Robert Dortch

VP of Program and Community Innovation, Robins Foundation

Robert Dortch is the VP of Program and Community Innovation for Robins Foundation. His focus is in the areas of innovation, grantmaking and community collaboration. He formerly served as the Director, Community Innovation.

Before joining the Robins Foundation, Robert ran his own consulting and leadership coaching business for individuals and organizations where he served local, national and international clients. He has also served as president/executive director for three Richmond-based nonprofits. He was the president/CEO of U-Turn Sports Performance Academy and served as the director of community relations for Richmond Region 2007, a marketing and economic development nonprofit. He was the Executive Producer of the African American Trailblazers documentary and educational series that broadcast nationally on PBS stations. Robert co-founded the Ujima Legacy Fund, a giving circle designed to promote philanthropy among men of color and to provide funding support for nonprofits that serve youth through innovative education initiatives. For 10 years, he was the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Robert is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management and a magna cum laude graduate of the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, with a Master of Divinity degree, He received his leadership coaching certification from Georgetown University.


Building a Social Impact Strategy and Approach

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Kara Inae Carlisle, Melissa A. Berman, Robert Dortch

stacks of coins - grantmaking
Grantmaking is the fundamental element of a family philanthropy effort. The practice of grantmaking actualizes the motivations of a donor, advances their values, and accomplishes their aims and objectives. However, it requires careful planning and consideration. A family must decide on focus areas, articulate desired outcomes—near- and long-term—and identify the appropriate partners. And how you fund matters just as much… Read More