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.


Frances M. Facchini enjoyed helping others, which she will be doing forever because of the charitable bequest she left to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for scholarships at Old Dominion University.

By Cherise Newsome / April 29, 2019
Thanks to a 2018 conversion of the private William E. Wood & Associates Foundation, William and his wife Anne will forever be remembered through two endowed funds that bear their names at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Sally Hartman / March 25, 2019
Michael Coates, M.D., is a native of Norfolk, Virginia who attended medical school with help from a scholarship administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. He is a professor emeritus at Wake Forest School of Medicine and team physician for the Wake Forest University baseball team.

By Sally Hartman / February 13, 2019
Harry and Martha Lee McCoy are Hampton Roads Community Foundation donors who will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in 2019. Their love of each other and their community will live forever through their generosity.

By Adia White / December 21, 2018
Hampton Roads has been good to Dr. Robert and Carolyn Waddell. The Waddells take joy in giving back to the community that has given so much to them.

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 / May 24, 2018
We remember accountant Melvin R. Green, a good friend of our professional advisor community, who recently passed away at age 96. In 2014, he endowed a scholarship fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to help students earn a four-year degree in business.

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 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.