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.


On Tuesday, June 25 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, more than 300 people gathered for a business forum, the 2019 Talent Alignment Strategy. Through a special presentation and panel discussion, they agreed that educational and career development programs are critical to the attracting and retaining businesses in the region. Strong businesses impacting the entire local economy and help improve the quality of life for residents.

Attorney Michael Hamar who created the permanent endowment fund for the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship here in 2011. Michael wanted to pay tribute to his parents and also to Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR). Michael co-founded HRBOR in 2007 as our region's LGBTQ business chamber.

Families and friends often shy away from controversial topics at the dinner table. That is precisely the place that author and educator Dr. Beverly D. Tatum encourages families and communities to discuss race, race relations and racial inequities.