About the Waterfront Way Foundation
Rob Thomson Founds Philanthropic Foundation Waterfront Way Foundation – For a Better Way
Waterfront Properties & Club Communities (“Waterfront Properties”) today announced Managing Partner Rob Thomson recently founded Waterfront Way Foundation. The Foundation brings Thomson’s personal and corporate – Waterfront Properties and Club Communities’ and Waterfront Yacht Brokerage’s – philanthropic and charitable efforts together under one umbrella. Thomson comments, “I’m as excited about this as any career milestone in a long time.”
Initially self-funded, the Foundation propels Thomson’s long held philosophy of personal philanthropy and good corporate citizenry. At its height, his Charities for Children Foundation was purchasing, soliciting and personally delivering up to 30,000 toys during one holiday season. Various cancer causes and fishing tournaments have been staples of his efforts for years.
Waterfront Way Foundation allows Thomson to continue supporting the causes that have remained close to his heart for years. It allows him to develop his own events on behalf of under-resourced individuals and organizations in his northern Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast communities. Already being planned for 2016 is the Inaugural Waterfront Way Charity Clay Shoot Invitational. “I’ve become passionate about clay shooting. Knowing my fellow shooters, I have no doubt we’ll raise a significant amount of money in an event participants will really enjoy.”
Through the Foundation, Thomson will develop an educational grant program for local students. “I am very concerned about the monumental challenges under resourced kids in our local area face. I’ll be working closely with my still-developing board to pinpoint specific areas of need, and individuals who are already making a difference in those communities.” He continued, “Good partnerships within the community are the key to sustainable success.”
Waterfront Way Foundation’s legs in the community will be its board of directors and the Waterfront Family of Companies’ nearly 100-strong team of agents and yacht brokers. “Some of these folks have been with me for years. Their work has brought them the type of success that allows them to play a significant role in our local charities.” He continued, “For our newer agents, their contributions often come down to sweat equity positions in the charities they support. Whatever they do, the Foundation makes it much easier to support them.”
Starting the Foundation was the logical next step for Rob Thomson’s philanthropic efforts. The name is its own interesting story. “We were talking about how much we enjoy the work we do for charity. Someone commented, ‘It’s the Waterfront Way.’” Waterfront Way Foundation’s core purpose is to help increasingly more people in our community experience and enjoy life in the reality of a better way.
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