TD Bank ranked No. 20 on the Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2023.
Two TD Ready Challenge recipients shared the impact of their grants and encouraged others to apply for the program.
Launched in 2018, the challenge is an annual initiative to help organizations develop innovative, impactful, measurable solutions for a changing world.
“The impact of this program is really significant,” said Caitlyn Brazill, Chief Development Officer at Per Scholas, which has helped more than 20,000 graduates launch successful technology careers. “We now have more than 1,500 alumni who have benefitted from this particular set of alumni upskilling opportunities, of course, at no-cost to Per Scholas-trained technologists.”
This year, the challenge will award ten grants of $1 million to selected organizations. Recipients are chosen based on their ability to address a particular social problem. This year, the challenge focuses on innovative solutions to address systemic barriers to affordable housing.
“We have graduates who now hold roles such as QA analyst, software developer, web developer and test specialist, while one woman has gone on to become a professor of technology at an Ontario college,” said Anita Carroll, SVP, Corporate and Stakeholder Relations at Access Employment. The charitable organization provides employment counseling and training to newcomers and underserved groups. “The results from the program have been fantastic, and we couldn’t have done it without funding from the TD Ready Challenge.”