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2019 Year in Review: Thornton Tomasetti Foundation

July 27, 2020
Richard Tomasetti Consultant & Founding Principal, Chairman Emeritus, Thornton Tomasetti Foundation
Students and local residents celebrate the opening of the Mdlasomi footbridge in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Courtesy Engineers in Action

In 2019, the Thornton Tomasetti Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributed $121,535 in scholarships and charitable contributions in support of its mission. Since its inception in 2008, the foundation has distributed over $1,203,000 in grants and scholarships to more than 40 organizations.


Among the foundation’s 2019 contributions were $30,000 in national scholarships and $5,000 for a student innovation fellowship. Organizations that received funding in 2019 include ARCHIVE, Engineers in Action, Engineers for a Sustainable World and Urban Assembly. Grants from the foundation are supporting such initiatives as making life-saving improvements to homes in Bangladesh, building footbridges across impassable rivers in remote communities, and tackling sustainability challenges in communities affected by rapid environmental changes. The foundation also provided matching funds for the development of a website aimed at attracting young people – especially women and minorities – to careers in architecture.

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