Insurance and Employee Benefits for Nonprofits

We provide risk management expertise and a culture of civic engagement

Our knowledge of the needs and challenges facing nonprofits comes from decades of experience working with and for them. From its founding more than 65 years ago in New Bedford to its ongoing growth in Dartmouth, Sylvia Group has been actively engaged in supporting and serving civic organizations throughout Massachusetts' SouthCoast and beyond, combining a deep commitment to our community with unmatched dedication to providing our clients with customized insurance for nonprofits.

Nonprofit brochure coverA well-designed program of insurance for nonprofits protects the important work you do, protects the people you rely on and reduces the cost of managing risk. The programs we design for our nonprofit clients cover all aspects of their operations, including the offices in which they work, the vehicles they use in their work, and their employees, volunteers and independent contractors.

We insure more than 80 area nonprofits — from muncipalities to museums, from educational foundations to environmental groups, from arts institutions to organizations supporting veterans and people with special needs — and members of our leadership team serve on multiple nonprofit boards. If there‘s an issue confronting your nonprofit organization, we’ve probably experienced it and provided a nonprofit insurance solution.

We know and understand the local landscape

Our highly trained team of insurance, employee benefits and financial planning professionals understands the issues social, environmental, political, commercial and historical that are unique to our region. We recognize nonprofits' challenges because we live them and make our living working to solve them.

Nonprofits are not only our clients, they're also our partners

Sylvia Group’s history of working with and for nonprofit organizations throughout southern New England has earned us a reputation for community and customer service. Like your organization, we share a mission of service to the region with some of the area’s most respected and effective nonprofits. For more on Sylvia Group's support of area nonprofits, visit our Community page.


Insurance Products

Physical damage and liability coverage for single autos to large fleets
A guarantee to perform, common bonds include Surety, Contract, Judicial, Probate, License, and Permit Bonds
Covers a building and materials during construction
Replaces lost income and pays continuing expenses while your business is being put back together after a covered loss
Usually designed for small and medium sized businesses, a BOP packages many essential insurance coverages on one policy
Indemnifies your business from embezzlement or theft by employees, forgery, electronic theft, theft of cash or securities by someone other than an employee or damage to your building or property caused by a burglary
Covers a range of loss exposures including damages due to loss or theft of client data, introducing a virus into another business’ network, and email transmitted libel
Protects the personal assets of the directors and officers of for profit and nonprofit companies against lawsuits for negligent or wrongful acts
Covers a broad range of claims or lawsuits brought by current or former employees or employee candidates including sexual harassment, wrongful termination or discipline, wrongful failure to promote or hire, emotional distress, discrimination and invasion of privacy
Protection against claims for pollution and environmental impairment
A type of professional liability insurance protection for liability claims resulting from damages due to failure to perform some duty for which you were trained or represented some specific expertise
Higher liability limits over those that can be purchased on standard policies
Coverage for you and your business from claims and lawsuits that might occur in the course of operating your business
Specialized insurance designed for your unique or special business property
Protection against losses from lawsuits arising from the sale or serving of liquor
Protection for ocean-going vessels and their cargo
If you are in the business of supplying, selling, or providing a repair service, you can be held liable for damages due to injury or loss related to that product
If your business or profession requires specialized knowledge, and you provide service or counsel based on that knowledge, you could be a target for a lawsuit not covered under standard commercial liability insurance
Coverage for your buildings, furnishings, inventory, equipment and other business personal property in the event of a loss
Property and liability coverage for cities, towns, counties, state and federal government entities including school districts, fire and police departments, public recreation areas, public buildings, and vehicles and equipment
Protection from claims arising from events not covered in your general liability insurance policy
Coverage for your employees who are injured on the job and for your business if you are found liable for an employee’s injury or illness


  • “I come in contact with many insurance brokers in the course of my practice – even more so with the advent of the Affordable Care Act requirements. Some are ill-prepared or still in denial. Others call me from the car on the way to a client meeting asking for a summary of the ACA in ten minutes. On the flip side of this coin is the Sylvia Group agency. Their clients are very fortunate to have a broker who is knowledgeable about employee benefit matters. The fact that Sylvia Group invited me, an ERISA lawyer, to conduct a live client seminar on the new ACA employer information reporting requirements indicates to me that they are engaged in the process and they care about their clients.”

    – RICHARD A. SZCZEBAK, Esq., RAS Law, P.C.

  • “By giving, advocating and volunteering, Sylvia Group has proven they are dedicated to our community. Whether they are volunteering at one of our Day of Caring events or working with us to provide affordable health insurance and benefits to our employees, Sylvia Group does whatever they can do to make a difference for United Way of Greater New Bedford. The team at Sylvia Group is a trusted group of dedicated professionals, and we thoroughly enjoy working with them.”

    – MICHELLE N. HANTMAN, President and CEO, United Way of Greater New Bedford

  • “Sylvia Group is very responsive to our ever-changing needs. Jill White provided us with wonderful support when we moved our child-care program location. She ensured that our coverage was seamless and that it met all of our program, licensing and funding needs. Sylvia Group always assists us immediately when we have questions and/or requests. We know we are in good hands and that they have the best interest of our YWCA participants in mind. It's a pleasure to work with the staff of Sylvia Group; they are truly customer-focused.”

