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.

Featured Stories

Latest Initiative

More than 100 area experts from parents to educators and childcare providers are involved in shaping a grassroots Early Care and Education Initiative we are incubating. It is focused on getting our region's youngest residents off to great starts in life. 


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

This hotline number can save lives

Give this emergency phone number -- 757-251-0144 – to anyone who might be experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault. Recently, four South Hampton Roads domestic violence shelters launched this Coordinated Crisis Response hotline. A $45,000  grant from our Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund jump started the collaboration highlighted in this Virginian-Pilot article.


April 1: Next Community Grant deadline

Nonprofits working to enhance our region's Cultural Vitality and Educational Success have until April 1 to apply for Community Grants for 2017. Learn more about our Community Grant programs.


May 18:  2017 Partner grant deadline

For 2017 the Community Leadership Partners, our active philanthropy group, has a grant focus on helping South Hampton Roads youth from ages 9-18 overcome obstacles in life. May 18 is the deadline to apply for funding. Learn more.


2016 grants & scholarships help our region

In 2016 we put our donors' ideas for a better community into action by distributing more than $14.7 million. Recipients included more than 150 nonprofits that received grants and 400 college students being helped by scholarships.  Learn more.

Change for tomorrow
starts today.

Ways to Give