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STEM Education

ExploraVision & Toshiba America Foundation

In this spirit of innovation, the two main pillars of Toshiba's math and science educational initiative in North America are the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program and the Toshiba America Foundation.

Westinghouse "Forms of Energy" Video Contest

The Butler Senior High School located in Butler, Pa won the 2013 "Forms of Energy" video contest sponsored by Westinghouse, a Toshiba Group company. The contest calls on students to prepare a three- to seven-minute video on nuclear energy and two other forms of energy. The videos can be staged as a commercial, news broadcast, talk show, music video, documentary or other creative production. The winning schools receive $3,000 for their science departments.

Health Care Education

AHRA Putting Patients First Grant Program

Successful healthcare begins with proper diagnostics, and TAMS demonstrates its commitment to better patient care for children and adults through its Putting Patients First grant program, which emphasizes safety in diagnostic imaging.

Working in partnership with the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA), the TAMS-supported grants are awarded to facilities that implement programs to improve patient care and best practices for diagnostic imaging in the areas of CT, MR, ultrasound and x-ray. Six grants of up to $7,500 each are awarded to hospitals and imaging centers, with an additional grant of up to $20,000 awarded to an integrated delivery network (IDN).

ACHE Fund for Innovation in Health Care Leadership

Because today's healthcare community faces many extraordinary challenges, TAMS supports the development of our future healthcare leaders. TAMS is a sponsor of the American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE's) Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, promoting diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership, the exploration of complex ethical issues and innovations in healthcare management. The fund provides mid-level executives with leadership skills that help them address healthcare's complex issues.

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Community Education

Tall Ships Festival

Tall Ships FestivalThe Tall Ships Festival is the largest gathering of historic sail boats on the West Coast. The festival offers living history demonstrations, live music, an art show, ship tours, and other family-oriented activities.

Hosted by the Ocean Institute in the Dana Point Harbor, it is a celebration of California's maritime history that has become a favorite annual event.

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS) employees and their families participate in the festival by helping the crew of one of the tall ships during the Sail-In Parade, and giving visitors to the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge.

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Adopt a class TABS sponsors a class and the teacher in Anaheim, CA to participate in the Ocean Institute's ocean education programs. Students learn about the Ocean Institute's Marine Life Refuge. TABS employees accompany students on their trips.

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Toshiba Classic Scholarship

Mark Siimons and 2011 Scholarship Finalist Toshiba has been sponsoring the Toshiba Classic Scholarship for 16 years, which has awarded over $249,000 in scholarships and support to local schools and over $400,000 worth of Toshiba laptops to deserving local high schools and seniors. Through the successful "Shot from the Top" event, more than $150,000 in Toshiba laptops have been donated to local classrooms to help with the growing need for technology.

Students go through an intensive application and interview process for what has become one of the most prestigious annual scholarships offered to Orange County students.

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Protection of the Environment

Tree Planting

In support of Toshiba Group's plan to plant 1.5 million trees worldwide by 2025 in commemoration of its 150-year anniversary. Toshiba America began holding tree planting events in May 2008. To date, more than 100,000 trees have been planted in the Americas. For more information on Toshiba Group's Tree Planting Initiative, please visit External Icon

Tree Planting TIC employees and their families demonstrated their commitment to environmental sustainability in the community as they worked with local residents and Boy Scouts to replenish and beautify the area near our TIC Houston facility. Together, they replaced 70 trees that failed to survive the area's extreme drought. They watered and mulched new and existing trees and cleaned up the Hike & Bike Trail along White Oak Bayou in Houston.

Earth Day Cleanup Events from TAIS (Toshiba America Information Systems) and TABS

San Jose Guadalupe RiverEmployee "Day of Service" in Irvine, CA
TABS and TAIS followed the format they began last year with Earth Day celebration plans, offering a "day of service" to all employees that will give them an opportunity to participate in volunteer events associated with Earth Day.

Irvine Ranch Group

TAIS and TABS coordinated several events during Earth Week for their employees to participate in a day of service. TAIS in San Jose, CA worked with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for an event on April 19 that included weeding, spreading mulch/wood, river cleanup and planting. Additionally, TAIS in Irvine, CA partnered with TABS for two events, including the Ocean Institute Beach Clean-Up on April 20, and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy Native Plant Farm clean-up on April 21.

Toshiba Tree Planting Initiatives - NY Tree Planting
Toshiba America's Chairman CEO, executives from Million Tree NYC, Earth Day NY, and Xavier High School students.

As part of Toshiba's Environmental Vision 2050 and Toshiba's plan to plant 1.5 million trees worldwide by 2025, and in collaboration with Million Tree NYC, Earth Day NY, NY Parks Department, TAI held a tree planting event on April 17th at Randall's Island, just to the North East of Manhattan. TAI's CEO led the Toshiba team, which was joined by 30 students from Xavier High School in Manhattan and 20 people from other partner organizations.

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Director from Million Trees NYC, and the Executive Director from Earth Day NY also joined and applauded Toshiba's initiative during the event. Toshiba planted 40 trees to commemorate Earth Day (4/22)'s 40 year anniversary.

