A Letter from Tory
Welcome to the Foundation –
I launched our business in 2004. I had a concept and, working out of my kitchen with a small team, turned that concept into a collection. As our company has grown, I’ve learned about the obstacles that women in business face, from balancing work and family (my greatest challenge) to securing financing. Many also lack the confidence, business networks and training they need to see their ideas through. That is why in 2009 we created the Tory Burch Foundation to support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs.
Drawing on our experiences and on conversations with businesswomen from around the world, we have developed programs and initiatives that invest in the success and sustainability of women-owned small businesses by providing:
Access to Capital
Our Capital program with Bank of America offers access to affordable loans through Community Lenders.
Our partnership with Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Businesses program provides women small-business owners with business and management education.
Mentoring and Networking Opportunities
I have always believed in the value of mentors and, to this day, turn to trusted advisers from many different industries for insight. Our Foundation offers opportunities for women to network with business leaders and other entrepreneurs seeking to grow and scale their enterprises.
One of the reasons I wanted to start a company was to start a foundation that would benefit women and children. Social responsibility is part of our brand DNA. It’s not about charity. It’s about helping to empower women to help themselves. By providing resources and tools, we can level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, and helping them to grow their businesses benefits their families, their communities and, in turn, all of us.
Thank you for your interest in the Foundation! We hope you will join us in our mission.
All the best,
Founder, Tory Burch Foundation
Chairman, CEO, Designer, Tory Burch
The Foundation’s logo, a sunflower, is based on a pendant Tory’s father had made for her mother and then passed down to her. It is inscribed with the French saying: “Je t’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément,” which loosely translates as, “I love you a little, a lot, passionately.”
The pendant is Tory’s most treasured keepsake. Her father, with her mother, was Tory’s greatest supporter when starting her business and instilled in her the wherewithal to follow her dreams.
The Foundation goes to Washington. Partnering with the White House, the Foundation co-hosts the United State of Women summit on Women & Girls. More than 5,000 leaders attend.
Kate McAleer, founder of Bixby & Co. is selected as the Fellows Program Pitch Winner. She is awarded a $100,000 grant investment in her business.
The inaugural class of Tory Burch Fellows attends a 3-day workshop at our office in New York City.
Tory publishes her first LinkedIn Influencer article: Don’t Wait for Doors to Open.
Tory appears on CBS This Morning to announce our inaugural Fellows program.
Limited edition Seed Box is introduced and sells out in 8 weeks before the holidays. This gift that gives back features products from women entrepreneurs. 100% of proceeds benefitted the Foundation.
The new ToryBurchFoundation.org launches with hundreds of tools to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Tory Burch is featured in the Wall Street Journal’s “Make Time” campaign and helps raise awareness for the Tory Burch Foundation.
The New York Times bestseller “Tory Burch In Color” raises gross proceeds for the Foundation.
With Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, Tory hosts a scholar’s panel for women entrepreneurs in Shanghai.
Tory gives the commencement address at Babson College, ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report in entrepreneurship.
Our entrepreneurial education program with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Babson College expands to Los Angeles.
Our Capital program, formerly called Elizabeth Street Capital, launches with Bank of America to provide women entrepreneurs in the United States with access to affordable loans.
President Obama invites Tory Burch to serve as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) along with ten other inaugural members.
In partnership with POLITICO and Google, we launch Women Rule, a series of events dedicated to exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities.
We partner with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Babson College to provide entrepreneurial education for women business owners. The first class is in the New York area.
Tory hosts a women’s entrepreneurship panel in Marrakech to promote women’s empowerment globally.
Our mentoring and networking events continue. Mentors include Millard Drexler, CEO & Chairman of J. Crew and Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
We host the first of our signature mentoring and networking events. These events bring together business leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of industries.
In partnership with the nonprofit microlender, Accion, the Foundation first provides small business loans to women in New York.
Tory launches the Tory Burch Foundation to support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs in the United States.
Tory Burch launches with a boutique on Elizabeth Street in New York’s Nolita neighborhood. One of the reasons Tory wanted to start a business was to create a foundation—it was included in her business plan.
Board and Staff
Founder, Board of Directors
Tory Burch is Chairman, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch, an American sportswear and lifestyle brand. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history, she moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for several American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe.
She launched Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, and since then the brand has grown into a global business with more than 150 freestanding stores in cities from New York and Los Angeles to Shanghai, Milan and, Paris, as well as a presence in more than 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide.
