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Robins Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Robins Foundation

10 S. 3rd St.

Richmond, VA United States 23219-3702

Telephone: (804) 523-1144


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $160,930,106

Total giving: $2,545,081





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Martha Loving:


Established in 1957 in VA - E. Claiborne Robins created the Robins Foundation in 1957. Mr. Robins is best known for his transforming gifts to the University of Richmond, but he also supported a wide range of Richmond causes during his lifetime. His philanthropy reflected his affection for the community that had nurtured him and helped him to build the A.H. Robins Company. At his death in 1995, he provided generously for the foundation in his estate

Purpose and Activities

The foundation has a strong interest in investing in programs that enrich the whole family (and whole neighborhoods) in order to alter intergenerational poverty in greater Richmond’s emerging neighborhoods.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Focus Area Grants

These grants are directed to three goal areas. 1) Strong Non Profits support governance; management; program; relationship building and finance to enhance the areas that are most critical to non-profit success. 2) Thriving People will support organizations and projects for children ages 0-18, and their parents/caregivers to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten, are engaged in school, thrive academically, and graduate on time with the necessary skills and opportunities for success. 3) Dynamic Community will support organizations and projects that empower children and families with opportunities to learn, play, discover, dream and grow into healthy and successful citizens who contribute to the vibrancy and well-being of our community.

Mini Grants

Organizations must meet with staff prior to being eligible. Grantees may receive a mini grant at any time, but no more than once per year, for small grants that strengthen a key capacity building or technology area of their organization (i.e. case development, staff coaching, marketing, board development, staff and/board strategic retreats, succession planning); bridge or transition funding due to mergers; or when other fast turn-around needs arise. Notification is immediate. Mini grants are by invitation only.

Neighborhood Hubs

Funding opportunities are for neighborhood-based organizations that are poised to deliver an array of services and provide resources that help children and families succeed and thrive. Successful projects will address community needs in emerging neighborhoods and demonstrate an innovative approach to solving those needs, a record of demonstrated leadership and strategic collaboration with other community groups and interested parties.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of the purchase of a property for a family services organization to be developed as a family learning and child care center.

Strategic Partnerships

The foundation provides funding for multi-year support for organizational growth in critical operations areas: Governance, Management, Finance, Fundraising/Development (Relationship Building) and Program. The foundation is currently measuring and evaluating a pilot program for selected organizations at catalytic moments in their organizational development.

The Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant

This once-a-year opportunity funds a community project that celebrates the innovative, collaborative spirit of Greater Richmond with an award of up to $500,000 over the course of three years. Projects will address unmet community needs in our emerging neighborhoods and demonstrate an innovative approach to solving those needs, a record of strong leadership, and strategic collaboration with other community groups and interested parties.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $160,930,106 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,539,903

Total giving: $2,545,081

Qualifying distributions: $5,620,223