Supporting our communities

IMA is among the largest independent, employee-owned brokerages in the U.S. The services we provide to our clients help them to manage risk, operate safely and care for their employees.


IMA is committed to aligning our work in the community with our business strategy. We recognize our responsibility to not only our clients and associates, but to the communities

where we live, work, learn and play. Honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance, we also strive to measure our impact. We are excited to continue on this journey and pledge to listen, learn and lead to inspire and create positive change to better our world.

protecting assets is what we do,

Making a difference
is who we are.

– ROB COHEN, Chairman & CEO, IMA Financial Group

The IMA Foundation

The IMA Foundation provides philanthropic support in the communities where IMA associates work, live and play. Twice a year, the IMA Foundation distributes grants to deserving nonprofits whose missions reflect its giving areas: Advancing Youth, Arts & Culture, and Education

Advancing Youth

To reduce the drop-out rate and offer a chance of quality futures for our young people.

  • + Mentoring programs
  • + After school programs

Art & Culture

To improve the quality of life in our communities through the arts.

  • + Cultural institutions
  • + Arts in Education programs that offer arts education programming in public schools


To support educational institutions so that young people graduate with increased skills and knowledge, resulting in a higher skilled workforce in the future.

  • + Educational institutions
  • + K-12 public education
  • + Higher education


$514,500 awarded to 61 nonprofits

Foundation Contributions by Year

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Nonprofit Features

Click on the photos below to learn more about each of the featured nonprofits:


The Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF) aims to make higher education more accessible for Hispanic and Latino students across the state of Colorado. Because only 29% of Hispanics in Colorado have a degree or certificate, LAEF works to expand access and increase retention and graduation rates for students, ensuring the growth and success of the Colorado economy. The majority of the students that LAEF serves are first-generation college students, first-generation immigrants and low-income families.

IMA’s contribution to LAEF directly supports student services that help to make the college-going process less complex. The organization offers an array of free services to help students, including college planning and transition, enrollment and registration assistance, financial aid assistance, career planning, networking opportunities and mentoring.

IMA is inspired by the Latin American Educational Foundation’s meaningful work and their efforts to raise up Hispanic and Latino students in Colorado through education.


Covering 100 of the 105 Kansas counties, Kansas Big Brother Big Sisters (KSBBBS) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adult volunteers and youth facing adversity.

KSBBBS believes that engaging vulnerable youth in positive relationships, exposing them to community partners and resources, and allowing them to set and achieve personal goals, can change their lives for the better. The mentoring programs supported by KSBBBS involve regular meetings between Bigs and their Littles enjoying different activities or connecting at school to work on homework, read or play games.

IMA’s contribution to KSBBBS is used for the professional case-managed support of existing matches as well as the recruitment, enrollment and supervision of new matches to ensure successful relationships and positive outcomes for Littles. Beyond IMA’s monetary contributions, five associates from our Wichita office serve as Bigs in their community and are devoted to the KSBBBS mission. IMA’s Susan DeVaughn said, “My favorite moment every time my Little and I get together is seeing her smile. I love seeing her happy. She is just a joy! It doesn’t take much to make a difference in a child’s life. We think we need to change the spots on a leopard when all we need to do is be a friend.”

IMA and its associates are proud to partner with Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and support the organization’s efforts to advance youth in the community.


The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, which opened in 2019, teaches the history of the Holocaust and informs visitors on the devastating impacts of hatred and racism seen in the U.S. By sharing the lessons learned from the tragedies of the past, the Museum provides a thoughtful space, both physically and virtually, for authentic communication and reflection.

The IMA Foundation has consistently supported the Museum’s efforts, and in 2021 IMA’s support of the Museum was focused on their education programming and “Crucial Conversations” series. The series convenes a diverse group of experts to educate visitors on topics related to racism from a bird’s-eye view down to the minutiae, evaluating definitions, history, current state and strategies one can take moving forward.

The Museum’s purpose is rooted in advancing human rights. It encourages each visitor to become an Upstander—someone who will continually stand up for the rights of others and become more empathetic, tolerant and engaged.

IMA is passionate about the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s work and how it strives to improve our understanding of the people in the world, the mistakes we’ve made and the steps we can take to make it a better place for all.

The IMA Foundation: Events

At IMA’s annual fundraising events, business partners and community members come together to have fun and raise money for the IMA Foundation. Competitive spirits really shine in ping pong, pickleball, volleyball and cornhole tournaments. Each event’s funds go back into their community and support local nonprofits through donations and grants.


raised more than $540,000 in 2021

Dallas: Sandblast

Denver: Party on the Plaza

Kansas City: Pickleball

Wichita: Pickle Jam

Pasadena: Throw Down
(Bolton Foundation*)

*Bolton joined IMA as a partner in May 2021

Associate Programs

In addition to grants, the IMA Foundation strives to represent the passions of IMA associates and does so by supporting their efforts and donations through multiple programs.

