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Merchants honored at 2014 Philanthropy Day

November 14, 2014

The Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) awarded Merchants Bonding Company™ with the Outstanding Corporate/Foundation Award on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the 29th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. 


Left: Larry Taylor addresses the audience. Right: Bill Warner, Jr. and Larry Taylor with Annie Smith, who created artwork
of Blank Children's Hospital NICU to commemorate Merchants' philanthropic efforts.


The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the quality of life in central Iowa. 


The 2014 Honorees include:

  • Outstanding philanthropist: Steve & Cathy Lacy, Des Moines. 
  • Outstanding volunteer fundraiser: Drs. Robert and Rebecca Shaw, Clive. 
  • Outstanding corporate/foundation: Merchants Bonding Company, Des Moines
  • Outstanding youth in philanthropy: Katie Foley, Clive.
  • Spirit of philanthropy: Chuck Betts, Des Moines.

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"We are honored to receive this award from the AFP and proud that our company and associates' commitment to giving back is being recognized," said Chairman of the Board and President Larry Taylor.  "We especially thank the Youth Homes of Mid-America for nominating Merchants for this prestigious award." 


Merchants Bonding Company Foundation was established in 2008 and has been generously giving to many charitable organizations ever since. The company also created the Community Outreach Council (COC), an employee volunteer committee promoting community and charitable works; and the Shining Star Award to annually salute the outstanding charitable efforts of a Merchants’ associate. Merchants provides a Matching Gift Program to augment employee giving, a Volunteer Time Off Program to support their charitable works, and participation in the annual United Way campaign. 


"The list of organizations we have been able to support has grown immensely with these company programs. We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community and humbled to be a recipient of this award," said Taylor.