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OUR MISSION

Created to serve. Built to perform.

TIAA started out nearly 100 years ago, to help ensure teachers could retire with dignity. Today, millions of people who work at not-for-profits, including academic, research, medical, government and cultural fields, 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

Nearly 100 years of dedicated service

Our first challenge was creating a sustainable retirement system for teachers. We started a whole new industry and today we are the leader in serving the financial needs of people in academic, government, medical, cultural and other not-for-profit fields.
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1910
 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.
1920
1930
1936
TIAA offers Collective Decreasing Insurance, a new form of life insurance.
1940
1950
1952
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
1960
1967
TIAA life insurance is #1 in growth according to Fortune magazine.
1970
1974
Congressional committee cites TIAA-CREF as an outstanding example of pension fund management and fiduciary responsibility as Congress enacts ERISA legislation to 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
1980
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 to help parents save for education.
2000
"Our values make us a different kind of financial services organization, known for our integrity ... That will never change."
Roger Ferguson, current President and CEO
2010
2016
2016
TIAA-CREF becomes TIAA. Although our name has changed, our commitment to our customers and clients remains the same.
2016
We're named the Best Overall Large Fund Company by Thomson Reuters Lipper for the fourth straight year.
From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2016 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. The Thomson Reuters Lipper Overall Large Fund Award and Thomson Reuters Lipper Mixed Asset Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period ended 11/30/15. TIAA was ranked among 37 fund companies in the Overall Large category and 39 fund companies in Best Mixed Assets category in 2015 with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. Classification averages are calculated with all eligible share classes for each eligible classification. The calculation periods extend over 36, 60, and 120 months. The highest Thomson Reuters Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five, or ten years. A detailed awards methodology can be found at http://excellence.thomsonreuters.com/award/lipper . Class I Shares have no sales charge and may be purchased only by specified classes of investors. Other fund share class purchases may be subject to a front-end sales load. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. For current performance and rankings, please visit the Research and Performance section on TIAA.org.
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