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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 Hampton Roads Community Foundation / November 29, 2018
Our scholarship recipients are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Learn how three past and current scholarship recipients are impacting education, health care and the environment.

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 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 / March 8, 2018
Hampton Roads Community Foundation grants manager Sarah Ellis has more than a decade of experience writing grants for nonprofits. She joined our team in 2017 after writing grants for the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Here are Sarah's top 5 insider tips for successfully applying for grants.

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 22, 2018
As 2001 valedictorian at Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, Cherise Williams Newsome dreamed of attending Georgetown University. However, paying for the private university was a challenge. She overcame Georgetown’s private tuition thanks to scholarships, including the Jesse T. Bonney Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Today, Cherise is an advocate for public education and says it “the great equalizer and pathway to a better life.”

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.