Tom Tom Foundation
We connect communities and share solutions for a brighter tomorrow.
The Evolution of Tom Tom
“10 Years. It's a big milestone for any organization; an opportunity to refine and deepen what we do.
For us, it's also a time to define; in this case, bringing a formal definition to our name. Going forward, Tom Tom will be short-hand for “Tomorrow Tomorrow”— a Festival about the Future. It harkens back to the very first Tom Tom promotional poster in 2012, when that year’s theme was “Dreams of the Future.”
Focusing our gaze on Tomorrow, Tom Tom can connect the community and create common ground for everyone to join a dialogue about a brighter, more vibrant, and more equitable hometown.”
We are a story-telling organization whose impact is driven by bringing diverse communities together to envision the future. We are optimistic and hopeful, and believe Tomorrow’s solutions will come forward with collaboration and connection.
Tom Tom began in 2012 as a spring community festival — an attempt to bring people together to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurship of Charlottesville, Virginia. The following year, the Tom Tom Foundation — a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization — was formed to steward the event and expand its focus to a fuller suite of themes required to make flourishing, opportunity-filled hometowns. In the decade since, we’ve experimented with dozens of program formats and events; from Festivals, to Summits, to virtual and online offerings; all with the aim of building community.
The story of our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia is a complicated one, but it’s as universal as it is unique. Charlottesville is a microcosm for small cities everywhere as we struggle with economic and social inequality, historical contradictions, and enormous structural challenges—issues the events of August 12, 2017 made manifest on the world stage. That Charlottesville has begun to confront its past head-on while actively working toward a more equitable future for all of its residents is a dynamic we’re proud to be a part of.