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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 Sally Hartman / March 13, 2019
Dr. Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent, is among the panelists at an April 2 America to Me forum focused on equity in education. This issue is important to him for many reasons.

By Sally Hartman / February 27, 2019
On April 2 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will sponsor a screening of the documentary America to Me. It will be followed by a discussion with two of the film's stars plus a panel of Hampton Roads education experts.

By Sally Hartman / February 13, 2019
Harry and Martha Lee McCoy are Hampton Roads Community Foundation donors who will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in 2019. Their love of each other and their community will live forever through their generosity.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / February 11, 2019
Did you know 50 nonprofits entrust the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to manage their charitable endowments? We are delighted that The Muse Writers Center recently started an endowment with us to ensure its long-term viability.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / January 23, 2019
In multiple ways, 2018 was a milestone year for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / December 21, 2018
Hampton Roads has been good to Dr. Robert and Carolyn Waddell. The Waddells take joy in giving back to the community that has given so much to them.

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 Hampton Roads Community Foundation / November 29, 2018
Our scholarship recipients are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Learn how three past and current scholarship recipients are impacting education, health care and the environment.

By Sally Hartman / November 8, 2018
Attorney Neil L. Rose of Willcox Savage was honored on November 7, 2018 by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation as the 12th recipient of the Barron F. Black Community Builder Award.