Tory Burch Foundation and Bank of America Support Women Entrepreneurs With Increased Funding

$50 Million Capital Commitment Will Connect More Women Entrepreneurs
to Affordable Loans

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bank of America today announced an additional $20 million in funding
available through the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program to connect
more women entrepreneurs to affordable loans, administered by community
development financial institutions (CDFIs). Since launching in January
2014, more than $30 million in capital has been deployed to more than
1,400 women entrepreneurs, bringing the total capital program commitment
to $50 million.

“Our work with the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program represents one
way we are able to deploy capital in support of sustainable economic
growth in our local communities,” said Anne Finucane, vice chairman,
Bank of America. “The program elevates economic and social progress for
women entrepreneurs and helps to grow small businesses in communities
across the U.S.”

Bank of America is the largest investor in CDFIs, with more than $1.5
billion in investments to more than 260 CDFIs across the U.S. and the
District of Columbia. The Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program, powered
by Bank of America, aims to increase the number and size of businesses
owned and led by women, creating communities of women entrepreneurs and
advancing economic growth across the country.

“Access to capital is one of the biggest obstacles women entrepreneurs
face today. Just $1 in $23 in loans goes to women-owned businesses, and
that needs to change,” said Tory Burch, founder of the Tory Burch
Foundation. “Our capital program with Bank of America is helping to
level the playing field, and we are absolutely thrilled to continue our
partnership and build on our success with the bank’s increased
commitment of capital.”

The capital program is currently operating in 16 U.S. states. The CDFIs
listed below are participating in the capital program and offering a 2
percent interest rate reduction on loans for qualifying borrowers:

  • Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE): Georgia
  • Accion: Illinois (Chicago and surrounding areas), New York, Florida,
    Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico
  • Carolina Small Business Development Fund: North Carolina
  • Entrepreneurs Works: Pennsylvania
  • justinePETERSEN: Missouri (metro St. Louis), Illinois (downstate),
  • Opportunity Fund: Northern California
  • PeopleFund: Texas
  • Union County Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC): New Jersey
  • VEDC: Southern California, Nevada

One of the capital program’s success stories is that of entrepreneur and
dance instructor Toni Ricci, who opened her Elite Dance and Performing
Arts Center in Woodland Hills, Calif. Ricci needed working capital to
grow her business, but with a low credit score and no savings, she
couldn’t get a loan from traditional sources.

A Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program loan, administered through VEDC,
a nonprofit CDFI in L.A., was game-changing. “We started with 60
students; now, we have nearly 400 students and offer more than 100
weekly classes. We also train 15 competitive teams that travel across
the country,” said Ricci, whose business now has 20 employees.

Today, Bank of America is hosting a thought leadership event, “Women
Driving Economic & Social Progress” (#WomenLead), at The Getty Center in
Los Angeles, bringing together influential women leaders to discuss
women’s empowerment. Featured speakers include:

  • Tory Burch, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Tory Burch LLC and
    founder of the Tory Burch Foundation
  • Ruth Garcia-Corrales, executive director, VEDC Women’s Business Center
  • Anne Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America
  • Maria Shriver, journalist, author and founder of The Women’s
    Alzheimer’s Movement
  • Melanne Verveer, Seneca Women co-founder and Georgetown Institute for
    Women, Peace and Security executive director

For more information about the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program,
please visit
For information about Bank of America’s commitment to empowering women
leaders, please visit

About The Tory Burch Foundation
The Tory Burch Foundation empowers
women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and
digital resources. In the past year, the Foundation provided online
tools and digital education to more than 200,000 women entrepreneurs and
more than 10,000 women created their business plans on
The Foundation’s global initiative, #EmbraceAmbition
launched in March 2017, encouraging women everywhere to own their power,
their drive and their dreams. Follow the Tory Burch Foundation on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and Twitter with
the hashtag #EmbraceAmbition.

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Reporters May Contact:
Noelle Bell, Bank of America, 1.980.388.6791
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