Our Work

Our Approach

Serving the community isn’t just about funding. It’s about time, energy and ideas. Our staff welcomes the opportunity to align and strengthen our community by learning how to best support our nonprofit partners and their activities and initiatives. We are delighted to meet with organizations and engage in thoughtful dialogue that fosters innovation and drives transformation. We are available to answer your questions via email or by phone — see our staff listing for contact information.

Let’s have a conversation about community, together.

Our Program Areas

Education

We think investing in programs that enrich whole families — and whole neighborhoods is a good idea. We are interested in children and their academic opportunities and success. We will support organizations and projects for children ages 0-18, and their parents/caregivers to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten, are engaged in school, thrive academically, and graduate on time with the necessary skills and opportunities for success.

We think a focus on the “education continuum” or pipeline, could lead to better outcomes and reduce some of the challenges vexing this region. Being prepared for school, succeeding in school, graduating from school, and moving on to secondary education, a stable career and financial independence ultimately address the other issues the community struggles with – poverty, unemployment, crime, affordable housing and food insecurity.

We think if educational needs are comprehensively addressed, impactful change could be seen in a single generation- for individuals and for the community at large – workforce preparedness, strengthened tax base, financial resiliency.

The following represent our guiding regional benchmarks:

  • All children are ready for Kindergarten
  • All children are reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade
  • All students have positive engagement and attendance
  • All students are on grade level in literacy and math at the end of 8th grade
  • All students graduate high school college-ready or with an industry credential

Innovation

Our founders were innovative, creative hard-working folks. We celebrate their legacy when we welcome opportunities to work directly with organizations to think bigger and think differently! We love partnering with people and organizations with longer-term visions that will break through the status quo and lead to meaningful transformation across our community.

  • Partnership: Aligning with peers and nonprofits around community issues, supporting impactful programs and services, promoting greater transparency, adaptability and enthusiasm in the funding landscape
  • Innovation: Making multifaceted organization-building investments that cultivate and support an innovative culture as well as innovative solutions to community issues
  • Fairness: Conducting and supporting activities that encourage education policy and expenditure shifts to support better futures for children throughout the Richmond region

Community Capacity

We believe that strong nonprofits make a strong Richmond region. Building the resilience of people, neighborhoods and nonprofits is what we do. Whether it is funding leadership development or strategic planning, staffing, communications or general operating support, we know capacity funding can fundamentally enhance and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of people and organizations to strengthen the entire community.

While we focus most of our work in our education and innovation program areas, Robins Foundation has an open-door policy. We work with organizations striving to make the Richmond region the best place for children to learn, grow and thrive. We recognize that all types of organizations and projects make the Richmond region great, and we are proud to make select investments which address issues and opportunities beyond our program areas.

Robins Foundation provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Robins Foundation does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military — in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of Board members and grantees, and provision of services from vendors. The Foundation is committed to the work and partnerships that make Richmond a vibrant community in which to live, work and raise a family, where all its citizens have abundant opportunities to thrive. Any derogatory statements or actions made by individuals are in no way reflective of or supported by the Foundation.

Our Funding Drivers
Little girls playing

Partnering with nonprofits, peers, and community leaders to achieve measurable results.

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Leveraging innovative programs to drive policy and action to benefit the entire region.

Virginia Union graduation

Welcoming and empowering all voices to create an environment of fairness and opportunity for everyone to thrive.