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About Mr. Dobbs

Howard Dobbs was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1906 and would call it home his entire life. After graduating from the Georgia Military Academy (now Woodward Academy), he enrolled at Emory University in 1923. Two years later, he began a long and distinguished career with the Life Insurance Company of Georgia where he worked his way up from the clerical department to become President and CEO in 1950. He held that position for twenty years and in 1970, became Chairman of the Executive Committee until his retirement in 1976. Under Mr. Dobbs' innovative leadership, Life of Georgia prospered.

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About the Foundation

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.

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Board of Trustees

Mr. E. Cody Laird, Jr., Chairman
Mrs. Nancy Laird Crosswell
Mrs. Dorothy Laird Williams
Mr. William Clarkson, IV ​
Mr. C. Mark Crosswell, Treasurer​​​
Ms. Ciannat M. Howett
Mr. H. Dobbs Laird
Ms. Nancy Clair Laird McInaney
Mr. Laird M. Williams

Foundation Staff

All Inquiries should be mailed to:

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation
133 Peachtree St, Ste 4950
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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Grant History

Year Organization Amount ($) Description Geographic Area Served Program Area
2016 Fulton County Schools (Atl) $100,000

Supports implementation of "Opportunity Culture" model (see 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.

Metro Atlanta Education
2016 ArtsNow (Atl) $27,000

Supports development of STEAM modules for grades K-5 and professional development workshops for educators using the modules.

Georgia Education
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.

Metro Atlanta Environment
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).

North Georgia Environment
2016 Georgia Dept of Natural Resources (Atl) $56,580

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.

North Georgia Environment
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.

Coastal GA Environment
2016 One Hundred Miles (Brunswick, GA) $200,000

General operating support (payable over two years).

Coastal GA Environment
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.

Metro Atlanta Health
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.

Metro Atlanta Health
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.

Metro Atlanta Health
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).

Metro Atlanta Education
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.

Metro Atlanta Education
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.

Georgia Education
2015 Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (Atl) $112,500

Subsidizes implementation of leadership development model in three school districts.

Georgia Education
2015 Cristo Rey Atlanta (Atl) $75,000

Supports teacher training over three years.

Metro Atlanta Education
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.

Georgia Environment
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.

North Georgia Environment
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).

Southeast Environment
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.

Metro Atlanta Environment
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.

Georgia Health
2015 Salvation Army (Atl) $40,000

Underwrite cost of counseling sessions for female victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Metro Atlanta Health
2015 Mercy Care Foundation (Atl) $150,000

$14.4 million capital campaign to expand service capacity in North DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties.

Metro Atlanta Health
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.

Metro Atlanta Health
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).

Metro Atlanta Non-Focus
2015 Foundation Center - Atlanta (Atl) $15,000

Operating support (payable over 3 years).

Metro Atlanta Non-Focus
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.

North Georgia Environment
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.

North Georgia Non-Focus
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.

Georgia Education
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.

Metro Atlanta Health
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