Insurers Donated
Over $1 Billion in 2022
for Good Works

KiDS NEED MoRE, a nonprofit dedicated to children and families coping with life-threatening illnesses and traumatic interruptions of normal childhood, is just one of the worthy organizations IICF supports.

By Loretta Worters, Vice President – Media Relations, Triple-I

The insurance industry contributed more than $1 billion to charitable endeavors in 2022, according to an independent review by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).

Alongside the industry’s charitable giving, the IICF Philanthropic Giving Index revealed other community contributions in 2022, demonstrating the industry’s dedication to giving and volunteerism:

  • 137,300 nonprofit partners and causes received support
  • 7.5 million volunteer hours were served
  • 94,000 insurance professionals volunteered

These numbers were announced on November 15, National Philanthropy Day, which is celebrated by fundraising professionals, government leaders, foundations, businesses, individual donors and others who wish to honor all the contributions philanthropy has made. 

“Philanthropy Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that the insurance industry has accomplished,” said IICF Vice President and Chief Program Officer Elizabeth (Betsy) Myatt. With research support from Triple-I, IICF reviewed data from 120 companies, representative of all sectors of the insurance industry, for this snapshot of industrywide charitable giving and supporting data.

“These collective philanthropic findings provide the industry with a remarkable numeral representation of the generous charitable giving and support by our many insurance businesses,” said Myatt, who is also the Executive Director of the Northeast Division of IICF.

IICF is a nonprofit that unites the shared strengths of the insurance industry to help communities and enrich lives through grants, volunteer service, and leadership. Established in 1994, it has served as the philanthropic voice and foundation of the industry for close to 30 years, contributing $47 million in community grants along with over 337,000 volunteer hours by more than 115,000 industry professionals. IICF reinvests locally where funds are raised, serving hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations for maximum community impact. 

Among the many charities IICF awards grants to are:

  •  KiDS NEED MoRE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and  families coping with life-threatening illnesses and traumatic interruptions of the normal childhood experience;
  • 180 Turn Lives Around, which provides programs and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence;
  • Boston Scores, helping to break barriers to advance racial and gender equality;
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, whose mission is to help families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support and advocacy.

Homeowners Insurance Costs Exceeded Inflation From 2000 to 2020

By Max Dorfman, Research Writer, Triple-I

The cost of homeowners insurance outpaced inflation from 2000 to 2020, according to new research by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) – like Triple-I, an affiliate of The Institutes. During that period, IRC found the coverage to be most affordable in Utah and least affordable in Louisiana.

The IRC research brief, Homeowners Insurance Affordability: Countrywide Trends and State Comparisons, reports that the average homeowners insurance expenditure across the United States was $1,311 in 2020, while the median household income was $68,010 for the same year. The data excluded flood and earthquake insurance, neither of which is included in a standard homeowners policy.

Median household income was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau, and average homeowners insurance expenditures data came from the National Association of Insurance Commissions (NAIC). Because the most recent NAIC data is from 2020, the affordability index does not reflect the inflation surge related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

In Utah – the most affordable state – households spent only 0.92 percent of their income on homeowners insurance. Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, and New Hampshire rounded out the states with the lowest expenditure-to-income ratios.

Catastrophes played a major role in states where homeowners insurance was least affordable. Louisiana topped the list, at 3.84 percent of income in 2020. The other least affordable states were Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Some of these higher costs are due to insurers facing obstacles related to fraud, excessive claims, and legal system abuse after catastrophic events. These cost drivers have led to less affordable coverage nationwide.

Additionally, certain areas are undergoing crises of both affordability and availability, as some insurers respond by reducing coverage or withdrawing from specific markets. The research brief notes that examining trends in cost drivers can reveal opportunities for improving both affordability and availability for all consumers.

Want to know more about the risk crisis and how insurers are working to address it? Check out Triple-I’s upcoming Town Hall, “Attacking the Risk Crisis,” which will be held Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.

Learn More:

Triple-I Issues Brief: How Inflation Affects P/C Insurance Premium Rates and How It Doesn’t

Triple-I Issues Brief: Drivers of Homeowners Insurance Rate Increases

Triple-I Issues Brief: Proposition 103 and California’s Risk Crisis

Triple-I Issues Brief: Florida Homeowners Insurance Crisis

Triple-I Issues Brief: Louisiana Insurance Crisis

Triple-I Town Hall, Nov. 30, in D.C., Targets Climate Risk

Property/casualty insurers have a powerful interest in mitigating climate-related risk and promoting investment in resilience. The industry is uniquely qualified to help address these perils, but traditional risk-transfer mechanisms on their own are no longer sufficient. Collective responsibility and a multi-disciplinary approach are needed for predicting and preventing catastrophic losses.

That’s why Triple-I’s first-ever “Attacking the Risk Crisis” Town Hall is focused on climate-related perils. The one-day event – being held on November 30, 2023, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. – will feature three moderated discussions among private-sector innovators, government, academia, and other stakeholder groups whose engagement is necessary to drive resilience investment and behavioral change.

“Climate risk alone is a formidable adversary,” said Triple-I CEO Sean Kevelighan, noting that insured losses related to natural disasters have increased tenfold since the 1980s. “Resource constraints, legal system abuse, economic pressures, and political intricacies further complicate matters.”

