One of the legacies that former City Manager Rory Robinson (1988 to 2000) left behind for the community was the creation of the San Pablo Community Foundation. His vision was to create a mechanism to raise money on behalf of private non-profit service providers working in San Pablo and West Contra Costa County.
On November 6, 1995, the city issued a gaming license to San Francisco Casino Management for the Casino San Pablo gaming club. A requirement of Casino San Pablo through the Municipal Services Agreement with the city is to contribute one percent of the annual gaming club profits to the Community Foundation, and the contribution is not to be less than $25,000 each year. The San Pablo Community Foundation distributes these and other contributions and services to approved grant applicants.
Rory Robinson's original vision and work, along with the generosity of the Lytton Band of the Pomo Indians allow the Community Foundation to continue to support many worthy local organizations.
Other contributions made to the Community Foundation include donations made through city-sponsored events such as the Annual Foundation Dinner.