Founded in 1993, The O’Toole Family Foundation is a national non-profit organization co-chaired by Terry and Polly O’Toole. The Foundation’s priority concerns are education, sustaining quality journalism, and life and wellbeing. Donations are made to a range of organizations in these areas including educational and healthcare institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and public radio.
Who We Are
- O’Toole Family Foundation is established
- O’Toole Family Endowed Fund for Excellence in Journalism at Villanova University is created
- Endowed the William and Helen O’Toole Dean’s Chair of the Villanova School of Business
- Dr. Edward Trayes Scholarship for student journalists is created with the Dow Jones News Fund
- Donation made to support new campus facilities at Stanford University Graduate School of Business
- O’Toole Family Faculty Fund at Stanford University Graduate School of Business is created
- Initiated the O’Toole Scholarship Funds through the Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children in Newark, NJ to support students attending high schools in the Archdiocese of Newark
- O’Toole Family Endowed Scholarship Fund is created at Villanova University
- Pledged lead gift to fund construction of new squash facility at The Pingry School
- Gift to support the construction of a new residence hall at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, named in honor of Professor Jack McDonald
- Gift to support construction of new facility for Spine Institute at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City
Terry O’Toole is Co-Chair and Trustee of The O’Toole Family Foundation. Terry and his wife, Polly, established The O’Toole Family Foundation in 1993 as their primary vehicle for philanthropy. Originally focused on education, the foundation’s initiatives have been expanded to include sustaining quality journalism and supporting various cultural, athletic and other community-enhancing programs.
In addition to his work with the foundation, Terry is the Founder and Managing Member at Macanta Investments LLC, a private investment entity. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member at Fremont Macanta LLC.
Prior to Macanta, Terry was a Co-Managing Member of Tinicum Capital Partners II LP from 2005 until 2012, when he became the Co-Managing Member of Tinicum LP. Prior to 2005, Terry was a partner at Goldman Sachs and a member of its investment committee; his 21-year career at Goldman Sachs culminating as the Chief Operating Officer of the Principal Investment Area.
Terry received a BS in Economics in 1980 from Villanova University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA in 1983 from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was named the Henry Ford Scholar as the top student in his class. Terry maintains strong ties with his alma mater, serving on the Board of Trustees at Villanova from 2001 to 2012, including as the Board Chair, and currently as Co-Chair of Villanova’s capital campaign.
Terry is an avid squash player and currently sits on the Board of Directors of US Squash. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Polly O’Toole is Co-Chair and Trustee of The O’Toole Family Foundation. An active philanthropist and social advocate, Polly is passionate about providing opportunities to children, particularly in the greater Newark, New Jersey region. She has served as a Trustee for the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, a member the New Jersey Governor’s School Board of Overseers and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children.
Her volunteer activities have included work with The Pingry School, tutoring inner-city youth with the Street Squash organization, and fundraising for Happiness Unlimited, an organization that specialized in granting wishes to adults with cancer. Polly has also been recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by The Junior League of Short Hills and the Oranges, New Jersey.
Prior to focusing her time on philanthropy and volunteering, Polly worked in Institutional Equity Sales for Kidder, Peabody & Co. She graduated from Rosemont College with a BA in Sociology.