Mr. Dobbs was deeply committed to the city where he lived and worked. His corporate board service included Southern Bell, Atlanta Gas Light, Trust Company Bank, and Rich's, Inc. His community service was extensive. He served as president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Atlanta Rotary Club; he also served on the Fulton County Board of Health, the Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Dobbs maintained a lifelong commitment to education and was a trustee of Emory University, Young Harris College, Agnes Scott College, and Woodward Academy.
Much of his leisure time was spent enjoying nature. He and Helen, his wife of 48 years, loved the North Georgia countryside and shared their mountain retreat with countless friends and family members. He also loved the ocean and was known as a skilled boat captain who was always prepared for every contingency.
Mr. Dobbs died on June 9, 2003, at the age of 97. He was a true Southern gentleman, exhibiting modesty and restraint in every aspect of his life. Even in times when he could have commanded the spotlight, he remained humble and forthright. He was a man of few words. His story is best told by the way he lived his live - with honesty, integrity, perseverance, and generosity of spirit.
The Foundation was established in 1959 as the Helen and Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation and was later renamed the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. For nearly 40 years the Foundation operated as a small philanthropic vehicle for Mr. Dobb's interests. At the turn of the century, encouraged by his nephew and fellow trustee E. Cody Laird, Jr., Mr. Dobbs began to formalize the Foundation's governance and guidelines to prepare the way for a family philanthropy that would extend beyond his lifetime.
Today, the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation operates with the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by supporting educational opportunities, improving access to health services, and promoting environmental stewardship. The Foundation is committed to honoring the life and impact of Mr. Dobbs through its work.
R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
133 Peachtree St, Ste 4950
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
|Year||Organization||Amount ($)||Description||Geographic Area Served||Program Area|
|2016||Fulton County Schools (Atl)||$100,000||
Supports implementation of "Opportunity Culture" model (see www.publicimpact.com) in two schools. The pilot will feature the appointment of highly effective teachers as team leaders responsible for coaching and supporting other teachers by leading collaborative planning, modeling effective teaching, and providing constructive critiques.
Supports development of STEAM modules for grades K-5 and professional development workshops for educators using the modules.
|2016||Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atl)||$150,000||
$20 million capital campaign to restore, enhance, and utilize Fernbank Forest as an integrated aspect of Fernbank's programming.
|2016||Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (Jasper, GA)||$115,000||
General operating support and funding for half-time outreach and development staff position (payable over two years).
|2016||Georgia Dept of Natural Resources (Atl)||$58,560||
Provides private match required for a Forest Legacy grant from the U.S. Forest Service toward the conservation of an 81 acre tract in Polk County that will become part of the Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area.
|2016||Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Savannah, GA)||$15,000||
Supports the design and build of a mobile exhibit that will be used to engage and educate the public about Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, long-term conservation of Gray's Reef, and ocean conservation in general.
|2016||One Hundred Miles (Brunswick, GA)||$200,000||
General operating support (payable over two years).
|2016||Easter Seals of North Georgia (Atl)||$50,000||
Enables expanded use of Marcus Autism Center's screening tool for children ages 16 - 30 months referred to Easter Seals of North Georgia; also supports expanded delivery of appropriate therapies for children to capture benefits of early intervention.
|2016||Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA)||$150,000||
$5.5 million capital campaign to acquire, renovate, and occupy a 12,800 SF healthcare facility in order to triple the clinic's capacity.
|2016||Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta (Atl)||$100,000||
$1.49 million capital campaign to increase capacity for primary health care, mental health care, and the delivery of nutrition and physical fitness services.
|2015||Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (Atl)||$35,000||General operating support.||Georgia||Education|
|2015||Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (Atl)||$225,000||
Provides matching support for an i3 funded teacher residency program; involves collaboration among five schools to train & support new teachers within the Jackson cluster with a STEM emphasis (payable over three years).
|2015||Westminster Center for Teaching (Atl)||$63,625||Phase 2, Atlanta K12 Design Challenge - a partnership between Atlanta independent schools, Fulton County Schools, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University to build capacity for design thinking as a process for school innovation and professional development.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2015||Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center (Atl)||$50,000||
Supports Arts for Learning Institute which provides teachers professional development focused on arts-informed pedagogies.
|2015||Bright from the Start: GA Dept of Early Care and Learning (Atl)||$100,000||
$18 million private funding campaign for DECAL's launch of Quality Rated, a program designed to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in childcare and early education programs.
