In the Press


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

National Museum of African American History Wants to Document Your COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Stories

07/30/2020

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) launched “Voices Of Resistance And Hope,” an online platform, hosted by the NMAAHC’s Robert F. Smith Fund Community Curation Platform, where the Black community can submit and share their experiences during COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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New Prostate Test Could Help African American Men

07/29/2020

Robert F. Smith and the Prostate Cancer Foundation have partnered to develop a new non-invasive and early detection test to help doctors diagnose the cancer at an early, less severe stage and to reduce the number of deaths from prostate cancer, which disproportionately affects African American men.

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Billionaire Created a Perfect Experiment by Erasing $34 Million in Student Debt

07/24/2020

One year after Robert F. Smith pledged to pay off Morehouse College’s class of 2019 student loans, Bloomberg explores the ramifications of this commitment and the different opportunities that opened for students who graduated without student loan debt.

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Non-profit Detroit Tech Training Program Offers Job Placement to Help Diversify Workforce

07/23/2020

NPower is a Detroit-based IT training program that is providing certification, internships and job placement opportunities for Detroit-area students. The program is mainly funded by the Fund II Foundation, which is backed by Robert F. Smith who wants to help increase workforce diversity and connect underserved students with high tech, high quality jobs.

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Inside Town & Country’s 2020 Philanthropy Summit

07/21/2020

Watch Robert F. Smith talk with Van Jones, CEO of the REFORM Alliance, about criminal justice reform, racism and the hope for the next generation of Black youth.

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How to Turn Our Collective Outrage into Action

07/15/2020

Robert F. Smith lays out how the private sector can embrace its role in addressing structural racism.

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OP-ED: Eradicate Systemic Racism Together

07/07/2020

Robert F. Smith pens an op-ed for The Afro on seven specific ways we can work together to end systemic racism.

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The Man Who Paid Off the Student Debt of 400 Morehouse University Graduates Has A New Initiative To Help Borrowers

07/04/2020

After pledging to pay off the student debt of roughly 400 graduates of Morehouse College in 2019, Robert F. Smith launched another initiative to help Black college students afford higher education.

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Billionaire Robert Smith Calls On Corporations To Adopt His 2% ‘Reparative’ Plan For Black People

07/01/2020

Robert F. Smith proposes that America’s corporations allocate 2% of profits over the next ten years to invest in technology, education, telecom, banking and health care systems that support Black communities in order to address structural racism.

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Clearlake, Insight, Vista and other private equity firms create 50 new board roles for diverse candidates

06/30/2020

Robert F. Smith talks about the importance of having a diverse board, and how he is working to bring more voices to the table.

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