Visionaries for Change is a new giving circle of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Black business and civic leaders come together to leverage their donations to make the region better. They donate money to a pooled fund, and together they provide support for charitable causes in the Black community.

Visionaries for Change

Why become a Visionary?

  • Develop solutions for Black communities, especially those experiencing economic distress.
  • Leverage the power of endowment and collective philanthropy--the giving of time,
  • expertise and resources.
  • Invest in organizations that build a healthy community, increasing everyone’s opportunity for success.
  • Join us. 

    Founding Members - Leadership Circle

    • Dr. L. D. Britt
    • Tony Brothers
    • Kim and Valerie Brown
    • Brittany Dortch
    • Sharon and Bernard Goodwyn
    • Lemuel and Sandra Lewis
    • Shirley Liverman
    • Dr. Angela D. and Carl Reddix
    • Audrey Settle
    • F. Blair and Jane S. Wimbush 
    • Randy and DeAnne Williams

    Founding Members - Individuals and Couples

    • Hon. Angelia Allen
    • Gilbert T. Bland
    • James and Keisha Brown
    • Kimberly Michelle Brown
    • LaKeisha and Don Carey III
    • Robin Foreman-Wheeler
    • Maurice Jones and Lisa Smith
    • Robert and Elsie Goodrum
    • Hon. Jimmy Gray
    • Anthony Jones
    • Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols
    • U.S. Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
    • Lateacia and Terard Sessoms
    • Hon. Jerrauld Jones and Hon. Lyn Simmons
    • Dr. Linda Kirkland-Harris
    • Sharon and James Harrington III
    • Shannel Lundy and Kieara Lundy
    • Angela M. Mercer, MD
    • Mavis and Wayne McKenley
    • Fredericka and Gabriel Morgan Sr.
    • Cherise and Richard Newsome Jr.
    • Jesse and Barbara Oden
    • Rosa Oden
    • Vivian Oden
    • Dwight and Jennell Riddick
    • Ruth Rose
    • Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
    • Dr. Hope Sinclair
    • Kevin and Wanda Turpin
    • Dr. Kawanna Ward
    • Dr. Yvette B. Williams
    • Dr. Edith G. White
    • Maria P. Williams-Giddens
    • Martha Williams

      Join us

      (If you do not want to sign-up online, then download this form and mail it to us at Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510.)

      Leadership Level: $5,000 annually (Three-Year Commitment):

    • Invitation to an exclusive event with an Insider’s Briefing
    • Development of grant guidelines and make grant decision
    • Black Philanthropy Month ambassador
    • Selection of volunteer activities with area nonprofits
    • Recruitment of philanthropic leaders
    • Recognition on website and publications
    • Access to online giving portal
    • Recognition on website and publications

    • Individuals: $1,000 annually and Couples $1,500 annually

       (Three-Year Commitment for all levels):                    

    • Invitation to Black Philanthropy Month activities
    • Participation in grantmaking process
    • Opportunity to volunteer with area nonprofits
    • Recognition on website and publications

    • Ways to pay:

    • With a check payable to Hampton Roads Community Foundation
    • By credit card online here
    • With securities(e.g.stocks,bonds or mutual funds)
    • With Individual Retirement Account
    • Through my donor-advised fund

    • Meet some of the Founding Members and learn why they joined Visionaries for Change.