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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 / May 16, 2018
Two years ago, Dyontay Beale didn’t know much about sea-level rise. Today he is among 100 students at Suffolk's King's Fork High School learning to be good stewards of our region’s waterways. They are part of the Connecting the Classroom with the Environment program sponsored by the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance.

By Adia White / April 16, 2018
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded 10 nonprofit organizations more than $750,000 in grant funding during its first round of competitive Community Grants for 2018. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation won the largest grant – a $250,000 matching grant to build a mobile oyster restoration center for Hampton Roads.

By Sally Hartman / March 14, 2018
Norfolk designer Alec Yuzhbabenko is changing the face of the Hampton Roads region where he grew up. This Virginia Tech graduate received a Spigel Architecture Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / March 8, 2018
Hampton Roads Community Foundation grants manager Sarah Ellis has more than a decade of experience writing grants for nonprofits. She joined our team in 2017 after writing grants for the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Here are Sarah's top 5 insider tips for successfully applying for grants.

By Adia White / March 1, 2018
At his 2017 retirement party from Runnymede Corp, Mike Barrett’s parting gifts included a donor-advised fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Runnymede Corp. started the permanent fund, which lets Barrett and successor advisors recommend grants to nonprofits in his name.

By Adia White / February 22, 2018
As 2001 valedictorian at Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, Cherise Williams Newsome dreamed of attending Georgetown University. However, paying for the private university was a challenge. She overcame Georgetown’s private tuition thanks to scholarships, including the Jesse T. Bonney Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Today, Cherise is an advocate for public education and says it “the great equalizer and pathway to a better life.”

By Adia White / February 13, 2018
When Shirley Liverman’s husband passed away in February 2017, the Suffolk resident knew she had to find a way to honor his legacy. She recently established the Dr. Milton R. Liverman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to honor his love of children and education. The scholarship will help graduating seniors from Suffolk Public Schools pay for college.

By Adia White / January 22, 2018
Barbara Upton Wilson was a trail-blazer who was among southeastern Virginia's first female bank vice presidents. When she passed away in 2013, a charitable bequest from her estate created the Barbara Upton Wilson Charitable Fund to provide grants in two areas she was passionate about -- the environment and animal welfare.

By Adia White / January 11, 2018
Church Street Station Studios is a new, 80-unit apartment community in Norfolk that provides permanent housing to formerly homeless people and those needing affordable housing. It is one of six communities in Hampton Roads developed by Virginia Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization offering affordable housing opportunities and support services to more than 1500 people in Hampton Roads, Central Virginia and Charlottesville. A grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation helped fund this project.

By Sally Hartman / December 11, 2017
It has been a sad December week in Hampton Roads. Our region lost two powerful voices for philanthropy -- Toy D. Savage Jr. and Macon F. Brock Jr. They are missed but their legacies will live forever through their generosity and vision.