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First Trust Cares was created in 2006 as a way for the employees of First Trust Portfolios to “give back”. First Trust Cares grew quickly, and by 2011, was involved with 28 different charities and organizations.

The FT Cares Foundation, created in early 2012 as a 501(c)(3), has now touched all 50 states and 18 countries.


In mid-2017, the Foundation realized the milestone of donating a total of $1 million dollars to over 225 charitable organizations. In our first five years, we are proud that over 528 charitable donations/initiatives have been achieved.

The FT Cares Foundation's torch logo symbolizes the light of hope and help that we are bringing to others.


Since its founding, we have always used this axiom as our guiding light, and we will continue to dream and to grow:

Dream things that never were and ask why not...


Locally, the Foundation supports many organizations in DuPage County and surrounding counties. We also

work with several organizations ​throughout the Chicagoland area that are working to make a difference.


Nationally, we are proud to have partnered with organizations throughout the U.S.,

including several disaster relief organizations.



Globally, the Foundation has partnered with organizations making a difference throughout the world. Foundation members have traveled to Rwanda, Guatemala and Mexico and the Foundation

has funded projects in 18 countries.