|2015||Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (Atl)||$112,500||
Subsidizes implementation of leadership development model in three school districts.
|2015||Cristo Rey Atlanta (Atl)||$75,000||
Supports teacher training over three years.
|2015||Southern Environmental Law Center (Atl)||$125,000||Operating support for coastal advocacy.||Coastal GA||Environment|
|2015||UGA - Carl Vinson Institute of Government (Athens, GA)||$50,000||
Programming to provide legislators serving on Georgia's House and Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committees with clear, unbiased, non-technical scientific and statutory background on major environmental issues facing the state.
|2015||Chastain Park Conservancy (Atl)||$30,000||$2.43 million capital campaign to improve pedestrian safety (PATH widening, traffic calming).||Metro Atlanta||Environment|
|2015||Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (Jasper, GA)||$75,000||General operating support.||North Georgia||Environment|
|2015||The Conservation Fund (Atl)||$93,000||Assist with hiring of longleaf forester by the Georgia Forest Commission (payable over two years).||South Georgia||Environment|
|2015||Savannah River Clean Water Fund (Greenville, SC)||$25,000||General operating support for a land conservation effort to protect water quality in the Lower Savannah River watershed (with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities acting as fiscal agent).||Southeast||Environment|
|2015||Georgia Forest Watch (Dahlonega, GA)||$25,300||
Partially underwrites the work of a forest ecologist in 2016 as he leads research and preparation for anticipated release of draft 15 year management plan for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Georgia.
|2015||Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet, MA)||$225,000||
Development, implementation, and evaluation of site specific recommendations for coastal engineering practices that impact habitat most important to shorebird migration, breeding, and wintering with an emphasis on Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina (payable over three years).
|2015||Trees Atlanta (Atl)||$50,000||
$4.8 million capital campaign to extend the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, accelerate tree planting, expand conservation efforts, and enhance education programs.
|2015||Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too! Inc. (Atl)||$30,000||Assist with purchase of new box truck.||Georgia||Health|
|2015||Georgia Dental Association (Atl)||$20,000||2015 Georgia Mission of Mercy, two day free dental clinic event for under/uninsured adults.||Georgia||Health|
|2015||Ben Massell Dental Clinic (Atl)||$35,000||Assist with research to better understand impact of oral health care on general health of clinic's patients as part of long-term effort to more effectively triage, treat, and refer.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2015||The Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. (Atl)||$40,000||Assist with salary support for new bilingual Speech Language Pathologist to bridge period before work is eligible to receive Medicaid reimbursement.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2015||Wellspring Living Inc. (Atl)||$20,000||Assist with launch of community based treatment and vocational training for victims of domestic sex trafficking in partnership with Metro Atlanta YMCA and Randstad, Inc.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2015||Center for the Visually Impaired (Atl; fiscal agent)||$100,000||
Enables six low vision service providers contracted by Georgia through "Project Independence" to purchase next generation assistive devices and technology to demonstrate appropriate options to help visually impaired seniors maintain independence.
|2015||Salvation Army (Atl)||$40,000||
Underwrite cost of counseling sessions for female victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
|2015||Mercy Care Foundation (Atl)||$150,000||
$14.4 million capital campaign to expand service capacity in North DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties.
|2015||All About Developmental Disabilities (Decatur, GA)||$45,000||
Development and implementation of program to promote oral health among the developmentally disabled. A portion of funding will underwrite emergency dental care for clients.
|2015||Georgia Center for Nonprofits (Atl)||$35,000||Assist with redevelopment of Opportunity Knocks into a more robust online human resources platform.||National||Non-Focus|
|2015||Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (Atl)||$30,000||
General operating support (for allocation over three years).
|2015||Foundation Center - Atlanta (Atl)||$15,000||
Operating support (payable over 3 years).
