Toyota Financial Services
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are thrilled to collaborate in helping girls 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; obtain real-life, age-appropriate financial skills; and 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 are provided with grant funding for their participation in the “Driving My Financial Future" program, which helps bridge the divide between many girls’ and their families’ current economic health, and girls’ dreams of being financially independent. Through this important program, girls become financially confident and empowered as a means of pursuing their dreams.
The 12 TFS-selected grant-funded Girl Scout 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 of Nation’s Capital
- Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
- Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Girls at the grant-funded 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. And all councils can use the “Driving My Financial Future” Tip Sheet" (PDF) to enhance the curriculum.
Eligible girls at grant-funded councils were able to apply for the TFS Making Life Easier (MLE) scholarship (28 girls were awarded scholarships), as well as participate in an opportunity made possible through a TFS Take Action Project grant.
Congratulations to the 2018 MLE scholarship recipients:
- Brynna Boyd, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Katherine Burdine, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Ashleigh Carter, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Caitlin Casner, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Brittany Daley, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
- Alicia Fletcher, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
- Kayla Fromm, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Ileana Garnand, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Adeline Howell, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Alexandria Ippolito, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
- Neha Kaisani, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Neha Kapur, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Olivia Louthen, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
- Caitlin Morse, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Madison Morse, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Shannon Munn, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
- Zoe Navapanich, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
- Elizabeth Nigash, Girl Scouts of Western Washington
- Ali Otterbine, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Alexandra Philip, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Taylor Rapp, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Karen Shi, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
- Claudya Skalski, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana
- Payton Small, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
- Devon Smith, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
- Sedona Thomas, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
- Anonymous, Girl Scouts of Southern Michigan
- Kindall Wright, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
For TFS-selected grant councils, be on the lookout for next year’s MLE scholarship information.
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).