Royal Neighbors of America, a women-led life insurance organization, has created the Nation of Neighbors Program, an initiative that helps women to reach their dreams and pay it forward. In the 2013 program, company awarded $106,000 to 72 recipients to help them change their lives and transform their communities.

Royal Neighbors said it has given $1.5 million to assist more than 1,000 families and individuals through the Nation of Neighbors Program. It demonstrates Royal Neighbors' vision of protecting women financially and empowering them to improve their lives, families and communities. Each year, Royal Neighbors members and sales agents across the country are asked to nominate individuals they know who want to change their lives for the better. A panel reviews each nomination and determines the recipients and the monetary amounts awarded.

Royal Neighbors added that Danielle Swope of Portland, Ore., started The Children's Book Bank to provide books to children who don't have access to them. She has put nearly 350,000 books in the homes of more than 23,000 children. SEEDS for Autism is a non-profit founded by Maryann LaRoche in Phoenix, Ariz. She now has additional financial resources from Nation of Neighbors to help young adults with Autism achieve independence. Another significant program that has benefitted from Nation of Neighbors is Braking Traffik, which is dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in Illinois and Iowa.

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