Community

Our Legacy of Giving

Employees of The Toro Company around the world volunteer with local charitable organizations and civic projects including supporting the beautification and preservation of outdoor environments, water conservation, community health and housing and youth enrichment. TTC extends the impact of our employees’ efforts through matching gifts and the donation of products and expertise.

The Toro Company provides all full-time salaried employees with the opportunity to volunteer up to 20 hours of their time during the workday each year. Within the U.S., the Dollars for Doers program donates $300 to qualifying nonprofit organizations where employees volunteer at least 30 hours annually outside their normal work schedule. Our Team Program matches charitable funds raised by teams of six or more U.S. employees to approved organizations, ranging from $100 to $1000. Finally, the Individual Heroic Effort Program supports our domestic employees who participate in a charitable event of three or more days in length with a matching donation of $100 to $1000.

Our signature employee volunteer programs include the following partnerships:

  • Habitat for Humanity: For more than a decade, our employees have volunteered their time to help build homes for families in need. TTC also donates walk power mowers, yard tools and irrigation products to help Habitat homeowners maintain their properties.
  • United Way: Each year, our employees donate their time, leadership and dollars through various United Way fundraising events to help make a lasting impact in our communities. In Minnesota, TTC is recognized as a "Million Dollar Partner" for raising more than $1 million dollars each year through employee and Foundation contributions.
  • Skills-Based Volunteering: Employees participate in a diverse range of skills-based volunteering projects helping improve parks, schools, sports fields and other green spaces. Since 2005, TTC employees have proudly teamed up with the Minnesota Twins organization to help rebuild distressed youth baseball and softball fields.
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EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEERED MORE THAN 12,000 HOURS IN THE COMMUNITY IN FISCAL 2019.

$3.1M

DONATED TO THE COMMUNITY IN FISCAL 2019

* Global data; includes CMW donations.
** Global data; does not include CMW employee volunteer hours

In-Kind Product Donation

The Toro Company supports global nonprofit organizations by providing high-quality products to maintain their facilities and reduce operating costs. From donating mowers and other outdoor equipment for workforce training programs, to Workman® utility vehicles for parks and veteran programs, our donations help nonprofits around the world enhance their environments so they can focus on achieving their mission.

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Advancing our Industry

At The Toro Company, we believe we can make a difference by leveraging the expertise and assets of our company and business partners around the world to advance the interests of the industries and customers we serve. We focus on supporting projects to beautify and preserve outdoor environments, advance water conservation efforts and promote enjoyment through outdoor physical activities.

Our key focus areas and partnerships include:

Environment

  • TTC's strategic partnership with the Wyland Foundation aims to raise environmental awareness about the importance of protecting water resources for future generations and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways and marine life.
  • We are a longtime partner of the Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, donating more than $2 million to help support scientific research, education and scholarships for future turfgrass professionals.
  • TTC is a premier corporate partner of the Golf Environment Organization, which focuses on advancing sustainability in and through the game of golf.

Education

  • TTC provides funding to support academic and technical agronomic programs to help further the education of future turf management professionals.
  • In partnership with the Irrigation Foundation, the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, we provide scholarships for future professionals to attend key industry tradeshows and further their career development.
  • TTC proudly supports FFA with grant funds for their Supervised Agricultural Experience and recognizes outstanding achievement by sponsoring the Diversified Horticulture Award.

Access

  • Since 1998, we have donated more than $1 million in program support, scholarships and equipment donations to The First Tee to support their mission to enhance young peoples' lives through educational programs and ready access to the game of golf.
  • TTC partners with Project Evergreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops programs to provide complimentary lawn and landscape services, and snow and ice removal services for families of currently deployed military personnel.

Land. Water. Thrive.

Whether in our local communities or in the developing world, we are all important stewards of the water and natural spaces that enrich our lives. At The Toro Company, we work to cultivate, conserve and restore our outdoor environments to ensure healthier, more vibrant and sustainable communities.

Our Land. Water. Thrive. initiative is something that is particularly special and unique to TTC. As part of this effort, we provide immersion experiences for our employees to work with smallholder farmers in developing countries to improve their productivity and agricultural water practices. In addition to the long-term impact on the smallholder farmer the immersion experience strengthens employees’ empathy and customer-focused approach to problem solving. We also are furthering our efforts to help our communities enrich the beauty of the land for the health, well-being and enjoyment of everyone with a focus on revitalizing parks and green spaces.

Developing Countries

As a leader in water-efficient drip irrigation for the agricultural market, TTC has partnered with government agencies, NGOs and smallholder farmers in Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mozambique, Guatemala, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and other developing countries to promote sustainable agricultural practices, improve crop yields and build thriving communities.

“I am hopeful that organizations like...The Toro Company can make a difference in the lives of these smallholder farmers. Farming is what they do on a daily basis, it’s what they live for, and it is at the core of who they are as people.”
- Employee Participant

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Fiscal 2019 Honduras Initiative

For families in rural Honduras, the land and crops they grow is critical to their survival. Like many other Latin American countries, Honduras has fertile land that the people depend on for agriculture, but crop production is inefficient and the threat of drought is imminent. They grow crops for the sole purpose of feeding their families but lack the resources and infrastructure to optimize their productivity.

In fiscal 2019, as part of our Land. Water. Thrive. philanthropic initiative, we partnered with iDE to work with smallholder farmers in Honduras to better understand their water practices in order to develop drip irrigation and water storage solutions that are affordable, sustainable and that meet the needs of both growers and their communities. We used a human-centered design approach to make recommendations for enhanced agricultural water practices and delivery technologies and systems. The project provided TTC employees with valuable insights about how to better serve farmers in those regions and provided real solutions to positively impact the livelihood of the farmers that were part of the program.

Greenspace Enhancement

Our Greenspace Enhancement Grant Program supports nonprofits around the world in enhancing landscapes, transforming neglected areas and creating new spaces for public enjoyment. Our goal is to help communities enrich the beauty of the land for the health, well-being and enjoyment of everyone.

We accomplish this goal by engaging our employees’ talents and energy in revitalizing parks and green spaces, enriching the outdoor environments of our neighborhoods and schools, educating communities about the importance of the efficient use of water and supporting sustainable agriculture through community gardens.

Fiscal 2019 Grant Cities Included:

Abilene, Texas Abilene Zoological
Society
Green space for the new
Madagascar Exhibit
El Cajon, California Urban Corp of
San Diego
Transform open and unused
space into the North Marshall
Pocket Park, a green gathering
space
Juarez, Mexico Colegio de
Bachilleres del
Estado de Chihuahua
Plantell 11
Provide a designated green area
for sports and cultural activities
Riverside, California

Greater Riverside
Chamber of
Commerce

Rivers and Land
Conservancy

Landscaping associated with the
First Housing initiative

Enrich a highly utilized trailhead
as a part of the Creating Habitat
and Beauty for Pollinators and
People Project

image: Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Chihuahua Pantell 11, Juarez, Mexico

Our Company

At The Toro Company, we take great pride in helping our customers enrich the beauty, productivity, and sustainability of the land. Founded in 1914, The Toro Company was built on a tradition of quality and caring relationships. Today, the company is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf maintenance, snow and ice management, landscape, rental and specialty construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. Through a strong network of professional distributors, dealers and retailers in more than 125 countries, we proudly offer a wide range of products across a family of global brands to help golf courses, professional contractors, groundskeepers, agricultural growers, rental companies, government and educational institutions, and homeowners – in addition to many leading sports venues and historic sites around the world.