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• Oct 26, 2022

Over the past two decades, the TD Charitable Foundation (TDCF) has funded more than $292 million in grants and 24,000 projects across 16 states for financial literacy programs, affordable housing projects, diversity in the arts and so much more.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, TDCF executed a few different initiatives and donated $500,000 in grants to worthy nonprofits across the Bank's growing footprint to mark this year's major milestone.

To kick-start the celebration efforts, earlier this year, TD employees voted for nonprofit organizations in their communities to receive an additional surprise grant aligned to the TD Ready Commitment's four drivers of change: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.

Thousands of employees made their voices heard and the organization with the most votes in each Metro region was awarded a $20,000 grant, as follows:

  • Northern New England: Maine Seacoast Mission
  • Southern New England: Roca, Inc
  • New York: Ryan Health
  • Pennsylvania and New Jersey: Salus University
  • Mid-South – Arlington Free Clinic
  • Florida: Gilda's Club South Florida

To document its 20-year history, TDCF published its first comprehensive report highlighting some of the programs it has funded over the years and celebrating the impact to communities from Maine to Florida. To read more, head over to the 20th Anniversary Impact Report.

In support of Arts and Culture organizations, which is an industry that continues to battle back from the effects of COVID-19, 12 organizations across the Metros were provided grants totaling $380,000:

  • Northern New England: Indigo Arts Alliance & Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • Southern New England: Boston's Children's Chorus & Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge
  • NY: Spirit of Huntington Art Center & Thrive for Life Prison Project
  • PA/NJ - New Jersey Performing Arts Center Corporation & Arden Theatre Company
  • Mid-South – Delaware Art Museum & Newberry Opera House Foundation
  • FL - Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (Straz Center) & Orlando Ballet

Finally, as a final culmination of the 20th Anniversary, a celebration event was held at Maine College of Art and Design earlier this month that included internal and external guests. TDCF presented the $40,000 grant to Indigo Arts Alliance to support its Artists in Residency program and a surprise $20,000 grant to the Maine College of Art and Design.

"Holding the event in Maine was poetic," said Paige Carlson-Heim, the Director of the TD Charitable Foundation. "Maine is where TDCF got its start twenty years ago. Being in the room and witnessing firsthand the impact TDCF makes is such a rewarding experience. We have a team of people who care deeply and who are dedicated to making a real difference. I'm proud of our accomplishments – but, more importantly, I'm excited to see where we go from here."

TDCF Board Chair Nick Miceli also attended the 20th anniversary celebration. "TDCF is constantly evolving and innovating to meet new challenges in communities across TD’s footprint – and beyond. It's more than just supporting organizations financially. Our colleagues are truly invested in their success, working closely with community leaders and those behind the scenes to create winning programs and keep them going for the long-term."

Congrats to the TD Charitable Foundation and here's looking to the next 20 years of supporting our local communities!

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