The HOPE Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations that strengthen and create sustainable, positive change in the community and environment. Grant investments fall within a set of core impact areas that align the greatest needs in the community, the values of our Associates, and the interests of our business. These are: education, health and wellness, food and shelter, environment and transportation, United Way match, and disaster relief.

In 2013, we created a special focus within our Education impact area with the goal to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. This is an area that poses a significant opportunity in our region, is good for our business, and taps into deep passions and core competencies of many of us at Hypertherm. We initiated a multi-year grant to fund the School Partnership Program from the Montshire Museum of Science. The program is dedicated to enriching and connecting elementary school teachers in rural school districts to improve inquiry-based learning skills. We fund many robotics and Lego league teams for children of all ages.

We also support projects that reduce the environmental impacts of local nonprofits. Green Grants from the HOPE Foundation are used to fund projects that tangibly reduce the carbon emissions of our partners.

The HOPE Foundation matches 100% of our Associates’ donations during our annual United Way campaign.