Victoria Bennett has been named as the development manager for Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA).
Bennett grew up in Lexington and is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She has spent the last several years working in the areas of philanthropy and development, most recently with the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Penn.
"I am excited to be a part of all of the wonderful work accomplished by TCA and its supported charities," Bennett said. "It is also great to be back home in Lexington, and I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the local community."
Bennett will be responsible for administering TCA's donor database, implementing new development initiatives, and assisting with TCA's largest annual fundraiser, the annual stallion season auction. Bennett will be the second full-time employee for TCA, joining executive director Erin Crady.
TCA's mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming, and retirement organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs; and research organizations.
Since its inception in 1990, TCA has granted over $22 million to more than 200 charities. From 2000-2016, more than 95% of TCA's expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).