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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, 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.
 
For our 100th year, we’re celebrating some of the people who make a difference and renewing our commitment to them.

See how we’re renewing our commitment to those who make a difference

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Caption: LETTERS FROM THE TIAA ARCHIVES

Voice: Undoubtedly the most serendipitous investment I have made in my life has been the one I made with TIAA. It has enabled me…

Voice: …daily bread, and I have such confidence in your organization that I have never had to worry…

Voice: Maybe I owe some of my longevity to the good people of TIAA-CREF who ensured that we…

Voice: …how could I live without your help? Retirement is great, but what is so pleasant is to receive monies for which one did not…

Voice: I must say that as one of your annuitants, I’ve not been a bargain for TIAA-CREF.

Voice: …in TIAA-CREF has helped me with her education, which included a PhD…I do not need…

Moderator: Andrew Carnegie could have done anything with his money.

Caption: NO MAN BECOMES RICH, UNLESS HE ENRICHES OTHERS.

But he understood that “No man becomes rich, unless he enriches others.” So, he set out to form a different kind of financial services company.

One built around ethics, ideals and investing for the long run. A company with true commitment at the heart of its mission.

In 1918, Andrew Carnegie created TIAA — to help educators achieve financial freedom and make a difference in the lives they touch.

Through the years, we’ve grown to also serve visionaries, nurturers and inventors across the not-for-profit landscape.

Caption: VISIONARIES NUTURERS INVENTORS

As our customers grew in numbers, their savings and investments made a positive impact on the world.

Today, we continue to help push the world forward as we help our customers achieve their financial goals.

We’re expanding our retail banking services, so that our customers can pursue financial well-being through every stage of their lives.

At the same time, we’re changing the face of cities, building iconic buildings, highways and airports…and bringing sustainability to farms and forests through our asset management business, Nuveen.

Caption: NUVEEN

And we continue to empower our institutions in even broader ways, through endowment and philanthropy management, and commercial lending.

After 100 years, we’re recommitting to helping a new generation make a difference as they define their own success story.

We’re still here for those who believe compassion is the world’s most valuable commodity.

For those who know that success is helping others succeed. We’re here for those who understand that the only way to improve the world is to change it.

We are TIAA.

And we’re here to make a difference for the Difference Makers.

Caption: WE’RE HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE DIFFERENCE MAKERS.

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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

100 years 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.
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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.
2017
We're named the Best Overall Large Fund Company by Lipper for the fifth straight year.
2018
100 Years
2018
TIAA celebrates 100 years of serving those who make a difference and renews our commitment for the next 100 years.
The Thomson Reuters Lipper 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 11/30/12, 11/30/13, 11/30/14, 11/30/15 and 11/30/2016, respectively. TIAA was ranked among 36 fund companies in 2012, 48 fund companies in 2013 and 2014, 37 fund companies in 2015 and 34 fund companies in 2016 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 Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five, or ten years. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2017 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. 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. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.
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