As part of its Education mission,

"Charles Edison created his non-profit fund to support the legacy of his father Thomas Edison, and to promote education, specifically careers in science and technology. The programs which focus on the legacy of Thomas Edison, medical research and education at the grammar, high, college and graduate school levels, are the best in the country."


Charles Edison Fund supports and rewards innovation;

An award was designed ,the “TOMMY”, for distribution to candidates who invented an innovative product or service. There are no age , gender or nationality limitations.

The first TOMMYs were given to the winners of an Innovator of the Year contest run by the National Museum of Education and has continued for the past twenty years.

Below is a picture of the TOMMY award , which can be engraved with name of the sponsor and the winner

In 2016, the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) which has 24, 000 members, gave the award to their most innovative companies. The award ceremony took place during YPO’s annual , worldwide Innovation Week which concluded at the Thomas Edison Lab and Home located in West Orange, New Jersey. The final YPO event of their Innovation Week was to ring the closing bell at the NASDQ stock exchange in Wall Street.

TOMMY Award