Our Mission—

To transform lives and serve others.

Who We Are

Who We AreThe FT Cares Foundation works to transform lives​, locally, nationally and globally. Through the Foundation, we’re committing our resources and employees to show how much First Trust Cares and how, together, we can help change the world.

First Trust Cares  was an initiative created in 2006 as a way for the employees of First Trust Portfolios and Bondwave to “give back”. In that first year, we did four initiatives: we gave to the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas (locally in DuPage County) and were involved with the national initiative to end breast cancer. We also donated to the USO that year. By 2011, the First Trust Cares initiative had grown and was involved in 28 different charities and organizations.

In early 2012, after five successful years of charity work, and having increased giving each year, the process of creating a Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, began. In May, 2012, the IRS granted tax-exempt status to FT Cares Foundation. The Foundation, which now has five officers, a Director of Development, and a Board of Directors, has a broad mandate: to continue to grow each year and transform lives locally, nationally and globally.