Robert Collins, CFA was appointed Executive Director and CEO in June, 2004. Bob received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 1994 at the age of 29. He and his wife, Tricia, have five children aged 11-18 years—four girls and one boy. The youngest girl was adopted from China in 2001. They are part of an exciting new church movement called The Underground Network and are active in their micro-church ministry.
Bob brings a valuable set of gifts, abilities and experience from his background in the financial services industry. He is results-oriented and knowledgeable in teamwork and the disciplines and dynamics of the marketplace. Bob also has a heart for third-world missions, having made several trips to Costa Rica and Haiti where, among other things, he helped establish Vision of Hope Ministries.
The purpose and mission of CLF is to inspire, teach and encourage followers of Christ to radical, joyful and infectious generosity. We want to see His people free, and His work here and around the world fully resourced. We do not desire for funds to be contributed to the foundation and remain there, but rather flow out quickly to accomplish God’s purposes.
Bob has had a successful 17-year career in diverse areas of financial services, most notably in investment management with Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Goldman Sachs is well known not only as one of the world’s premier investment firms, but also as one with a reputation of the highest integrity.
At retirement in 2002, Bob was Managing Director and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Equity Investment Management in Goldman Sachs’
London, UK office. There he led a 54-person team responsible for investing $36 billion in European and Global equities portfolios. Prior to that, Bob was Managing Director and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee for Goldman Sachs’ US growth equity investment management business (located in Tampa, Florida). In that role, he was one of the leaders of a 14-person team managing $20 billion in
US equities. Both these businesses were very successful, with solid growth in assets and excellent investment performance.
Bob is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder. CFA charterholders are rigorously qualified and are recognized worldwide for their high standards of professionalism and integrity for investment professionals. During his employment in the financial services industry, Bob obtained several licenses from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD): Securities Agent State Law (Series 63), General Securities Representative (Series 7), General Securities Principal (Series 24) and Investment Adviser (Series 65).
Bob’s years of experience in finance give him a unique ability to understand and design sophisticated approaches to giving in tax-smart ways. Combined with the large and able staff of The National Christian Foundation in Atlanta, we are confident that we can help donors implement giving strategies of optimal effectiveness.