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New Resource for Fundholders and Partners 

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation now offers a free resource for foundation fundholders and Community Leadership Partners through the National Center for Family Philanthropy. The Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center offers access to hundreds of timely articles, webinars and examples of family philanthropy. For online access, contact Vivian Oden at (757) 622-7951.

Amy Pesesky Receives Barron Black Award

Attorney Amy G. Pesesky of Norfolk recently received the 2017 Barron F. Black Community Builder Award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The award is named for the foundation’s first board chair who served from 1950 to 1974. It annually honors a Hampton Roads professional advisor for outstanding community service, support of philanthropy and dedication to improving life in Hampton Roads.

Pesesky specializes in estate planning at Amy G. Pesesky, PLC and serves on the board of ForKids Inc. She is an advocate for philanthropy in Hampton Roads and is a member of both the Professional Advisors Committee and Community Leadership Partners giving group at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

As part of Pesesky’s award, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation presented a $5,000 grant in her honor to a nonprofit she selected – ForKids Inc. 

Sarah Ellis Joins Foundation Team

Sarah Ellis of Norfolk joined the Hampton Roads Community Foundation team on November 10 as grant manager. She was previously director of grants for the United Way of South Hampton Roads and grants manager for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia and a certificate of nonprofit management from the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence.

Foundation awards $50,000 in dental grants in collaboration with United Way

For the second consecutive year, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way of South Hampton Roads teamed up to award $50,000 in grants to improve dental care for low-income area residents. The 2017 grant recipients are:

  • People in Need (PIN Ministry), $7,000 so the Mercy Dental Clinic in Virginia Beach can treat at least 50 additional homeless patients.
  • Western Tidewater Free Clinic, $15,000 to increase dentist hours so more residents of Western Tidewater can be treated, which will help reduce the waiting list of 200 individuals. 
  • Chesapeake Care, $7,000 to help 195 patients from throughout Hampton Roads, including patients in the Diabetes Initiative program.  
  • Portsmouth Community Health Center, $21,000 so the Hampton Roads Community Health Center can provide exams, x-rays, teeth cleanings and fillings or extractions to 100 low-income or homeless patients.

Foundation awards more than $1.85 million in grants and scholarships

In September 2017 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded more than $1.85 million in grants and scholarships to seven nonprofit organizations and 383 scholarship recipients. This round of competitive community grants fell within the Health and Wellness and Economic Stability program areas. Grant funds came primarily from donors' unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Healthy Chesapeake was the largest grant recipient. It received a three-year $147,750 grant from the William A. Goldback Fund for a pilot program to help 150 uninsured or under-insured residents of Chesapeake's South Norfolk neighborhood manage diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases so they lead healthier lives.

Click here to see the complete list of grant recipients.

Foundation Elects New Treasurer

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently elected G. Robert Aston as treasurer of its board. He is chairman and CEO of TowneBank. He serves with R. Bruce Bradley, board chair; Macon F. Brock, board vice chair, and Deborah M. DiCroce, board secretary. 

Bradley is retired president of Landmark Publishing Group. Brock is chairman of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. DiCroce is president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. 

Hiring Event to Connect Transitioning Military With Careers

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation will sponsor a military hiring event on September 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Center. This will be the third regional hiring event in 2017 to connect transitioning military personnel, veterans and their families to new careers. The hiring event will be held in collaboration with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Fleet and Family Support Programs. 

Employers with jobs to fill should register online by August 9. Job seekers should register online by September 1. Potential employees will be pre-matched with companies for on-site interviews. Registration and details are at

6 Nonprofits Win More Than $380,000 in Grants for Area Youth

In June 2017 six nonprofit organizations won more than $380,000 in grants from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation during its second round of Community Grant funding for 2017. With arts and mentoring programs focused on our region's youth, these organizations were awarded grants within the cultural vitality and educational success focus areas. Learn more and see the full list of recipients here.

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.

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