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
Type of Grantmaker
- Family foundation
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.