Our Story

Harold Robinson Foundation (HRF) became an official 501c3 in 2009 to help counter social and economic disparities in South LA and build bridges between diverse student groups through the transformative power of outdoor camp experiences. Eleven years later, founders Joyce and Jeff Robinson continue to dedicate much of their time working to deepen the organization’s impact in the community.

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.).