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Our Legacy

Our founders, Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, were compassionate, empathetic, and accessible community leaders. 

Their legacy has inspired generations of thoughtful philanthropists and visionaries, and it is a legacy we strive to nurture and deepen.

Robins Foundation was founded on Claiborne Robins’ belief in the power of education to transform lives and society, and we continue that legacy through our focus on early childhood care and education. In addition to education, Mr. and Mrs. Robins were deeply passionate about the power of culture, inclusion, and community building. The foundation honors that commitment by investing in organizations that are contributing to the culture and vibrancy of Richmond’s dynamic community. 

As we look to the future, we continue to engage 4th generation Robins’ descendants and community leaders to join this legacy of philanthropy and service by supporting the Richmond community and embracing the promise of a bright future for all.

Our Values

In 2023, Robins Foundation’s Board and staff worked together to develop values for the Foundation. We view these values as the connection between past and future. They draw on the reasons the Foundation was founded, while also guiding our organization and work toward our vision of meaningful progress and transformational support for the community. 

Vision
Vision inspires clarity and continuity in our work with the community, embracing innovation and optimism about the future. We adapt to emerging challenges, take appropriate risks, and build strong partnerships to support meaningful progress that can lead to transformational change.

Excellence
Excellence is the outcome of careful listening, continual learning, commitment to outstanding stewardship, and a focus on measurable impact. We aim to be collaborative, strategic, and effective in our work with the community.

Commitment
Commitment to community is the reason our family’s foundation has endured for generations. We are dedicated to operating with integrity and a strong ethical core. We uplift our grantees, partners, and team; learn from and with our community; and remain true to our legacy. 

Compassion
Compassion reflects our genuine care and concern for the well-being of our community, our partners, and each other. We strive to be accessible and approach our work with empathy, inclusivity, and grace.

Joy
Joy is an experience we seek to foster in our community. We are committed to acknowledging the efforts of others, generating enthusiasm, and encouraging celebration.