Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Author.
New Book Release
Working Class to College examines growing distress among lower-income students who suffer repercussions of the ever-widening financial gap associated with college costs. The book highlights ways school counselors, teachers and parents can help students manage student loans and weaves in stories of hope and heartbreak among students and their families who are coping with hardship while desperately trying to get to and through college. Author Robert Carr also shares firsthand accounts of his own struggles as a working-class kid and how he pursued higher education to beat the cycle of poverty for his own family.
Give Something Back
In 2003, Robert Carr founded Give Something Back, which provides mentors and scholarships to give Pell Grant eligible students the opportunity to go to college and graduate in four years, debt-free. The charity has already prepaid for over 1,000 students to go to 14 colleges in five states, and continues to grow.
The Story of the Give Something Back Foundation (3:51)
Recent Blog Posts
Robert Carr and co-author Dirk Johnson join WGN Radio’s Rick Kogan to discuss their new book, Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America.read more
Many in the business community are engaging in youth mentoring. Learn how doing good is also good for business.read more
This time of year, most of us make New Year’s resolutions. Some stick, some don’t. But I have a New Year’s resolution that will make such an impact you’ll want to commit to it for the rest of the year — and beyond.read more
What Others Say About Robert:
“There is a cycle that needs to be broken and [Robert Carr is] helping to break that cycle.”
-Richard T. Smith, NAACP New Jersey State Convention President
“Bob’s passion for providing debt free college scholarships for first generation students is inspiring , and has led other philanthropists to follow and support his approach.”
-Bob Niehaus, Give Back Donor
“It’s a rare man who acknowledges that his accomplishments are to be shared with others. Bob Carr is such a man. This is a special story about appreciation, success and giving back.”
–Peter Mallouk, Give Back Donor
“Bob Carr and Give Back are creating pathways for life success beyond a college degree for first generation students.”
-Jason Kirksey, Chief Diversity Office at Oklahoma State University
“Robert Carr’s personal experience is a truly inspirational tale of a working-class kid who beat the odds and succeeded in a remarkable way as a college graduate and entrepreneur with an unwavering dedication to pay it forward.”
-Eugene J. Cornacchia, PhD, President, Saint Peter’s University