American Family Insurance sponsors Clifford The Big Red Dog BE BIG! campaign

Madison, Wis. (March 17, 2010) — American Family Insurance is sponsoring the Scholastic Clifford BE BIG! campaign, a multi-year, nationwide program that invites everyone to take action and raise awareness for how Clifford's BIG ideas (Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be a Good Friend, Help Others, Be Truthful, Be Kind and Believe in Yourself) can make the world a better place.

The campaign invites individuals or groups to submit a BIG idea in the "Be Big in Your Community Contest." Entries can be submitted either via the link from American Family's campaign Web site at or via the mail. The deadline is June 30, 2010. Winning ideas will be chosen in October.

One grand prize, ten (10) first place winners and nineteen (19) second place honorees will be chosen in October 2010, based on criteria including feasibility, creativity, sustainability and impact. Winning BIG ideas will be honored with community grants to help implement them. One second place honoree will be chosen from each of American Family's 19 operating states. Grants range from $1,315.79 each for second place to $2,500 each for first place. The award is $25,000 for the grand prize.

The contest is open to legal residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, except second place eligibility is limited to legal residents of Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

With 126 million Scholastic books in print, Clifford is a children's literary classic and has also been an award-winning animated television series celebrating its 10th anniversary on PBS KIDS this year.

"American Family's sponsorship of this campaign aligns closely with our ongoing goal to be a good corporate citizen and support communities where our customers live, and where we and our agents do business," says Debbie Peterson, American Family's director of customer relationship marketing. "The Clifford BE BIG! Campaign will help us meet that goal."

For more on the Clifford BE BIG! Campaign, visit

Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states. The company employs 7,745 people and sells its products through 3,822 independent contractor exclusive agents. American Family Insurance is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 388th on the Fortune 500 list. Web:; Facebook:; Twitter: