The R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation

The R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. 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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Using a Donor-advised Fund to Nurture Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 22, 2017 by The R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

The R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation is the legacy of Howard Dobbs, Jr., a lifelong Atlantan who was a respected businessman, a civic leader, and a generous philanthropist. He did not have children of his own but was very close to his sister’s three children. As Mr. Dobbs grew older and began making decisions about the long-term future of the family foundation he’d established in 1959, he turned to his nephew and nieces for leadership. He asked them to join the foundation’s board and tasked them with responsibility for its stewardship after his death. … Read More

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation: Trustee Competencies

Posted on August 20, 2015 by The R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation

The following characteristics are offered as a guide when identifying and assessing candidates for service as a trustee of the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation. These characteristics, taken together, represent an ideal. No one individual is expected to display a high degree of every quality. There is hope, however, that all of these strengths will be represented among the collective… Read More

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Trustee Responsibilities

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Jr. Foundation, The R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation

R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Trustee Responsibilities ARTICLE THREE Board of Trustees 3.1 Authority and Responsibility of the Board of Trustees. (a) The supreme authority of the Foundation and the government and management of the affairs of the Foundation shall be vested in the Board of Trustees; and all the powers, duties, and functions of the Foundation conferred by the… Read More

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