Catalytic Funding

Vision and innovation have helped define the Robins Foundation for generations. Moving forward, a key funding goal will be building bridges between that past and our future. That comes through Visionary Partnerships.

The Commitment:

Innovative Solutions & Catalytic Change

We’ll harness the power of our legacy and funding experience to seek out new solutions to old community challenges.  Our goal is to drive long-term transformational and positive change for Richmond’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Investment:

The Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (CIG) 

This year, Robins will be taking a different approach with the Community Innovation Grant (CIG) grant application and process this year. There will not be a 2017 CIG cycle. Instead, we will focus our board and staff capacity towards the amazing projects and issues presented by the winners and finalists of the 2014, ’15 and ‘16 CIG competitions.  The proposals funded over the past three years are undeniable game changers – and they need and deserve more to get to the next level of community transformation. We believe true partnership means linking arms and collaborating more deeply on the barriers to success, together.  Our efforts will sharpen focus and provide additional support to ensure these CIG grantees receive the resources required to affect significant change on the critical issues plaguing our community.

We will take the time to evaluate the impact of our partners to help determine next steps for our process and how to best prepare for CIG 2018.  We are open to feedback about the future and look forward to hearing your big ideas to solve big problems.  Keep us posted; and let’s  keep the dialogue open.

We can’t wait to learn new ways we can tackle community concerns together.  We’ll see you and CIG in 2018!


Strategic Partnerships

When an organization is ready for a specialized “deep dive” into business planning and organizational change, Robins Foundation funding provides multi-year support for organizational growth in critical operations areas: Governance, Management, Finance, Fundraising/Development (Relationship Building) and Program.

We are currently measuring and evaluating a pilot program for selected organizations at catalytic moments in their organizational development. The program provides long-term (three to five years) operating and capacity-building support that helps these organizations move to the next level. This is a by-invitation-only initiative and application process.

Our pilot class:

  • Communities In Schools of Richmond
  • Fit4Kids
  • James River Association
  • Partnership for Families

We believe that nonprofit organizations, in order to succeed, must be participating members of a strong community of leaders. We will use a number of tools to support leadership development, collaboration and the strengthening of resources “from the inside out” of an organization.

The Result:

Visionary Partnerships:

Funding innovation can bring a spirit of vitality and unlock boundless potential, and the Robins Foundation is committed to sharing our community leadership by spurring innovative ideas and encouraging risk taking. Our “innovation capital” can give our nonprofit partners the opportunity to experiment with new theories of change, new approaches that are either untested or have succeeded in other communities and could benefit Richmond.