Passionate people.
Lasting change.

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Inspiring Philanthropy

Hampton Roads Community Foundation plays a special role in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950 we have connected charitable people to causes, nonprofits and places they care about the most. The result? A stronger, healthier, more vibrant community.

Your passion may lead you to help area children attend preschool. Or, perhaps you dream of making college possible for teens and adults. We can help you make that happen. By partnering with your community foundation you can support a cleaner environment, stimulating arts, a vibrant economy and better lives for vulnerable people of all ages. Just about any cause important to you is a potential area for your philanthropy to make an impact in our region.

Let us know how we can help you improve life in southeastern Virginia now and forever.

Changing Lives

Philanthropy changes lives in two ways. A charitable person offers a hand to someone in need. This experience helps the recipient while bringing joy and meaning to the giver. As southeastern Virginia's largest grant and scholarship provider, we help ignite all kinds of positive and lasting connections as a funder, convenor and collaborator.

Our Initiatives

We often incubate leadership initiatives that bring together multiple partners to tackle tough issues that impact life in our region.  

Strengthening Nonprofits

We provide area nonprofits with a healthy diet of classes, workshops and training in key subjects to help them do their best work for our region and its residents.

Sharing Powerful Stories

Since our founding in 1950 we have collected remarkable tales of generosity and community impact that we showcase in our Story and Video Bank.

New & Noteworthy

Top Headlines

October 1 is the deadline for special interest grants

Charitable people have established endowments to address specific concerns or interests. We welcome applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents of South Hampton Roads according to the Eligibility Requirements and Application Deadlines, unless otherwise noted. Most special interest grants have an October 1 deadline. Learn more about the areas of interest.

New board leaders selected for Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently elected James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., as its new board chair. Squires previously served as vice-chair. The Foundation’s board also elected a new vice-chair, Sharon Goodwyn, Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP. Goodwyn is the Foundation’s first woman and African American to serve in a top leadership position on the board. Learn more.

More than a half-million dollars awarded in latest grant cycle

In June 2019, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded $593,802 in grant to eight area nonprofits. Funds came from community foundation donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Discover the nonprofits that earned a grant.

Change for tomorrow
starts today.

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