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Turn your passion into reality. Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950, we’ve invested over $225 million on behalf of generous people, who live, work and strive to make Hampton Roads a great community.


On Tuesday, June 25 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, more than 300 people gathered for a business forum, the 2019 Talent Alignment Strategy. Through a special presentation and panel discussion, they agreed that educational and career development programs are critical to the attracting and retaining businesses in the region. Strong businesses impacting the entire local economy and help improve the quality of life for residents.

Attorney Michael Hamar who created the permanent endowment fund for the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship here in 2011. Michael wanted to pay tribute to his parents and also to Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR). Michael co-founded HRBOR in 2007 as our region's LGBTQ business chamber.

Families and friends often shy away from controversial topics at the dinner table. That is precisely the place that author and educator Dr. Beverly D. Tatum encourages families and communities to discuss race, race relations and racial inequities.

Frances M. Facchini enjoyed helping others, which she will be doing forever because of the charitable bequest she left to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for scholarships at Old Dominion University.

In an effort to address the stigma around mental illness and to highlight available resources, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently hosted a community forum on Children’s Mental Health.

Seton Youth Shelter, which charges clients nothing, is among 30 Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant recipients helping prevent, intervene or re-engage disconnected youth and young adults.

The foundation is helping create a more inclusive and equitable community in Hampton Roads.

By Cherise Newsome / April 29, 2019
Thanks to a 2018 conversion of the private William E. Wood & Associates Foundation, William and his wife Anne will forever be remembered through two endowed funds that bear their names at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Cherise Newsome / April 9, 2019
Scroll through the pictures of the recent Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The event included a screening of the documentary "America to Me" and a discussion panel with a family featured in the film as well as local education officials.

By Sally Hartman / April 3, 2019
On April 2, 2019 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation sponsored an Understanding Hampton Roads forum at Norfolk State University to explore race and equity in education. The event featured a viewing of the first episode of the America to Me documentary followed by a panel discussion.