In the Press

Read the latest news mentions about Robert F. Smith and his business and giving to support his communities.

Wellness on Wheels


Black men are disproportionately impacted by prostate cancer. To help combat the disparity, Robert F. Smith financially supported Mount Sinai Health System’s new Mobile MRI Unit. The unit will specifically travel through predominantly Black neighborhoods in New York City to conduct early detection screenings.

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National Society of Black CPAs Hires CEO to Increase Diversity in Accounting


Executive leader Darryl R. Matthews Sr. was recently selected to serve as the President and CEO of the National Society of Black Certified Public Accountants. In December 2020, NSBCPA announced a $1 million pledge from Robert F. Smith to support Black accountants.

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Financial Literacy with Goalsetter: Teaching Kids How to Save for the Future


Goalsetter is an educational, financial savings app created by CEO and Founder Tanya Van Court. The app, invested in by Robert F. Smith, will help youth set and achieve financial goals while improving their financial literacy.

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How Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, and Amanda Gorman Inspire this Chicago Founder


For Black History Month, Inc. asked notable Black founders who have appeared on its pages, "Who inspires you?" One inspiring person is Tanya Van Court, who started Goalsetter to teach young people to save money. Robert F. Smith has invested in the app that aims to help close the racial financial literacy gap.

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11 Black-owned Apps You Need to Download


For Black History Month, Revolt created a list of Black-owned apps transforming everything from fitness to finance. One of the featured apps is Goalsetter — invested in by Robert F. Smith — a financial literacy app targeting youth to help them save and spend responsibly.

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World Values Network Launches $2.5 Million Fund to Spread Shared Values Message


The World Values Network recently announced that it will launch a global social media project, funded by Hope Dworaczyk and Robert F. Smith. The project will involve short-form videos featuring world leaders, influencers, celebrities and sports heroes, who will discuss the core values that have motivated their work.

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Mount Sinai Receives $3.8 Million Gift to Launch Mobile MRI Unit to Support Prostate Health in Black Community


Black Americans are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white Americans. To help close that gap, Robert F. Smith donated $3.8 million to the Department of Urology at Mount Sinai to launch the Robert F. Smith Mobile MRI Unit for early detection testing.

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Carnegie Hall's Historical Archival Collections Named as Carnegie Hall Susan W. Rose Archives


Carnegie Hall recently announced that its historical archival collections have been named as the Carnegie Hall Susan W. Rose Archives in recognition of her long standing support of the Hall’s Archives. Robert F. Smith — Chairman of Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees — praised Mrs. Rose’s contributions and enthusiasm for the Hall’s history.

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National Park Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Preserving Black History and Culture in National Parks


The National Park Foundation (NPF) recently announced the celebration of the 20th anniversary of it’s African American Experience Fund throughout 2021. Robert F. Smith has worked with the Fund II Foundation to purchase homes where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and lived to preserve and share the critical pieces of American history in perpetuity.

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Deon Taylor to Direct “Freedom Ride” About John Lewis-Led Group Who Risked Lives to Desegregate Deep South in 1961


An upcoming film “Freedom Ride” will be set in 1961 and detail the actions of young activists — led by late U.S. Congressman John Lewis — during the Civil Rights Movement. Robert F. Smith will be one of the executive producers.

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