Our Impact


Embracing high-risk ideas that have high-impact potential

Supporting Breakthroughs

In Neurological Diseases

For more than 10 years, the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust has been a partner and source of support for medical research institutions and individuals working to solve humanity’s greatest needs with cutting-edge and emerging ideas. We strive to advance bold ideas and help to make a big impact by supporting areas of research others may overlook. By focusing on providing funding and a network for future-focused approaches often considered too early and high-risk for traditional channels, we are driving forward not only meaningful solutions but the community of those who have the potential to create them for years to come.

We accomplish this urgent and audacious commitment through the Toffler Scholar Program by offering meaningful annual grants and marshaling other scientists, researchers, and donors in support of new ways of thinking and problem-solving.




Toffler Scholar &
Leadership Awards


Funding Given

The Toffler Scholar Program

Perhaps more than anything else we do at the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust, the Toffler Scholar program reflects the future-focused legacy of our founders, Alvin and Heidi Toffler. It is expressly dedicated to filling a support gap for promising young medical researchers, physicians, and scientists who are at a pivotal point in their careers. With funding and a vital, relevant network, recipients have the resources they need to continue their groundbreaking work and develop into experienced professionals.

Toffler Scholars are selected for their keen intellect, innovative thinking, meticulous planning, and demonstrated passion for their work. Through working on disparate projects across multiple areas, every Toffler Scholar is united in his or her goal to advance medical research and bring high-impact changes to all humanity.

Toffler Scholar Spotlight

Understanding Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Jean-Pierre Roussaire and his lab are focused on deciphering the molecular events leading to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease. Like most neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s affects only very specific sets of neurons in its earliest stages. These neurons are located in the entorhinal cortex, a brain region indispensable for new memory formation. Dr. Roussaire thinks that understanding the particularities of these entorhinal cortex neurons will yield novel insights into the pathological processes of Alzheimer’s disease. Eventually, this will lead to the identification of new therapeutic targets to prevent neurodegeneration.

"It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution."

- Alvin Toffler, Future Shock

Our Funding Moves Projects Forward

Our Toffler Scholars have made important advances and breakthroughs that promise a better future for humanity. Learn more about what our funding has supported over the years

See a Bigger Picture

Passion and promise fuel our work, the work of those we fund and support, and the people in their lives.

Your involvement will change humanity for the better.