Girlstart's STEM programs are only possible because of the support of our generous community of corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors. Today, we are highlighting a very special organization that has helped Girlstart bring our STEM education programs to the Austin community since 2002: the Topfer Family Foundation.
About the Topfer Family Foundation:
In 2000, Mort and Angela Topfer created a private foundation with the goal of positively impacting the lives of their neighbors while establishing a legacy of giving in their own family. The Topfers, along with their children, formed the foundation with a single shared philosophy: that by inspiring self-sufficiency- particularly in individuals with limited economic or social resources - they could leave an imprint on their communities that would benefit current and future generations.This became the cornerstone of the foundation's mission: to help people connect to the tools and resources they need to build self-sufficient and fulfilling lives.
Girlstart: What drove the Topfer Family Foundation to invest in STEM education for girls?
TFF: Girlstart was identified early on in the Foundation’s existence as an organization providing programs for girls that fit well in our Youth Enrichment focus area. The organization leadership is strong and the programs we have supported are well run and effective with proven and measurable results. Since 2002 TFF has granted $151,500 to Girstart.
Girlstart: What message would you tell girls who are thinking about studying STEM subjects or pursuing STEM careers?
TFF: There are a wide array of careers in the STEM fields, and they are some of the best-paying jobs with the greatest potential for job growth. Today, many traditionally male-dominated STEM fields are actively recruiting women. Girlstart offers opportunities to explore and enhance your personal strengths and interests in these areas early-on in life. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to!
Thank You, Topfer Family Foundation!