ROCK ISLAND, Ill., May 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What does an anti-bullying program for girls, renovating a home for women in crisis, and publishing a magazine to help build girl's self-esteem have in common? All are past recipients of Royal Neighbors of America Nation of Neighbors Program.

Nation of Neighbors provides financial support to empower women to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth, and give back to their communities. The nomination process is in progress and submissions will be accepted through July 31, 2015.

A panel of reviewers determines the winning recipients and the amounts awarded. Approximately $100,000 in grants will be available. More than $1.7 million has been distributed since the program was launched in 2007.

Applications must include a detailed explanation of how funds will help empower women. Self-nominations are accepted. Completed forms may be submitted online at

Nominations are limited to members of Royal Neighbors, either through purchase of a life insurance certificate or an annuity, or purchase of a Royal Neighbors membership. For more information visit

"Royal Neighbors has a long-standing tradition of empowering women," said Cynthia Tidwell, president/CEO of Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation's largest women-led life insurance organizations. "Nation of Neighbors is a tangible example of our neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy; however, the positive impact of this program creates a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the recipients and communities it serves."

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation's largest women-led life insurance organizations, empowers women to meet the needs of their families with annuities and life insurance products such as whole life, term, and universal life. Once individuals become members of Royal Neighbors, they can purchase a life insurance product and take advantage of value-added member benefits, which currently include scholarship opportunities, free and discounted legal services, health and retail discounts, and more. Members also participate in volunteer activities that give back to their communities through the organization's local chapters. For more information, visit

A.M. Best, an internationally respected insurance industry rating agency, continues to rate Royal Neighbors an A- (Excellent, 4th-highest out of 15, as of Dec. 31, 2014) with a stable outlook for its overall financial strength and ability to meet ongoing obligations to certificateholders. Royal Neighbors has the financial strength and stability to ensure its nearly 180,000 members are protected when the expected, and unexpected, happen.

Royal Neighbors' philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Member benefits are provided at the discretion of Royal Neighbors of America and are not available in all states. They are not part of any insurance or annuity contract and are not guaranteed. Royal Neighbors is licensed in 43 states and the District of Columbia and not all products are available in all states.

Royal Neighbors is headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ. For more information, visit or call Sally Marks at (480) 970-2521.

CONTACT: Sally Marks (480) 970-2521

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