The John & Christine Tortorella Family Foundation for Giving Back

The John and Christine Tortorella Family Foundation for Giving Back (TFF) cares about the world and the communities in which we live. The TFF supports organizations and individuals who strive to improve the lives of children and animals and protect our environment.

Bear’s Angels

Named after the Tortorella’s beloved dog,  the Bear’s Angels Program partners with responsible rescues and shelters who help homeless and abused animals. TFF provides grants for spay and neuter, sanctuaries, horse rescue and rehabilitation, shelter improvement, alternatives to tethering, and programs that increase the chances of adoption for shelter dogs.

Enlighten Your World… READ!

The Tortorella Foundation believes that reading and writing skills are the cornerstones to a good education, and that exposure to music and art fosters the creative process in children. Our literacy program, Enlighten Your World – READ is our commitment to reach out and encourage children’s natural desire to learn by providing books, CD’s, journals and other materials, online, on our website:

Libros, Canciones y Poemas en Español

News

  • Thank You Ohio
    June 11, 2021
  • TFF Thanks Hockey & Hounds / Anthony Rothman (97.1 The Fan) and Telhio Union Bank
    June 11, 2021
  • Foundation Happily Co-Sponsored a Spay/Neuter Clinic for Save Ohio Pets in March
    June 11, 2021
  • Stubby & Rusty - New Children's book by Christine and Brittany Tortorella
    June 4, 2021
  • Charlie Gets Some Love From Suruluna
    March 29, 2021
  • Hockey & Hounds Shirts - Thank you to everyone who has helped deserving animals through the purchase of these shirts. Stay tuned for what's to come!
    March 15, 2021
  • 2020 Year In Review
    March 2, 2021
  • Columbus Monthly Covers Tortorellas' Passion of Helping Others
    December 2, 2020
  • You Tube Video Shows How to Make Simple Cat Shelter
    November 30, 2020
  • A New Home for Suruluna
    October 29, 2020
  • From Cage to Couch - The SPCA's Way Home Program
    October 11, 2020
  • Earn a Bear's Angels Humane Education Certificate!
    August 25, 2020
  • Third Annual Golf Outing to Benefit Homeless to Home
    August 20, 2020
  • Listen to "Stubby & Rusty" by Brittany and Christine Tortorella
    July 20, 2020
  • Bella Run Equine Offers Chevy a new life!
    July 16, 2020
  • Ohio Good Samaritan Legislation
    July 6, 2020
  • Helping Those Who Help: COVID-19 Grants Awarded
    May 22, 2020
  • Update on Franklin County Dog Shelter and Columbus Humane
    March 18, 2020
  • More Spotlight on Kindness 2019
    October 28, 2019

Our Mission

Created to enable our family to reach out to more children in disadvantaged situations, to help others who work to improve the lives of these children and their families, and to help those who protect children, animals and our environment from harm.  We believe that reading and writing skills are the cornerstones to a good education, and that exposure to music and art encourages the creative process in children. Our own literacy program, Enlighten Your World … READ! is our personal commitment to reach out and encourage the interest of children in reading, writing, music and art.

You are invited to browse our website to see some of the activities that we are involved in and to consider sponsorship of the program. All proifits of book sales go into the foundation literacy program for disadvantaged children.

We pledge to be forthright and involved with each entity we designate a recipient of any dollars we give through the foundation. Our family will often respond to time sensitive critical situations, with our personal support, because the need is immediate. There are often crisis situations, and immediately help may save a life of an animal. This can leave no time to properly put it through the processes of our foundation’s polices of discretion and discernment.

And thank you for giving back to those in need in your community.

– The Tortorella Family