Kelly Chopus is a social responsibility and philanthropy executive with extensive experience in strategic external relations, corporate giving and community building. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Robins Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she is responsible for the operations, management and grant making for the one of the region’s largest family foundations. She has been in the role since September 2013.
Most recently Chopus served as Director of Community Relations for Fortune 500® aerospace and defense manufacturer, Goodrich Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. There, she supervised all global philanthropy, community relations and volunteerism. She also served as Vice President of Business Operations for the former WNBA Charlotte Sting from 2002-2005 and as an Associate Producer for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.
In September 2012, Chopus was awarded the 2012 Mover and Shaker Award by Business Leader Magazine. In 2013, The Mecklenburg Times named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, N.C. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, task forces and committees across the country, including a board membership for Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals and the US Airways Education Foundation. Most recently she was elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Council on Foundations in Atlanta, Georgia and to the Friends of the Family Committee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington, DC.
She is the proud wife of a non-profit executive and the mother of three smart, funny, and compassionate teenagers.
Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family’s Commitment to Community
Posted on March 14, 2019 by Virginia M. Esposito, Gilbert Miller, Kelly Chopus
Non-family Staff Peer Network: CEO Performance Reviews
Posted on January 18, 2019 by Denise Porche, Rusty Stahl, Kelly Medinger, Kelly Chopus
Nonfamily Staff Peer Network: Succession Planning
Posted on October 23, 2018 by Katherine Jacobs, Allison Kupfer, Christine Koehn, Kelly Chopus
20th Anniversary Symposium: Imagining the Future of Family Philanthropy
Posted on September 13, 2018 by Virginia M. Esposito, Carol S. Larson, Ayelet Baron, Sierra Clark, A. Sparks, Didier Sylvain, Farhad Ebrahimi, Kelly Chopus, Richard Woo, Mary Mountcastle
NCFP Nonfamily Staff Peer Network Discussion Group: Achieving Equity…How Exactly? (Call 3)
Posted on September 19, 2017 by Kelly Chopus, Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Patrick Troska
NCFP Nonfamily Staff Peer Network Discussion Group: Achieving Equity…How Exactly? (Call 2)
Posted on June 13, 2017 by Kelly Chopus, Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Patrick Troska
NCFP Nonfamily Staff Peer Network Discussion Group: Achieving Equity…How Exactly? (Call 1)
Posted on April 25, 2017 by Kelly Chopus, Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Patrick Troska
December 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call
Posted on December 13, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Kelly Chopus, Kris Putnam-Walkerly
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