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What is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation?

A 501(c)3 charitable organization that:

  • Connects charitable people in southeastern Virginia with causes and nonprofits they care about.
  • Supports nonprofits and initiatives working to improve life in our region. See a list of recent grants
  • Provides scholarships for school and college-age students. Read about our scholarship funds
  • Manages an endowment comprised of multiple charitable funds that is a permanent source of support for issues facing Hampton Roads (see History).

Important facts

  • First community foundation in Virginia and the second largest of 30 today.
  • 56th largest community foundation in the United States (out of more than 750).
  • Predecessor foundations: The Norfolk Foundation, founded in 1950 and the Virginia Beach Foundation, founded in 1987. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation was formed on January 1, 2010 from a merger of these two neighboring community foundations.
  • Manages more than 500 named charitable funds created by donors from all walks of life.
  • Has distributed more than $250 million in grants and scholarships since 1950.
  • Distributed nearly $15 million in charitable funds in 2016.
  • Manages assets of approximately $310 million.
  • Received more than $16 million in charitable gifts in 2016.
  • Largest grant and scholarship provider in Hampton Roads.
  • Has an affiliate foundation, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation whose endowment we manage. It started in 2004 after the Hampton Roads Community Foundation provided a challenge grant.
  • Incubated Reinvent Hampton Roads, an initiative which strives to improve Hampton Roads' economic competitiveness. In January 2016 it spun off into as a separate 501(c)3.
  • Currently is incubating a collective impact early care and education initiative for area children who are prenatal to age 5 and their families.
  • Incubated (and invested more than $8.5 million dollars in) Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads (now Elevate Early Education), to ensure all children in the region arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Founded and co-sponsor the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence with Tidewater Community College and co-founded and provides office space and overhead support for the Business Consortium for Arts Support.
  • Is governed by a 16-member board of directors.

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