Nearly 100 years of growth
toward a sustainable future

To date, we have provided funding to more than 4,000 organizations to help communities meet basic needs, protect our environment, and foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world.

1930s

Before driver’s education or driver’s licenses existed, Nationwide presented to community groups and schools about traffic safety.


1948

Peoples Development Corp. was established to provide low-cost housing in a family-friendly environment.


1950s

Nationwide introduced mutual funds and annuities to supplement life insurance products owned by middle-aged customers who weren’t receiving sufficient returns on their life insurance policies.


1951

Nationwide organized Approved Finance Inc. to provide low-cost auto loans.


1953

Nationwide’s traffic safety presentations had been given to more than 2 million teenagers by this year.


1959

One of our founders and CEO, Murray D. Lincoln, leader of the cooperative movement, established the Nationwide Foundation.


1960s

Nationwide formed the industry’s first all-female sales district in Philadelphia.


1970s

Nationwide established an Energy Committee to implement more energy-efficient practices.


1973

Nationwide testified in favor of airbags at a hearing by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.


1992

Nationwide endorsed an Ohio Senate anti-drunken driving bill allowing officers to seize driver’s licenses of first-time violators on the spot.


1994

Nationwide established a training program called “Diversity Matters” to help managers recognize and deal with diversity issues and train their employees to do the same.


1995

Nationwide built the nation’s first full-time corporate blood donation site in the American Red Cross system.


2008

The Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center opened as the first campus building for 4-H in the United States.


2008

Nationwide introduced SmartRide® to reward safe driving habits.


2012

Nationwide and The Ohio State University partnered on a water conservation research project on the farm of Nationwide board member Terry McClure.


2012

The Green Team associate resource group was formed to conserve natural resources and reduce our corporate and personal impact on the environment.


2022

The Ohio State University’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Research Complex, of which the Nationwide Foundation was a foundational supporter, opened in September.

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Making an impact

We partner with organizations that create lasting change in our communities.

Creating change
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Making an impact

We partner with organizations that create lasting change in our communities.

Creating change