Bob and Jane Toll made philanthropy and social justice an integral part of their lives. In addition to their avid support of nonproﬁt organizations including the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society, they were hands-on leaders and supporters of numerous causes.
Bob and Jane were major benefactors of Seeds of Peace, an organization that brings together youth and educators from areas of conflict in the world to its camp in Maine. In addition to providing the land for the Seeds of Peace camp on the site of the former Camp Powhatan, which he attended as a young boy, Bob’s involvement in the program over the years ranged from serving on the Board of Directors to teaching boating skills to the campers.
“Seeds of Peace is one of the few organizations that will actually make a difference, not just in the Middle East and South Asia, but to the whole world that is impacted by their conflicts.” - Bob TollLearn More
Bob and Jane worked with the Say Yes to Education Foundation to sponsor 58 third graders from William F. Harrity Elementary, an inner-city school in West Philadelphia. In addition to pledging to pay for their college or vocational school expenses, the Tolls sponsored various educational enrichment and mentoring programs for the children throughout their school years and have continued to stay connected with many of them.
“I hope I'm helping the city and the children, especially, and hope in 30 or 40 years they will be back here helping someone else.” - Bob TollLearn More
Bob was also dedicated to giving back to the educational institutions he attended by serving on the Boards of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Cornell Real Estate Council. Along with supporting numerous other educational programs over the years, The Robert and Jane Toll Foundation recently pledged over $50 million to Penn Law to expand the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows Program that supports students who are pursuing careers in public service and social justice.
“Our goal is to greatly increase the number of students entering careers in public interest. It's my hope that this opportunity leads to even more tangible, positive change from future Law School graduates.”
- Bob Toll