Join a fun strategic giving group!

Community Leadership Partners is a fun and effective giving group of more than 230 engaged Hampton Roads philanthropists. Forward-thinking members pool resources to tackle community needs -- putting nearly $1.9 million into action since 2010 helping 80 different nonprofits do great work.

Featured Partners

"We enjoy the hands-on way the Partners come together to improve our community at a grassroots level. We each put in a little, and directed by the whole group, we work to create better lives."

- Lynne and Steve Winter

Read the Winter's story

Every year, the Partners learn about Hampton Roads issues, choose a focus area, invite nonprofits to apply for grants, go on site visits and recommend funding. 

For 2019, the Partners' grant focus is on:

  • Intervention and/or re-engagement programs that help disconnected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 or
  • Prevention programs that help middle school or high school students at risk of disconnection.

Read the guidelines

The deadline to apply for 2019 funding is Friday, May 24 at 5 p.m. All applications must be made online

Note: Potential Community Leadership Partners grant applications are encouraged to attend an information session at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation office from 3 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. This special session will focus on the 2019 Partners grant guidelines and application process.

Applicants also may find helpful a Monday, May 13 workshop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the community foundation. This grants workshop will focus on making outcomes count. 

Register for either or both sessions by emailing Sarah Ellis, grants manager, at

In 2018 more than 230 Partners awarded $225,000 to 17 organizations that serve middle school or high school aged youth or programs serving disconnected youth and young adults ages 16-24 who are neither working nor in school. View the 2018 grants awarded

​Join the Partners

Community-minded adults in Hampton Roads are welcome to join the Partners, a dynamic group of philanthropists, by donating a minimum of $2,100* annually ($400 if you are age 39 or younger) for either an individual or a couple. Click here for a list of current members of the Community Leadership Partners. Your annual gift lets you:

  • Learn first-hand about philanthropy and community needs
  • Participate with your spouse or partner in grantmaking
  • Get to know other community leaders and philanthropists
  • Attend education and networking events
  • Access hundreds of timely articles, webinars and examples of family philanthropy through the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Contact Vivian Oden at (757) 622-7951 for online access.

Join online or by mailing an Enrollment Form [PDF] and a check to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510.

* $1,000 of the $2,100 gift is applied to grants and $100 pays to administer the fund; the remainder is added to a permanent endowment for future grantmaking. A proportional amount is assessed to the younger partners.

Learn about community needs and make a difference while having fun with like-minded philanthropists. Get involved