Join a fun strategic giving group!

Community Leadership Partners is a fun and effective giving group of 250-plus engaged Hampton Roads philanthropists. Forward-thinking members pool resources to tackle community needs -- putting more than $1.45 million into action since 2010 helping 75 different nonprofits do great work.

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"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

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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. In 2016, for example, nearly 250 Partners awarded $225,000 to 22 organizations whose reading mentors, shelter animals, boat builders and volunteer running coaches helped propel kids from lower-income families onto good paths in life. View the 2016 grants

For 2017 the focus is on helping youth ages 9 to 18 through prevention and intervention programs related to homelessness, foster care, abuse or human trafficking, gangs, involvement in the juvenile justice system, mental health issues or substance abuse issues. Click here to see more details about the grant guidelines.

May 18 is the deadline for nonprofits to apply for funding.

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Join the Partners, a dynamic group of philanthropists, by donating a minimum of $2,100* annually ($400 if you are age 39 or younger). 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

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