Corporate giving

Preventing diabetes and its related complications

Sun Life is proud to take a leadership role in the awareness, prevention, education and care of diabetes. Our purpose is to help our clients achieve financial security and live healthier lives, and our focus on diabetes helps children and adults take charge of their health and create a better future for themselves.

Over the past five years, Sun Life has donated $19 million to the prevention of diabetes. We use this funding to directly engage with community organizations across the globe, supporting their efforts to improve people's health, prevent type 2 diabetes, and help those living with type 1 diabetes.

Our programs and partnerships:

Team Up Against Diabetes grant program

Sun Life’s Team Up Against Diabetes grant program aims to provide programmatic support to 501(c)(3) charities that focus on the following areas:

  • diabetes prevention, awareness, education, and care
  • diabetes management
  • recovery and support from diabetes-related complications
  • obesity prevention
  • nutritional programs – education, management, and awareness

Our Team Up Against Diabetes grant program is open for applications from January 1 – March 31 each year.


Boston Celtics Fit to Win and #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes
Sun Life U.S. teams up with the Boston Celtics to fight diabetes through an incentive-based community program – Fit to Win – and a social fundraising and digital marketing campaign in the month of November – #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes.

The Fit to Win program promotes the physical fitness and wellness of young people in Greater New England over a four-week period. Youth participants in third through sixth grades at the YMCA are incentivized to exercise daily and make healthy lifestyle choices for Celtics prizes and events.

In support of the YMCA of Greater Boston's Diabetes Prevention Program, Sun Life Financial donates $1,000 for every dunk made by a Celtics player during Diabetes Awareness Month and $1 for every #SunLifeDunk4Diabetes share on social media. So far the campaign has raised $392,000 for the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Kansas City Royals Strikeout Diabetes and Home Run to Health youth clinic
Did you know that every 21 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes? To raise awareness, Sun Life sponsors Strikeout Diabetes, a fundraising campaign to benefit local organizations involved in the fight against diabetes. For each strikeout by a Kansas City pitcher during the regular season, we donate $21. The program has supported YMCA of Greater Kansas City, JDRF Kansas City and the American Diabetes Association of Kansas City.

We are also the exclusive sponsor of the Royals’ youth clinic – Home Run to Health – a four week program promoting healthy lifestyle and fitness activities aimed at improving the health of local youth. Participating kids track their progress over four weeks with the incentive to be recognized at a future Kansas City Royals game.

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
Since 2013, Sun Life U.S. has been a national supporter of the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), contributing to many great outcomes, including the launch of the program in Boston, MA, Kansas City, MO, and Hartford, CT. This national program helps people reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by providing the tools, resources, and information they need to help them change their lifestyles. Currently, the program is available at nearly 1,700 sites in 47 states throughout the U.S. and has served over 58,000 people. After completing the program, 91 percent of participants report that the program helped them improve their overall health.

American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress
In 2019 Sun Life U.S. became an exclusive sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s Call to Congress initiative, the ADA’s premier advocacy campaign to drive positive change among congressional champions and key influencers. Each year, hundreds of Diabetes Advocates convene on Capitol Hill to educate their members of Congress about the impact of diabetes, share their personal stories, and advocate for key federal priorities like funding to support diabetes research and access to healthcare.

SLPC 29281 05/19 (Exp. 05/21)