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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.


On Tuesday, June 25 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, more than 300 people gathered for a business forum, the 2019 Talent Alignment Strategy. Through a special presentation and panel discussion, they agreed that educational and career development programs are critical to the attracting and retaining businesses in the region. Strong businesses impacting the entire local economy and help improve the quality of life for residents.

Families and friends often shy away from controversial topics at the dinner table. That is precisely the place that author and educator Dr. Beverly D. Tatum encourages families and communities to discuss race, race relations and racial inequities.

In an effort to address the stigma around mental illness and to highlight available resources, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently hosted a community forum on Children’s Mental Health.

Seton Youth Shelter, which charges clients nothing, is among 30 Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant recipients helping prevent, intervene or re-engage disconnected youth and young adults.

The foundation is helping create a more inclusive and equitable community in Hampton Roads.

By Cherise Newsome / April 9, 2019
Scroll through the pictures of the recent Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The event included a screening of the documentary "America to Me" and a discussion panel with a family featured in the film as well as local education officials.

By Sally Hartman / April 3, 2019
On April 2, 2019 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation sponsored an Understanding Hampton Roads forum at Norfolk State University to explore race and equity in education. The event featured a viewing of the first episode of the America to Me documentary followed by a panel discussion.

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 / March 20, 2019
Viviana Andrade-Fullwood is owner of All Academics Plus and an advocate for education. She will be part of an April 2, 2019 panel discussing equity in education following a viewing of an episode of the America to Me film at Norfolk State University at a forum hosted by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

By Sally Hartman / March 19, 2019
Rodney Jordan of Norfolk, Virginia will be on an April 2, 2019 panel discussing racial equity in education. He is chief community engagement officer for McKinley Megginson Group, an area technology company. He has served on the Norfolk Public Schools board since 2012 and is its former chair.