Topfer Family Foundation
In 2000, the Topfer family 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 Topfer’s 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. To do this they identified key program areas to direct their giving: child abuse prevention and treatment, youth enrichment, job training and support services, children's health, and affordable housing for the elderly.
The Topfer family is keenly interested in understanding the unique needs of the communities in which they invest foundation resources. Therefore, contributions are limited to the communities in which the family resides: the greater Austin, Texas and the greater Chicago, Illinois metropolitan areas. The Foundation board consists of six family members and one independent board member.