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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.


Giving Back: Forever Serving Others Through Generosity
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.

Since 1950, donors from all walks of life have been the Hampton Roads Community Foundation's partners in philanthropy – entrusting their community foundation to do good works in their name.

The Masons will forever be helping people in their home region because of their charitable bequest they left through their community foundation.

You, too, can leave behind a legacy of helping others by adding a charitable gift to your will or other estate plans.

Learn how by visiting leaveabequest.org or calling Call (757) 622-7951 to spend a few minutes on the phone with us. Order a free bequest guide by emailing kstine@hamptonroadscf.org.



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