What We Do
Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (R.B.C.F) administers funds contributed by individuals, corporations, private foundations, government agencies and federated campaigns back into the community in the form of grooming equipment/products and grooming services. These products and services are directed to projects at residential, transitional, emergency housing facilities and Title One Public Schools. These projects ensure that those who are homeless, living in poverty or wards of the State attend job interviews, work and/or school with a neat and clean appearance.
How We Do It
R.B.C.F. funds are managed by a team of experienced professionals. These funds are held in a “Donor Account” and expended based upon the donor choice of grooming project (s). The process begins when you contribute online, contact us to arrange your gift or view our options to donate.
Advantage Of Giving To The R.B.C.F.
The R.B.C.F. has the ability and a proven track record of matching resources with one of Maryland’s most overlooked community needs. Unlike larger community foundations, a donor may establish a gift of ANY SIZE to become an underwriter of one or more of our projects. Our donors are able to select the grooming project of their choice and then enjoy directing their funds in a manner that fulfills their charitable wishes. Our choice of projects offers a direct service to the public, thereby allowing the most value for each gift. By establishing a gift with us you can receive maximum tax advantages as well as a number of other donor benefits.
In May 1991, Robert W. Cradle opened Rob’s Barbershop, Incorporated. He was the first African-American to open a barbershop in the small community of Odenton, Maryland. Each week hundreds of patrons visited his establishment, as the barbershop grew from a one-person operation to a thriving nine-employee establishment. Yet, by his tenth anniversary in business, Rob discovered that individual clients of a local homeless shelter did not have access to regular grooming services, he decided to use his barbershop as the groundwork to build a community-friendly human service organization. Therefore, in March 2001, Rob formed the Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation, Inc. Through a public charity, Rob could enlist financial and in-kind support to address the needs of populations who lack access to regular grooming and hygienic care. View a history of R.B.C.F projects HERE!