Working in a company includes living in a community, and we believe it’s our duty to make a positive impact on the various communities we call home. Each year, we support and enrich our communities through a variety of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for our neighbors as well as our employees and the people and institutions we serve.

Employee Giving Campaign and Community Involvement

Community InvolvementServing others is fundamental to what our company is, and represents what we stand for.

As a corporation, we make financial investments in the community. And as citizens, our employees also donate their time and resources to serving a greater good.

Our annual Employee Giving Campaign is one example of this. Each year, for every dollar an employee donates to a participating charity, a public or private K-12 school, or a higher education institution, the company donates another dollar, up to $2,000 per employee.

Through this program and other volunteer efforts in 2011, our employees pledged $2.6 million and logged almost 40,000 volunteer hours to thousands of educational and charitable organizations.

Governor’s Village Schools

Governance Village SchoolsSupporting students, faculty and parents at local schools.

In August 2011, TIAA-CREF partnered with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to provide educational support to over 4,700 students and 500 faculty members at Governor’s Village, a local education complex that is home to four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Together we developed a number of programs that took place throughout the school year, including:

  • Mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Campus beautification projects
  • Athletics, arts and cultural events

TIAA-CREF also donated 200 laptop computers to the two elementary, one middle and one high school that make up Governor’s Village.

Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy MonthHelping young people make informed financial decisions.

As a financial services organization with deep roots in education, we are enthusiastic about helping people understand the financial issues they face throughout their lives.

As part of this commitment to improving financial literacy, we’ve instituted several ongoing efforts to help teach people how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

In April 2012 — which is Financial Literacy Month in the U.S. — 400 TIAA-CREF employees partnered with Junior Achievement to teach basic financial education (banking, checking, savings, credit and investments) to 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students.

Financial education was also the centerpiece of TIAA-CREF’s U.S. Hispanic/Latino initiative. A number of our Spanish-speaking Financial Consultants hosted fourth graders from Lakeland Elementary School — where the student body is 85% Hispanic — to talk about the basics of managing finances.

Fellowships and Awards

TIAA-CREF recognizes and honors important work in the higher education, medical and research fields.

TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award

TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson AwardNamed in honor of the MIT Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Nobel Laureate and former CREF trustee, the award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding research publication containing ideas that the public and private sectors can use to maintain and improve America’s lifelong financial well-being.

TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award

Hesburgh AwardNamed in honor of the president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and former member of the TIAA-CREF Board of Overseers, the award recognizes leadership and commitment to higher education and contributions to the greater good. It is presented at the American Council on Education annual meeting to a current college or university president or chancellor.

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