Hampton Roads Community Foundation Blog

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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.


A key role of a community foundation like ours is the ability to keep donor funds relevant as our community needs change. One vivid example of that is the Howard Association Fund administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation since 1987.

By Adia White / May 24, 2017
We are lucky to have experienced and highly respected professionals in our region as members of our Professional Advisors Committee. Attorney Guilford D. Ware is among them. As a founding member of this helpful committee, Guil has been a consistent supporter of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / May 15, 2017
Dr. Ula Motekat was a brilliant accounting professor whose charitable gifts to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will forever benefit eight area nonprofits that meant so much to her.

By Adia White / May 4, 2017
Minus 9 to 5, a new initiative of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, strives to build an early care and education system focused on the whole child from pre-natal care to kindergarten as well as their families.

By Adia White / April 26, 2017
The donation will create two Maury Foundation Scholarship funds, including one named for the late Oscar Ferebee (class of 1936). Both endowed funds will provide scholarships for Maury High School graduates at four-year colleges or universities.

By Adia White / April 10, 2017
Four sisters are honored through the Taylor Sisters Library Fund to benefit the Norfolk Public Library as well as organizations serving minority, poor or homeless people in Norfolk.

By Sally Hartman / March 23, 2017
May 9, 2017 is the third annual Give Local 757 day in southeastern Virginia. It is a day with Hampton Roads nonprofits hope to raise $1 million.

By Sally Hartman / February 8, 2017
WW II veteran Fred Ward of Virginia Beach, Virginia paid tribute to his wife Gertrude "Betty" Ward by arranging for a contingent bequest beneficiary that created a scholarship in her memory at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Sally Hartman / January 20, 2017
Hampton Roads Community Foundation donor Dal Paull provides annual grants for youth baseball and softball programs in southeastern Virginia.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / December 15, 2016
We have the most fascinating donors at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. And, each has an idea of what makes a great community.