The Darden Foundation
Supporting BGCA's d2D -- Diplomas to Degrees -- educational program.
Darden's d2D

Darden Restaurants has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to develop its premier college readiness, access and success program Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), which provides a range of services to help guide Club members through high school and plan for their post-secondary education and career success. The program was piloted in 10 U.S. cities with approximately 800 teens and was officially launched to all Clubs in the summer of 2012.

Additionally, over the course of this five-year partnership, Club members have access to college trips and scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.  

About The Darden Foundation
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants. Total giving in fiscal year 2012 amounted to $7.8 million, 20 percent of which is represented by the Restaurant Community Grants Program. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants.  

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In its 2012 Philanthropy 400 report, The Chronicle of Philanthropy placed Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the No. 1 position among youth organizations for the 19th consecutive year.