The WFG Foundation

The WFG Foundation supports WFG’s belief that no organization can consider itself truly successful without giving back to the community – and the Foundation has done just that by funding life-changing programs throughout the United States and worldwide.

Founded in 2002, the WFG Foundation is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families in local and global communities. The WFG Foundation raises money through individual and corporate donations to support charitable projects and to fund matching grants that can effectively double qualified charitable contributions given by WFG associates to U.S.-based causes important to them. The WFG Foundation in the United States and The WFG Charitable Trust in Canada, along with donations from our U.S. and Canadian associates, have funded more than $2 million in matching grants.

2012 Charities Helped

  • American Cancer Society
  • Dalat  University Alumni Charitable Trust
  • Cullman Caring for Kids
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio
  • Benefit Tomorrow
  • Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Foundation
  • Brooklyn Community Services
  • Best Buddies Utah
  • Houston Eye Association Foundation
  • Misericordia Home
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Texas Association of Mapau Alumni
  • American Friends of International China Concern
  • Meadowlark Manor
  • Dismas/Magdalene Project Inc.
  • Aid to Children Without Parents

Donations and contributions are vital to the existence of the WFG Foundation. Without these funds, our organization would not be able to continue to help the many charities we support throughout the United States and abroad.

Matching Grants Program

WFG Foundation Matching Grants have helped double the generosity of WFG associates and have supported causes addressing major issues such as:

  • Hunger
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Children’s health and welfare
  • Disease and disability
  • Education
  • Humanitarian and disaster relief
  • Medical research
  • Community and cultural programs

Some Organizations Helped Since 2002

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Parkinson’s Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Aid to Children Without Parents
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • CARE
  • Feed the Children
  • San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Camp Connection – Ranch Camp for Autism
  • Caring House Project
  • Community Partners for Affordable Housing
  • Paula and Anthony Rich Center for Autism
  • Gracie’s Hope
  • Tzu Chi Foundation U.S.A.
  • Local children’s hospitals
  • Local food banks

Fundraising & Events – Fun for a Cause

In addition to individual and corporate donations, the WFG Foundation raises funds at various WFG events and holds the WFG Classic & Charity Auction, an annual golf tournament with a live and silent auction to benefit the WFG Foundation.

Golf Classic & Charity Auction

Since 2007, the WFG Golf Classic & Charity Auction has been a chance for WFG executives, associates and product providers to come together to help raise funds for the WFG Foundation. The annual event, held at some of the most picturesque resorts in North America, offers an exclusive opportunity to challenge some of WFG’s most serious — or not so serious — golfers while also helping to raise funds for a number of worthy causes. Each year, associates make this event successful by participating in a foursome, donating an auction item, and/or bidding for exclusive items and experiences. Fantastic items are always featured in the auction, and previous years have included the following:

  • A trip for two to China with EVC and WFG Board of Directors member Xuan Nguyen
  • Attendance to the NYC Marathon as a guest of race sponsor ING
  • A trip to the amazing Calgary Stampede to enjoy the event in the famous Lazy S’s Executive Suite
  • A golf outing with Joe DiPaola, President and CEO of World Financial Group, Inc.
  • An autographed, framed photograph of Transamerica-sponsored golfer Zach Johnson
  • A week at La Salamandre, WFG’s exclusive luxury villa on the island of St. Martin

WFG Foundation Share Bear Program

In 2006, The WFG Foundation began its Share Bear Program to raise funds and to help WFG associates spread their legacy of heart to children in need in their local communities.

WFG associates donate a set amount and receive Share Bears to give to sick children at local hospitals or to their local fire and police departments, shelters, and other organizations that can give the bears to children who need comfort during traumatic situations.

The WFG Foundation issues a new collectible bear every year.

The Share Bear Collection

  • 2012 – Paws
  • 2011 – Black Bear
  • 2010 – Super Hero Share Bear
  • 2009 – Baseball Share Bear
  • 2008 – Panda Share Bear*
  • 2007 – Fighter Pilot Share Bear*
  • 2006 – Original Share Bears*

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