Education: A New Generation of Scholars
Minorities and underserved communities deserve the greatest investment in their educations. Smith has strived to close the educational gap between these students and their peers to help them form generational wealth for years to come. Organizations that support Smith’s efforts in this include internXL, Student Freedom Initiative and Girls Who Invest.
Robert F. Smith Partners With
This public school foundation was developed to support male students in grades 6 through 12 with college-preparatory schools that are located in challenged, urban communities in and around New York City. Smith has been a longtime supporter of this foundation and has made multiple donations to their efforts including Smith’s investment in the financial literacy app Goalsetter along with a donation of Vista Equity Partners stock to students, faculty and staff at Eagle.
Columbia Business School
As a graduate from the Columbia Business School, Smith made a donation in 2017 of $15 million that allowed the school to secure necessary funding to obtain two new state-of-the-art buildings. Smith is also a member of the school’s board.
Smith made a personal donation of $20 million to Cornell University’s College of Engineering and funded $10 million in Tech Scholars scholarships for African Americans and women.