Hampton Roads Community Foundation Blog


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 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.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / August 24, 2016
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation was happy to be part of the August 16, 2016 New Nonprofit CEO Welcome Breakfast held by 757 Nonprofit Collaborative in Norfolk. The Collaborative is a partnership of Tidewater Community College's Academy for Nonprofit Excellence and VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads. The Obici Healthcare Foundation helped sponsor the breakfast held at Dominion Enterprises headquarters.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / August 19, 2016
Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center strives to provide programs and services that help adults in Norfolk, Virginia enjoy good lives as they age. To help the center accomplish its mission in 1998 it started an endowment at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation with $70,650 in donations. Since then Primeplus has regularly taken annual distributions -- putting more than $55,719 to work helping older adults stay as healthy, active and engaged in their community as possible. Today the Primeplus endowment is valued at more than $80,000.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way of South Hampton Roads have teamed up to improve access to free dental care for people who desperately need dental work but can't afford it. Recently the two funders awarded $50,000 in joint grants to help four southeastern Virginia nonprofits expand free dental services.

With $2,350 in donations The Norfolk Foundation (now Hampton Roads Community Foundation) formed to benefit Norfolk and a 50-mile radius. That was 66 years ago when seven Norfolk civic leaders had the great idea to establish the first community foundation in Virginia. It was the 1950s when community foundations were spreading across the country doing good work in specific geographic regions. Although the community foundation is regional, it retains a big footprint in Norfolk.

Meet Raven Bland, Norfolk's first Youth Poet Laureate, and a Hampton Roads Community Foundation scholarship recipient.

In 1991 the Feldman Chamber Music Society board took a visionary leap of faith by starting a Dover Quartet performed in 2016. $70,000 endowment at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Housing First looks to alter the traditional practice of moving homeless people into crowded shelters and transitional housing before locating permanent housing.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is looking forward to the impact its latest round of grants will have on southeastern Virginia. Grants were awarded in April 2016 from field-of-interest funds created by our generous donors. This round of Community Grants focused on environmental and facilities grants.