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.

Florence Smith’s respect for good doctors came to her naturally as the only daughter of Dr. Hy Smith and his wife Julia. Hy Smith was a Civil War surgeon who treated Yellow Fever victims in the 1870s and ‘80s and later had a medical practice i Norfolk, Virginia. He passed away in 1915.

In April 2014 James W. Lewis moved into permanent housing in Chesapeake, Virginia and became the inaugural Housing First client of the Virginia Beach-based Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. His new home came with services designed to help him remain there.

The Community Leadership Partners is a fun and effective Hampton Roads Community Foundation giving group whose forward-thinking members pool their resources to tackle community needs. Since 2010, the Partners giving group has put $1 million into action in southeastern Virginia helping more than 45 Hampton Roads nonprofit organizations do their best work – including these 2015 grant recipients: An Achievable Dream, Club Sandwich, Girls on the Run South Hampton Roads and Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop (pictured in the short, time-lapse video above). Grants typically focus on positively impacting area children from low- or moderate-income families.

A World War I veteran, Clarence Robertson was president of Norfolk, Virginia’s Robertson Investment Crop. and Robertson Chemical Co. He was an elder at Presbyterian Church of Norfolk, a Rotary Club of Norfolk member and served on the board of Hampton-Sydney College, his alma mater.

If you wander from studio to studio in the new D'Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia the 21 artists working there will enthusiastically tell you what they like most about their new home at 740 Duke Street...

Through the generous support of our donors, Hampton RoadsCommunity Foundation offers over 70 different college scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and medical school students. Today we invite you to learn more about our Smith Scholars...

Since 1950, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation has partnered with area organizations to improve life in southeastern Virginia. Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, we offer many ways to help nonprofits do their best work. Check out these six opportunities your organization can leverage to do great work...

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / February 20, 2016
In the fall of 2001, Rev. Anne C. Brower, M.D. and Glenn Allen Scott married in Norfolk, Virginia at the Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church where she had served as a minister after a career in medicine.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / February 9, 2016
We salute the late Jane and Bill Charters, a Norfolk, Virginia couple who loved each other and their community. The Charters continue to shower some of the region's most vulnerable citizens with opportunities for better lives.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / January 28, 2016
If Rebekah Huber were alive today, she would likely be enthralled with Hampton Roads’ vibrant arts scene that now includes the NEON District near Downtown Norfolk and ViBe Creative District near the Virginia Beach oceanfront.