstanding commitment to community involvement – and the exciting level of energy in the company today – Argo will continue to help the greater San Antonio area achieve its shared community goals.