Matching Gifts

The IMA Foundation matches associate contributions to eligible nonprofits at a rate of one dollar for every dollar given by an associate. In 2021, IMA increased the maximum match per year per associate and added an additional matching gift program for nonprofit board members. This match’s goal is to further support board involvement and to remove any personal financial barriers to board requirements.


$119,751 in associate donations

Dollars for Doers

IMA associates give with both their hearts and hands. To celebrate the passions of our associates, IMA created the Dollars for Doers program in 2021. For every 20 hours volunteered by an associate at a nonprofit, the IMA Foundation will donate $500 to that nonprofit. Associates can request up to $1,500 in Dollars for Doers grants annually.

$17,000 Dollars for Doers grants awarded to nonprofits

Difference Maker Fund

Created in 2021, the Difference Maker Fund is IMA’s employee assistance fund, which ensures associates receive the support they need when they experience personal financial hardship. The Fund is funded by the IMA Foundation and associate contributions.

Associate Impact

IMA associates volunteered more than 7,500 hours in 2021

IMA associates donated $254,269 to 266 nonprofits across the country

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Difference Maker Committees

Difference Maker Committees are associate-led teams in IMA’s major offices that organize year-round volunteer opportunities.

I Make a Difference Day

I Make a Difference Day is IMA’s corporate day of service. All IMA offices come together to have fun, lend a hand and support their community through volunteerism.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

IMA furthered its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2021 with the hiring of IMA’s first Director of DEI. IMA continues to move forward with its pledge to Listen, Learn and Lead. IMA’s 2022 DEI Strategy rests on four pillars:

+ Talent

Recruit, retain, develop and promote associates to excel in inclusive competencies as they lead others, clients and the community

+ Client

Utilize DEI competencies to enhance trusted relationships with IMA’s clients

+ Culture

Elevate an environment where all associates feel valued and feel a sense of belonging

+ Community

Serve communities of underrepresented populations through volunteerism, financial support, allyship and pathway development

IMA Foundation Grant Recipients + Community Partners

  • + Activate Work
  • + Alliance for Choice in Education*
  • + Ascension Via Christi Hospitals*
  • + Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star*
  • + Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Inc*
  • + Boys Hope Girls Hope*
  • + ChildCareGroup*
  • + Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation*
  • + City Year*
  • + Clothing, Inc.*
  • + College Track*
  • + Colorado Community College System Foundation*
  • + Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation*
  • + Colorado Nonprofit Development Center*
  • + Colorado Succeeds*
  • + Communities Foundation of Texas
  • + Cristo Rey Dallas High School*
  • + Dallas Holocaust Museum*
  • + Denver Center for the Performing Arts*
  • + Denver Childrens Home*
  • + Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation*
  • + Denver Public Schools Foundation*
  • + Denver Scholarship Foundation*
  • + EmberHope Inc*
  • + Exploration Place, Inc.*
  • + Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado*
  • + Friends University*
  • + Fundamental Learning Center*
  • + Girl Scouts of Colorado*
  • + Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver*
  • + Jewish Family Service of Dallas Incorporated*
  • + Joy Meadows
  • + Judis House*
  • + Junior Achievement of Dallas Inc*
  • + Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain*
  • + Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters*
  • + Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts*
  • + Latin American Educational Foundation*
  • + League 42*
  • + Mark Arts*
  • + Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas*
  • + Minds Matter*
  • + Moonshot Edventures*
  • + Museum of World Treasures*
  • + New Dance Theatre*
  • + Newman University*
  • + Phoenix Family Housing Corporation*
  • + Platte Fourm*
  • + Reading Partners*
  • + Sedgwick County Zoological Society*
  • + Starkey, Inc.*
  • + Starlight Theatre Assoc of Kansas City*
  • + Swallow Hill Music Association*
  • + The Pando Initiative
  • + Union Hall*
  • + United Way of Greater Houston
  • + Urban Peak Denver*
  • + Warren Village Inc*
  • + Washburn Endowment Association*
  • + Wichita Art Museum*
  • + Wichita Children’s Home*
  • + Wichita State Foundation
  • + Wichita State University Foundation*
  • + Write On Sports Denver*
  • + Young Americans Center for Financial Education*
  • + YMCA of Wichita*

*2021 IMA Foundation grant recipients