Access to technology and engineering for all is our mission

Connecting and strengthening global communities

The TE Connectivity Foundation is the corporate foundation of TE Connectivity and is committed to connecting and strengthening global communities through access to technology and engineering for all, with a focus on women and underserved populations. In 2017, the TE Connectivity Foundation provided one-year grants totaling $1.25 million to three organizations that advance this mission.

I would like to thank the TE Connectivity Foundation for their leadership in supporting FIRST Global in its mission to inspire students from around the world to become the first truly connected generation cooperating to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges. I am confident that TE Connectivity Foundation’s early and significant support will help ensure the worldwide impact of FIRST Global.
Dean Kamen,
Founder, FIRST Global & President, DEKA Research & Development Corporation
FIRST Global
FIRST Global runs highprofile, international robotics competitions focused on solving major global challenges. The ethnically, socio-economically and gender diverse participants are all high school students from around the world. The TE Connectivity Foundation grant helps extend the competition to nations where girls do not typically have the opportunity to take part in equal education or extracurricular STEM opportunities. It also helps provide the kits and materials needed for teams to participate.
Girl Up is a global leadership development campaign launched by the UN Foundation. Girl Up’s GIRLHERO Solution Labs and STEM boot camps provide one-day “hackathon” style events where girls come together to create STEM solutions for social issues that impact gender equality, such as access to education and health information. The TE Connectivity Foundation’s grant will support the creation of five GIRLHERO Solution Labs and STEM boot camps.
SMASH is a program of the Level Playing Field Institute committed to providing access to technology and engineering for underserved students of color through a free, multi-year college prep program. The program currently operates in several regions in the U.S. The TE Connectivity Foundation grant will help SMASH expand to new U.S. markets, replicate its approach and create an alumni network to help ensure ongoing support for those who have completed the program. This will increase the likelihood that these students will go on to pursue STEM careers.
We believe that helping to build strong communities and increasing access to education and careers in engineering and technology is core to creating a sustainable global workforce and meaningful work opportunities for all. The three organizations we selected to support do just that, and we are excited to work with each of them and see the impact of their programs on women and underserved populations.
Karen Leggio,
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Americas, TE Connectivity & Chair of the TE Foundation Board of Trustees