Triple-I has long been a participant in the climate-risk conversation, and this Town Hall is part of its effort help turn these discussion into action. It recently played a key role in a project with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to develop a roadmap for stakeholders in flood-risk management to drive investment in mitigation and resilience.

Learn more about the NIBS project here.

In the same spirit as the NIBS project, Triple-I is holding this Town Hall to reach across the barriers that often separate sectors that would benefit from investing in resilience to different degrees and in different stages of the value-creation chain.

“Aligning incentives for these diverse co-beneficiaries of resilience investment is a key hurdle to be cleared,” Kevelighan said. “Triple-I’s subject-matter experts have been speaking and publishing on these topics for years. But our industry can’t do it alone.”

The first panel – Climate Risk Is Spiraling – What Can Be Done? – will be moderated by David Wessel, senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. This panel will discuss the current state of climate risk and share their insights as practitioners and thought leaders.

The second – Innovation, High- and Low-Tech: How Insurers Are Driving Solutions – will be moderated by Jennifer Kyung, vice president and chief underwriter for USAA, and focus on how the tools, techniques, and strategies insurers are bringing to bear on these complex and costly challenges.

And the third – From Outdated Regs to Legal System Abuse: It Will Take Villages to Fix This – will be moderated by Zach Warmbrodt, financial services editor at Politico, and panelists will delve into the legal and public policy considerations that need to be addressed to move the needle on climate resilience.

Solution-focused and organized with an eye toward driving positive action across stakeholder groups, this event is an opportunity to meet and interact with people who are doing the work and developing the strategies and tactics. Hear and share insights and – perhaps most important – get involved in the attack on the risk crisis.

You can register and check out the agenda and speaker profiles here.

Convective Storm Losses Hamper P&C Profitability; Rebound Expected by 2025

By Max Dorfman, Research Writer, Triple-I

Severe convective storm losses—the highest in decades—significantly affected the 2023 net combined ratio for the property/casualty industry, according to the latest underwriting projections by Triple-I and Milliman actuaries.

The 2023 net combined ratio is now forecast to be 103.8, with hard markets continuing the net written premium growth, forecast at 8.3 percent. Combined ratio is a standard measure of underwriting profitability, in which a result below 100 represents a profit and one above 100 represents a loss.

The quarterly report, Insurance Economics and Underwriting Objections: A Forward View, was presented on November 2 at a members only briefing moderated by Triple-I CEO Sean Kevelighan. Members can access the briefing replay by contacting for instructions.

Dale Porfilio, FCAS, MAAA, Chief Insurance Officer of Triple-I, discussed the overall P&C industry underwriting projections.

“We forecast personal lines to improve each year from 2023 through 2025, but still lag behind strong underwriting profitability in commercial lines,” he said. He also noted that the improvements are expected to result in “the overall P&C industry returning to a small underwriting profit in 2025.”

On personal auto, Porfilio forecast premium growth of 11.0 percent in 2023 as rate increases start to exceed loss trends, allowing the 2023 net combined ratio to improve incrementally to 110.5 from 112.2 in 2022. 

“Costlier replacement parts and low inventories are contributing to current and future loss pressures,” Porfilio said, adding, “unless replacement cost begins to decrease materially—which is not currently forecast—we project personal auto to remain at an underwriting loss through 2025.”

Looking at commercial property, the 2023 net combined ratio is forecast at 91.6, nearly identical to 2022. 

“Hard market conditions continue into 2023, most notably in catastrophe-prone regions,” said Jason Kurtz, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman—an independent risk-management, benefits, and technology firm said. “We expect premium growth to moderate through 2025.”

Kurtz also discussed commercial auto, predicting that underwriting losses will continue, with first-half 2023 direct incurred loss ratios at the highest in at least 15 years.

“There will be a continued need for rate to improve the combined ratio results,” Kurtz said, adding, “We are forecasting the 2023 combined ratio at 106.7 percent, 2024 at 103.4 percent and 2025 at 102.7 percent.”

Michel Léonard, PhD, CBE, Chief Economist and Data Scientist at Triple-I, discussed key macroeconomic trends impacting the property/casualty industry results including inflation, increasing interest rates and overall economic underlying growth.

“P&C growth has improved in 2023, growing 1.3 percent versus 2.1 percent for overall GDP. While many hurdles could derail such improvements, P&C underlying economic growth is currently positioned to increase faster than overall GDP by 2.6 percent versus 1.7 percent in 2024 and by 4.5 percent versus 2.0 percent in 2025,” Léonard explained.

Léonard noted that top risk scenarios for 2024 include geopolitics, weaking employment, and GDP contraction. “The Fed may also keep increasing rates into 2025, pushing down home and auto insurance underlying economic growth.” 

Donna Glenn, Chief Actuary at the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), also shared preliminary numbers for 2023 on workers compensation premium, payroll, and underwriting profitability. She noted that premium increased 11 percent in 2022, returning to near the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. Glenn also indicated that the 2023 combined ratio should be very similar to 2022, resulting in a full decade of workers comp calendar-year combined ratios under 100 percent.

“All in all, the results for the first half of 2023 are remarkably stable,” she said. “I want to be clear—we continue to be vigilant in monitoring results and trends.”

Want to know more about the risk crisis and how insurers are working to address it? Check out Triple-I’s upcoming Town Hall, “Attacking the Risk Crisis,” which will be held Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C.