Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Breakfast Welcomes 32 Hampton Roads Nonprofit Leaders



Executives lead a variety of Hampton Roads organizations.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation was happy to be part of the August 16, 2016 New Nonprofit CEO Welcome Breakfast held by 757 Nonprofit Collaborative in Norfolk. The Collaborative is a partnership of Tidewater Community College's Academy for Nonprofit Excellence and VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads. The Obici Healthcare Foundation helped sponsor the breakfast held at Dominion Enterprises headquarters.

Among the guests were 32 nonprofit executives, all of whom recently assumed significant roles in the Hampton Roads nonprofit sector. They are pictured above listed from left to right:

  • Jenny Fertig, Healthy Chesapeake
  • Hal Smith, Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula
  • Edith White, HRCAP Inc.
  • Sheri Klym, March of Dimes Hampton Roads
  • Ed Collum, Opportunities for Change
  • Betsy Roberts, Tidewater Youth Services
  • Dr. Renee Felts, Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation
  • Jim Spore, Reinvent Hampton Roads
  • Kristen Carter, Children’s Harbor
  • Lavora Moore, So-Etiquette Society
  • Mary Kate Andris, YWCA of South Hampton Roads
  • John Raniowski, Hero Kids Foundation
  • Robin Gauthier, Samaritan House
  • Tami Park Farinholt, Newport News Green Foundation
  • Lisa Baehre, Sandler Center Foundation
  • Chet Hart, Western Tidewater Free Clinic
  • Major James Alison, The Salvation Army
  • Melynda Ciccotti, Champions for Children: Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Richard Gillcrese, Barrett Transitional Home
  • Mary Campana, Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Kodi Fleming, Communities in Schools
  • Jennifer Priest, Norfolk Sister City Association
  • Jane Glasgow, Early Care and Education Initiative of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Not pictured above: Ruth Jones Nichols, FoodBank of Southeaster Virginia and the Eastern Shore; Angela Kellam, The Planning Council, and Linda McAbee, Hampton Roads Hounds for Heroes

The 757 Nonprofit Partnership unites the unique purposes and missions of two leading organizations serving the nonprofit community:

  • The Academy for Nonprofit Excellence which offers professional development programs focused on the latest trends and best practices for nonprofits
  • VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads which connects businesses with opportunities to create a positive impact on our community, equips nonprofits with the resources they need to achieve their mission, and mobilizes volunteers to create change.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Power of Endowments: Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center




Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center strives to provide programs and services that help adults in Norfolk, Virginia
enjoy good lives as they age.

To help the center accomplish its mission in 1998 it started an endowment at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation with $70,650 in donations. Since then Primeplus has regularly taken annual distributions -- putting more than $55,719 to work helping older adults stay as healthy, active and engaged in their community as possible. Today the Primeplus endowment is valued at more than $80,000.

 

“The beauty of the endowment is that it allows us not to have gaps in service when there are budget shortfalls caused by government cutbacks or funding delays,” says Lynne Berg, Primeplus executive director. Her nonprofit has also used its endowment grants to double or triple matching grant challenges. “The endowment has been fabulous to have,” Berg says.

 

Today the Hampton Roads Community Foundation manage more than 45 similar endowments for an array of nonprofits working to improve arts, education, health, human services and other areas in Hampton Roads.

Each fund is designed to grow over time while benefitting the specific nonprofit that created it with options for the organizations to take annual distributions while leaving the principal to grow.

If you want to explore how an can help your nonprofit organization, contact Kay Stine or Debbi Steiger at mailto:kstine@hamptonroadscf.org or mailto:dsteiger@hamptonroadscf.org. Or call (757) 622-7951.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2016



The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way of South Hampton Roads have teamed up
to improve access to free dental care for people who desperately need dental work but can't afford it. Not having regular dental care can lead to heart problems, emergency room visits and other problems.

Recently the two funders awarded $50,000 in joint grants to help four southeastern Virginia nonprofits expand free dental services:

  • Beach Health Clinic, $4,000 to purchase an additional extension arm for a digital x-ray machine for its Virginia Beach free dental clinic. This will enable the clinic to have an two volunteer dentists working at the same time.
Chesapeake Care, $20,000 to enhance its Diabetes Initiative’s efforts to educate diabetes patients about reducing their risk for oral diseases. The grant will help pay for a part-time dental hygienist to help educate patients, teeth cleanings and fee waivers for dental treatment.

Hampton Roads Community Health Center, $20,000 to help adult patients at its Norfolk and Portsmouth centers receive free dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings or emergency dental visits. The center also is

People in Need (PIN Ministry), $6,000 so the Mercy Dental program in Virginia Beach can provide homeless or poor adults free dental x-rays, evaluations, cleanings, fillings, crowns, extractions and dentures.

"This grant lets us help individuals who are uninsured and have not seen a dentist ever or in a very long time," says Barbara Willis, CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Health Center, which operates dental clinics in Norfolk and Portsmouth as well as a dental van it can take to homeless shelters and partner agencies to make it easier for patients to get treatment.



In 2016 the Community Foundation and the United Way sought grant applications from nonprofits working with low-income dental patients. Both organizations had individually funded dental care in the past. Each funder provided $25,000 for the grants.

“This is the first time the Community Foundation and the United Way have joined forces with a single proposal request,” says Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “We are leveraging the strengths of two long-standing organizations and modeling the power of collaboration to improve life for area individuals with tremendous dental needs and no resources to address them.”

