In the Press

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

Vista Equity Partners Internship Program Provides Opportunities in Private Equity to Undergraduate Students from Underrepresented Groups


Vista Equity Partners announced it’s accepting applications for the 2022 Vista Frontier Fellows Program, which provides undergraduate students from backgrounds that are not usually represented in private equity with full-time, paid internship opportunities to prepare them for a career in finance. Robert F. Smith is quoted about the importance of developing young talent from a variety of backgrounds.

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Richard Branson Launches Campaign to End the Death Penalty


A group of global business leaders is calling for a permanent end to capital punishment around the world. Robert F. Smith signed on to the campaign, which will release an updated set of signees on October 10, World Day Against the Death Penalty.

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University Gets $20 Million Donation from a Man Who Dropped Out 58 Years Ago Due to Lack of Funds


Calvin Tyler, a Morgan University alum who left the HBCU before graduating has donated a whopping sum of $20 million for a tuition fund for students unable to pay for college. Tyler’s donation comes as other philanthropists have made major gifts to education, including Robert F. Smith, who paid off the student loans of an entire graduating class and their parents at Morehouse University.

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Student Freedom Initiative Names Mark A. Brown as Executive Director


Student Freedom Initiative today announced the selection of Mark A. Brown to serve as Executive Director. Chairman Robert F. Smith applauded the selection.

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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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