Working Together for a Stronger Region
Rita Addico Cohen’s family moved to Hampton Roads in 1982 from Ghana when she was eight. Now, about forty years later, Cohen still remembers the culture shock.
Cohen's childhood experience inspired her to found the nonprofit Tidewater African Cultural Alliance (TACA). The group's goal is to instill knowledge and an appreciation of Africa’s diverse countries. TACA sponsors cultural events for all ages that highlight music, dance, and food from specific African countries.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation wants your organization to succeed whether you focus on arts, education, environment, healthcare, human services or other areas that help make Hampton Roads great.
As a community foundation underpinned by our region's charitable people, we can help in four key ways:
- Receive advice and assistance. Come meet one-on-one with our program staff during monthly nonprofit Call-in days, attend our free training sessions to learn about grants and read our online Grant Seekers Gazette to learn of opportunities. Click here to read a few recent Gazettes and some of our other specialized e-newsletters. Sign up for the newsletter here.
- Apply for grants. Thanks to our donors, in 2021 we awarded more than $19 million in grants. Our Nonprofit section of this website includes details on applying for grants. Planning Grants are available for nonprofits to explore collaborating in specific focus areas to solve an issue. Next grant deadline: October 1, 2022 for Special Interest Grants.
- Learn or hone the skills you need. We applaud your desire to keep learning. Most months we offer free 90-minute training sessions in our office related to grants. In addition, we sponsor the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College. Its reasonably priced, one- and two-day training sessions are geared towards nonprofits. Staff and board members from 450-plus nonprofits have learned about fundraising, branding, staff management and dozens more topics since we helped found the academy in 2005. More than 120 people have earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. At the community foundation we also have a group of nonprofits receiving fundraising training through our Building Excellence grant program. And, we bring together nonprofits working in specific fields for Conversation Groups related to their work.
- Maximize your agency's endowment. There are benefits to having your organization's endowment managed by our community foundation. We already manage assets for more than 45 area nonprofits who benefit from being part of a large, professionally managed pool. Each year participating nonprofits can take a distribution to use as they want.
Read in our Story Bank about some Hampton Roads nonprofits we have partnered with recently.