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James S. Kemper Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The James S. Kemper Foundation gives back to the community through grants and scholarships, and by developing future business leaders, with a special focus on the insurance industry.


Incorporated in 1942 in IL - In 1912, James Scott Kemper founded an insurance company based on responsibility, understanding, and integrity--values which ever after marked the Kemper Insurance Companies. Mr. Kemper placed a high value on the communal nature of education. He compared education to what he knew best: insurance. He understood that becoming an educated person depends upon one's access to the shared repository of learning, much the same way that insurance lessens one's risk by having many people contribute to a repository of resources upon which those who have suffered a loss can draw. The repository of human knowledge and experience is, of course, accessible through reading, study of books and works of art, and through the labor of teachers. But James Kemper also knew learning comes by one's being actively involved with a mentor in gaining active experience in the world of work. This philosophy encouraged the creation of the Kemper Scholars Program in 1948. The program prepares students for careers in business with a special focus on the insurance industry.


James S. Kemper Foundation

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PO Box 81230 Chicago, IL United States 60681

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