Philanthropy

Smith made his name as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, but his cultural and philanthropic contributions have become a major part of his legacy. Smith is a business and creative innovator, who took his background in STEM as a Cornell University-educated chemical engineer and combined it with an MBA from Columbia Business School to become a world-leading investor in software technology. He now uses that platform to benefit marginalized communities and advocate for change. Smith personally matched the gifts from the Fund II Foundation, which provided $20 million to Cornell University and $50 million to the Student Freedom Initiative. Smith’s donations are part of a cycle of educational endeavors dedicated to African American and female students that Smith hopes will solidify equity in higher education and also in the future of the tech and finance industries. Due to Smith’s business acumen and visionary leadership, he is listed as one of Forbes’ 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. His success has allowed him to contribute his time and capital to culture, history and music programs that inspire people, especially young people, to dream big and achieve their goals. Some of these include:

  • The Sphinx Organization
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA)

Because of his mentorship and dedication to causes that promote excellence and diversity, Smith was honored with the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Ripple of Hope Award from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and chosen as one of Time Magazine’s TIME100 most influential people. Smith is Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the first African American to hold the position.

Philanthropy

Smith made his name as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, but his cultural and philanthropic contributions have become a major part of his legacy. Smith is a business and creative innovator, who took his background in STEM as a Cornell University-educated chemical engineer and combined it with an MBA from Columbia Business School to become a world-leading investor in software technology. He now uses that platform to benefit marginalized communities and advocate for change. Smith personally matched the gifts from the Fund II Foundation, which provided $20 million to Cornell University and $50 million to the Student Freedom Initiative. Smith’s donations are part of a cycle of educational endeavors dedicated to African American and female students that Smith hopes will solidify equity in higher education and also in the future of the tech and finance industries. Due to Smith’s business acumen and visionary leadership, he is listed as one of Forbes’ 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. His success has allowed him to contribute his time and capital to culture, history and music programs that inspire people, especially young people, to dream big and achieve their goals. Some of these include:

  • The Sphinx Organization
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA)

Because of his mentorship and dedication to causes that promote excellence and diversity, Smith was honored with the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, the Ripple of Hope Award from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and chosen as one of Time Magazine’s TIME100 most influential people. Smith is Chairman of Carnegie Hall and the first African American to hold the position.

Is Robert F. Smithinvolved with otherproductions?

Is Robert F. Smithinvolved with otherproductions?

Outside the film and television features produced by HEFG, Smith has also taken on the role of Executive Producer for:

Outside the film and television features produced by HEFG, Smith has also taken on the role of Executive Producer for:

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