The Texas Occupational Therapy Foundation (TOTF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in the State of Texas in 1996. TOTF works in coordination with the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA), with its headquarters in the TOTA office.
The Foundation works to increase scholarly inquiry in occupational therapy, to increase evidence in and for occupational therapy practice and to increase public awareness about the practice of OT. The idea behind the foundation was that it would serve as a funding source for research projects related to clinical practice and specifically developed by Texas OT practitioners. The Foundation has an annual competition for small grants for Texas OTs. For more information or to apply download the Foundation Grant Application.
In conjunction with TOTA's annual Mountain Central Conference, TOTF sponsors a Scientific Session in which research papers are presented, a poster session, and various discussion sessions about topics of interest related to practice and research. Additionally, the annual Breakfast with a Scholar is held at TOTA conference and has featured such speakers as Betty Abreu, Winnie Dunn, Kitty Reed, and Joan Rogers. Go here fo a full list of breakfast scholars and their topics.
Funds for the Foundation are raised in various ways, including the Breakfast with a Scholar, a Basket Auction and an OT Quilt Auction are popular events to raise funds and awareness of the Foundation. The Foundation also raises funds through donations, through sales of Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy, 2nd ed., written by TOTA member Kathlyn Reed, Ph. D., OTR, FAOTA, and through the sale of Commemorative Quilt Notecards.