In 2012, the Limited Brands Foundation granted more than $9 million to various non-profit organizations in our home office communities. Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has contributed more than $100 million to support non-profit organizations, and is committed to supporting community programs that focus on the health and empowerment of women, the nurturing and mentoring of children and improving education.
Also embedded in our focus is a commitment to inclusion. As one of our company's core values, we understand, appreciate and leverage diversity to provide value for our customers, associates and shareholders. Our philanthropic efforts represent a rich mixture of backgrounds, insights and perspectives.
Going hand-in-hand with our efforts to help improve education is our commitment to enriching the cultural arts. We believe that vibrant cultural arts are synonymous with vibrant and diverse communities - exposing us to new works and different perspectives that not only entertain, but educate and challenge us to think about how we live today.