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Name: Mennonite Automobile Aid

Historical Note:

Mennonite Automobile Aid (MAA) grew out of a recommendation of the Mennonite Mutual Aid Board of Directors made at the Mennonite General Conference in 1947.  In 1952, C. L. Graber, John L. Yoder, and Simon Gingerich were appointed to a committee to investigate the possibility of mutual aid for auto losses.

MAA was chartered in late 1954 as a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation.  The corporation offered only assistance with auto physical damage losses, not liability.   Two other Mennonite-related organizations, Goodville Mutual Casualty Company and Brotherly Aid Liability Plan,   provided liability coverage to most MAA policy holders.

For about 25 years, MAA enjoyed significant growth among Mennonite clients with little marketing.  Interest in investing in computer software in the early 1980s, however, led to a discernment process regarding MAA's relationship to other Mennonite-related providers of property and liability coverage and the extent of MAA's services.  In the late 1980s, MAA embraced a strategy of deliberate growth and professionalized its operations, rate determination formulas, and marketing. 

Legal and tax status difficulties plagued MAA as it attempted to expand its services and membership.  In the 1990s, MAA became one of several mutual aid corporation stockholders in the Mennonite Property / Casualty Group and the Anabaptist and Brethren Agency.  As the uncertain legal and tax status of MAA endangered its future, MAA attempted to work with Mennonite Indemnity, Inc. (MII) to develop an MII-operated auto property / casualty program.  Negotiations with MII ultimately broke down, and in 1998, MAA was dissolved.

Note Author: Colleen McFarland

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