Who We Are
A REAL SAFETY
We Are A Non-Profit Risk-Sharing Pool
CharterSAFE is the only non-profit risk-sharing pool and membership organization with the sole purpose of addressing the shared risks of California charter schools. We provide a reliable, comprehensive, and charter-specific option for insurance and school safety. CharterSAFE is uniquely positioned to help California’s charter schools limit risk and serve as their long-term solution to weathering difficult insurance market conditions. Founded by charter leaders in 2004, CharterSAFE currently serves over 850 school sites across California, accounting for 40% of California charter schools.
Our program goes beyond the conventional scope of insurance by protecting both physical and reputational assets, so charter school leaders can focus on what they do best – educating students.
Our Members Are Our Owners
As a member of CharterSAFE, you are not only insured, you are an owner. Our members elect our Board of Directors, all of whom are veteran leaders from the charter school movement whose experience, perspective, and passion drive our work forward. Member schools also hold a proportional share of the CharterSAFE cash surplus and can participate in the future distribution of equity of cash dividends or reductions in member contributions.
This ownership model is standard for a JPA, or Joint Powers Authority, like CharterSAFE. As a JPA, CharterSAFE represents a contract between hundreds of charter schools. Because we’re dedicated exclusively to supporting California charter schools, we’re better able to protect schools from risks. In other words, we provide member schools solutions that are not available to schools that purchase stand-alone policies from for-profit insurance companies.
As a JPA, we also reach economies of scale in achieving common goals such as lower insurance costs, shared risk management, and school safety resources. With a vested interest in smart operational management and fiscal integrity, CharterSAFE achieves these goals through group purchasing, self-insurance, and the expertise of a skilled team of risk management and human resource professionals.