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R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, Inc.

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Last Updated: 2016-06-07

At A Glance

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, Inc.

(formerly Helen and Howard Dobbs Foundation, Inc.)

133 Peachtree St. N.E., Ste. 4950

Atlanta, GA United States 30303-1861

Telephone: (404) 574-2970

URL: www.dobbsfoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $67,225,905

Total giving: $2,177,366

EIN

586033186

BRIDGE Number

7412524416

Background

Established in 1959 - R. Howard Dobbs, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1906. For his entire life, he called Atlanta home. In 1925 he began his long, successful career with the Life Insurance Company of Georgia, where his father, Rufus Howard Dobbs, Sr. had served for many years as First Vice President and Treasurer. Working his way up from the clerical department, Howard, Jr. was named Treasurer in 1933 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1950. He held that position for a 20-year period until 1970, and then became Chairman of the Executive Committee until he retired in 1976. Mr. Dobbs viewed his charitable giving as a way to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by supporting educational opportunities, greater access to health services, and environmental stewardship. To that end, the Foundation supports the many community endeavors that were meaningful to Mr. Dobbs during his long life, as well as causes that resonated with the people closest to him. In recent years, the Foundation has considered a broad range of funding opportunities to benefit communities throughout Georgia and the southeastern states where the Life Insurance Company of Georgia provided services. Mr. Dobbs determined this geographic focus during his lifetime and the Foundation therefore limits its giving to the southeastern United States.

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by supporting educational opportunities, improving access to health services, promoting environmental stewardship, and enriching the arts. The foundation is committed to honoring the life and impact of R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. through its grant-making activities. In the field of education, the foundation seeks to improve teacher quality and classroom outcomes by investing in the development of new and veteran educators with an emphasis on innovative teaching practices and the delivery of a 21st century education. The foundation will place priority on projects with potential for scaling and replication. In its environmental giving, the foundation focuses on land conservation and watershed protection with particular interest in the coastal Georgia and longleaf pine ecosystems. Health priorities include age related macular degeneration (ARMD) research, access to basic health services including low vision services. The foundation does not support medical research outside of ARMD. Arts funding is limited to mid-size organizations with an operating budget less than $2,000,000. Maximum award amount is $40,000. The foundation will support requests for discrete capital purchases that improve content delivery or increase organizational capacity; or requests that support cultural opportunities for school groups.

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $67,225,905 (market value)

Expenditures: $3,682,294

Total giving: $2,177,366

Qualifying distributions: $2,715,514