Achieving The Big Reach: TD Charitable Foundation Awards SAHF New Grant for Energy & Water Conservation

The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently awarded a $22,500 grant to Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) as a part of the Foundation's commitment to giving back to the community. The funds from the TD Charitable Foundation will be used to support the outreach and technical assistance on SAHF’s free EZ Retrofit audit tool.

Rebecca Schaaf, SAHF’s Senior Vice President for Energy, commented on the new relationship with the TD Charitable Foundation, “As a collaborative, SAHF understands the importance of joining forces with exceptional organizations to access the best resources and yield optimal results.” She continued, “This grant from the Foundation is illustrative of their concrete commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership, especially for low-income families and communities. We are excited to leverage this new opportunity to build on our work with EZ Retrofit.”

EZ Retrofit is a free, do-it-yourself audit tool that gives affordable multifamily property owners and managers an easy way to identify cost-effective energy and water efficiency upgrades. EZ Retrofit runs in Excel and streamlines the building review process.  The upgrades identified by EZ Retrofit can help reduce energy and water consumption, improve indoor air quality, reduce maintenance costs, and extend equipment life.  Additionally, low-income tenants benefit greatly from lower utility bills, increasing their financial security and capacity as well as improved health, safety, and comfort.  SAHF developed EZ Retrofit with ICF International and Bright Power, Inc. using a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Energy Innovation Fund. The tool supports SAHF’s energy and water conservation initiative, the Big Reach.

With the grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, SAHF will focus on working with affordable rental housing owners in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, SAHF will be able to engage with both SAHF members and other affordable housing providers in the area and develop EZ Retrofit training materials which will highlight the Foundation's commitment to energy and water conservation as well as SAHF’s mission as a whole.  

A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® and the TD Charitable Foundation provide support to affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental initiatives, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.

About the TD Charitable Foundation

 

The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to support individuals, families and businesses in the communities TD Bank serves, The Foundation has made more than $167.3 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002 primarily in the areas of affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.


For Media Inquiries

Lauren Benning-Williams

lbwilliams@sahfnet.org 

202.737.5985