Hampton Roads Community Foundation Blog


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 Adia White / August 30, 2017
Dr. Samuel Coppage expected to live forever since his parents, grandmother and aunt lived to ages 90, 101, 104 and 106. But, a short illness in 2014 ended the Old Dominion University professor’s life at the young age of 65. Thanks to his thoughtful charitable bequest to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Sam Coppage will live forever by helping others through the designated funds he created to benefit organizations near to his heart – two institutions of higher education and two family churches.

By Adia White / August 22, 2017
Kristy Boone always dreamed of being a homeowner, but she never imagined her dream would come true. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads and a grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Kristy and her daughter Ari now have a home in Suffolk they can call their own.

By Adia White / August 16, 2017
Darry’lynn Olds of Chesapeake grew up watching her father work as a roofer. Today she is inching closer to her goal of following in his footsteps and establishing a career in the building trades as a student at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Building Trades Academy.

By Adia White / August 9, 2017
The late Alfred Nicholson (nicknamed Captain Nick) would be happy to know individuals gave more than $11 billion nationally in 2016 to help animals and the environment, according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016. Learn more about Captain Nick and who gave and received charitable gifts in 2016.

By Adia White / August 1, 2017
In 2009 William A. Goldback, a Norfolk business owner with diabetes, established a field-of-interest fund for medical services, education or research. Today, a three-year $81,500 community foundation grant to the Chesapeake Care Clinic from the William A. Goldback Fund is helping low-income Chesapeake residents like Loretta Chandler manage diabetes.