Westinghouse Tree Planting Initiative - Cranberry, Pennsylvania
Westinghouse Tree Planing

Westinghouse employees planted 100 pine trees and mulched a playground at nearby Cranberry Community Park as part of a volunteer day held in May. The trees were donated by Westinghouse as part of its "N-Vision a Greener Future" tree-planting initiative. The park is located a few miles from Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township north of Pittsburgh.

Power to the People

Power to the People Panels to RoofPower to the People is a grassroots organization bringing solar power to schools and medical facilities in remote villages throughout Nicaragua. In December, ten TAEC volunteers visited the isolated town of El Caribe. The town and its surrounding villages are home to more than 5,000 people living without electricity or access to basic services such as health care, secondary education and telephone lines. A single two-room schoolhouse serves the entire community's children. Power to the People volunteers installed a 900W photovoltaic system at the school, providing dependable AC power and lights. The system includes a PV battery charging station that allowstownspeople to charge their cars and a battery that powers a single light bulb for 50 hours.

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Disaster Relief

Southern Relief Efforts

Last April's tornadoes were devastating to many in the South, and Toshiba's proud to be doing our part to help with rebuilding efforts. Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) in New York City, donated $10,000 to American Red Cross Southern Relief efforts after tornados and rivers rise in in May 2011. Most recently, Toshiba provided in-kind product donations of Toshiba laptops, TVs uninterruptable power supplying devices, and photocopiers to to Habitat for Humanity to help them rebuild their offices and to more efficiently aid reconstruction in stricken regions in both Alabama and Tennessee. The in-kind technology donations follow Toshiba Corp.'s pledge of over $50,000 made in June to help recovery and cleanup efforts throughout the impacted communities. The company’s overall in-kind donations will total nearly $65,000.

Toshiba Group Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Toshiba Group initially decided to make a donation equivalent to 500 million yen (approximately $6 million) immediately after the earthquake, in order to contribute to relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the disaster. Toshiba Group has now decided to donate an additional 500 million yen (approx $6 Million), raising the total donation to 1 billion yen ($12 Million).

Earthquake and Tsunami Recovery: Toshiba Group is supplying free residential photovoltaic power generation systems, rechargeable batteries and energy-efficient home appliances, including LCD TVs, air-conditioners, refrigerators, rice cookers and LED lighting for 100 public housing units the government is providing for earthquake victims in the region.

Toshiba America is also supporting American Red Cross earthquake relief efforts with employee donations matching the amount of over $85,000 donated by Toshiba America Companies in June 2011. Toshiba employees in the U.S. have raised over $125,000.

Westinghouse Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts
Red Cross Certificate

Red Cross officials visited Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, on May 24 to thank the company for its support of Japan relief and recovery efforts.

Westinghouse donated $1 million to the overall effort. The majority of the contribution went to the Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund; the remainder went to the Village of Tokai, which sustained significant damage from the disaster. Tokai is the location of a Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI) facility; Westinghouse is NFI's majority owner.

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Social Welfare

Habitat For Humanity®

Habitat for Humanity of Orange CountyIn order to help strengthen community pride, TABS and TAIS participated in several "build days." As a Whole House sponsor, Toshiba contributed $250,000 toward building one of the 27 new homes in San Juan Capistrano as part of the Habitat for Heroes & Foundations for Families™ project.

As the group's Official Technology Sponsor, Toshiba has committed to donate 150 laptops in Habitat for Humanity homes over the next three years.

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South County Outreach

TAIS annually donates hundreds of pounds of canned and other non-perishable items to the food pantry South County Outreach, an Orange County, non-profit, providing a host of services to help the community's homeless, unemployed, and underemployed supporting over 900 families per month.

Toshiba also became the Official Technology Sponsor of South County Outreach, outfitting its computer learning lab with 24 new laptops.

United Ways

TIC carries out an annual United Way fund raising campaign and raise fund to help support children in need. The United Way donation is driven by its employee and the company matches.

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Promotion of Sport and Culture

Toshiba Classic

Toshiba ClassicToshiba has been title sponsor of the Toshiba Classic since 1994. Toshiba Classic is one of the most charitable golf tournaments on the PGA Champions Tour. For the 16 past years it has raised almost $16 million for more than 45 different charities making a significant impact in the Orange County community.

The primary beneficiary of the tournament is Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, a nationally acclaimed facility that provides world-class healthcare. These charitable accomplishments are a testament to the generous support of the Toshiba Classic's sponsors and the tireless efforts of its more than 1,000 community volunteers.

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Support to Cultural Institutions

Toshiba supports New York cultural institutions such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

International Exchanges

  • Toshiba TOMODACHI STEM Leadership Academy to help foster US and Japanese high school students and teachers STEM literacy and leadership.
  • Toshiba supports Japanese cultural institutions such as Japan Society and JCCI.
  • The Toshiba International Foundation's mission is International Cultural Exchange. Click here External Icon for more information.

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