Community Leadership Partners

The Community Leadership Partners, a giving circle of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, is a vibrant group of philanthropists of all ages who enjoy learning about community needs and combining their resources to tackle them.

Every year, the Partners learn about Hampton Roads issues, choose a funding focus area, invite nonprofits to apply for grants, go on site visits to see programs in action, and collectively recommend grants to fund.

Since 2010, the Partners have put more than $2.7 million into action here in Hampton Roads through a competitive grants program to help area youth and young adults overcome life obstacles and thrive in school and life.

2022 Grant Awards

In 2022, the Partners awarded $200,000 to 19 area organizations providing prevention, intervention and/or re-engagement programs and services to help youth ages 16-24. View the 2022 grants awarded.

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

Join the Community Leadership Partners!

Membership is open to all. Your annual gift includes:

  • Activities to learn first-hand about philanthropy and community needs
  • Opportunities to actively participate in annual grantmaking activities and nonprofit site visits
  • Invitations to educational and social events with other community leaders and philanthropists

Membership Levels:

Annual membership amounts are based on age:

- $2,100 for ages 50 and up

- $1,000 for ages 40-49

- $500 for ages 39 and younger

If joining as a couple, membership level is determined by the oldest member.

Ways to pay:

  • By credit card online
  • With a gift of securities, e.g. stocks, bonds or mutual funds (please contact HRCF for instructions
  • Through your donor-advised fund
  • Via Individual Retirement Account transfer (please contact HRCF for instructions)
  • By mailing a check to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510

2021 Grant Awards:

In 2021, the Partners awarded $200,000 to 15 area organizations working to help youth ages 16-24 through programs and services that provide Basic Needs, Health and Wellness, or Self-Sufficiency services.. View the 2021 grants awarded.

Click here for a list of current members of the Community Leadership Partners.

Learn about community needs and make a difference while having fun with like-minded philanthropists. Get involved