The E4E Relief Impact Lab
Our impact research tells a powerful story about what happens when companies support their people during disasters and hardships.
The impact of emergency financial relief:
A triple bottom line
Emergency financial relief programs are vital to corporate sustainability, resiliency and success in a world in which social responsibility has become a business imperative. And their impact doesn’t stop there. When businesses support individuals in need, it creates a ripple effect, generating maximum impact for individuals, organizations and the communities you serve.
The scope of impact
Emergency financial relief is a game changer for your workforce, your businesses and the communities you call home, creating impact across a range of financial and social metrics that matter for businesses across industries and around the world.
The impact on well-being
Financial well-being is a fundamental part of overall well-being, and for many, it’s in jeopardy. This impacts how they show up in all aspects of life, including at work. Emergency financial relief offers a powerful solution: Our grants give individuals a way to navigate unexpected disasters and hardships by regaining financial stability and improving emotional health in the wake of crisis.
“This program has been more than helpful; it has been the light in a dark tunnel that I felt my life was spiraling down into. Just by simply helping my family become stable in the hard times of my adversity makes me want to cry tears of joy because I had no idea how I would have made it without the E4E Relief grant program. Thank you.”
“This grant meant so much to me. My husband and I have been very stressed out and worried. Not only did this help my mental health, but it put food on the table for my children. I am forever grateful. Thank you for offering this to employees.”
“I can't express enough how much I appreciate my employer offering this help and to everyone that has donated to help those in need. Times get hard for almost all of us, and it's nice to know we have somewhere to turn that isn't going to ultimately put us in a tougher situation or debt. Thank you for helping me regain stability and catch up on my bills after facing a lot of financial hardship that could have devastated my family without it.”
The impact on engagement
Engagement is a key metric for companies of all sizes. Research repeatedly shows an engaged workforce yields numerous benefits that translate directly to the bottom line, and yet, engagement is at its lowest level in a decade. Emergency financial relief offers a solution to the engagement challenge.
Case Study: Cargill Cares
In June 2020, Cargill launched the company’s Employee Disaster Relief Fund in partnership with E4E Relief to support employees around the world during times of catastrophic or personal disaster. Now, Cargill has a global, centralized program for employees, businesses and external stakeholders to contribute funds and a fair and equitable solution for employees to receive immediate support in a time of need. The result is a workforce that celebrates Cargill as a company that goes “above and beyond” for the people who matter most to its business.
The impact on productivity
Productivity is key to the success of every enterprise. Disasters and hardships put that productivity at risk, as individuals in need shift their attention to the important work of recovering from crisis. Emergency financial relief grants mitigate this risk, helping individuals avoid lateness or absence from work and maintain productivity in the wake of disaster or hardship.
Did you know...
Globally, companies lose $322 billion every year due to lost productivity. (Gallup)
The impact on retention
Turnover is one of the biggest challenges companies face, costing more than $1 trillion every year in the U.S. alone (Gallup). An emergency financial relief program is an important part of an organization’s overarching people policy, helping to increase loyalty, positive perception of the company and retention over time.
"Every time there is a hurricane and a business has to close down for a couple of days, employees, who are often living paycheck-to-paycheck, lose their scheduled hours and income and have to incur additional expenses for hurricane preparedness. The stress that comes with this is terrible, and this is the first time in my life I've felt like somebody understands. This grant was a ray of light."
“It helped immensely to get us back into a place to live. We were literally having to live within our car for a few nights until the grant allowed us to get moved into the apartment we currently reside in. I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for the company offering assistance. Thank you.”
“The grant program lets me feel confident in my employer. [I am] forever grateful for all my employer has done not only for me but for my family.”
This is emergency financial relief in action
Nothing drives us more than the stories of individual impact we hear each and every day. Here are a few of our favorite stories of relief in action.
"I can’t abandon my residents and staff"
The Brave of Heart Fund has provided $52 million (and counting) to families of healthcare workers lost to COVID-19.
Providing relief during Winter Storm Uri
“[It’s a relief] any time you don't have to carry the financial burden of something that was already very difficult."
"Helpless’ and out of options, then relief
"Thank you for helping me regain stability and catch up on my bills after facing a lot of financial hardship that could have devastated my family without it.”
Our step-by-step disaster readiness guide
A billion-dollar disaster now occurs every 18 days in the U.S. alone (NOAA). Is your business ready for the next one?
In our free Disaster Readiness Guide, we walk you through the steps to ensure your business is prepared for the worst. Download the guide to get started today!
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