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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.


By Adia White / March 8, 2018
Hampton Roads Community Foundation grants manager Sarah Ellis has more than a decade of experience writing grants for nonprofits. She joined our team in 2017 after writing grants for the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Here are Sarah's top 5 insider tips for successfully applying for grants.

By Adia White / March 1, 2018
At his 2017 retirement party from Runnymede Corp, Mike Barrett’s parting gifts included a donor-advised fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Runnymede Corp. started the permanent fund, which lets Barrett and successor advisors recommend grants to nonprofits in his name.

By Adia White / February 22, 2018
As 2001 valedictorian at Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, Cherise Williams Newsome dreamed of attending Georgetown University. However, paying for the private university was a challenge. She overcame Georgetown’s private tuition thanks to scholarships, including the Jesse T. Bonney Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Today, Cherise is an advocate for public education and says it “the great equalizer and pathway to a better life.”

By Adia White / February 13, 2018
When Shirley Liverman’s husband passed away in February 2017, the Suffolk resident knew she had to find a way to honor his legacy. She recently established the Dr. Milton R. Liverman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to honor his love of children and education. The scholarship will help graduating seniors from Suffolk Public Schools pay for college.

By Adia White / January 22, 2018
Barbara Upton Wilson was a trail-blazer who was among southeastern Virginia's first female bank vice presidents. When she passed away in 2013, a charitable bequest from her estate created the Barbara Upton Wilson Charitable Fund to provide grants in two areas she was passionate about -- the environment and animal welfare.

By Adia White / January 11, 2018
Church Street Station Studios is a new, 80-unit apartment community in Norfolk that provides permanent housing to formerly homeless people and those needing affordable housing. It is one of six communities in Hampton Roads developed by Virginia Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization offering affordable housing opportunities and support services to more than 1500 people in Hampton Roads, Central Virginia and Charlottesville. A grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation helped fund this project.

By Sally Hartman / December 11, 2017
It has been a sad December week in Hampton Roads. Our region lost two powerful voices for philanthropy -- Toy D. Savage Jr. and Macon F. Brock Jr. They are missed but their legacies will live forever through their generosity and vision.

By Adia White / November 22, 2017
Imagine sending three children to college at the same time. That's the reality the Dyer family of Virginia Beach faced two years ago as triplets Sam, Luke and Abby graduated from high school. All three received renewable scholarships from the Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / November 16, 2017
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently honored Norfolk attorney Amy Pesesky with the 2017 Barron F. Black Community Builder Award. The annual award, named for the foundation’s first board chair, honors a Hampton Roads professional advisor for outstanding community service, support of philanthropy and dedication to improving life in Hampton Roads.

By Adia White / November 9, 2017
Since 2006, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hampton Roads Chapter has honored philanthropists and fundraisers in our community at its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon. This year it honored seven Hampton Roads leaders in philanthropy.