Honoring those who make a difference

During these times of uncertainty facing us all, we’re proud to share how Difference Makers working at our partner institutions and here at TIAA are rising to overcome today’s challenges.

Serving others with passion and purpose is more than a full-time job

The organizations we serve are determined to improve the lives of others. Read these amazing stories about some of their Difference Makers.
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Difference Makers are changing the world

Read more about our partners and associates who are helping to change the world.


The Difference Maker 100 initiative

To mark our centennial in 2018, we recognized 100 nonprofit employees who made a difference in the world. They’re our inspiration to continue to serve and support Difference Makers for the next century.
Ismail Abdurrashid (Boston, Mass.)
College Bound Dorchester
Chike Aguh (Beltsville, Md.)
Jeanne Alter (Astoria, N.Y.)
Kennedy Children’s Center
Kimberly Appelt (New Canaan, Conn.)
Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership Corporation
Suzanne Baker (Livonia, Mich.)
Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia
Nancy Ballard (Petaluma, Calif.)
Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo, Inc.
Susan Binkley (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Blue Monarch
Melissa Blackmon (Clayton, N.C.)
Donate Life North Carolina
Eva Bornstein (New York, N.Y.)
Lehman College Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Caroline Boudreaux (Austin, Texas)
Miracle Foundation
Garry Bowie (Long Beach, Calif.)
Being Alive: People Living with AIDS Action Coalition
Breanna Branch (Oakland, Calif.)
Stephanie Burch (Hampton, Va.)
Virginia Beach Justice Initiative
Ron Byrne (Altamont, N.Y.)
Umbrella of the Capital District, Inc.
Evelyn Calip (Harbor City, Calif.)
Evelyn’s Breast Friends Forever, Inc.
Rebecca Campbell (Sarasota, Fla.)
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Inc.
Laura Capello (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Marcelo Cardarelli (Fairfax, Va.)
The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance
Mark Carlson (Acton, Mass.)
The Children’s Center for Communication and Beverly School for the Deaf
Christopher Cooley (Pittsburg, Pa.)
Serving Other Souls, Inc.
Gary Cornwell (Gainesville, Fla.)
Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes, Inc.
Paula Daniels (LaVergne, Tenn.)
Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency
Sharon Darling (Louisville, Ky.)
National Center for Families Learning
Lisa DeSantis (Paramus, N.J.)
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Liz Dunbar (Tacoma, Wash.)
Tacoma Community House
Grace Feldman (New Haven, Conn.)
Neighborhood Music School
Mary Ellen Fitzgerald (Abington, Pa.)
Breathing Room Foundation
Sister Teresa Fitzgerald (Astoria, N.Y.)
Hour Children, Inc.
Jaclyn Fratangelo (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Abilities United
Sarah Garman (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
North Campus Food Pantry for Students
Roger Gonzalez (El Paso, Texas)
LIMBS International
Debbie Greenberg (St. Louis, Mo.)
A Million Stars, Inc. DBA College Bound
Inger Griffin (Livonia, Mich.)
The Emily Ann Griffin Foundation
Pete Griffin (Nashville, Tenn.)
Musicians On Call
Abigail Harrison (Wellesley, Mass.)
The Mars Generation
Tera Hilliard (Hawthorne, Calif.)
Forgotten Children, Inc.
Barbara Hoffman (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Red Means Stop Coalition

