TMMK brings to its operations a company culture of “giving back.” Benefiting the community where Toyota operates and where its team members and customers live is a key ingredient of the company’s philosophy and operating principles. To that end, TMMK supports various organizations which improve quality of life across the Commonwealth – in ways measured by more than the $40 million-plus in donations it has given back to charitable organizations across the state.
Twenty-five years in Kentucky have made a difference not just in jobs and economic development on the business side – but also in quality of life in myriad ways on the philanthropic side.
Here are examples of TMMK’s corporate citizenship:
Time, Talent and Treasure
As one of the largest manufacturing facilities in North America, TMMK recognizes its great resource in people, processes, and business practices. In addition to financial support, TMMK gladly provides representation on governmental and non-profit boards, as well as encouraging its team members to volunteer time in community organizations.
Volunteers-In-Place (VIP) Program
One example is the VIP Program developed in 1994 to encourage and recognize team member volunteer work and to set up a volunteer network to respond to needs in communities where TMMK team members live. TMMK established its corporate volunteer program to accomplish the following goals:
- Help organizations, agencies and individuals statewide through the commitment of team members’ volunteer time, energy and talents,
- Create a greater sense of community involvement among TMMK team members,
- Make it easy for team members to volunteer,
- Develop leadership skills of team members, and
- Enhance the image of TMMK as a responsible organization within the community.
In 2009, 1,584 team members took part in the VIP program donating about 31,500 man-hours to various communities.
TMMK’s support of its team members and organizations does not stop with the volunteer program. TMMK feels it is the company’s responsibility to provide input and share business expertise with community and civic organizations. TMMK encourages and supports team member participation on boards and committees to several organizations throughout the Commonwealth, including school boards, planning commissions, chambers of commerce, and non-profit boards.
Commitment to Education
Scott County Board of Education — On Jan. 20, 1988, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and the Scott County Board of Education signed an agreement confirming that TMMK would pay the school system annual in-lieu-of tax payments over the next 20 years. A portion of the construction financing for the manufacturing facility was done through Industrial Revenue Bonds, making the financed property exempt from property taxes for the life of the Bonds. Each year, TMMK pays the school what TMMK would pay in property taxes. Over the past 20 years, TMMK has paid $28,865,045 to the school system for property taxes. These payments enabled the Scott County School System to continue to keep pace with the community needs for new and renovated schools.
Center for Quality People & Organizations — This program was initially the QUEST Program developed by TMMK and Scott County. Due to the huge success of QUEST, the organization developed the Center and offers this program to business, university, community and government groups across the state. TMMK’s $365,000 contribution was used for program development, accounting systems, and marketing materials.
University of Kentucky — On February 9, 1989, Toyota Motor Corporation presented a $1 million gift to the University of Kentucky to establish an endowment to increase the quality and quantity of collections in the UK Library System. This gift benefits the 13 libraries on the Lexington campus, the one at the UK Medical Center and the libraries at each of the 14 community colleges across the state. Toyota also contributed an additional $2 million to help construct the W.T. Young Library which benefits the entire community.
KCTCS — In 2003, TMMK and TEMA contributed to the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) to help fund the Center of Excellence in Automotive Manufacturing. This fund helps train and educate students for the automotive-related workforce. In addition, TMMK also contributed to KCTCS to help fund the Kentucky Manufacturing Skills Standard and Lean Thinking Initiative.
AIKCU — TMMK’s annual contribution to the Association of Kentucky Independent Colleges and Universities provides scholarships at each of Kentucky’s 20-member independent colleges. Scholarship recipients must be from Kentucky and are known as “Toyota Scholars.”
Kentucky Historical Society — TMMK donated $1 million to the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation for the new Kentucky History Center, the new museum home for Kentucky’s heritage.
Other — TMMK continues to support many educational programs across the state to promote literacy, diversity, and cultural education, i.e., Kentucky State University’s Scholarship Fund, Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership program, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Educational Television, Governor’s Scholars Program, and many leadership programs throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, TMMK donates thousands of dollars by matching gifts made by its team members to colleges and universities across the country.
Commitment to Civic Organizations
Urban League — TMMK supports both the Lexington Fayette County Urban League and the Louisville Urban League donating to programs such as:
- Community Technical Center – the Center teaches use of technology to over 600 residents through literacy, after-school job training and business training programs.
- Housing Program – provides safe, sanitary, affordable housing for low to moderate-income first-time homebuyers, as well as revitalizing deteriorating neighborhoods.
- National Urban League’s Incentives to Excel and Success Program (NULITES) – umbrella program for all youth services providing mentors and cultural enrichment activities for young people.
Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League — TMMK contributed $300,000 to the Miracle League’s capital campaign for construction of a special baseball field in Lexington. This league provides all children the opportunity to play baseball regardless of their physical or mental challenges.
Commerce Lexington — TMMK supports Commerce Lexington’s Minority Business Development Program. This program provides an Access Loan Program, Opportunity Exchange Network, certification of minority and women owned businesses, as well as seed money for a Minority Supplier Development Council in Central Kentucky.
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage — TMMK has contributed to this organization’s education center housed within the Center’s complex. Its purpose is to educate people across the state and beyond on the history of African Americans in Kentucky.
YMCA of Central Kentucky — TMMK contributed to the YMCA’s Capital Campaign for the new North Lexington facility and the Y’s Scott County Branch, and continues to fund Campaign for Kids in Fayette & Scott Counties.
Other — TMMK continues to support other civic organizations and programs such as the development of the Thoroughbred Park, a regional attraction in downtown Lexington; the YMCA Black/Hispanic Achievers Program; Partners for Youth Foundation to support over 55 grassroots youth programs; as the Lexington Humane Society’s capital campaign to build a new adoption/medical complex.
Commitment to Health & Human Services
United Way — TMMK and its employees are major contributors to the United Way of the Bluegrass, which serves Lexington and eight surrounding counties. TMMK has been one of the largest contributors to United Way of the Bluegrass since 1995. A number of TMMK team members serve on local and regional United Way boards and committees.
Kentucky Blood Center — TMMK contributed to the Center’s Capital Campaign and is the leading company for blood donations by its team members.
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope — TMMK contributed to CKRH’s capital campaign for construction of an indoor arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. This arena will give CKRH the opportunity to provide year-round services to their clients. This organization provides both recreational and therapeutic equine therapy for the physically challenged.
Kentucky Children’s Hospital — TMMK donated to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital for the renovation and expansion of its pediatric clinics located at the Kentucky Clinic.
Markey Cancer Foundation — TMMK provided funding for a pilot Familial Cancer Program that assesses women at high risk of cancer, and continues to support Markey’s Prostate Cancer Screening Program to provide free screening and early detection for at-risk men.
Other — TMMK continues to support various organizations that have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of the community, including; Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Center for Women Children & Families for their parenting programs; and Children’s Charities of the Bluegrass, a volunteer organization that provides funding support to nearly 40+ children’s organizations throughout the Bluegrass.
Commitment to Culture & Arts
LexArts — TMMK makes an annual contribution to support LexArts’ 30+ member arts organizations in Lexington.
Governor’s School for the Arts — TMMK makes an annual contribution to the Governor’s School for the Arts for program support and the Toyota Performance Fund.
Other — TMMK supports various other arts organization, i.e., Lexington Philharmonic’s Family Series; Lexington Opera House Fund’s Broadway Live Series; Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, Explorium of Lexington; and the Lexington Children’s Theatre. TMMK also invested nearly $400,000 to sponsor the 1992 Kentucky Bicentennial Youth Symphony’s tour across the state.
Commitment to the Environment
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Foundation — TMMK contributed funding to KFWF to build the Toyota Living Stream Exhibit. This outdoor exhibit includes a running stream and waterfall, hands-on aquatic-related learning stations, and exploration of life cycles, food chains and roles of mussels, crayfish, aquatic insects and other species in the environment, and a unique underwater viewing area for numerous native fish.
Louisville Zoo — TMMK contributes annually to the Louisville Zoo to support the Zoo’s Toyota Backyard Action Hero Program. This program is designed to teach youth (3rd through 5th grades) how they can make a difference in the environment. A guidebook and website focus on “Five Great Backyard Conservation Projects,” with each project involving home, school and zoo-based activities.
Other — TMMK supports various other environmental programs, i.e., the Louisville Science Center for the The World Around Us Exhibit; contributes annually to the Kentucky Nature Conservancy for on-going environmental education and preservation; contributed to the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust for the Pine Mountain and Save Kentucky Hemlocks Projects, and to the Kentucky River Watershed Watch to evaluate water samplings at over 200 sites throughout the Commonwealth; 21st Century Park for restoration of 4,000 acres of undeveloped land in Jefferson County.
Commitment to Safe Driving Practices
Kentucky National Safety Council — TMMK is the sole supporter of the Safety Council’s Alive @ 25 program in Kentucky. This program provides a four-hour defensive driving course to high school junior and seniors who have obtained their permit or driver’s license. This program is offered free to high school students in Central Kentucky.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving — TMMK supports this program on an annual basis for on-going awareness, victim services, and underage drinking prevention activities.