Founders E. Claiborne Robins and his wife Lora M. Robins were compassionate, empathetic, and approachable leaders who valued integrity, ethical practices, and generosity. As thoughtful philanthropists and visionaries, they used their wealth to improve the quality of life in the Richmond community. The Robins Foundation values his legacy and seeks to honor his example through our philanthropic work.
We are keen to invest in programs that enrich families and neighborhoods as a whole. We are particularly interested in children, in their success and in their academic opportunities. We will support organizations and projects for children ages 0-18, and their parents / caregivers, to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten, participate in school, thrive academically, and graduate on time, with the necessary skills and opportunities to the success.
Our work is based on the vision of the founders, to improve the quality of life and foster a better and stronger Richmond for all. To do this, it is important that we understand the current state of education in Richmond and how it affects the region as a whole. Gaining a deeper understanding of the aspirations of the community we serve has given us the means to craft a vision that we believe is true to their hopes and values.
The Robins Foundation is dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The Robins Foundation does not or will not discriminate in any of its activities or operations on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military affiliation. . These activities include, but are not limited to, the hiring and firing of personnel, the selection of Board members and beneficiaries, and the provision of services by providers. The Foundation is committed to the work and partnerships that make Richmond a vibrant community to live, work, and raise a family, and where all of its citizens have abundant opportunities to prosper.
The Foundation has been viewed as a community funder and has been transformed to be a community partner. In order to better align with our mission statement and values, the Robins Foundation is committed to continuing to collaborate and link with others working toward the same goals. By creating a shared narrative among our community partners, we can all better understand each other’s missions and the strengths of the organization. Our vision is to build communities and work to create a Richmond region that is stronger and better for all of us. Claiborne Robins. He believed in helping his community, and was tirelessly involved in transforming and improving it. To continue that legacy of committed leadership, the board developed a new strategic plan in 2014. Part of the plan addressed the need to increase staff. This required recruiting highly qualified experts, up to the challenge of realizing the principles of leadership, created by the board. Find more information about the board members and staff throughout these pages!
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