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Turn Your Passion Into a Reality

Since the renovated Chrysler Museum of Art re-opened in May 2014 after a year of work, visitors have been treated to a 17-foot kinetic sculpture funded by the Christiane and James Valone Charitable Fund administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The new chandelier honors the Valones’ parents.

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Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia.

Since 1950, through our permanent charitable endowment we’ve invested nearly $200 million on behalf of people just like you: Generous people, who live here, work here and who strive every day to make Hampton Roads an even greater community.

You can see our donors' passions and generous spirit at work in all our region’s cities helping just about every area nonprofit you can think of - - from arts groups to homeless shelters.

What is your passion? How can we help you turn it into reality?


In Memory of Charles Syer IV

We are saddened by the loss of our friend Charles Syer IV on May 6, 2014. Charles passed away in Virginia Beach at age 82. We appreciate his family designated the Charles Syer Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to receive memorial gifts.

Charles, a retired bank trust officer was a Portsmouth native who lived most of his life in Norfolk. He started an unrestricted fund in 1996 by donating his Norfolk condominium to the community foundation. At the time he was newly retired and wanted to be “a free agent” and do something good to benefit his home community.

“I thought I would put myself in this flexible condition and also make a gesture in thinking about charity at the same time,” he said. “I liked the idea that the foundation is a long-term, ongoing and for the whole general area.”

Donations to the Charles Syer Fund will help an array of nonprofits in Hampton Roads. To make a charitable gift please:

  • Click here to donate online. Please specify that your gift is in memory of Charles Syer.
  • Mail a check to Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510. Please designate your gift in memory of Charles Syer

Click here to read Charles Syer’s obituary and learn more about this generous man.