Primerica PhotoBy Keith Farner / keith.farner@gwinnettdailypost.com

Duluth-based Primerica recently announced during a luncheon event grantees of The Primerica Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm that honored five nonprofits selected by Primerica’s employees.

The grantees represented at the event were: FurKids, Happy Tails Pet Therapy, Lift Up Atlanta, Spectrum Autism Support Group and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services (Veterans Resource Center).

“The Primerica Foundation grant came as a complete surprise and at a most critical time in our growth as an organization. We serve over 1000 families a year impacted by autism in our community,” said Claire Dees, Executive Director of Spectrum Autism Support Group. “The rate of autism continues to increase and this funding will enable us to continue to help more families and children impacted by autism.”

The Primerica Foundation is in its sixth year of operation and has funded 236 grants that total more than $5 million to nonprofits throughout Georgia, particularly those located in metro Atlanta and Gwinnett County.

“The core of Primerica’s charitable funding is to support nonprofits that help move families into self-sufficiency,” said Karen Fine Saltiel, Chairman of The Primerica Foundation. “We also fund nonprofits and support causes that our employees care about through the annual employee choice vote. Our employees vote from among a list of nonprofits representing a variety of causes (and) the top five with the most votes receive a $10,000 grant from The Primerica Foundation.”