Stories of generosity

Turn off the TV; spend some time instead reading about (and watching videos of) some of the biggest-hearted people in Hampton Roads. Some are well-known, like the late Josh Darden, who mentored hundreds if not thousands of community leaders.

Others did great deeds behind the scenes. Scientist and engineer Edward Knapp (E.K) Sloane anonymously donated pianos to conservatories and schools during his lifetime. When he passed away in 1996, he left $4.5 million to the Community Foundation to continue the tradition. If you see a wonderful piano on any stage in Hampton Roads, say thank you to E.K. Sloane, an engineer who loved piano music but didn't play the instrument!

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Community Fund for Arts and Culture supporter

Community Fund for Arts and Culture supporter

Trisha Rawls of Norfolk donates to the Community Fund for Arts and Culture to help a variety of nonprofits bring music, theater, art and dance to Hampton Roads. As chair of the Norfolk Arts Commission, Trisha is passionate about giving area citizens access to all kinds of arts and culture.

 Your Will Says A Lot About You

Your Will Says A Lot About You

Life was good to Lin and Ethel Mason, and the Norfolk restaurant owners found a way to return the favor – leaving a bequest that will forever benefit people in Hampton Roads through grants to an array of nonprofits.

Margot Barnhardt: Creator of four endowed funds

Margot Barnhardt: Creator of four endowed funds

Margot Barnhardt fondly recalls the 30 years she lived in Hampton Roads. She grew up in Pittsburgh, lived in various cities and retired to North Carolina but partnered with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to create four permanent, endowed funds to benefit the region she calls home.

Buzzy and Helen Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars

Buzzy and Helen Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars

Pediatrician Alfred "Buzzy" Schulwolf, M.D. was nearing retirement in 2003 when he started reflecting on the generosity bestowed upon him nearly 50 years before by a stranger. That led to him creating a scholarship fund to help students who remind him of himself. Buzzy attended medical school at the University of Virginia on a Florence Smith Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. His scholarship from 1954 to 1958 came from a bequest from Florence Smith, daughter of a Norfolk physician.

Glenn Allen Scott and Anne C. Brower Cultural Endowment

Glenn Allen Scott and Anne C. Brower Cultural Endowment

When Glenn Scott and Anne Brower wed in Norfolk in 2001 they chose charity over china by starting a field-of-interest fund for the arts through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.