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NEWS RELEASE: Royal Neighbors Insurance Signs as Sponsor with Global Women’s Organization

Soroptimist welcomes women-led insurer in new partnership

April 15, 2014
Contact: Megan York Parker, Public Relations Specialist, megan@soroptimist.org

Philadelphia, PA and Rock Island, IL —Soroptimist International of the Americas and its online volunteer portal, LiveYourDream.org, announced a new official sponsor this week, Royal Neighbors of America.

Royal Neighbors of America has protected women financially and empowered them to improve their lives, families, and communities since 1895. Royal Neighbors offers life insurance and financial protection solutions for women and their families throughout their lives. As a not-for-profit life insurer, its philanthropic programs also provide opportunities for women and families to give back, connect, and empower others in their communities. Royal Neighbors was one of the first to insure women and children. Today, it remains one of the largest women-led insurers in the U.S. providing financial products, member benefits, and volunteer programs to its more than 200,000 members.

“We anticipate making great strides in women’s financial education as we partner with the Soroptimist,” said Cynthia Tidwell, President/CEO of Royal Neighbors. “With statistics showing that 42 percent of all women lack financial security, it’s important to both organizations that we help them reach their full potential and build a strong financial future.”

From the founding of the first club in 1921 to the present day with about 1,400 clubs and 33,000 members, Soroptimist works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization focuses on providing women and girls with access to education as way to achieve their full potential. Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org, a burgeoning online community that encourages offline action on behalf of women and girls.

“Tremendous synergy exists between Royal Neighbors and Soroptimist. We share values and a calling ingrained in us as women, particularly as it involves empowering women to pursue their best lives,” said Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA, executive director and CEO of Soroptimist. “We are proud to join with Royal Neighbors to accomplish joint goals and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

More about Soroptimist:
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational and build better lives for their families. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

More About Royal Neighbors:
Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about Royal Neighbors and its Nation of Neighbors Program, visit www.royalneighbors.org/sia or call (855) 243-4823.

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