Join a fun strategic giving group!

Community Leadership Partners is a fun and effective giving group of more than 230 engaged Hampton Roads philanthropists. Forward-thinking members pool resources to tackle community needs -- putting nearly $1.9 million into action since 2010 helping 80 different nonprofits do great work.

Featured Partners

"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

Read the Winter's story

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. 

For 2019, the Partners' grant focus was on:

  • Intervention and/or re-engagement programs that help youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not working, in school or the military, or
  • Prevention programs that help middle school or high school students at risk of unemployment and not completing school

In 2019 more than 230 Partners awarded $225,000 to 14 area organizations working in the focus areas. View the 2019 grants awarded

​Join the Partners

Community-minded adults in Hampton Roads are welcome to join the Partners, a dynamic group of philanthropists, by donating a minimum of $2,100* annually ($400 if you are age 39 or younger) for either an individual or a couple. 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
  • Access hundreds of timely articles, webinars and examples of family philanthropy through the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Contact Vivian Oden at (757) 622-7951 for online access.

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