October 11, 2012 at 15:40 PM EDT
The Allstate Foundation Increases Purple Purse Campaign Donation Goal $75,000 To The YWCA To Help Victims Of Domestic Violence
Purple Purse passes exceed 18,000 in less than two weeks achieving original donation goal of $175,000; Program success leads Foundation to gift up to $250,000

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of Domestic Violence Month in October, The Allstate Foundation joined forces with actress Rosario Dawson to fight domestic violence and get people talking about this important cause with the Purple Purse campaign.  In less than two weeks, more than 18,000 physical and virtual purses have been passed, triggering the donation goal of $175,000 to the YWCA for programs aimed at helping survivors of domestic violence and other women in need. Due to the success of the campaign and the rate at which purses are being passed, sparking important life-changing conversations around domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation is pleased to announce the donation goal has been raised $250,000.  

"We're thrilled so many purple purses have been passed this early in The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse campaign, and we aren't even halfway through the month of October," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility with Allstate. "These purses serve as a strong visual reminder of how important financial empowerment is to breaking the cycle of violence. Our research tells us that access to financial resources is the number one predictor of whether a woman can break free.  We need to keep spreading this message."

This month, The Allstate Foundation put the power into Americans' hands with the Purple Purse, the Foundation's symbol for domestic violence, to help break the cycle of abuse.  Hundreds of purple purses filled with domestic violence information were distributed throughout the U.S. The Allstate Foundation will donate $10 each time a purse is passed and checked in on PurplePurse.com. Americans can get involved now through Oct. 31 to help reach the new goal and support domestic violence survivors by sharing or re-sharing a virtual purple purse on Facebook.com/PurplePurse, triggering a $5 donation to YWCA.

For more information and to view the multimedia assets associated with the announcement of the Purple Purse campaign, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/58143-allstate-foundation-rosario-dawson-fight-domestic-violence-purple-purse

About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.ywca.org.

Contact:


Kyle Donash

Lisa Curran

The Allstate Foundation

Zeno for The Allstate Foundation

847-402-5600

312-396-9736

Kyle.Donash@allstate.com 

Lisa.Curran@zenogroup.com

SOURCE The Allstate Foundation

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