Our mission is to protect and uplift underserved people worldwide.
We accomplish this through strategic projects and investments that empower communities to address systemic poverty, oppression, and violence at its root causes.
The Rapino Foundation is a 501 (c) 3
The most powerful resources already exist within communities. By providing access, financial support, training and follow up, we activate and amplify the hidden potential in every individual and community.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
We bring together international and local partners to implement projects through a fiscally sustainable business model to optimize impact.
We measure return on our investment by social impact and sustainability; through our partnerships, we place community at the center of decision making. We ensure that profits from investments support non-sustainble education initiatives and social programs .
IDENTIFYING NEED OR OPPORTUNITY
We listen to the community. We learn about their difficulties, their needs, their ideas, their aspirations. We believe in empowering from within for long-term ownership and sustainability.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jolene Blalock Rapino is a mother, wife, philanthropist, and American actress, best known for her leading role on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise.
In 2012, Jolene co-founded the Rapino Foundation to instill in her three young boys the family value of giving back. The Rapino foundation’s mission is to advance education and economic development initiatives worldwide, with a focus on empowering communities to address systemic poverty, oppression and violence at its root cause. Jolene and her team are piloting an innovative business model in Haiti with strategic investments and partnerships to help communities move from charity towards long-term sustainability. She believes that the most powerful resources already exist within communities and can be unlocked by tapping into and activating the human potential within.
Jolene and her husband Michael Rapino, CEO and President of Live Nation, support a variety of initiatives and philanthropic organizations including: The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, ONE, (RED), Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation), Humane Society International (HSI), the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and The Clara Lionel Foundation. Jolene is also the US Ambassador for Sean Penn’s Organization J/P HRO and sits on the board of One Community, a social impact film and TV production company dedicated to effecting positive social change throughout the world.
Michael Rapino was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created Live Nation Entertainment in January 2010. He was instrumental in leading the merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation to create the #1 live event company in the world. In 2011, Live Nation Entertainment sold nearly 200 million tickets, promoted over 22,000 concerts, partnered with nearly 800 sponsors and averaged almost 27 million unique monthly users of its e-commerce sites. Prior to the merger, Michael held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation since August 2005. Under Michael’s leadership, the company solidified its position as the world’s largest producer of live concerts with operations in 30 countries and revenues exceeding $5 billion. He transformed the company from a fragmented entertainment company to the #1 live music company in the world. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation, Michael held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Music for Clear Channel Music Group. He also led Clear Channel Entertainment’s London-based International Music division, and was the driving force behind the company’s profitable expansion internationally.Early in Michael’s career, he co-founded Core Audience Entertainment – a leading concert promoter and entertainment marketing company in Canada, which was acquired by SFX in 1999.Michael began his career at Labatt Breweries where he subsequently became Head of Marketing for Labatt brands and oversaw its entertainment assets. He holds a bachelor degree in business from Lakehead University.
President and CEO of Vubiz Ltd, a multi-million dollar elearning company. He is responsible for the strategic direction, management and growth of Vubiz. Jim has spearheaded many entrepreneurial endeavours both in profit and non-profit arenas. He was the Founder and General Manager of the Northwest Enterprise Centre which educates business owners; he launched the Centre of Entrepreneurship for the Northwest which is dedicated to promoting education, research and community awareness; and he founded the Northern Ontario Marketplace, a center dedicated to improving the productivity of northern suppliers. Jim also developed and launched the Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and Electronic Commerce. A supporter of community and the arts, Jim was chairman of an Auditorium and the Canada Games. He was Dean of Business and Ventures at Confederation College; responsible for many post secondary programs in the areas of international business, entrepreneurship and tourism. Jim has a Business Degree in Accounting and a MBA.
Robin Rapino is Senior VP of Marketing & U.S. Operations for Vubiz, Inc., a multi-million dollar elearning company. Robin oversees marketing strategy, planning and branding for the online elearning company and develops creative, strategic partnerships in the United States to expand the brand. Robin is also an entrepreneur who started, grew and sold her own coffee houses, Seattle Coffee House. She worked as a broadcast and print journalist and has an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Journalism Degree She is a supporter of many humanitarian and animal causes.