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What is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation?

The Hampton Roads Community foundation is the region’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since 1950 it has awarded more than $301 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 30 today.
  • 59th largest community foundation in the United States (out of more than 750).
  • Governed by a 21-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 570+ named charitable funds created by donors from all walks of life.
  • Has distributed more than $324 million in grants and scholarships since 1950.
  • Distributed more than $23 million in grants and scholarships in 2020.
  • Awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships in 2020-21 academic year to help 445 students pay for college.
  • Received more than $15.2 million in charitable gifts in 2019 from individuals, families, businesses, and organizations.
  • Manages assets of more than $409 million.

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How We Help Nonprofits

Scholarship Information

  • Since 1950 charitable people have established more than 80 scholarship endowments.
  • Awarded more than $21 million since 1950 to more than 4,400 students – most of them for four years of study.
  • In 2019 awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships to help 434 students pay for college.

Download our 2020 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 which 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 Business Consortium for Arts Support.

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Media Contacts

Cherise M. Newsome
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
(757) 622-7951

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