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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 / 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.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / October 12, 2016
Here is a number we hope you never have to call: Call (757) 251-0144 But, if you or a friend or family member are survivors of rape, sexual assault, human trafficking or domestic violence in southeastern Virginia, you will find immediate help by calling. Until October 7, 2016 there were multiple hotlines with different numbers. Each was staffed by shelters in area cities. Each was attached to a specific shelter but had no easy way to know what other organizations might have openings for someone needing to move to safety right then.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / September 28, 2016
The late William Goldback and Perry and Bunny Morgan have a lot in common. These forward-thinking Hampton Roads citizens cared deeply about people in the region of Virginia where they lived and worked for so many years. Thanks to their charitable bequests they left behind permanent field-of-interest funds that underpin important grants through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / September 16, 2016
Infographic of 2016 Scholarship Highlights

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / September 1, 2016
Restaurant owners Lin and Ethel Mason loved serving their signature Crab Norfolk dish to guests at Mason’s Seafood Restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia. Although Lin and Ethel passed away years ago, thanks to a charitable bequest today they are helping expand the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and create a river academy for area students through Elizabeth River Project.