Why TIAA

Who we are

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Our Mission

Created to serve. Built to perform.

TIAA started out over 100 years ago to help ensure teachers could retire with dignity. Today, many people who work at not-for-profits rely on our wide range of financial products and services to support and strengthen their financial well-being.
Our professionals

We are TIAA

One of the best reasons to choose TIAA is the people who work here. Our culture allows all employees to contribute their unique talents, so we can bring you fresh ideas from different perspectives.
We’re proud of our diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
TIAA gives back to the communities where we live.
Our employees walk the walk, when it comes to our values.
our history

Over a century of serving those who do good in the world

We created a sustainable retirement system for teachers and today we are the leader in serving the financial needs of people in academic, government, medical, cultural and other nonprofit fields. We're committed to do the same for the next 100 years.
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 Andrew Carnegie
"No man becomes rich unless he enriches others."
Andrew Carnegie, Founder
1918
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching establishes Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) to provide guaranteed retirement income and life insurance to educators.
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1936
TIAA offers Collective Decreasing Insurance, a new form of life insurance.
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TIAA establishes College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), offering the nation’s first variable annuity to help investors fight inflation.
 
“[It's] the biggest development in the insurance investment business since the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935.”
- Fortune editor
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1967
TIAA life insurance is #1 in growth according to Fortune magazine.
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1974
Congressional committee cites TIAA-CREF as an outstanding example of pension fund management and fiduciary responsibility as Congress enacts ERISA legislation to help protect plan participants.
1979
CREF becomes one of the first major pension funds to invest in stocks traded on foreign stock exchanges.
"TIAA-CREF has measured up to the test of change. But we’ve also met the test of time."
Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., Chairman and CEO, 1987-93
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1982
The first TIAA-CREF offices outside New York open in Atlanta and San Francisco.
1990
1990
CREF introduces CREF Social Choice Account to give our customers a socially responsible investment option.
1992
We introduced Rollover IRAs, to make it easier for people to save for retirement all in one place.
1995
Pensions & Investments named us the largest pension organization in the nation.
1998
TIAA enters the 529 college savings plan market as a service provider to help parents save for education.
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2016
TIAA–CREF becomes TIAA. While our name has changed, our commitment to our customers and clients remains the same.
2018
We're named the Best Overall Large Fund Company by Lipper for the sixth straight year.
100 Years
2018
TIAA celebrates 100 years of serving those who make a difference and renews our commitment for the next 100 years.
2019
We’re named the Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Group by Refinitiv for the 4th consecutive year.
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2020
We’re named the Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Group by Refinitiv for the 5th consecutive year.
The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. Lipper Leaders fund ratings do not constitute and are not intended to constitute investment advice or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security of any entity in any jurisdiction. For more information, see lipperfundawards.com.  Lipper Fund Awards from Refinitiv, ©2020 Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Used under license.  The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the mixed-asset category.  Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit TIAA.org solicitation of an offer to buy any security of any entity in any jurisdiction. For more information, see lipperfundawards.com.  Lipper Fund Awards from Refinitiv, ©2020 Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Used under license.  The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the mixed-asset category.  Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses please visit TIAA.org.
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