AUL Corp., a Napa-based warranty and vehicle service contract administrator, recently reported its annual charitable contributions for 2017, surpassing $142,000 for the year. That is a 69 percent increase over 2016.

The beneficiary organizations range from local Napa children’s charities and food banks, to national organizations serving those in need around the nation and the world.

"Last year’s tragic firestorms in Napa and Sonoma Counties serve as a not-too-distant reminder of the importance of being active in the community and giving back to those in need," said a news release. 

In 2012, AUL established a dedicated committee of non-management employees to coordinate all of the firm’s charitable contributions. These employees are challenged to research and identify local, regional, and national organizations across the spectrum of need and recommend and approve the firm’s corporate giving, said the release. 

"At AUL, we believe our people are our most important asset, and empowering them to direct and manage our annual giving program provides immeasurable personal and professional growth," Jimmy Atkinson, AUL's president and CEO said.