Rather than being started by a single family or corporation, our community foundation is comprised of hundreds of endowments that are in essence "mini-foundations." Each charitable fund was established by one of your neighbors to benefit life in southeastern Virginia. People from all walks of life -- from a telephone operator and seamstress to well-known business leaders -- are united through our community foundation. One individual might choose to protect local waterways. Another may opt to help their place of worship or their alma mater. Other families may focus on preventing homelessness, supporting the arts or providing scholarships for college students. As a result, a community foundation reflects a variety of wishes for a better community.
We encourage people's philanthropy with a goal of enhancing life in our region of Virginia. We strive to be a catalyst linking community leaders, donors and organizations focused on making our region the best -- now and in the future.
Here are just two:
Primarily the South Hampton Roads region of Virginia: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, as well as Franklin and Isle of Wight County. We have an affiliate community foundation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia -- the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation. We helped start this community foundation with a challenge grant and manage its endowment.
Our 19-member board of directors establishes all policies, hires the CEO and approves all grants and scholarships.
That would be wonderful. You can make a gift of any size for nearly any issue in Hampton Roads. Or you can establish your own endowment with a minimum gift of $25,000. The best starting place to learn more is our Giving Your Way section.
We offer six flexible and effective options for creating a named endowment for the purpose you select. They include:
Yes. You can make a gift of any size to any existing fund at the community foundation, including our family of community funds that help provide grants to many nonprofit organizations. You can send a check or make your gift online. Let us know the name of the person you are memorializing or honoring and whom to notify, and we will let them know of your thoughtful gift. Your name and their name will be listed in our next annual report in the donor section.
Yes, if you work with a 501 ( c) 3 nonprofit in southeastern Virginia. We offer quarterly grant cycles for qualified nonprofits. Please check our grant guidelines for details. You should find it helpful to sign up for our monthly Grant Seekers Gazette, a free e-newsletter with timely news & updates for nonprofits. We also have monthly drop-in days for nonprofits and we regularly offer training for nonprofits.
You can if you meet our scholarship criteria. Most of our scholarships are for full-time college students from southeastern Virginia, but many fundholders have added special criteria: scholarships for medical students, specific high schools, favorite professions, and more. Visit the scholarship section to see if there's an opportunity for you or someone you know.
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