Visionaries for Change

Visionaries for Change is a giving circle of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. It was founded in 2019 by Black business and civic leaders. Members come together to 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

2023 Grant Opportunity

In 2023, Visionaries for Change will fund Black-serving 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Black-serving nonprofits are those with the majority (51% or more) of their clients being Black.

Grant applications should explain how the program for which funding is sought addresses the priority impact area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The educational program should serve elementary or middle school students and be offered after-school or during the summer months.

The deadline was March 15, 2023. The application period has closed.

Meet the Visionaries Members

Platinum - $5,000 (includes couples)

L. D. Britt, MD, MPH*

Tony Brothers (Membership & Planning Committee Co-Chair) and Kimberly Brothers*

Kim and Valerie Brown (Grantmaking Committee Co-Chair)*

Brittany Branch*

Dr. Marcia Conston

Ti'Juana and Lawrence A. Gholson II

Sharon and Bernard Goodwyn*

Bruce and Dr. Desideria Hacker

Kandi and Micah Hall

Sandra Lewis (Chair) and Lemuel Lewis*

Shirley Liverman*

Courtney and Janeen McBath

Dr. Angela D. and Carl Reddix*

Paul and Cynthia Roye

Renee T. Sandifer

Audrey Settle (Membership & Planning Committee Co-Chair)*

F. Blair and Jane S. Wimbush*

Randy Williams (Vice-Chair) and DeAnne Williams*

Gold - $3,000 (includes couples)

Maurice Jones and Lisa Smith*

Silver - $1,000 (individual) & $1,500 (couples)

Hon. Angelia Allen*

George Berry

Amy Bishton

Gilbert T. Bland* and Joyce Williams

James and Keshia Brown*

Dr. Kimberly Brown Williams*

LaKeisha and Don Carey III*

Nan Edgerton

Robin Foreman-Wheeler*

Robert and Elsie Goodrum*

Hon. Jimmy Gray*

Hon. Daun Hester

Anthony Jones*

Kevin and Shevette Jones

Hon. Phillip Jones

Dyteya Lewis (Grantmaking Committee Co-Chair)

Gabriele M. Mack

Brandi Marsh, MD, PhD

Peter Morford

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* and Reginald Corinaldi

Mavis and Wayne McKenley*

Fredericka and Hon. Gabriel Morgan Sr.*

Cherise and Richard Newsome Jr.*

Jesse and Barbara Oden*

Rosa Oden*

Vivian Oden*

Joan Rhodes-Copeland

Dwight and Jennell Riddick*

Vickie Holloway Rogers

Ruth Rose*

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond*

Dr. Hope Sinclair*

Joycelyn Spight Roache and Jon Roache

Tasha Turnbull

Kevin and Wanda Turpin*

Sharon Campbell Waters, PhD

Dr. Kawanna Ward*

Dr. Yvette B. Williams*

Dr. Edith G. White*

Maria P. Williams-Giddens*

Martha Williams*

Antoinette G. Young

Young Professional (Ages 21-40) - $500

Fiona Charles

Peyton Farley

Kendra Robinson

Jazmine Smith

Christin Thorpe

*Denotes Founding Member

Join Us

(Want to send a check or other form of payment? Simply download this form and mail it to us at Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510.)

Membership Benefits:

  • Platinum members receive a special recognition gift and an invitation to an exclusive event with an Insider’s Briefing
  • Receive a Visionaries for Change lapel pin
  • Learn about community needs, financial and estate planning, and wealth management
  • Network with other community leaders and philanthropists with a shared interest
  • Attend Hampton Roads Community Foundation donor and community events
  • Opportunity to make grantmaking decisions on how the endowment fund supports the community
  • Recognition on website and publications

2022 Grant Recipients

Visionaries for Change grant recipients

For its first-ever grantmaking round, Visionaries awarded $18,000 to three Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits working in mental health and racial trauma.

G.I.R.L.S. Club, $3,000

Quality of Life, Inc., $5,000

  • Hearts Full of Grace, Inc., $10,000
  • Thank you to the Grantmaking Committee, co-chaired by Brittany Branch and Valerie Brown, and all members involved in the review process.

Watch this video to learn why Young Professionals joined Visionaries for Change.