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Scan the insurance landscape, and you won't find another organization quite like EIIA. When it comes to serving the
insurance and risk management needs of colleges and universities, it is without peer.
To understand the story behind EIIA, you need to begin at the conclusion of the Civil War.
Four million slaves suddenly found themselves without chains – and also without homes, jobs, money or prospects.
Identifying that one of their most critical needs was education, 11 members of the Methodist Episcopal Church (later a
part of the United Methodist Church) met in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1866 and founded the Freedmen's Aid Society. The mission:
Establish schools to teach former slaves to read and write.
In just over a year, 59 new schools were underway.
Protecting Educational Institutions Empowers Individuals
From the beginning, financial resources were scarce. Building construction quality was poor and many facilities lacked
adequate repairs. Racial turmoil meant the threat of vandalism, even violence, hung over many campuses.
And because many of these institutions were regularly denied insurance coverage, they were left particularly vulnerable
to catastrophic loss. Over time, EIIA's predecessor organizations brought together a consortium of nearly 60 institutions
to spread the risk enough to make the protections of risk management and insurance more available to all members.