TIF Releases 2012 Annual Report; Helped Nearly 2 Million Children
April 30, 2013 | Over the course of 2012, the
Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) impacted the lives of close to 2
million children in need—nearly twice the number of children reached in
2011, according to its 2012
Annual Report released this week.
TIF distributed 1.8 million brand-new toys—worth a total of $16
million—to vulnerable children thanks to toy donations from generous
manufacturers, retailers, distributors and licensors. Distributions were
made through the Toy Bank, TIF’s signature program, to 145 pre-screened
children’s charities, as well as TIF’s national partners dedicated to
helping foster children and military families.
2012 marked TIF’s third year of national partnership with Boys &
Girls Club of America (BGCA); TIF shipped toys to 35 BGCA-affiliated
U.S. military bases across 20 states and three countries, and held six
on-site toy distribution events to ease the stress associated with
military life. Additionally, TIF was able to provide BGCA with $105,000
in grant funding.
TIF awarded an additional $40,000 in Play Connects grants to four
community-based charities nominated by the Toy Industry Association
membership: the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers; the Community
Action Partnership of Orange County; the National Lekotek Center; and
Shoes and Clothes for Kids.
At the end of 2012, TIF announced a new national partnership with
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children; as TIF continues
to strengthen this new relationship in 2013, Foundation efforts are
focused on providing toys and increasing services for the more than
330,000 foster children that benefit from CASA volunteers’ guidance,
advocacy and mentorship.
For more information about TIF, contact Foundation Manager Marisa Medina (646-454-5581).