Robert and Dorothy King
In their 2017 Founders’ Letter, Bob and Dottie King review highlights from the past year.
Underlying all of our efforts at King Philanthropies is a belief in the power of investing in people and then leveraging the connections that emerge between them. As we explained in our 2016 letter, our vision for confronting extreme poverty depends in part on embracing a new math: 1 + 1 = 3. The best way to generate outsized impact, in other words, is to foster collaborative relationships between talented people and between high-performance organizations.
Building and deepening relationships, particularly with grantees and other partners, was a hallmark of our work at King Philanthropies during 2017.
Read the full letter here.
Over the Thanksgiving break, participants in the King Scholar Leadership Program at Dartmouth College visited Bob and Dottie King at the Kings’ house in Maine. All of the King Scholars hail from non-US countries, and every year the Kings invite a group of them to experience a traditional American Thanksgiving. This year, more than a dozen scholars joined the Kings for a festive dinner with all of the trimmings.
Pictured here are 14 King Scholars (clockwise from the back left): Rafael Alves de Lima, Anela Arifi, Huong (Bryce) Nguyen, Tyler Neath, Sayuri Miyamoto, Carolyne Musyoka, John Mbugua, Patrick Iradukunda, Loveridge Bere, Gustavo de Almeida da Silva, Jonathan Bonilla Toledo, Akwasi Akosah, Abigail Cameron, and Louis Murerwa.
Not pictured are 6 other current participants in the program at Dartmouth: Emmanuel Akosah, Eric Iradukunda, Cherrie Kandie, Faith Rotich, Seerat Zahra, and Linford Zirangwa. Brief profiles of all 20 scholars are available here.
On June 10, 2017, Robert E. and Dorothy J. King—the cofounders of King Philanthropies—received honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College during the college’s annual commencement activities. On the eve of that event, they offered remarks on the vision that inspires their philanthropy. This video shows those remarks, followed by the commencement proceeding at which they received their degrees.
The full text of the citation that the Kings received for their degrees is available here.
Sixty years after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, Bob King will receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters from that institution, according an announcement released by the college. His wife, Dottie King, will join him in receiving that honor. Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon will bestow this honor on the Kings at commencement ceremonies on June 11.
Dartmouth will award honorary degrees to nine people in all, including the journalist and CNN news anchor Jake Tapper, the actress and playwright Anne Deavere Smith, and the champion runner and Olympic athlete Abbey D’Agostino. The announcement highlights the Kings’ role as donors for the King Scholar Leadership Program at Dartmouth. “The King Scholars program, launched at Dartmouth in 2012, will graduate its first two students this year,” the announcement notes.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison News site announced in a 2015 article that Bob and Dottie King had made a $10 million gift to support research both at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, part of the Waisman Center at UW–Madison, and at the university’s School of Education. The gift was targeted at psychological and neuroscientific research on youth development.
One objective of the gift, according to the article, was to fund the work of Professor Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with UW–Madison in our determination to help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential,” said Dottie King, an alumna of the university. “We believe the work of Richard Davidson and his colleagues at the center will have a tremendous impact and help thousands—if not millions—of youth thrive.”