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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.


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By Adia White / December 12, 2018
Thanks to Virginia Wesleyan University freshman Sarah Stermer, there are 1,225 new native trees growing at Virginia Beach schools this year and 1,850 saplings taking root in Haiti where deforestation is rampant. And, she is just beginning her work to improve the environment by planting trees. Sarah is among 413 students attending college this year with help from Hampton University Community Foundation scholarships. Like Sarah, all of the scholarship recipients are finding their ways to make our world better.

By Adia White / December 5, 2018
Robert Abbott, M.D., vividly recalls “burning out mentally” after his first semester in medical school. To heal himself, the Yorktown resident hit the pause button for a year. During his year’s absence from school, he found his life’s calling – treating patients with the help of nutrition, fitness and mindfulness.

By Adia White / October 25, 2018
Taxpayers ages 70 1/2 and up can directly donate up to $100,000 a year in Individual Retirement Account assets to their favorite charities without it counting as taxable income. And, the donations can help meet annual minimum IRA distributions.

By Adia White / October 24, 2018
Residents of Hampton Roads are all too familiar with sea-level rise and the flooding that disrupts our region. On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of our region’s residents will become citizen-scientists for the second consecutive year, armed with smartphones to document high water during the year’s highest tide – dubbed “the king tide” – and help researches better forecast tidal flooding.

By Adia White / September 10, 2018
Girls at Brighton Elementary School in Portsmouth, VA are learning to be joyful, healthy and confident through Girls on the Run Hampton Roads. The nonprofit serves more than 750 elementary and middle-school girls in our region. In 2017, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded a three-year $60,000 grant to expand the 12-week program to five schools that receive federal Title I funding.

By Adia White / July 27, 2018
Good works are still being done today in Laura Turner's name, 62 years after her death. Through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Turner grants today help adults with cerebral palsy at the Ability Center of Virginia. Over the years, Turner grants have helped the Virginia Beach center buy furniture and equipment, provide scholarships and run summer camps.

By Adia White / June 21, 2018
Deborah Wyld’s love for the arts began as a child attending symphony performances and visiting art museums with her family. As a regular donor to area arts organizations, Deborah is making sure her support continues forever.

By Adia White / June 14, 2018
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations during its second round of Community Grant funding for 2018. The largest grant was awarded to An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach. It will receive $600,000 over three years to expand its program at Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy for students moving to sixth grade at Lynnhaven Middle School.

By Adia White / June 6, 2018
Dr. Jeffery Baker has a special distinction as a Smith Scholar. He was an Eastern Virginia Medical School professor before he was an EVMS medical student. Learn how this Florence L. Smith Scholarship recipient started his medical career.

By Adia White / May 24, 2018
We remember accountant Melvin R. Green, a good friend of our professional advisor community, who recently passed away at age 96. In 2014, he endowed a scholarship fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to help students earn a four-year degree in business.