Kelly Chopus is a social responsibility and philanthropy executive with extensive experience in strategic external relations, corporate giving and community building. She most recently served as the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Robins Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she was responsible for the operations, management and grant making for the one of the region’s largest family foundations. She had been in the role since September 2013.
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 stints as a national board member for the Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), the U S Airways Education Foundation and regionally for the Southeast Council on Foundations (SECF). In 2015 she was appointed to the Friends of the Family Committee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) in Washington, DC and she co-chaired the Center’s Non-Family Staff networking group. In Richmond, Chopus serves as a board member for Chamber RVA, Venture Richmond and on the organizing committee for the Capital Region Collaborative. She is also a founding member of Virginia Funders Network, a statewide collaborative of corporate, private, family and community foundations.
In her current work, Chopus helps organizations thrive. She counsels individuals and organizations on nonprofit management and operations. She also advises on strategic philanthropy and continues to provide thought leadership support for people and organizations across the country.
Kelly Chopus is the proud wife of a non-profit executive and the even prouder mother of three smart, funny and compassionate young adults.
Non-family Staff Peer Network: Board Chair Dynamics – Expectations, Evaluation, Collaborating, and Engaging Together
Posted on March 19, 2019 by Kelly Chopus, Elaine Gast Fawcett
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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