Foresters Financial Donates $50,000 to the American Red Cross to Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Texas

TORONTO--()--Foresters Financial™ donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross™ to help families who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

"Our thoughts go out to our members and the families whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas," said Chris Stranahan, International Fraternal President, Foresters Financial. "Foresters sincerely hopes our support for our members and of the American Red Cross relief effort will help during this difficult time, and aid people in rebuilding their lives and communities."

As part of Foresters commitment to doing more to help those affected, the following measures have also been implemented to support Foresters members1 and clients through these challenging times:

  • Emergency Assistance: Foresters has enacted the Emergency Assistance benefit to all eligible members experiencing significant personal hardship as a result of the hurricane. Members who are directly affected by the hurricane can contact Foresters to receive grants to help with immediate needs.
  • Premiums: Members in affected areas who are facing serious financial challenges can contact Foresters to investigate alternative payment arrangements and explore various forms of relief that may best suit their needs.
  • Loans and Withdrawals: All requests for loans or withdrawals will be given priority handling. Members will be directed to their Foresters insurance representative to quickly obtain the necessary forms if their access to postal delivery is hampered or they are not in a position to print the forms themselves.
  • Death Claims: Foresters has temporarily amended our processing to handle death claims in the affected areas, as beneficiaries may have difficulty obtaining documentation due to the disaster. For reported claims having benefit amounts up to $25,000 and certificates that were issued more than two years prior to death, Foresters will accept a copy of the obituary and contact information for the funeral home to confirm loss details, rather than requiring a certified death certificate.

Affected members can contact Foresters toll-free at 800-828-1540 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, Monday to Friday, or e-mail Foresters at

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian charitable organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

To make a donation in support of American Red Cross relief efforts, visit Donations could provide relief for those affected in the form of emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services and other necessities that assist with recovery and resiliency.

About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $44 billion2. With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries, including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer. Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.

1Description of member benefits that you may receive assumes you are a Foresters member. In the United States members may currently only be anyone insured under a life or health insurance certificate, or an annuitant under an annuity certificate, issued by The Independent Order of Foresters. If you are not an insured under a life or health insurance certificate, or an annuitant under an annuity certificate, issued by The Independent Order of Foresters, or are not a social fraternal member, then you are not a member. Foresters member benefits are non-contractual, subject to benefit specific eligibility requirements, definitions and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without notice.

2in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2016

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Foresters Financial
Greg Hubert, 416-429-3000 Ext 4044


Foresters Financial
Greg Hubert, 416-429-3000 Ext 4044