Inspired by her own experience as a business owner and working mother, designer Tory Burch launched the Tory Burch Foundation (TBF) in 2009 to support the empowerment of women and families. A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, TBF invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses through grants and microfinance for women entrepreneurs. Through mentoring opportunities, TBF provides women and girls with the information and tools needed to achieve their aspirations as entrepreneurs and leaders.
TBF's first partner Accion, a national microfinance nonprofit, administers the Tory Burch Foundation Fund, providing microloans ranging from $500 to $50,000. Accion offers both access to capital and financial education to low- and moderate-income individuals, primarily minorities and women. TBF also partners with Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, a national microenterprise training and funding organization, to provide entrepreneurship training and guidance for high-potential, low-income women.
In order to support women entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses, TBF established a mentoring program in 2010. At mentoring events, primarily in the U.S., TBF matches leading business experts from a range of industries with entrepreneurs in need of coaching or advice. These programs also provide invaluable networking and peer collaboration opportunities.
Tory believes that women are our best investment. TBF looks forward to expanding its efforts in order to help them achieve their goals.
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