Robert F. Smith’s Philanthropy
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Robert F. Smith is committed to uplifting the human spirit, particularly in underrepresented and underserved communities. Smith’s work with Fund II Foundation as the founding director and President has helped fund racial equity and educational reform initiatives, as well as outdoor access and historic preservation efforts. Additionally, his partnership with the foundation led to the creation of internship and career pipeline opportunities for Black Americans and other marginalized groups.
“There’s nothing greater than liberating the human spirit.”
-Robert F. Smith
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners
Paying it Forward
Smith learned about the importance of giving back to others at a young age. This early understanding inspired Smith throughout his personal and professional endeavors and has helped to shape who he is today. As a result, Smith hopes to teach younger generations about the importance of giving back through his philanthropic efforts. Ultimately, he hopes to inspire others to step forward and become community leaders and philanthropists who will help make the world a better place.
Smith aims to encourage outdoor preservation and access by working with organizations like Lincoln Hills Cares.
Smith’s Partner Organizations
For example, Smith supports the work of Southern Communities Initiative. The Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting racial equity in six Southern U.S. communities that are home to the majority of Black Americans. To drive lasting impact, the Initiative partners with corporate and philanthropic organizations to support four main racial priority pillars. These focuses include supporting minority business enterprises, boosting community access to capital, education and workforce development and ensuring digital access for underrepresented communities.
News and Updates
The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, also known as the RICE Center, received a $1 million grant from PayPal to launch a PayPal Retail Academy designed to help Black businesses get off the ground.
Baltimore triplets, Morgan Hicks, Sanai Hicks and Tony Hicks Jr., will all be attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta. They reflect on their diligence in their studies and how they got to where they are today despite challenges.
PEWIN Foundation, the non-profit branch of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN), has awarded its first grant to Girls Who Invest (GWI). This $15,000 grant will support college students interning through GWI’s Summer Intensive Program.