The Common Good Awards
These four winners inspire philanthropy in their employees, not by writing a check but by going into the community to help.
Brokers’ Service Marketing Group
Winner, small category: 10–49 employees
What the company does: BSMG is a life insurance, annuity and long-term care insurance brokerage general agency.
Where it’s located: Providence, bsmg.net
This brokerage agency, which deals in life insurance, annuity and long-term care insurance, isn’t showy with its philanthropy. But the good work is not going unnoticed: Day One, a nonprofit that helps children and adult victims of sexual abuse and violence, and Amos House, an agency that serves Rhode Island’s homeless and poor, joined forces to nominate Brokers’ Service Marketing Group (BSMG) for a 2017 Common Good award. It’s no wonder: The agency has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the two organizations. Founded in 1972, BSMG has been a citadel of corporate philanthropy for more than forty years. Our judges lauded the agency and its CEO, Jason E. Lea, for both fundraising for local causes and putting boots on the ground. Employees have built houses for Habitat for Humanity; they have amassed mountains of goods for the company’s annual toy and clothing drive for Children’s Friend; they have raised funds for the Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief effort, with a company match for every employee donation. Their generosity comes full-circle: At one event, BSMG raised $8,000 at a golf tournament and used the funds to purchase ingredients for shelf-stable meals — think: pasta and sauce, rice and beans, and mac and cheese. In a single afternoon, the BSMG team assembled, sealed and boxed 32,000 meals for donation to local food pantries and nonprofit organizations. Staffers are also rewarded for their charitable efforts with paid days off to volunteer. The best part? Their philanthropy is contagious. BSMG’s clients often join them in raising thousands for our neediest neighbors. –Casey Nilsson
BSMG has supported local charities such as Amos House and Day One for the past 17 years.