Bobby Thalhimer, Senior Consultant
Bobby Thalhimer brings a broad range of experience to The Monument Group, which he joined in 2015. Professionally, Bobby served for 16 years as Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Services at The Community Foundation. In that capacity, he worked with hundreds of donors to frame their charitable thinking and develop funds that would carry out their plans. Bobby helped develop three affiliate community foundations in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. He hosted quarterly meetings of Community Foundations of Virginia and provided counsel as the members faced growth issues, including speaking at many of their functions for donors and professional advisors.
Prior to joining The Community Foundation, Bobby served as Executive Director of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation and Deputy Director of the Science Museum of Virginia. During that time, the museum completed a $36 million capital campaign in just three years and grew its endowment from $600,000 to $11 million. He orchestrated the initial capital campaign for the new Danville Science Center, raising $1 million in the local community. Both before and after his staff duties with the Science Museum, Bobby served on the board of the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, including a term as President. He was also appointed by Governor Wilder to the Science Museum of Virginia’s Board of Trustees.
Bobby has broad experience on nonprofit boards, beginning with serving as President of the William B. Thalhimer, Jr. & Family Foundation, which is now a fund of The Community Foundation with a third generation board of advisors. Bobby served as President of the Richmond Memorial Hospital Foundation and as a member of the Richmond Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. He now serves as Chair of the Investment Committee of their successor, the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and is a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee.
Prior to joining the staff of The Community Foundation, Bobby was a long-serving member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and chaired the Investment Committee. Other nonprofit board service has included the University of Richmond’s Institute of Philanthropy, the Financial Planning Association, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond, at its inception.
Bobby is also a former board member of Impact Makers, a B Corporation providing consulting services to businesses and government with a specific focus on the health care industry. Bobby served as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Impact Makers recently donated its equity to The Community Foundation (70%) and Virginia Community Capital (30%), which ensures that all of its profits benefit the community beyond its annual support for nonprofit partners.
Prior to his career in nonprofits, Bobby worked for Central Fidelity Bank as a branch manager and later as a commercial loan officer. Subsequently, during a time of transition at Thalhimer’s, he served his family in the family office to help refocus and diversify their assets and activities.
Bobby graduated from Williams College with a major in Economics, and he received his MBA from University of Richmond. Bobby is also a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.