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How Robert F. Smith Employs Relationships to Coordinate a Philanthropic Response to COVID-19

As the global health crisis gripped the country, Robert F. Smith recognized his unique ability to help coordinate a philanthropic response, at scale.  “In times like this you have to think about the assets that you can truly leverage,” Smith said. “I have the great fortune of having relationships with very smart people. I’ve been …

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Robert F. Smith to Tackle the Disproportionate Burden of Student Loan Debt for Black Graduates

Student loan debt is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today, and it’s disproportionately impacting Black students who are not only more likely to have to take on student loans, but, on average, owe more than $7,000 more than their white peers after receiving a bachelor’s degree. This burden is hindering Black students’ …

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Robert F. Smith: How Corporate America Can Give Back to Black-Owned Business

In a keynote address he gave at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Robert F. Smith made a bold call to action, imploring large corporations to use 2% of their annual net income for the next decade to empower the Black community. This proposal follows Smith also circulating a plan among prominent CEOs calling on …

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