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 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.

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 / October 31, 2017
A little bit of Charles Syer IV is in every competitive Community Grant the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awards. The reason? Charles started an unrestricted fund at his community foundation when he retired in 1996. His generosity will forever help area nonprofits do great work.

By Adia White / September 26, 2017
Bob and Augusta Goodman of Virginia Beach left a lasting gift to their four children that continues a legacy of generosity. The Goodmans' estate gift underpins four donor-advised funds at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / August 30, 2017
Dr. Samuel Coppage expected to live forever since his parents, grandmother and aunt lived to ages 90, 101, 104 and 106. But, a short illness in 2014 ended the Old Dominion University professor’s life at the young age of 65. Thanks to his thoughtful charitable bequest to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Sam Coppage will live forever by helping others through the designated funds he created to benefit organizations near to his heart – two institutions of higher education and two family churches.

By Adia White / August 9, 2017
The late Alfred Nicholson (nicknamed Captain Nick) would be happy to know individuals gave more than $11 billion nationally in 2016 to help animals and the environment, according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016. Learn more about Captain Nick and who gave and received charitable gifts in 2016.