Continuing Efforts

Education and training to help end the cycle of poverty are continuous efforts. ​

Promoting Economic Mobility in Charlotte and Guatemala by Creating a Scholarship Fund to Educate Girls for STEM Related Jobs

Event: Voices : Voces featuring Shayla Rivera. The first in a Series of Speaker Events presented by CPCC and BFBFoundation targeting economically underprivileged girls to expose and promote an interest in STEM careers and provide financial scholarships in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Learn more about this upcoming event.

Purpose: To immediately and positively impact the Economic Mobility marker in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County by providing an on-going scholarship fund for economically underprivileged girls for 2-year degrees or certifications in areas of STEM. The goal is to quickly improve the earning power of girls and promote their interest in continuing to further their education and careers in STEM related jobs.


In 2014 (and affirmed in 2019-20) the Chetty Study ranked Charlotte last among the 50 largest US cities and Mecklenburg 99 out of 100 counties in upward mobility. The Leading on Opportunity Task Force set out to develop a plan to solve this problem. The subsequent outcome was The Leading on Opportunity Report which gives a systemic approach to addressing the key determinants of economic mobility; early care and education, college and career readiness, and child and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital.

We believe that one of the key determinants to affect economic mobility, college and career readiness, can be jump-started for many girls by encouraging their interest in STEM. Why STEM jobs specifically?

  • According to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology economic projections point to a need for 1 million more STEM professionals than the US will produce at the current rate over the next decade. The economic projections for a need for STEM professionals continue to grow.
  • According to SHRM 60% of employers struggle to fill job vacancies requiring background in science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM related jobs are at the heart of the skills gap in America. THERE ARE GOOD STEM JOBS THAT ONLY REQUIRE AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE, A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, AN APPRENTICESHIP OR POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES.
  • In North Carolina alone there are over 100,000+ job openings in STEM related fields requiring only 2-year degrees

A Special Thank You​

We would like to thank two generous donors for allowing us to provide 56 pre-owned, refurbished laptop computers to under-resourced students in our partner schools in Guatemala. These students have been challenged to learn remotely during the COVID virus when everything went online. We want to thank the anonymous individual who donated the 56 computers (and has donated over 150 computers just in the last 4 years!) We also want to thank Corporacion Radio Electonica S.A. in Guatemala for donating the cost of shipping the computers from Charlotte, North Carolina to Guatemala. This was a huge undertaking. THANKS to both donors who are helping the girls who will now be able to do their schoolwork remotely!

ALL 4-1 Campaign

As many of you already know, BFB stands for Burns Fazzi Brock, the two Co-Founders, Chris Burns-Fazzi and Rich Brock, business partners for 25 years. In November 2021, Rich and Shelly (his wife and BFB board member) hosted the first, since the pandemic, ALL 4-1 event in their home. The gathering brought together supporters and scholarship sponsors for girls in Guatemala.  Five new sponsor groups were added on to support girl’s University Education!

Thank you, Rich and Shelly, for opening your home to BFB and promoting this wonderful, impactful program! 

The ALL 4-1 Campaign brings together small groups of people who want to make a difference by sharing their giving power to support one girl’s scholarship for five years. To put a girl through University in Guatemala costs about $600 annually, so each person commits to paying $150 each year for the 5 years. It pays for the student’s tuition, books, internet, transportation and housing.

Why are programs such as STEM so important...

"How can you know possibilities you have before you if you don't even know that they exist?"

Chris Burns-Fazzi