Employee Votes Count in Donating $100,000 to Local Charities

  Employee Votes Count in Donating $100,000 to Local Charities

  Allianz Life contributes money and supports volunteerism based on employee

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MINNEAPOLIS -- March 20, 2013

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) today announced
that employees voted to give $100,000 to local charities. Four groups each
received $25,000 and the pledge of volunteer hours from Allianz Life
employees. The 2013 Allianz Life employee-elected charities are: the American
Cancer Society, the Animal Humane Society, the Down Syndrome Association of
Minnesota, and HopeKids. The nonprofit organizations were selected by the more
than 1,700 Allianz Life employees who could vote from a ballot of 25
nominations. Before voting, employees learned about the nominated charities
during a 1-day charity fair that educated employees about their programs.

“It is an honor to see Allianz Life employees once again engage in local
nonprofit organizations that make a difference in people’s lives,” said
Allianz Life President and CEO, Walter White. “Employees not only vote for
charities they care about, but they also make a difference directly by
volunteering their time. Allianz Life employees will participate in events
supporting these organizations throughout the coming year.”

The Employee-Elected Charities initiative has been a unique aspect of the
Allianz Life corporate giving strategy for more than 10 years. In addition to
the company contributions and employee volunteer efforts, the four elected
charities will have their name and logos displayed in the lobby of the Golden
Valley headquarters. In order to be included on the nomination list, the
charities needed to have 10 or more Allianz Life employees volunteer for them
during the calendar year.

Allianz Life also provides each employee eight hours of paid time off annually
to use to volunteer. Employees can use this time for any nonprofit
organization that they wish to support. In 2012, more than 400 employees took
advantage of their paid time off to volunteer in the community which brought
more than 3,600 volunteer hours into the community.

While Allianz Life is part of a global financial services group, the company
has a commitment to the communities in which its employees live and work. With
the all of the employee volunteering efforts combined in 2012, employees
contributed more than 12,000 hours helping others in the community, an
equivalent of more than $256,320 in donations. In 2013, employees will
participate in additional fundraising events for the elected charities.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major
health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service. In addition
to the financial support given, employees will dedicate fundraising resources
in 2013 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in the fall. Funds
from this event will go to the organization’s efforts of helping people with
breast cancer today while striving to find cures to end the disease in the

Animal Humane Society
The Animal Humane Society provides programs and services in order to
compassionately serve all stages of an animal’s life. In May 2013, Allianz
Life employees will promote the annual Walk for Animals. Funds received will
help the organization provide essentials for the animals brought to their
shelters, coordinate their animal-assisted therapy programs, strengthen their
educational outreach, and rescue animals from neglectful environments.

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota devotes itself to serving the needs
of people with Down syndrome specifically in the Minnesota region and has
3,000 members. One of the 2013 events that Allianz Life employees will devote
their volunteer efforts to is the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk that takes
place each summer. This event raises awareness for friends and family members
with Down syndrome.

HopeKids organizes events and activities that restore fun, excitement, and
hope for children facing debilitating health issues. During the summer of
2013, Allianz Life employees will offer their volunteer efforts at the
HopeKids festival. This event allows children diagnosed with life-threatening
medical conditions and their families the chance to enjoy an activity-filled
day with others going through the same experiences, supporting the message
that hope is a powerful medicine.

About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For in 2013, has been keeping its promises since 1896.
Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their
retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life
insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz
Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry
with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate
customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to
help them make the most of financial opportunities.


Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
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