Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are thrilled to collaborate in supporting girls to become self-reliant; financially informed; and capable of using their talent, resources, and personal business values to make the world a better place.
Through this multiyear partnership worth over $3.3 million, more than 40,000 4th- through 12th-grade girls in underserved communities across the United States will take part in “Driving My Financial Future,” a TFS initiative that teaches girls how to become financially savvy leaders; how to obtain real-life, age-appropriate financial skills; and how to gain the tools necessary to make a positive influence in their communities.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy (PDF), nine out of ten girls say it's important for them to learn how to manage money, and 88 percent think it's important to set financial goals. However, only a handful of girls surveyed (12 percent) feel confident making financial decisions.
Thanks to the TFS partnership, select grant councils participate in the program to help bridge the divide between what girls are currently experiencing in terms of economic health and their dreams of being financially independent. Through “Driving My Financial Future,” girls acquire financial empowerment skills and confidence as a means to pursue their dreams.
The 12 TFS-selected Girl Scout grant councils include:
- Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
- Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
- Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
- Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles
- Girl Scouts of Greater New York
- Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
- Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Girls in the grant councils who earn two grade-level Financial Literacy badges through The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting curriculum requirements are then awarded a TFS “Driving My Financial Future” patch. All councils can use the “Driving My Financial Future” Tip Sheet (PDF) to enhance the curriculum.
Eligible girls in the grant program are able to apply for the TFS Making Life Easier Scholarship (MLE) scholarship and also qualify to participate in the TFS Take Action Project grant opportunity.
Eighteen girls from TFS-selected Girl Scout grant councils were awarded a 2017 MLE scholarship. Congratulations to the following recipients:
- Navaz Alpaiwalla, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Anonymous, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Halle Becker, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
- Elizabeth Cidmonte, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Brandy Hayes, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Jennifer Hutson, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Keja Johnson, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Nicole Johnson, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Ashley Jurak, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Elizabeth McKnight, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Macy Meyer, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Anusha Mithani, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Lauren O'Connor, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Allison Palmer, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Celia Pope, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Davyani Srivastava, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Nia Stewart, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
- Bunsri Trivedi, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
The MLE Scholarship site will begin accepting new applications from TFS grant councils in September 2018.
For more information on TFS's corporate social responsibility strategy and programs, please visit www.tfsinthecommunity.com.
About Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust. TFS also offers extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). The company services Lexus dealers and customers using the Lexus Financial Services brand. TFS currently employs approximately 3,100 associates nationwide and has assets totaling over $119 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. TFS announces material financial information using the investor relations section of its website (www.toyotafinancial.com) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. TFS uses these channels, press releases, and social media to communicate about the company, its services, and other issues. While not all information, TFS posts on social media is of a material nature, some information could be material. Therefore, TFS encourages those interested in the company to review the TFS posts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/toyotafinancial.
Points of Light has named TFS one of its Civic 50, which recognizes the most community-minded companies in the nation. For more information about the company’s support of financial literacy, youth development programs, and other community initiatives, visit www.tfsinthecommunity.com.
For age-appropriate activities that help girls learn savvy finance skills while earning their Financial Literacy badges, download the TFS “Driving My Financial Future” Tip Sheet (PDF).