    – GAIL FORTES, Executive Director, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts

  • “Thanks to John Beauregard and the professionals at Sylvia Group, our MassMEDIC membership has paid immediate dividends. Through the BIO Business Solutions® program, Primo Medical received a significant premium reduction on our Professional Liability policy. In addition, utilizing Chubb as our insurance provider and Sylvia Group as our broker, we’re confident that we have business partners who truly understand our insurance needs, provide outstanding loss control services and continue to work with us to lower our total cost of risk.”

    – CHRISTOPHER LAPLANTE, Chief Financial Officer, Primo Medical Group

  • "Getting the right insurance to guard against risks is absolutely critical for nonprofits, as well as other businesses; dealing with a costly claim could force a nonprofit to shut down permanently. Going with the Sylvia Group, we made the right decision and have never looked back. They have a thorough knowledge of nonprofits, where risks can oftentimes be more complex. They have gotten to know our mix of services, evaluated our insurance needs and designed an insurance program around our specific insurance coverage needs — allowing us, on a tight budget, to purchase the right amount and type of insurance at the best value. Sylvia Group staff have built strong, personalized helping relationships with our staff. I can sleep at night knowing they make sure that our insurance policies are adequate to cover our risk exposures. I have recommended, without hesitation, the Sylvia Group to my colleagues working in both the nonprofit and for-profit arenas."

    - MARIA A. ROSARIO, Executive Director, NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.

  • “Sylvia Group is an attentive, professional and knowledgeable insurance agency. They are familiar with the ever-changing rules and regulations when it comes to independent, nonprofit schools., and John Beauregard always goes above and beyond for Friends Academy. Whether it is something small, like registering a new school vehicle, or something bigger, like filing a claim after our greenhouse was destroyed by a hurricane, he treats every question and every claim with utmost importance. Sylvia Group is invested in our program as well; John sponsors and participates in our yearly golf tournament. Sylvia Group is an exceptional insurance company that I would recommend to all my cohorts.”

    – KATHERINE FURTADO, Chief Financial Officer, Friends Academy

  • “The Sylvia Group team provides a multitude of services in all aspects of employee benefits. The team's dedication to their clientele is apparent through their willingness to provide trainings in your office, at their business and through valuable webinar resources. They are readily available to answer questions and help with any issues that may arise. CMHS, Inc. appreciates the relationship that we have enjoyed with the Sylvia Group throughout the years.”

    – JOHN WINTERHALTER, President, Comprehensive Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • “I want to thank you for this incredible resource, ThinkHR. We will be accessing it frequently and appreciate Sylvia Group making this available to Advanced Eye Centers.”

    - PAUL C. ABRANTES, Executive Director, Advanced Eye Centers

  • “I love your staff. In the first three or four weeks after we moved over to Sylvia Group for our insurance, I have had more communication and attention from them than I had in the seven or eight years we were with our former agency! You have a great team.”

    – PAT CASSAN, Ocean Explorium

  • “I just wanted to take the time to recognize what a remarkable job Danielle Andre is doing. I cannot thank her enough for her time, her kindness and her willingness to make sure I’m comfortable with all the necessary changes that occurred from an insurance standpoint. As a whole, every Sylvia Group staff member has been friendly and knowledgeable, but Danielle has certainly gone above and beyond for me.”

    – SHANNON S., Personal Insurance client

  • “I so appreciate Julie Jennings' help with Medicare planning. It is a relief to be able to consult with a knowledgeable professional on insurance issues. I have no idea how people do this without such help.”

    – CHRIS BLACK, Personal Insurance client

  • “Working with Sylvia Group over recent years has taken our insurance issues from 'groans and moans' to 'no problem.' Rose Lopes, our Account Manager, is one of the most responsive people I have ever worked with. She responds immediately to questions or special requests. It is such a pleasure to work with Rose, who does whatever it takes to find a solution to our needs. We are very pleased… She always has our interests in mind.”

    – LYNNE FOLEY, Director of Human Resources, Five Star Companies, Inc.

  • “Sylvia Group is an attentive, professional and knowledgeable insurance agency. They are familiar with the ever-changing rules and regulations when it comes to independent, nonprofit schools, and John Beauregard always goes above and beyond for Friends Academy. Whether it is something small, like registering a new school vehicle, or something bigger, like filing a claim after our greenhouse was destroyed by a hurricane, he treats every question and every claim with utmost importance. Sylvia Group is an exceptional insurance agency that I would recommend to all my cohorts.” - KATHERINE FURTADO, Chief Financial Officer, Friends Academy

  • "Sylvia Group is by far the best insurance agency I have ever dealt with, both personally and in my business. They provide customer support that is not found in other agencies. For example, they take a personal interest in their clients, calls are always taken or returned immediately, and during reviews suggestions are made to offer the most cost effective and comprehensive coverage. When claims occur, they have always been there to facilitate the process. It has truly been a pleasure to have them represent me in my insurance needs."

    - WILLIAM N. WHELAN, Chairman, Whelan Associates LLC

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