Robinson Elsdale

Community Outreach Director

Robinson Elsdale was born, raised and educated in London, England and has been living in Chicago for nine years fathering his one son, a proud CPS student.  During this time, Robinson has garnered extensive sales and marketing experience through related careers and thrives when networking and problem-solving in innovative ways.

Robinson is the Community Outreach Director for Art of Giving Foundation. He is responsible for planning and implementing outreach strategies by fostering new relationships with local schools, community centers, businesses and other philanthropic organizations. In turn, providing children in underprivileged communities with opportunities to learn, explore and express themselves through art programs.  Robinson is also the Creative Director and co-owner of Robert Sefton, a luxury sculpture design company based in London. 

Robinson’s drive to give back to those less fortunate has been heavily influenced throughout his life by his mother, a former nurse turned philanthropist and youth corrections panel member.  Inspired by his mother’s impact, Robinson worked for 6 years as a youth offending officer, mentoring vulnerable children age 12 to 18, in a low income, high crime borough of London.  More recently Robinson co-piloted a nonprofit, GoFund me called “Campaign for Compassion” with his good friend. Together they raised over $14,000 to focus directly on helping the homeless community in Chicago. Partnering with the Empowerment Plan in Detroit MI, and acquiring over 150 convertible sleeping bag coats, for the most vulnerable during the treacherous Chicago winters.

Living by the motto from the late and great Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” Robinson has always focused on giving back to those most in need, while ensuring to involve his son; setting a strong example of what being a humanitarian involves!  Robinson’s other passions include improv acting, combating climate change, politics and collecting art.