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Don Luzzatto Joins Foundation Team

Don Luzzatto of Suffolk joined the Hampton Roads Community Foundation on April 24 as the vice president for civic engagement. He was previously editorial page editor at The Virginian-Pilot as well as an editor in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Tokyo, Japan. Don earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William & Mary.

9 Nonprofits Win More Than $1 million in Grants

In April 2017 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants to nine nonprofit organizations during its first round of Community Grant funding for 2017. Organizations receiving grants are putting their funding to work through various initiatives including: arts and environmental education programs for area children, facilities expansion and transitioning military to the civilian workforce. Click here to learn more and see the list of recipients.

Adia White Joins Foundation Team

Adia Thompson White of Virginia Beach joined the Hampton Roads Community Foundation staff on April 3 as director for multimedia communications. She previously was marketing manager for Orphan’s Promise and marketing manager for Harris Connect LLC. She earned a degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate in digital media from Regent University.

Grants & Scholarships Top $14.7 Million

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation distributed more than $14.7 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. Recipients include over 150 nonprofit organizations and 400 scholarship funds. The funds distributed were provided from donors who since 1950 have entrusted the community foundation to do charitable works in their names.

Youth Baseball & Softball League Grants Available

February 15 is the deadline for southeastern Virginia youth baseball and softball leagues to apply for funding from the Dal Paull Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Grants will pay for equipment, uniforms and capital improvements to facilities. Learn more.

Legal Aid grant helps homeless people

Adding a single social worker and an attorney to its staff in 2016 enabled Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia to help 130 homeless people resolve legal issues and have better lives. A $211,000 two-year grant made the staff addition possible and is enabling them to help more homeless people get their lives on track in 2017.

Kirkland Kelley Receives Barron Black Award

Attorney Kirkland M. Kelley of Norfolk, a senior partner with Kaufman & Canoles PC, was named in November 2016 the latest recipient of the Barron F. Black Community Builder Award presented by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The award is named for the foundation's founding board chair who served from 1950 to 1974. It annually honors a professional advisor dedicated to using philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Hampton Roads.

Kelley serves on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads Council and the boards of the Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council, United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation and The Williams School. She has chaired the WHRO Public Media board, served as president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and served on the boards of the Library of Virginia Foundation, YWCA of South Hampton Roads, Norfolk State University Foundation and Old Dominion University Education Foundation. She is a member of the community foundation's Professional Advisors Committee and its Legacy Society for Hampton Roads.

EVMS Honors Community Foundation

Eastern Virginia Medical School honored the Hampton Roads Community Foundation as 2016's "outstanding foundation."  The community foundation has supported EVMS every year since the 1960s when planning for this community-based medical school started. Since EVMS opened in 1973, our donors have provided student scholarships, including eight this year, as well as grants for research and campus expansions.

24 Nonprofits Awarded $1.24 Million in Special Interest Grants

In December 2016 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded more than $1.24 million in Special Interest Grants from donors' field-of-interest funds. Organizations winning grants are focusing on such areas as enriching the arts for area residents, conducting mental health research, helping abused children and encouraging a love or horticulture. Click here to see recipients and how they will put donor grants into action.

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