Our Story

In 2009, Joyce and Jeff Robinson, along with David Moss, had a vision to help counter social and economic disparities in South LA by building bridges between student groups through unconventional means – they wanted to send kids to a three-day outdoor camp. This was the beginning of the Harold Robinson Foundation (HRF), where the goal was to bring as many South LA youth to camp as possible.

From early on, the founders realized that the three-day retreats were much more than just kids going on an incredible adventure. Parents and teachers were getting tremendous value out of their experience as well. Participants were building new relationships and friendships, perspectives were changing, and disparate groups were coming together in a healthy way…often for the first time ever. It quickly became clear that the HRF camp experience was a powerful tool for building community and unity, for youth and adults alike.

Our Timeline

2008
HAROLD ROBINSON FOUNDATION FOUNDED

HAROLD ROBINSON FOUNDATION FOUNDED

The foundation was established in honor of Harold Robinson.

2009
FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED

FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED

HRF becomes an official 501(c)3

2010
100 MILES FOR A CHILD

100 MILES FOR A CHILD

First Funraising Event: “100 Miles for a Child” A Bike Ride from Watts to Oxnard and ending in Malibu raised $100,000.

2011
PEDAL ON THE PIER

PEDAL ON THE PIER

We launch Pedal on the Pier a unique fundraising event the first of it’s kind in Southern CA. We raised $254,000.

2012
HRF INVOLVES PARENTS

HRF INVOLVES PARENTS

HRF launches their Parenting Workshops, Parent From The Heart. Pedal on the Pier raises $512,228.

2013
WATTS UNITED

WATTS UNITED

HRF hosts the first ever Watts United retreat, bringing together the 4 warring housing developments in Watts. Pedal on the Pier raises $636,413.

2014
MARKHAM PROJECT

MARKHAM PROJECT

Camp Ubuntu Watts formally known as the Markham Project, a 6 week summer day camp in the heart of Watts is launched. Pedal on the PIER raises $595,029.

2015
CAMP UBUNTU

CAMP UBUNTU

The Harold Robinson Foundation adopts the philosophy of Ubuntu, and renames their camp retreats, Camp Ubuntu. Pedal on the Pier raises $861,809.

2016
SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY

SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY

Ubuntu is embraced by our schools and community. Harold Robinson Foundation/Camp Ubuntu has begun to evolve into more of a movement for change than a simple non-profit. Pedal on the Pier raises $868,967.

2017
PACE JOINS THE MOVEMENT

PACE JOINS THE MOVEMENT

Pedal on the Pier raised $1,063,217 and HRF was adopted by the Philanthropy and Engagement Community Engagement organization (P.A.C.E.).