Toro strong supporter of the GCSAA Foundation; largest cumulative contributor since its beginning
The Toro Company has been the largest contributor to The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Foundation since its inception in 1955, according to figures released by The GCSAA Foundation. Toro is the only member of The Foundation's Star Club, recognizing cumulative donations of at least $500,000.
The GCSAA Foundation recently implemented a cumulative giving program establishing a range of giving levels for individuals and organizations. Toro is the largest contributor, corporate or individual, with a cumulative contribution of more than $600,000.
"At the center of Toro's culture is a heritage of giving to the industries we serve," said Tim Ford, vice president and general manager for the commercial division at The Toro Company. "Our contributions have funded research to make golf course superintendents jobs easier and scholarships to keep the profession growing. We're proud of our achievement and we'll continue to support The Foundation, the GCSAA and the vital programs they provide."
In addition, Toro was among the first companies to donate to The GCSAA Foundation's “Investing in the Beauty of Golf” endowment campaign. Toro also supported the campaign through matching gift funds encouraging additional support from other organizations.
"Toro is a valued friend of the association and its members," GCSAA CEO Steve Mona, CAE said. "Toro's support of The GCSAA Foundation mirrors its strong commitment to advancing the golf course management industry and the superintendent profession."
In addition to the corporate giving program, retired Toro executive and agronomist, James R. Watson, Ph.D. is among the leaders in the individual giving levels. Watson is recognized as a member of the Statesman's Club with cumulative giving between $10,000-$24,999. Other Statesman include Ben Crenshaw, Rees L. Jones, Hall Thompson and Tom Watson. Five others are honored for giving levels above the Statesman's Club.