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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 Sally Hartman / December 11, 2017
It has been a sad December week in Hampton Roads. Our region lost two powerful voices for philanthropy -- Toy D. Savage Jr. and Macon F. Brock. They are missed but their legacies will live forever through their generosity and vision.

By Adia White / November 16, 2017
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently honored Norfolk attorney Amy Pesesky with the 2017 Barron F. Black Community Builder Award. The annual award, named for the foundation’s first board chair, honors a Hampton Roads professional advisor for outstanding community service, support of philanthropy and dedication to improving life in Hampton Roads.

By Adia White / November 9, 2017
Since 2006, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Hampton Roads Chapter has honored philanthropists and fundraisers in our community at its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon. This year it honored seven Hampton Roads leaders in philanthropy.

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 / October 9, 2017
In 2017 The Maury Foundation donated $500,000 to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to establish two permanent Maury Foundation Scholarship funds. The scholarships will be awarded to new Maury graduates starting in 2018. For the first time, recipients will renew scholarships for up to four years of college study.

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 / September 21, 2017
Here are five ways our donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds over the past five years have helped our nonprofit partners put ideas into action.

By Adia White / September 13, 2017
In 1992, 15 members of the Rotary Club of Norfolk stepped forward with initial contributions of $1,000 each to create an endowment fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Since then the endowment has grown to more than $512,000 while distributing more than $116,600 in grants to benefit dozens of Hampton Roads charities.

By Adia White / September 6, 2017
Kamryn Tynes was among nearly a dozen blind and visually impaired students gathered in the Virginia Stage Company’s new Education Room at the Wells Theater in Norfolk. They spent a Saturday afternoon enjoying a Dramatically Able performance sponsored by the Virginia Stage Company and Access Virginia, a nonprofit advocating for people with disabilities. The performance represented a new chapter in the Virginia Stage Company’s effort to make its 116-year-old theater more accessible to people with disabilities.

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.