Every two seconds someone in America needs blood, and each blood donation has the power to save up to three lives. Nationwide has taken this mission to heart, making blood donation a central part of our corporate giving program.
Committed to blood donation
Nationwide has partnered with the American Red Cross for more than 70 years. Our associates across the country donate about 15,000 units of blood a year in nearly two dozen locations.
Blood drive history
Since our first blood drive in 1944, Nationwide associates have taken pride in our commitment to helping maintain an adequate blood supply. We partner with community blood donation organizations to make it convenient and easy for our associates to participate.
In 1995, to show our steadfast support of this program, we opened the first full-time corporate on-site American Red Cross blood donor center in the country at our corporate headquarters. As a result, Nationwide associates throughout central Ohio contribute approximately 5 percent of the local blood supply.
Since 2007, the Nationwide Foundation has funded 10 bloodmobiles (two for the LifeServe Blood Center in Iowa and eight for the American Red Cross). These vehicles enable health care workers to travel to various sites to collect blood.
Nearly 20 years ago, we helped establish the Annual Disaster Giving Program. This fund helps the American Red Cross have immediate resources available to respond to disasters whenever and wherever they happen. Without such a fund, money would have to be raised each time a disaster occurred, potentially delaying assistance. The Nationwide Foundation has committed $12.8 million to Red Cross disaster relief since 2000.
In addition to the national disaster-relief support, our foundation funds local disaster relief in 20 communities where Nationwide has large employment centers and 13 of our leaders serve on the boards of local Red Cross chapters (one serves at the national level).