Benefact Group

Ansvar owner becomes the Benefact Group

March 9, 2022

The new name and brand identity marks an ambitious new chapter for the charitable owned Group and its family of specialist businesses, including Ansvar.

Owned by a registered charity, Benefact Trust, the Benefact Group gives all its available profits to good causes. The new name1 better reflects the Group’s diversity, breadth and purpose – it derives from Latin and means to do well by supporting a person or good cause.

Originally created to protect parish churches from fire, the Group has been in existence for over 130 years and has grown to become an international family of three divisions: insurance, investments, and broker and advisory, with operations in the UK, Australia, Ireland, and Canada. It includes over 30 specialist financial businesses including Ecclesiastical Insurance, EdenTree Investment Management, SEIB, Lycetts and Lloyd & White brokers. Ansvar and all of the Group’s other trading brands will continue to operate under their own names, now proudly part of the Benefact Group.


The Benefact Group, formerly named Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, has given over £100million to good causes in recent years through various programmes such as the Movement for Good awards, which accepts charitable nominations from both its customers and the wider public. It also gives a proportion of its profits to its charitable owner, the Benefact Trust, who help transform lives and communities.


Here in Australia, Ansvar has donated over $15million to community education and youth outreach programs across the country through the Ansvar Community Education Programme. All in all, the Group’s giving supports a wide range of causes across different sectors, including education and skills, rural, heritage, arts, faith, climate change, animal and wildlife charities.


Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Benefact Group, said: “Benefact Group, the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK, is a very different financial services group. We are owned by a charity which means all our available profits can be given to good causes. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do. I’m very proud of our new name which reflects our unique purpose, the breadth of our offering to our trading partners and marks an ambitious new chapter for the Group and our family of specialist businesses.” 


Warren Hutcheon, Chief Executive Officer at Ansvar, comments; ‘’Ansvar is proud to be a part of the Benefact Group and the charitable work all of the Group’s trading brands undertake to contribute to communities around the world. We’re equally as proud to have been serving our community in Australia for over 60 years, as a leading specialist insurer and risk provider within our specialist sectors. We look forward to a bright future as a part of the Benefact Group and to participating in the Benefact Group’s ambitious plans to give £250million to good causes by 2025.’


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1. The Group has changed its name from Ecclesiastical Insurance Group to the Benefact Group.


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About Ansvar

With 60 years of experience in the Australian insurance industry, Ansvar has become a leading specialist provider of insurance and risk management solutions for the Care Services, Community Services (Not for Profits), Education and Learning, Faith Communities, Arts, Culture and Heritage and Commercial Property Owner sectors.

Complementing the charitable donations of our owner, the Benefact Group, Ansvar also has a long history of giving back to our community through donations, sponsorships and our own Community Education Program designed to help and support disadvantaged young Australians. For more information, visit:


About the Ansvar Community Education Program

Since starting in 1994, Ansvar’s Community Education Program has provided a range of grants contributing over $15 million to help fund over 100 different charities and not for profit organisations with a focus on supporting the education and life skill development needs of disadvantaged young Australians. Through a program focussed on Empowerment and Education and Outreach and Support, Ansvar has reached and made a genuine difference to the lives of thousands of young Australians in need.


About Benefact Group

1. Benefact Group is an independent, specialist financial services group that exists to give its profits to charity.

2. Owned by a registered charity, Benefact Trust, Benefact Group’s family of businesses provide specialist insurance, investment management and broking and advisory services in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

3. Benefact Group is the fourth-largest corporate donor to charity in the UK, according to the UK Guide to Company Giving 2021/22. It has donated over £100m to charity since 2016 and is aiming to reach its target of giving £250m by 2025.

4. Many businesses say they are different. Benefact Group really is. Find out why here

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