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.


By Sally Hartman / November 8, 2018
Attorney Neil L. Rose of Willcox Savage was honored on November 7, 2018 by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation as the 12th recipient of the Barron F. Black Community Builder Award.

By Adia White / October 25, 2018
Taxpayers ages 70 1/2 and up can directly donate up to $100,000 a year in Individual Retirement Account assets to their favorite charities without it counting as taxable income. And, the donations can help meet annual minimum IRA distributions.

By Adia White / October 24, 2018
Residents of Hampton Roads are all too familiar with sea-level rise and the flooding that disrupts our region. On Saturday, October 27, hundreds of our region’s residents will become citizen-scientists for the second consecutive year, armed with smartphones to document high water during the year’s highest tide – dubbed “the king tide” – and help researches better forecast tidal flooding.

By Sally Hartman / October 17, 2018
With 12.4% of non-military youth in Hampton Roads (between the ages of 16 and 24) disengaged, there are opportunities for interventions and reconnecting to give opportunity youth meaningful lives.

By Adia White / September 10, 2018
Girls at Brighton Elementary School in Portsmouth, VA are learning to be joyful, healthy and confident through Girls on the Run Hampton Roads. The nonprofit serves more than 750 elementary and middle-school girls in our region. In 2017, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded a three-year $60,000 grant to expand the 12-week program to five schools that receive federal Title I funding.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / August 21, 2018
To celebrate Black Philanthropy Month, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is sponsoring the exhibit Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk from August 16-30. As part of the opening night event on August 16, the community foundation hosted a conversation about Black Philanthropy in Hampton Roads. Don Luzzatto, vice president for civic engagement, shares a recap of the discussion.

By Adia White / July 27, 2018
Good works are still being done today in Laura Turner's name, 62 years after her death. Through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Turner grants today help adults with cerebral palsy at the Ability Center of Virginia. Over the years, Turner grants have helped the Virginia Beach center buy furniture and equipment, provide scholarships and run summer camps.

By Adia White / June 21, 2018
Deborah Wyld’s love for the arts began as a child attending symphony performances and visiting art museums with her family. As a regular donor to area arts organizations, Deborah is making sure her support continues forever.

By Adia White / June 14, 2018
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations during its second round of Community Grant funding for 2018. The largest grant was awarded to An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach. It will receive $600,000 over three years to expand its program at Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy for students moving to sixth grade at Lynnhaven Middle School.

By Adia White / June 6, 2018
Dr. Jeffery Baker has a special distinction as a Smith Scholar. He was an Eastern Virginia Medical School professor before he was an EVMS medical student. Learn how this Florence L. Smith Scholarship recipient started his medical career.