Tory has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, Glamour’s Women of the Year, Forbes’s Most Powerful Women in the World.
A dedicated philanthropist, Tory launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. In addition, she serves on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Barnes Foundation and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship.
Board of Directors
Hayley is Vice Chairman of Global Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, working across all lines of business to deepen partnerships with the firm’s highest priority clients. She was previously at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the Markets Group where she served as Vice President and Director of Market Analysis. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Hayley worked at Moore Capital Management and separately was Chief U.S. Rates Strategist at Goldman Sachs. Hayley holds a Doctorate in Astrophysics from Columbia University and studied mathematics and French at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also on the Trustees Council of Penn Women and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Board of Directors
Susan Duffy is the Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, a collaborative learning laboratory dedicated to researching, educating and celebrating women entrepreneurial leaders. Under Susan’s leadership, CWEL is redefining women’s entrepreneurship education with programs like the WIN Lab venture accelerator and the CWEL Scholars program. CWEL also advances gender enlightenment as a growth strategy for individuals and organizations. Susan earned her Ph.D. from The George Washington University where she founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, a program recognized as the 2006 National Model Specialty Program in Entrepreneurship Education. Susan serves on the board of the International Council for Small Business and the Center for Women’s Business Research.
Board of Directors
Yasmin is the Head of Research and Development for Jigsaw, a technology incubator within Alphabet Inc. focused on solving global security challenges through technology. She oversees the team’s research as well as its work on counter-radicalization and online hate, harassment and intimidation. Yasmin was previously Head of Strategy and Operations for Google Ideas, now Jigsaw. Prior to joining Google, Yasmin consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton. She is a Senior Advisor on Innovation to Oxford Analytica and Co-Chair of the European Commission’s’ Working Group on Online Radicalization. In 2016, Yasmin was named a Women inPower Fellow.
Chair, Board of Directors
Robert is the Chief Legal Officer and President of Corporate Development at Tory Burch LLC. Robert began his career as a corporate attorney in Washington D.C. and went on to work for a Philadelphia-based firm. After practicing law, Robert pursued various entrepreneurial ventures and held key operating, investor and advisory roles in several companies. Robert holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and graduated with a J.D. from Boston University Law School. Robert is a member of YPO/WPO.
Board of Directors
Tracey holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and began her professional career at Women’s Wear Daily and L’Oréal Professionnel. In 1999, she started her own public relations firm, Engelking Kozmetsky Communications, LLC. Tracey has been involved with the RGK Foundation for 19 years. She is the 2015 Board Chair for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Children’s Medical Center. She is also a member of the Crystal Charity Ball. Among numerous awards, she received the North Star Award ranking her among the top ten civic volunteers in Dallas.
Board of Directors
Jamie is the Managing Director of Alliance Marketing Partners, a sports marketing firm. Launching his career as a certified NFL agent, Jamie has negotiated sports and entertainment merchandising, licensing and sponsorship agreements totaling in excess of $150 million. He has also created marketing campaigns on behalf of a number of the nation’s leading brands including Hallmark Cards, GAP, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Dunkin’ Donuts. Jamie is a board member of the Police Athletic League, the Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation, Ashley’s Angels and the StreetSafe Driving Academy. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Board of Directors
Jamie is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2008, she co-founded Fashionology LA, a children’s clothing store in Los Angeles. In 2003, she co-founded the Entertainment Industry’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund was created to support innovative research, education and outreach directed toward the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancers.
Grace began her career in philanthropy at the Community Service Society of New York, managing special events and executing fundraising efforts to support development programs and policy research in New York City. In addition, she implemented multiple forums, including topics on women’s health policy. She earned her M.S. in International Relations from New York University with a specialization in public-private partnership and economic development programs for women. She then researched how microfinance can be utilized as a preventative tool to combat human trafficking and economic inequality gap.
Laurie has a long history of advancing philanthropic endeavors. As Senior Vice President of the Robin Hood Foundation for ten years, she helped grow the organization’s grantmaking from $11 to $154 million to support poverty-fighting organizations. She also produced Robin Hood’s annual fundraiser, the most financially successful non-political fundraiser in the country. Prior to that, she produced AIDS Walks and Dance-a-thons countrywide and also served as Deputy Mayor of Hoboken. Most recently, she ran her own marketing and events company, Fab Tool, working with clients including Amazon.com, Harlem Village Academies and Make It Right Foundation. She is the author of the best-selling novel Elizabeth Street, which was the basis for her TED talk on the importance of family history.
