Robinson Center for Civic Leadership

The Robinson Center for Civic Leadership offers our community an opportunity to collectively address the critical problems and issues affecting our region.

Many of the important issues our community faces are broader than any one entity can address. The Robinson Center for Civic Leadership has the ability to address these issues collectively by concentrating resources and engaging the community. Established in 2008 as the flagship program of Foundation For The Carolinas, the Center provides a neutral meeting place where groups can gather to share ideas, debate diverse points of view and forge a common agenda.

Project L.I.F.T., a $55 million philanthropic effort to improve educational outcomes in West Charlotte schools, is among the initatives launched by the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership. 

Some civic leadership efforts lead to the creation of new entities, such as Carolina Thread Trail and Crossroads Charlotte. Others, such as Citizen's Task Force on CMS, result in studies and reports that provide recommendations and guide policies.

Past and current civic leadership initiatives include:

A Way Home Housing Endowment
Project L.I.F.T.
Support for returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
The Benefit Bank
Critical Need Response Fund
Carolina Thread Trail
Crossroads Charlotte
Economic Opportunity
Citizens' Task Force on CMS
Cultural Facilities & Endowments
Read Charlotte
United Agenda for Children

Workforce in Transition

Foundation For The Carolinas works through the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership to provide a platform for philanthropic collaboration and partnership. The Center is formally named for Sally and Russell Robinson, honoring two of our community’s most respected civic and philanthropic leaders.

Become a Member of the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership

When you become a member of the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership, you become part of a movement to improve and empower your community. Click here for more information.

Contact Us

To learn more about how you can support these transformative efforts, contact:

Laura Smith
Executive Vice President

For more information about Center initiatives, please contact:

Brian Collier
Executive Vice President