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.


By Adia White / August 30, 2017
Dr. Samuel Coppage expected to live forever since his parents, grandmother and aunt lived to ages 90, 101, 104 and 106. But, a short illness in 2014 ended the Old Dominion University professor’s life at the young age of 65. Thanks to his thoughtful charitable bequest to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Sam Coppage will live forever by helping others through the designated funds he created to benefit organizations near to his heart – two institutions of higher education and two family churches.

By Adia White / August 22, 2017
Kristy Boone always dreamed of being a homeowner, but she never imagined her dream would come true. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads and a grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Kristy and her daughter Ari now have a home in Suffolk they can call their own.

By Adia White / August 16, 2017
Darry’lynn Olds of Chesapeake grew up watching her father work as a roofer. Today she is inching closer to her goal of following in his footsteps and establishing a career in the building trades as a student at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Building Trades Academy.

By Adia White / August 9, 2017
The late Alfred Nicholson (nicknamed Captain Nick) would be happy to know individuals gave more than $11 billion nationally in 2016 to help animals and the environment, according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016. Learn more about Captain Nick and who gave and received charitable gifts in 2016.

By Adia White / August 1, 2017
In 2009 William A. Goldback, a Norfolk business owner with diabetes, established a field-of-interest fund for medical services, education or research. Today, a three-year $81,500 community foundation grant to the Chesapeake Care Clinic from the William A. Goldback Fund is helping low-income Chesapeake residents like Loretta Chandler manage diabetes.

By Adia White / July 19, 2017
Margaret Savage Gary loved gardening and creating beauty from the earth. Because she arranged for a permanent field-of-interest fund, Hampton Roads residents will always have great opportunities for learning about plants.

By Adia White / July 11, 2017
Don Luzzatto, vice president for civic engagement, wants your input on how we can create a better Hampton Roads.

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.