Manager, Digital & Marketing
Molly began her career in philanthropy with the YMCA of Greater New York. She then served as Digital Marketing Manager for the Stephen Siller Foundation, where she managed major brand campaigns. Most recently, Molly served as the Director of Special Events for the YMCA of Greater New York where she led signature fundraising events and implemented donor cultivation strategies. Molly holds a B.A. from Elon University and an M.P.A from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also a volunteer member of Robin Hood Foundation’s P.Y.T.
Gabrielle L. McGee
Vice President, Digital, Marketing & Special Projects
Gabrielle has a passion for social innovation and scaling entrepreneurial ideas through technology. Gabrielle began her career working in brand development and digital marketing. She worked with Major League Baseball as part of the special events and cause marketing teams, working on League-wide initiatives including the All-Star Game and World Series. She then worked as the Senior Managing Director for the Stephen Siller Foundation, where she led the Building for America’s Bravest campaign in partnership with OgilvyOne overseeing brand strategy, development and digital marketing. Gabrielle holds a B.S. from Elon University, graduating magna cum laude and an M.P.A from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is presently earning a LEAD certificate in Corporate Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Massey holds an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Following graduation, Massey worked at NetSuite and Nike, where she held positions as a Research Analyst and Account Service Representative respectively. She then attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and graduated summa cum laude with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising Management.
Senior Program Manager
Donna most recently managed the Kauffman FastTrac entrepreneurial education program for the State Unversity of New York. She managed 23 programs annually, equipping over 500 aspiring New York City entrepreneurs, start-ups and small business owners with the business skills, insights and tools to launch or grow successful businesses. Previously, Donna held senior leadership roles in product development, product management and strategic marketing at MasterCard and Citibank. She is passionate about driving innovation within financial services and is an angel investor at an early-stage Fintech start-up. Donna has a M.S. in Policy Analysis and Management and a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Stony Brook.
Special Events & Development Manager
Trisha is a seasoned development and events professional with more than ten years of nonprofit experience. Trisha began her career working for Susan Ulin Associates, a fundraising and event management consulting firm, handling a wide array of nonprofit clients in Manhattan. She then spent six years working for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) founded by the late Evelyn H. Lauder. In this role, Trisha was responsible for the coordination, fundraising and execution of several high profile annual events, delivering $15 million in revenue annually for the Foundation. Most recently, she worked as the Senior Manager of Distinguished Events at the American Cancer Society and was responsible for one of the Society’s highest grossing fundraisers nationwide. Trisha holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from The George Washington University.
Vice President, Programs
Désirée most recently led Cotton Tree Philanthropy Advisors, a company she started in 2012. Prior to that, she lived in Nigeria working as the Director of Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development for the Tony Elumelu Foundation. She began her career in philanthropy at the Robin Hood Foundation in New York and later at Synergos Institute, an international development organization connecting philanthropists to solve complex social issues. She holds a B.A. from Notre Dame of Maryland University, an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School and is currently enrolled in the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program. She is an active board member of several organizations in the U.S. and abroad.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Tory Burch Foundation
Q: What is the Tory Burch Foundation?
The Tory Burch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on supporting the empowerment of women entrepreneurs in the United States.
Q: What are the Foundation’s key initiatives?
The Foundation provides women entrepreneurs access to capital, education and digital resources. Our flagship Fellows Program provides early-stage women entrepreneurs the opportunity to access funding, education, networks and business guidance. In collaboration with Bank of America, the Foundation offers access to affordable loans. In partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Babson College, the Foundation provides an entrepreneurial education program.
Q: Why invest in women entrepreneurs?
Women entrepreneurs are a vital part of our nation’s economy. But women struggle to access critical business resources to start and grow their business compared to male counterparts.
Q: If I have not yet started a business, can I still participate in Tory Burch Foundation programs?
Currently, our programs focus only on established businesses, but we encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to visit our online resources to help build their enterprises. We welcome entrepreneurs in all stages of growth to be a part of the Tory Burch Foundation community.
Q: Does the Foundation provide loans directly to entrepreneurs?
No, the Capital program is structured as follows: the Foundation connects women entrepreneurs with appropriate Community Lenders in their region. The lenders then determine eligibility and provide affordable loans, which come from our Capital program with Bank of America. Visit our Capital page to learn more.
