Connecting people to opportunities that make a difference.
Our Strategic Giving Portfolios
MetLife Foundation grants align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and across our strategic giving portfolios. Examples of grantees for each giving portfolio are included below.
Providing grants that support upskilling and reskilling talent to be competitive in a new economy, establish a career, and earn family- sustaining wages to achieve intergenerational economic mobility. See examples below.
Generation: You Employed
Generation works to improve inclusion in entry-level tech sector roles. As a global nonprofit at the nexus of thousands of employers and candidates, Generation has a unique, practice-informed perspective on the barriers to entry in the tech hiring process, including inequity and discriminatory hiring policies.
NPower is a national nonprofit working to create pathways to economic prosperity by launching educational training and support programs leading to digital careers for military veterans and young adults from under served communities. The organization provided tech skills training to 2,100+ young people and military veterans and placed 85% of program graduates in jobs within one year of program completion.
American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners (ACP) seeks to combat veteran under employment by unifying the military and business communities. ACP’s Veteran Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans with corporate professionals for year long mentorships. MetLife employees have served as mentors of more than 650 post-9/11 veterans.
Supporting efforts focused on building financial resiliency through the enablement of budget management, savings, access to credit and public/private benefits.
Aspen Institute Benefits21
Benefits21 convenes experts from public and private sector organizations to close benefit gaps and to reimagine benefits in the U.S. for the 21st-century workforce. The impact of the initiative produces tools and insights, convening of policymakers and financial security leaders, and policy innovation toward modern benefits for all workers.
BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) uses time-bound and sequenced integrated interventions to help more than 3,000 extremely poor women build resilience while placing them on an upward trajectory from poverty into sustainable livelihoods. BRAC UPGI provides holistic support, including access to financial inclusion, livelihood support and social empowerment.
Accion International Inclusive Fintech50 (IF50)*
IF50 is a global competition that identifies early-stage fintechs, driving financial inclusion and resilience. Since 2019, the IF50 competition has attracted 1,086 eligible applicants. These fintechs operate in over 160 countries, reach over 200 million customers and have raised $2.6 billion.
* An accelerator program supported by MetLife Foundation to identify early-stage innovative solutions for financial health of low-income people.
Village Capital—ADAPT: Building Wealth and Resilience for a More Resilient Future
ADAPT identifies startups in the U.S. and Latin America that help communities and individuals adapt to global challenges impacted by climate change, healthcare, wellness and economic mobility solutions that fundamentally shape and strengthen social resilience.
Supporting efforts that open up and expand access to physical and mental well-being resources, support a more resilient planet through climate-focused partnerships and promote resiliency through arts and culture.
Ashoka is shifting focus from the drawbacks of an aging population by promoting “new longevity”—a concept that encourages maintaining purposeful, healthy lives as we age with the goal of creating a new narrative of longevity to create public awareness and work towards institutional change.
Vision to Learn
Vision to Learn’s Focus on the Future program provides mobile vision clinics to screen 800,000 K-12 students and provide glasses to over 170,000 students over the next two school years. Glasses are custom made and fit for the students within about three weeks of the exam and warrantied for one year.
Arbor Day Foundation
MetLife Foundation is supporting the planting of 100,000 trees in nine countries throughout our EMEA region. The planting will increase the resiliency of forest areas in Europe vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Planet Water will deploy 30 AquaTowers in Mexico over the next two years. Each AquaTower provides drinking water for 54,000 people per month and MetLife employees are able to volunteer to help build the towers.
The Impact Investment Program (IIP) was launched within MetLife Foundation in 1984 by making program-related investments (PRIs) or investments made with the primary goal of advancing a foundation’s charitable purpose.
As an early adopter and one of the first corporate foundations to use PRIs, the Foundation helped demonstrate the effectiveness of providing flexible änancial support to mission-driven organizations while generating a financial return. In 1994, after a decade of investing capital with positive social and financial performance, the IIP was expanded to MetLife’s General Account. Read more about MetLife’s Responsible Investments.
The Foundation continues to make high-impact investments aligned to its programmatic goals. Since inception, the Foundation has made commitments to 46 transactions, totaling $85 million. The portfolio currently includes one loan outstanding and six equity investments—all aligned to financial health. Four transactions are in the United States, two investments are in emerging markets and one transaction that invests across the U.S. and emerging markets.
IIP Impact Objectives and Representative Investments
IIP commitments are designed specifically to make a positive impact on underserved individuals and communities, help organizations scale high-impact activities and support the growth of the impact investment market. IIP targets investments that make an impact on three areas:
Demonstrating and scaling innovative models
Strengthening mission-driven organizations
Improving quality of life for people with low and moderate incomes
Help build infrastructure for the impact investing market by testing and scaling new financing models, including investment infirst-time investment funds or managers.
Representative Investment:Habitat for Humanity International’s MicroBuild Fund
The MicroBuild Fund is the first housing-focused microfinance investment vehicle dedicated to helping low-income families globally. The fund lends to microfinance institutions, which in turn provide small loans to families to build safe, decent and durable homes as their finances allow.
Provide access to capital that strengthens an organization’s capacity to deliver services to customers and communities at scale.
Representative Investment:HOPE Federal Credit Union Secondary capital loan to accelerate the growth of HOPE, an organization with a track record of delivering financial services torural, high-poverty communities in the U.S.
Improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income communities by creating new jobs, providing affordable housing and funding neighborhood revitalization.
Representative Investment:NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund This Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Fund lends to nonprofit and mission-driven organizations with affordable spaces for businesses in creative industries to grow. This fosters quality middle-skill job opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.