A passionate and engaged philanthropist, Robert Roche’s generosity spans countries and continents. With a strong sense of social responsibility, he is committed to numerous educational and cultural initiatives around the world. Through the Roche Family Foundation and personal donations, he provides extensive support for global nonprofit organizations focused on education, international relations, and building strong, sustainable communities.
As a resident of Nagoya, Japan, Roche co-founded the American Business Community Nagoya (ABCN), which later became the Chubu Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ). Recalling the successful walkathon fundraisers he participated in as a youth, he worked with the ABCN to initiate the Nagoya Walkathon and International Charity Festival in 1991. The annual event has grown significantly over the past 25 years, since it’s founding raising more than $1.4 million (USD) for the benefit of local orphanages and charities.
Since 2013, Roche has served on the Board of Directors of The Cara Program in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and he is deeply involved in the HOPE International Development Agency in Japan, where he has served as chairman, founding trustee, and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Endowments from Robert Roche established a Chair for Interreligious Research at Nanzan University in Japan, and also launched a Master of Laws in International Business Transactions at his alma mater, the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. As an alumnus of Marist High School in Chicago, Roche provides four annual $20,000 scholarships to African American students who demonstrate academic leadership. He has provided the scholarship for the past 15 years in honor of his parents, who provided a Catholic education to each of their nine children. He also supports the Clinton Foundation, the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation, Washington University, the University of Southern California, the University of New Mexico – Gallup, and schools, service, and nonprofit organizations in communities where he lives and does business.
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