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Read the latest news about Robert F. Smith’s philanthropy as well as events and news concerning his thought leadership, philanthropic partners and charitable initiatives.

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Where Are the Black Physicists?

In the last 20 years, the number of Black physicists in STEM has decreased by more than 2%. It’s vital to understand why and take action to boost racial parity.

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Philanthropy in Black Communities

Philanthropy has always existed in Black communities, where mutual aid is a part of daily life. It’s not considered charity to support your neighbor, it’s simply the right thing to do.

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