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 / 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.

By Adia White / August 1, 2017
In 2009 William A. Goldback, a Norfolk business owner with diabetes, established a field-of-interest fund for medical services, education or research. Today, a three-year $81,500 community foundation grant to the Chesapeake Care Clinic from the William A. Goldback Fund is helping low-income Chesapeake residents like Loretta Chandler manage diabetes.

By Adia White / July 19, 2017
Margaret Savage Gary loved gardening and creating beauty from the earth. Because she arranged for a permanent field-of-interest fund, Hampton Roads residents will always have great opportunities for learning about plants.

By Adia White / May 15, 2017
Dr. Ula Motekat was a brilliant accounting professor whose charitable gifts to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation will forever benefit eight area nonprofits that meant so much to her.

By Adia White / April 10, 2017
Four sisters are honored through the Taylor Sisters Library Fund to benefit the Norfolk Public Library as well as organizations serving minority, poor or homeless people in Norfolk.

By Sally Hartman / February 8, 2017
WW II veteran Fred Ward of Virginia Beach, Virginia paid tribute to his wife Gertrude "Betty" Ward by arranging for a contingent bequest beneficiary that created a scholarship in her memory at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.