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Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility

Building healthier, more equitable communities

Our commitments are designed to advance the health of our people and planet. We focus on promoting the health and wellbeing of customers, employees and communities, and our goal is to build a healthier, more equitable Boston – our hometown for over 150 years. We’re not just writing checks to fund programs, but inspiring innovation and collaboration to create sustained change to solve our most pressing challenges.

Our commitments 

  • Corporate giving

    You must meet the following criteria to be considered for support:

    •  Organization is a registered 501(c)(3)

    •  Programs benefit the Boston community

    •  Donations do NOT benefit an individual or private entity

    •  Organization is NOT a religious or political organization, unless operating with a mission of social welfare under a separate 501(c)(3)

    •  Organization has policies in place that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, genetic information, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran, or marital status.

    •  Mission is aligned with John Hancock’s mission and strategic focus areas: Health & Wellbeing and Economic Opportunity.

    •  Before applying for financial support, we strongly encourage you to review our signature programs, MLK Scholars and John Hancock Boston Marathon Non-Profit Program to consider first if there is a potential fit.

    •  Unsolicited requests not submitted through an online application will not be reviewed. 

Community investment

In addition to giving our time, we invest dollars in our communities to help make them strong today and achieve their greatest potential in the future. Our goal is to help make Boston a healthier and more equitable city. To achieve this goal, we focus on two impact areas: Health & Well-being and Economic Opportunity.

Request financial support for your organization’s program, project, or initiative.

Event sponsorship

A John Hancock employee volunteer wearing a blue "Signature Volunteer Corps" t-shirt

Signature corps

Committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work, and our employees are our most valuable resource in doing so. Our volunteers give their time and talents to more than 100 projects annually, working together to make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

MLK Scholars Program

Built on the inspirational values and legacy of its namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Hancock’s MLK Scholars program addresses a critical need in Boston - summer jobs for city youth. Each summer, we sponsor the employment of over 600 Boston teens at nearly 60 local non-profit organizations—the largest summer jobs program of its kind in United States. To elevate the work experience, John Hancock organizes a series of Leadership Forums, and provides accessto an online financial literacy course.


This empowering program turns scholars into leaders in the office, the classroom and the greater community.


We are currently reviewing applications for Summer 2020. Selected non-profit partners will be notified around MLK Day (January 20, 2020). The application for Summer 2021 will re-open in Fall 2020. To be notified when the application is open, please sign up via the interest form below:

2020 MLK Partners

Looking for more MLK Non-Profit resources?

MLK hub