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Visionaries for Change Giving Circle Awards First Round of Grants
Philanthropy

Visionaries for Change Giving Circle Awards First Round of Grants

The giving circle, which was founded by Black business and civic leaders, awarded its first round of grants to three Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits working in mental health and racial trauma.

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More than $1.4 Million Awarded
Recent Grants

More than $1.4 Million Awarded

The community foundation's board recently approved more than $1.4 million to eight nonprofits in Educational Success and Cultural Vitality competitive community grants, including a grant to the Together We Can Foundation (pictured left).

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New: Advancing Equity Grants
Grants

New: Advancing Equity Grants

As a part of our commitment to racial equity, the community foundation launched a new grant opportunity in 2022 called Advancing Equity grants. The board recently approved the first awards to nonprofits that primarily serve Communities of Color and provide programs and services to neighborhoods in South Hampton Roads, Franklin, and Isle of Wight County. Preference was given to organizations that demonstrated a commitment to racial equity. Nineteen nonprofits received a grant, including Clever Communities In Action (pictured left).

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Celebrating 70 Years of the Smith Scholarship Fund
History

Celebrating 70 Years of the Smith Scholarship Fund

Seventy years ago, Florence L. Smith could only imagine the lives she would touch through her generosity. Smith, the daughter of a Norfolk physician, left a gift in her will to the community foundation when she died in 1952. Her $460,000 bequest created a scholarship fund for students attending medical school.

The Florence L. Smith Scholarship Fund continues the excellent work she envisioned. It has grown to more than $2.5 million and has helped educate more than 750 physicians.

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