Toyota USA Foundation Increases Endowment To $100 Million; Tops $4 Million In Grants In 2007

December 20, 2007

December 20, 2007 – New York - The Toyota USA Foundation today announced that it has more than doubled the size of its endowment, from $42 million to $100 million. In 2007, the Foundation gave over $4 million to enhance K-12 math and science teaching throughout the United States.

"This was a year of important milestones for Toyota in America with both the 50th anniversary of sales in the U.S. and the 20th year of the Toyota USA Foundation," said Patricia Salas Pineda, group vice president of Toyota Motor North America. "The Foundation has provided over $22 million in grants to nearly 200 organizations since its inception, and we are excited to increase our giving by raising the endowment to $100 million."

The Toyota USA Foundation supports quality K-12 programs that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, and environmental education. The foundation places a high priority on:
• Diverse programs that are broad in scope, incorporate inter-disciplinary learning, and use "real-world" classroom applications; and
• Innovative and cost-effective programs which develop students and teachers' abilities.

Toyota USA Foundation Second-Half 2007 Grants:



Grant Biotech Partners

Berkeley, CA Science for Life Provides four semesters of hands-on bioscience class work and an eight-week paid internship that helps prepare under-represented youth to enter the biotech workforce or a community or four-year college. $200,000 over two years Colorado River Foundation

Austin, TX River Stewards Three-year program for 6th – 8th grade students that uses field-based learning to enhance science performance and environmental stewardship. Paired with classroom curriculum, field activities include study of animal adaptations renewable energy production, water quality and pollution analysis. $100,000 over two years Four Corners School of Outdoor Education

Monticello, UT Learning Progressions – The Living Environment K-8th grade program promotes conceptual understanding and increases student interest in the sciences. Eighty teachers and 2,000 students, 50 percent of which are Native American, in 20 rural elementary and middle schools in four states, will participate in education, service, adventure and conservation programs. $400,000 over two years James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA Summer Institute For Regional Physics And Physical Science Teachers Acquaints teachers with up-to-date developments in physics as well as new and improved pedagogical technique. Also included is funding for a teacher-in-residence to manage the program. $255,365 over three years The National Aquarium

Baltimore, MD AquaPartners A systemic, interdisciplinary science program for 1,500 4th and 5th grade students and their teachers that integrates biological, marine and environmental sciences into the curriculum, in the classroom, in the field and at the Aquarium. $464,381 over three years

University of Michigan

Dearborn, MI

High School

Beginning Algebra Academy A joint project of UM-Dearborn’s Center for

Mathematics Education and the Wayne

County Regional Educational Services

Agency to improve math understanding

and instruction among high school teachers in Wayne County. $200,000 University of Nebraska

Lincoln, NE Online Masters Degree in Applied Science Development of a collaborative interdisciplinary online master's degree program for K-12th grade science teachers across the country. Teachers will have the opportunity to improve their own science knowledge while also learning effective science teaching methods to apply in their classrooms. $540,345 over four years University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA Mission: Engineering Launch a mentoring program to prepare and encourage promising high school students to pursue undergraduate engineering degrees. The students will be introduced to the scientific method, problem-solving and teamwork through seminars and a two-week summer camp. $225,000 over three years Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA One Mission Development of a core of K-12th grade standards from each of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines integrated through the theme of exploration, particularly of space and ocean systems. $243,870

For information on the Toyota USA Foundation's first-half 2007grants, please visit:

The Toyota USA Foundation is a $100 million charitable endowment created to support education programs serving kindergarten through 12th grade students and their teachers in the United States, with an emphasis on mathematics, science and environmental science. For additional information about the Toyota USA Foundation, visit


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