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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 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.

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.

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.

In an effort to address the stigma around mental illness and to highlight available resources, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently hosted a community forum on Children’s Mental Health.

Seton Youth Shelter, which charges clients nothing, is among 30 Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant recipients helping prevent, intervene or re-engage disconnected youth and young adults.

The foundation is helping create a more inclusive and equitable community in Hampton Roads.

By Cherise Newsome / April 9, 2019
Scroll through the pictures of the recent Understanding Hampton Roads forum sponsored by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The event included a screening of the documentary "America to Me" and a discussion panel with a family featured in the film as well as local education officials.

By Sally Hartman / April 3, 2019
On April 2, 2019 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation sponsored an Understanding Hampton Roads forum at Norfolk State University to explore race and equity in education. The event featured a viewing of the first episode of the America to Me documentary followed by a panel discussion.