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Turn your passion into reality. Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950, we’ve invested over $225 million on behalf of generous people, who live, work and strive to make Hampton Roads a great community.


By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / January 13, 2020
Learn what you can do to increase your chances of getting funding for your nonprofit.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / December 30, 2019
In 2005, Metro Machine Corp., a ship repair company, established a college scholarship fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for children at St. Helena and Campostella elementary schools achieving Accelerated Reading Program milestones. It still helps students today.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / December 30, 2019
The Soaking Up Science program is sponsored by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, and it is supported by a three-year $90,200 grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The initiative annually gives 1,000 Virginia Beach City Public Schools middle school students hands-on insight into local watershed issues and the impact of rising seas.

By Sally Hartman / November 14, 2019
On November 13, 2019 attorney John T. Midgett of Virginia Beach, VA was awarded the 13th annual Barron F. Black Community Builder Award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / October 24, 2019
A new $600,000, three-year community foundation grant expanded An Achievable Dream to Lynnhaven Middle School.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / October 24, 2019
The first Unmasking Hampton Roads session in October brought diverse people from our region to Virginia Beach for a short play, thought-provoking conversation and a shared meal -- all to better understand race and racism in the Hampton Roads region. Another series will occur in November.

By Hampton Roads Community Foundation / August 19, 2019
A Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant made it possible for Children's Health Investment Program to hire a full-time educator for families in St. Paul’s – an area of aging public housing slated for revitalization.

On Tuesday, June 25 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, more than 300 people gathered for a business forum, the 2019 Talent Alignment Strategy. Through a special presentation and panel discussion, they agreed that educational and career development programs are critical to the attracting and retaining businesses in the region. Strong businesses impacting the entire local economy and help improve the quality of life for residents.

Attorney Michael Hamar who created the permanent endowment fund for the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship here in 2011. Michael wanted to pay tribute to his parents and also to Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR). Michael co-founded HRBOR in 2007 as our region's LGBTQ business chamber.

Families and friends often shy away from controversial topics at the dinner table. That is precisely the place that author and educator Dr. Beverly D. Tatum encourages families and communities to discuss race, race relations and racial inequities.