Nancy Hughes (Eugene, Ore.)
StoveTeam International
Jill Isenbarger (Pelham, N.Y.)
The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Kanti Jain (Alpine, N.J.)
International Human Benefit Services
Rosemarie Jefferson (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Inn Dwelling
Mary Keane (Yonkers, N.Y.)
You Gotta Believe
Alex Landberg (Des Plaines, Ill.)
Chicago Run
Allan Law (Edina, Minn.)
Love One Another Minneapolis Recreation Development, Inc.
Marianne Legato (New York, N.Y.)
Foundation Gender-Specific Medicine
Shari Lewis (Chicago, Ill.)
Project H.O.O.D.
Dan Lill (Rochester, N.Y.)
R Community Bikes, Inc.
Danielle Maloof (Glendora, Calif.)
Save the Heartbeat
Albert Manero (Orlando, Fla.)
Limbitless Solutions
Jerria Martin (Selma, Ala.)
Drug Free Communities of Dallas County
Kerri Martin (Asbury Park, N.J.)
Second Life Bikes
Kyle Matthews (Tampa, Fla.)
Beat Nb Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Michael McGuire (Jacksonville, Fla.)
River Oak Center
Gayle McPherson (Winfield, Kan.)
Eagle Nest, Inc.
Jennifer McVoy (Grand Haven Township, Mich.)
Out Side In, Inc.
Jeri Millard (Jacksonville, Fla.)
In the Pink Boutique, Inc.
Stacy Moore (Philomath, Ore.)
Institute for Applied Ecology
Brian Morello (Oakland, N.J.)
Family Reach Foundation
Sheila Morovati (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Crayon Collection
Rick Nahmias (Van Nuys, Calif.)
Food Forward
Darlene Nakayama (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Palolo Chinese Home
Staci Nichols (Little Falls, N.Y.)
Herkimer County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc. DBA Arc Herkimer
Keith Norris (Elkton, Va.)
World Hope International
Gary Oberstein (Walpole, Mass.)
Above the Clouds
Elizabeth O'Donnell (Hamburg, N.Y.)
Gliding Stars, Inc.
Jodi O'Donnell-Ames (Titusville, N.J.)
Hope Loves Company, Inc.
Lynn Olson (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Language Central, Inc.
John Orr (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Art-Reach, Inc.
Robert Picard (Pocatello, Idaho)
Health West, Inc.
Lee Ponsky, MD (Moreland Hills, Ohio)
MedWish International
Cathy Poznik (Twinsburg, Ohio)
Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation
Tyler Radford (Kew Gardens, N.Y)
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Julie Rasmuson (Stewartstown, Pa.)
Autism York
Diana Richardson (Eugene, Ore.)
Makindu Children’s Program
Michelle Roberts (Powhatan, Va.)
Miracles in Motion
Melanie Rodriguez (Nutley, N.J.)
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern N.J.
Heather Rossi (Cary, N.C.)
Centerstone Military Services
Sharon Runge (Catonsville, Md.)
Kenya Connect
Nicole Russell (Guttenberg, N.J.)
Precious Dreams Foundation
Lucia Sacco (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Tompkins County Senior Citizens Council, Inc., DBA Lifelong
David Sack (Fallston, Md.)
Child Health Foundation
Miesha Sanders (Saint Paul, Minn.)
Parent Teacher Home Visits
Jessica Schreiber (New York, N.Y.)
Angela Settle (Charleston, W.Va.)
West Virginia Health Right, Inc.
Bette Sherman (Denton, Texas)
Denton Animal Support Foundation, Inc.
James Short (La Jolla, Calif.)
Padres Pedal the Cause
Aaron Slatton (New Haven, Ind.)
Indiana Institute of Technology
Michael Slaymaker (Orlando, Fla.)
Orlando Youth Alliance
Julia Sleeper-Whiting (Lewiston, Maine)
Tree Street Youth
Robin Smalley (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Timothy Solberg (St. Louis, Mo.)
Project Medishare for Haiti
Sister Peg Spindler (Gary, Ind.)
Sojourner Truth House
Nicole Steele (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Diamond In The Rough Youth Development Program, Inc.
Jarrett Stein (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Rebel Ventures
Elizabeth Swiman (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Florida State University
Kyle Thomas (Crested Butte, Colo.)
Peace of Adventure
Christine Thompson (Boydton, Va.)
Humanity Road, Inc.
Marianna Tu (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
America Needs You
Kathleen Webb (Wichita, Kan.)
Children First CEO Kansas
Sophie Wysocki (Broomfield, Colo.)
Agape International Missions