Dixon-Settle Fund for Women

Virginia Beach's Sandbridge beachfront region is the adopted home of retired veterinarian John Settle and his wife Audrey, a retired Philip Morris USA executive. The couple moved in 2003 from Richmond to their favorite vacation spot and embraced their new community as full-time residents, volunteers and philanthropists.

John & Audrey Settle
John and Audrey Settle

At the Hampton Roads Community Foundation they are charter members of the Community Leadership Partners active philanthropy group. They arranged for a future bequest to start a fund, and in 2015 accelerated their plans by starting the Dixon-Settle Fund for Women, a field-of-interest fund, that pays tribute to Audrey's mother Eddy, the Dixon, who worked with women's issues and ran a job training center in Detroit.

The couple started a current fund after their attorney suggested doing that "while we are alive so we can see the good we are doing," Audrey says.

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