At Toll Brothers, we know that a community is made up of more than houses, and that it is only as strong as the people in it. When we build a new community, we believe in adding something vital to the area, something that measurably contributes to the lives within the community in a positive and dynamic way. We take our social responsibility to heart, and we believe in corporate community responsibility. That's why each member of our team takes an active role in giving back to the neighborhoods we build. This commitment is given life through Toll Brothers' ongoing involvement in local community organizations.
Although Toll Brothers focuses on the individuals within each of our communities, we are a national company – our communities are home to thousands of people in many regions of the country. With this in mind, we contribute to major regional and national organizations – such as the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and others – among other corporate charities.
Toll Brothers does more than just build houses – we build communities.
Giving Back to Our Communities
In Toll Brothers offices across the country, employees are encouraged join their co-workers for a paid day of community service. They can choose from a list of local organizations or local chapters of national organizations that need assistance. Our CEO, Doug Yearley, has stated that "… doing community service is a great way to make a difference in your local community and at the same time build camaraderie within your team."
Employees have recently donated their time to the following organizations:
- The Bucks County Opportunity Council – Assists low-income people in Bucks County, Pennsylvania achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency through participation in a personalized case management approach founded on education and partnership with the community.
- MANNA PA – Originally founded to help people dying of AIDS, the Pennsylvania chapter of this organization now provides nourishment and nutritional support to neighbors suffering from many critical illnesses.
- The Edwards Foundation for Rescued Animals – This no-kill, large-animal rescue in Colorado shelters horses, llamas, goats, and more that may be abandoned or that have come from zoos and other organizations.
- The OC Food Bank – Located in Orange County, California, this organization works with over 400 local charities, kitchens, and community groups to end hunger and malnutrition.
- Trinity Habitat – Based in Dallas, Texas, this organization brings people together to build and renovate high-quality, affordable housing; to advocate for those in need of housing; and to serve as a partner and catalyst to create healthy, sustainable communities.
- Many others.
Holiday Fund Contributions
Each year, Toll Brothers employees designate a holiday donation in their honor to their choice of charitable cause. In 2015, a total of $55,200 was donated to the following organizations:
- Abington Memorial Hospital
- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
- American Cancer Society
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Organization for Autism Research
Seeds of Peace
Since 2000, Toll Brothers employees, associates, friends, and family ready Camp Seeds of Peace for the summer season. Located 40 miles northwest of Portland, Maine, the camp is devoted to inspiring peace and harmony in young people from conflict-ridden areas and ending the cycle of violence. Each year the camp hosts hundreds of teenagers identified as the best and brightest from several countries.
Led by professional facilitators, the teens live side by side for two-week sport and activity sessions specifically designed to teach conflict resolution skills. So far, more than 2,000 teens representing 22 countries have attended the summer camp, and gone on to work with the organization's Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem and other areas, building bonds and extending friendship. "Most of these kids come to camp as fanatics for Islam or Israel, and they leave as fanatics for peace," says Bob Toll. "The transformation that takes place must be seen to be believed. It is hopeful and truly inspirational."
Each year, hundreds of Toll Brothers participants join forces to whip the Seeds of Peace campgrounds into shape and renovate the various buildings and structures. Many Toll Brothers employees and their families have made this altruistic venture an annual event – some coming from Toll Brothers locations as far away as New Jersey to participate.
In Our Neighborhoods
The following represents just a glimpse of local charitable pursuits in our communities nationwide:
- Orangewood Children's Home of Orange County
- Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes
- Soles for Souls
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- The Shane Pettine Foundation
- Orange County Food Bank
- The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
- Bucks County Special Olympics Aquatics
- American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief
- Bucks County Opportunity Council Back-to-School Supply Drive
- Dutchess County Office for the Aging
- Isles Youth Build
- Embry Rucker Community Shelter
- Harbor House of Central Florida
- Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center