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.

Businessman Robert F. Smith outside on a soccer field giving a kid a high five

“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.

Philanthropist Robert F. Smith outside with a large group of African American children

Smith aims to encourage outdoor preservation and access by working with organizations like Lincoln Hills Cares.

Smith’s Partner Organizations

Smith is committed to creating philanthropic infrastructure that allows underserved communities to heal, grow, find strength and renew their purpose. He deliberately invests his resources in organizations that are pursuing innovative solutions and building towards a better, more equitable, future.

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.

Community leader Robert F. Smith headshot speaking at an event
Robert F. Smith standing outside of the Robert Frederick Smith Family Pavilion at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Image of Robert F. Smith wearing a suit and glasses, sitting while speaking into a microphone
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