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Philanthropy Stories

Philanthropy Stories

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.
Winfrey Fund Helps People in Need

Winfrey Fund Helps People in Need

Guy M. Winfrey, who passed away in 1996 at age 84, overcame a hard-knock life he endured at a young age. He dropped out of school at age 14 after his mom died to go to work and support three younger sisters. Today he helps abused adults and children gain better lives.
Future bequest donors Cindy Cutler and Craig Haines

Future bequest donors Cindy Cutler and Craig Haines

Future bequest donors Cindy Cutler and Craig Haines plan for an unrestricted gift because they can't predict future needs of the community they care about.
Scholarship recipient pays it forward

Scholarship recipient pays it forward

Matt Elliott of Norfolk was only 26 years old when he created a scholarship fund in memory of two high school athletes who passed away all too young. This former scholarship recipient is paying it forward himself.
Featured Organizational Fund: Hope House Foundation Fund

Featured Organizational Fund: Hope House Foundation Fund

In 2002 Hope House created a community foundation endowment to provide "for the long-term financial health of the organization," says Lynn Seagle, Hope House president. Over the years the original $100,000 donated to start the endowment has been enhanced by donors to Hope House.
Featured Field-of-interest Fund: William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund

Featured Field-of-interest Fund: William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund

Jane and Bill Charters forever help area citizens have food, clothing, shelter and other basic needs thanks to their bequest for a field-of-interest fund.