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What We Do

Combining a start-up mentality with humility, we support old and new ways to shine a light on and propel skilled trades teaching excellence and imaginative leadership to help students flourish.
A philanthropic program of the Smidt Foundation, we invest in great people and pragmatic invention to deepen the understanding and quality of skilled trades education in American public high schools and to stimulate support and investment by public entities and others.

Students benefiting from in-kind tool donations

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Amount donated

Skilled trades educators offering navigating advice

HFTFS focuses on those skilled trades that emphasize the expert use of tools and materials to build or repair products and structures, leading to high-demand, and high-wage careers. HFTFS most often supports the following broad fields of trades education:

  • Automotive mechanics and repair
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
  • Plumbing
  • Welding

Strategy Areas

Working with outstanding educators and community leaders, and through long-term charitable engagement, we hope to make a meaningful difference for skilled trades students and their future.