Q: Does the Foundation provide grants to entrepreneurs?
No, the Foundation does not currently provide grants to business owners. However, we connect women entrepreneurs to Community Lenders who provide affordable loans through our Capital Program with Bank of America. Learn More.
Q: Does the Foundation provide grants to other nonprofits?
No, the Foundation does not currently provide grants to nonprofits.
Q: Do you provide one-on-one consulting to entrepreneurs?
We do not provide one-on-one consulting outside of our programs. For articles and interviews from the most creative and innovative leaders visit our online resources.
Q: Can I pitch my business to the Foundation?
Our programs provide opportunities to discuss your business with expert leaders and peers. We do not have the capacity to receive any pitches outside of our official programs. If you would like to stay up-to-date with the Foundation, subscribe to our newsletter.
Q: If I’m an entrepreneur outside of the United States, can I be a part of the Foundation’s programs?
We are presently focused on supporting women entrepreneurs in the United States but hope to expand internationally in the future. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest from the Foundation straight to your inbox.
Q: How can I sign up for emails from the Foundation?
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Q: How can I contact the Foundation?
Q: Where do the statistics I see on your site come from?
We reference statistics from studies and research by vetted organizations and nonprofits, including the Center for American Progress, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and American Express OPEN.
Q: How does a woman entrepreneur apply for an affordable loan through the Foundation’s Capital Program?
If you have an existing business in the U.S. and are interested in a loan, please fill out our Loan Pre-Screening Form. Once complete, a member of the Tory Burch Foundation team will reach out to you discuss your business and provide more details about the loan application process.
Q: What are your qualifications for an affordable loan through the Foundation’s Capital Program?
In order to be considered for a loan through the Capital Program, your business must already be operating and generating revenue. Beyond that, loan eligibility is determined by local Community Lenders and differ slightly by region. Generally, the loans are intended for women entrepreneurs with a sustainable business, a satisfactory credit rating, at least two years in business and a passion for growth.
Q: What happens after I submit the Loan Pre-Screening Form?
Following your submission, a member of the Foundation team will reach out to you to discuss your interest and provide more details about the loan application process.
Q: How can I apply for the education program?
Check our Education Program page, which has the latest information on our classes—or cohorts, as we call them. Once we announce an upcoming cohort, interested entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to submit an application. Top applicants will be invited to interview with the Foundation and our partners. Following the interviews, finalists will be selected and notified. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about future cohorts.
Q: Do you charge tuition for your education program?
No, full scholarships are covered for all selected participants.
Q: Who is eligible for your education programs?
The requirements for the education program are as follows:
- You are woman based in the New York area
- You are the owner or co-owner of a small business
- Your business has been in operation for at least one full year
- You have at least one employee (in addition to yourself)
- You are the key decision maker of the business
- Your business has revenues in excess of $25,000
- You are committed to growing your business
Q: What is the time commitment required for your education programs?
Each education cohort runs for approximately three months. Classes meet once every other week for all-day sessions. Participants must be willing to commit an additional 4-8 hours per week on out-of-class activities.
- Support the Foundation
Q: How can I donate to the Tory Burch Foundation?
Q: Can I make a recurring monthly donation?
Yes, please visit our donation page to make a monthly contribution.
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
Donations made within the United States are tax-deductible. The Tory Burch Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Q: How do I get a tax receipt for my donation?
Tax receipts for online donations will be emailed within 24 hours. If you made a donation by check for $250 or more, tax receipts will be sent by mail within 4-6 weeks.
Q: How will my donation to the Foundation be used?
Every dollar you donate to the Tory Burch Foundation directly funds programs to support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs in the United States.
Q: Are there volunteer opportunities with the Foundation?
Thank you for your interest! We are not able to accommodate volunteers at this time, but there are many other ways you can get involved with the Tory Burch Foundation. Visit our careers page for opportunities or show your support by connecting with us on social media, signing up for our newsletter, sharing the Foundation with your friends, or donating to our programs.
Q: Do you donate Tory Burch merchandise to auction off at charity events?
While we appreciate and like to support other nonprofits, the Foundation does not donate merchandise.
Q: Whom can I contact at the Foundation for questions about toryburch.com?
Please visit Tory Burch’s customer care for inquiries about Tory Burch merchandise shipments. The Tory Burch Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a separate organization from Tory Burch LLC.
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