|2014||Captain Planet Foundation (Atl)||$75,000||Development of K-12 Science curriculum that uses environmental science as a metadiscipline and will employ project based learning; roll-out will include teacher training.||Georgia||Education|
|2014||Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (Atl)||$100,000||Assist with Education policy analysis and communications (payble over two years).||Georgia||Education|
|2014||Georgia Appleseed (Atl)||$88,000||Advocacy to advance adoption and implementation of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports framework in the Bibb County school district.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2014||KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative (Atl)||$100,000||Teacher induction residency program.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2014||Our House, Inc. (Decatur, GA)||$75,000||$2.2 million capital campaign to provide resources and renovations necessary to absorb and operate Genesis Shelter.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2014||Westminster Center for Teaching (Atl)||$100,000||Phase 2, Atlanta K12 Design Challenge - a partnership between Atlanta independent schools, Fulton County Schools, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University to build capacity for design thinking as a process for school innovation and professional development.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2014||Marcus Autism Center (Atl)||$150,000||Pilot program in North Central Georgia to provide school wide professional development for faculty and staff for more effective interaction, teaching, and support for students on the Autism spectrum.||North Georgia||Education|
|2014||St. Simons Land Trust (St. Simons Island, GA)||$75,000||Installation of a natural shoreline stabilization technique within Cannon's Point known as a "living shoreline."||Coastal GA||Environment|
|2014||The Georgia Conservancy (Atl)||$75,000||Land Conservation Initiative to assist private landowners in utilizing conservation incentive programs with a focus on coastal Georgia.||Georgia||Environment|
|2014||Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources (Atl)||$50,000||
Conservation of 210 acres critical to maintaining contiguous buffers along Amicalola Creek and its tributaries within the Etowah watershed and Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.
|2014||Longleaf Alliance (Andalusia, AL)||$100,000||Education and training for landowners, foresters, and others involved in managing land for longleaf (payable over two years).||Southeast||Environment|
|2014||Longleaf Alliance (Andalusia, AL)||$150,000||Staff position to coordinate Local Implementation Teams across the longleaf range (payable over two years).||Southeast||Environment|
|2014||Center for the Visually Impaired (Atl)||$50,000||Purchase of Microperimeter machine for the Florence Maxwell Low Vision Clinic.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2014||CHRIS Kids (Atl)||$75,000||Purchase of telemedicine equipment to expand access to behavioral and physical health services.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2014||Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (Atl)||$91,000||Regional Coordinator for Metro Atlanta to create and manage county-wide child sexual abuse prevention initiatives in Cobb, Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale Counties.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2014||Skyland Trail (Atl)||$100,000||$18 million capital campaign for primary health clinic expansion and construction of new facility to serve young adults ages 18 - 26.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2014||Good Samaritan Health and Wellness (Jasper, GA)||$250,000||$3.29 million capital campaign to construct a new health care clinic.||North Georgia||Health|
|2014||Foundation Center - Atlanta (Atl)||$20,000||Technology upgrades for new location in downtown Atlanta.||Metro Atlanta||Non-Focus|
|2014||Boys & Girls Clubs of North GA (Jasper, GA)||$100,000||
$2.9 million capital campaign for permanent facility to consolidate, expand, and strengthen programming.
|2014||Foundation Center - Atlanta (Atl)||$5,000||General operating support.||Southeast||Non-Focus|
|2013||Georgia Council on Economic Education (Atl)||$50,000||
State wide teacher training workshops to equip humanities teachers for teaching economics more effectively.
|2013||Breakthrough Atlanta (Atl)||$35,000||9th Grade Leadership program which extends Breakthrough's model of using college students with aspirations towards teaching to coach students making the transition into high school.||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2013||Teach for America (Atl)||$100,000||General operating support (payable over two years).||Metro Atlanta||Education|
|2013||Southern Environmental Law Center (Atl)||$125,000||Operating support for coastal advocacy.||Coastal GA||Environment|
|2013||Georgia Forest Watch (Atl)||$30,000||General operating support.||North Georgia||Environment|
|2013||Ben Massell Dental Clinic (Atl)||$25,000||Purchase of dental supplies.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2013||Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (Atl; fiscal agent)||$50,000||
Expansion of Neighborhood Nexus, a regional information system providing data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the region's citizens.
|2013||Good Samaritan of Cobb (Marietta, GA)||$50,000||$350,000 capital campaign to purchase adjacent land for expansion of the Center's facilities.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2013||HEALing Community Center (Atl)||$30,000||Purchase of dental equipment.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2013||St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc. (Atl)||$75,000||$5.85 million capital campaign to build health care clinic for better integration of primary health care in comprehensive treatment of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2013||The A.G. Rhodes Homes (Atl)||$100,000||Renovation of four nurses' stations to improve functionality and de-institutionalize the facility's environment to make it more competitive in the nursing home market.||Metro Atlanta||Health|
|2013||Angel Flight (Atl)||$25,848||100 missions to transport medically fragile children to specialized treatment in distant locations.||Southeast||Health|
|2013||Foundation Center - Atlanta (Atl)||$5,000||General operating support.||Southeast||Non-Focus|