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What is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation?

Established in 1950, The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is a charitable network of generous people, nonprofit partners, and civic leaders working to make Hampton Roads a thriving and more inclusive community for all. Through research, funding, and special programs, the Foundation brings the community together to tackle important regional concerns and advance racial equity.

Throughout its 70-year history, the Foundation has awarded more than $344 million in grants and scholarships to improve lives in southeastern Virginia.

Important Facts

  • Largest grant and scholarship provider in Hampton Roads
  • Connects charitable people in southeastern Virginia with causes and nonprofits they care about
  • First community foundation in Virginia and the second-largest of about 30 today
  • 55th largest community foundation in the United States, ranked by CF Insights
  • Governed by a 15-member board of directors
  • Predecessor foundations: The Norfolk Foundation, founded in 1950 and the Virginia Beach Foundation, founded in 1987. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation was formed on January 1, 2010 from a merger of these two neighboring community foundations
  • Has an affiliate foundation, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation whose endowment we manage. It started in 2004 after the Hampton Roads Community Foundation provided a challenge grant.

By the Numbers

  • Manages more than 589+ named charitable funds created by donors from all walks of life
  • Distributed more than $344 million in grants and scholarships since 1950
  • Distributed more than $20 million in grants and scholarships in 2021
  • Awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships in 2021-22 academic year to help 417 students pay for college
  • Received more than $49 million in charitable gifts in 2021 from individuals, families, businesses, and organizations
  • Manages assets of more than $532 million

Foundation News

How We Help Nonprofits

Scholarship Information

  • Since 1950 charitable people have established more than 90 scholarship endowments.
  • Awarded more than $21 million since 1950 to more than 4,400 students – most of them for four years of study.
  • In 2021 awarded nearly $1.4 million in scholarships to help 417 students pay for college.

Download our 2021 Scholarship Highlights

Leadership Initiatives

  • Started the Understanding Hampton Roads forum series in 2018 to help advance civic engagement in the region and highlight regional issues.
  • In 2019 started a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion emphasis in partnership with Virginia Humanities.
  • Launched Minus 9 to 5 – a collective impact early care and education initiative for area children who are prenatal to age 5 and their families.
  • Launched Reinvent Hampton Roads, an initiative that strives to improve Hampton Roads' economic competitiveness.
  • Launched (and invested more than $8.5 million dollars in) Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads (now Elevate Early Education), to ensure all children in the region arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Co-founded and provides office space and overhead support for the Arts Alliance.

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