Philanthropy

In addition to all of the success, Rob Thomson is also serious about his community, earning the 2018 Extraordinary Philanthropy Award from the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate at the 23rd Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference. Through his foundation, the Waterfront Way Foundation, Thomson and his team at Waterfront Properties has supported organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle Charities, Admirals Cove Cares Charitable Foundation, Ballen Isles Charities Foundation, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, Loggerhead Marine Center Place for Hope, Jupiter Christian School, and developed Charities for Children – Rob Thomson’s foundation to deliver toys for children during the holiday seasons.

Waterfront Way Foundation logo

Waterfront Way Foundation

Waterfront Way Foundation’s core mission is to help increasingly more people in our community experience and enjoy life in the reality of a better way, and to support various under-resourced individuals and organizations in the northern Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast communities.

Managing Partner Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties & Club Communities (“Waterfront Properties”) and Waterfront Yacht Brokerage founded the Waterfront Way Foundation to bring Thomson’s personal and corporate philanthropic initiatives together under one roof.

Initially self-funded, the Foundation propels Thomson’s long held philosophy of personal philanthropy and good corporate citizenry. At its height, his Charities for Children Foundation was purchasing, soliciting, and personally delivering up to 30,000 toys during one holiday season. Various cancer-related fundraising events and fishing tournaments have been staples of his efforts for years.

“I am also very concerned about the monumental challenges under-resourced kids in our local area face. I’ll be working closely with my board to pinpoint specific areas of need, and individuals who are already making a difference in those communities.” Thomson says, “Good partnerships within the community are the key to sustainable success.”

Waterfront Way Foundation’s legs in the community are its board of directors and the Waterfront family of the companies’ nearly 100-strong team of agents, staff, and yacht brokers. “Some of these folks have been with me for years. Their work has brought them the type of success that allows them to play a significant role in our local charities.” He continued, “For our newer agents, their contributions often come down to sweat equity positions in the charities they support. Whatever they do, the Foundation makes it much easier to support them.”

Starting the Foundation was the logical next step for Rob Thomson’s philanthropic efforts. The name is its own interesting story. “We were talking about how much we enjoy the work we do for charity. Someone commented, ‘It’s the Waterfront Way.’”


Community Service / Contributions
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Mike Schmidt’s Winners Circle Charities
  • BallenIsles Charities Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Admirals Cove Cares Charitable
  • Loggerhead Marine Center
  • Charities For Children



Rob Thomson donating cheque to Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Big Dog Ranch Rescue logo

Big Dog Ranch Rescue was founded in 2009; since then, we have saved the lives of more than 47,000 dogs. Our mission is to save 5,000 dogs every year, to heal and place them with loving families and to educate people about the proper care for dogs and the importance of spaying and neutering.

Phone: (561) 791-6465

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Charities For Children logo

Charities for Children was founded in Jupiter, Florida. We are a non-profit 501c3 charitable, organization that focuses on helping our most important resource, The Children of South Florida. Our group tries to help children in South Florida in need. Every Christmas, Charities for Children, buys 1000s of toys and delivers them to Jupiter Elementary Schools, Christ Fellowship Church and Urban Youth Impact so Children that may go without Christmas toys will not. At Easter time Charities for Children also buys and delivers 1000 baskets. This year we are going to do a Christmas in July for terminally ill children.

All children are our future. They all deserve our love. Join us to nurture South Florida’s Children. They deserve it!!!

Phone: (561) 746-7272

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Rob Thomson donating toys for the Charities For Children Institution
Place of Hope - Waterslide Donation
Place of Hope logo

Place of Hope is a faith-based, state licensed organization focused on providing programs and services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness and human trafficking. We offer support to children, youth and families in need. We are the largest, most diverse, residential children and families organization in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. Our goal is to help those we serve find healing and restoration, which leads to a successful future.

Phone: (561) 775-7195

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Jupiter Community High School logo

Special needs students at Jupiter Community High School put out a call for help. The kids are part of the “exceptional student education program” which brings them to area businesses to learn about jobs and careers and also provides training. An aging bus with no access for wheelchair bound students, no air conditioning and a multitude of other issues made the trips nearly impossible.

Jupiter Realtor Rob Thomson of Waterfront Properties was touched by the story and immediately offered to match all donations. He also took on the role of chief fundraiser to help the students saying, “The most needy kids have the worst transportation.” Several months later Robs’ outreach to the community succeeded. Thomson’s Waterfront Way Foundation donated $53,500.00 matching all other donor contributions for a total of $107,000.00. The school now has enough to secure a new bus. Thomson appreciates the overwhelming response,”Thank-you to everyone who donated to insure these wonderful children have the opportunities they deserve to receive training and to learn about jobs in our community.”

Waterfront Way Foundation Jupiter Bus Donation
Kirs from Torys for Tots institution receiving gifts
Toys for Tots logo

The objectives of Toys For Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to improving communities in the future.

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Photos

Rob Thomson donating toys to kids Rob Thomson Toys For Tots Donation
Bike For Charity Team Waterfront Properties “Bike For Charity” Team
Rob Thomson receiving Philanthropy Award Extraordinary Philanthropy Award
Big Doc Ranch aerial photo Big Dog Ranch Aerial
Jupiter Inlet aerial photo Jupiter Inlet
Luxury Real Estate Conference group photo 2013 Luxury Real Estate Conference 2013
Group photo of 2013 Diabetes Walk 2013 Diabetes Walk
rob Thomson donating check to Walk For the Cure Institution Walk For The Cure Donation