“Many of us have never known what it is like to live with constant dental pain and to be embarrassed by not having teeth,” says Carol McCormack, United Way of South Hampton Roads president and CEO. She has seen clients at dental clinics come because “they couldn’t have the heart surgery or kidney transplants they needed until their dental problems were fixed."



“We are thrilled to work with the community foundation as partners tackling one of our community’s most significant needs,” McCormack says.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is the largest grant and scholarship provider in southeastern Virginia and supports causes ranging from arts and education to health and human services. The United Way is the largest private funder dedicated solely to human service needs in South Hampton Roads.

 

 

 
























































































The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is the largest grant and scholarship provider in southeastern Virginia and supports causes ranging from arts and education to health and human services. The United Way is the largest private funder dedicated solely to human service needs in South Hampton Roads.































 



 




 













 



The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way of South Hampton Roads have teamed up
to improve access to free dental care for people who desperately need dental work but can't afford it. Recently the two funders awarded $50,000 in joint grants to help four southeastern Virginia nonprofits expand free dental services:

  • Beach Health Clinic, $4,000 to purchase an additional extension arm for a digital x-ray machine for its Virginia Beach free dental clinic. This will enable the clinic to have an two volunteer dentists working at the same time.
Chesapeake Care, $20,000 to enhance its Diabetes Initiative’s efforts to educate diabetes patients about reducing their risk for oral diseases. The grant will help pay for a part-time dental hygienist to help educate patients, teeth cleanings and fee waivers for dental treatment.

Hampton Roads Community Health Center, $20,000 to help adult patients at its Norfolk and Portsmouth centers receive free dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings or emergency dental visits.

People in Need (PIN Ministry), $6,000 so the Mercy Dental program in Virginia Beach can provide homeless or poor adults free dental x-rays, evaluations, cleanings, fillings, crowns, extractions and dentures.

"This grant lets us help individuals who are uninsured and have not seen a dentist ever or in a very long time," says Barbara Willis, CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Health Center, which operates dental clinics in Norfolk and Portsmouth as well as a dental van. Not having regular dental care can lead to heart problems, emergency room visits and other problems.

In 2016 the Community Foundation and the United Way sought grant applications from nonprofits working with low-income dental patients. Both organizations had individually funded dental care in the past. Each funder provided $25,000 for the grants.

“This is the first time the Community Foundation and the United Way have joined forces with a single proposal request,” says Dr. Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “We are leveraging the strengths of two long-standing organizations and modeling the power of collaboration to improve life for area individuals with tremendous dental needs and no resources to address them.”

“Many of us have never known what it is like to live with constant dental pain and to be embarrassed by not having teeth,” says Carol McCormack, United Way of South Hampton Roads president and CEO. She has seen clients at dental clinics come because “they couldn’t have the heart surgery or kidney transplants they needed until their dental problems were fixed."


“We are thrilled to work with the community foundation as partners tackling one of our community’s most significant needs,” McCormack says.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is the largest grant and scholarship provider in southeastern Virginia and supports causes ranging from arts and education to health and human services. The United Way is the largest private funder dedicated solely to human service needs in South Hampton Roads.

 

 

 




















































































The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is the largest grant and scholarship provider in southeastern Virginia and supports causes ranging from arts and education to health and human services. The United Way is the largest private funder dedicated solely to human service needs in South Hampton Roads.































 



 




 













 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Improving Life in Norfolk and Beyond


With $2,350 in donations The Norfolk Foundation (now Hampton Roads Community Foundation) formed to
Norfolk SPCA benefits from grants.
benefit Norfolk and a 50-mile radius. That was 66 years ago when seven Norfolk civic leaders had the great idea to establish the first community foundation in Virginia. It was the 1950s when community foundations were spreading across the country doing good work in specific geographic regions. Although the community foundation is regional, it retains a big footprint in Norfolk.

 

Dozens of Norfolk-based nonprofits helped by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and include the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, Virginia Symphony and Virginia Zoo. These cultural icons are among recipient organizations whose footprints extend far beyond the city. All have received multiple grants from foundation donors that have helped them grow to serve residents of all ages from throughout our region and beyond.

 

Community foundation grants were also instrumental in the 2014 opening of the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Other grants have helped nonprofits focused primarily on Norfolk such as the Norfolk SPCA and ParkPlace Health & Dental Clinic.

 

The 2015 opening of the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk took the community foundation back to its
Slover Library is a welcome addition to downtown Norfolk.
roots as its first big grant from donor funds in 1959 was $100,000 to build Kirn Memorial Library, which was torn down a few years ago in anticipation of the Slover – a bigger, more technologically advanced library. More than $1 million from community foundation donors helped build the new library that is a community hub and has won national accolades.

 

Many Norfolk-based organizations started with help from community foundation grants, including:



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Doing Good: Norfolk Couple's Scholarship Helps Students Today

Meet Raven Bland, Norfolk's first Youth Poet Laureate,
and a Hampton Roads Community Foundation scholarship recipient.
Raven Bland
Raven Bland 
(photo by Glen McClure)

Raven is a senior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia who has been helped by a Joseph A. and Bertha W. Harry scholarship since her freshman year of college. She is among 413 students going to college in the fall with more than $1.3 million in Hampton Roads Community Foundation scholarships started by donors like the Harrys.

Raven, a Granby High School graduate, grew up in the same Norview neighborhood in Norfolk where the Harrys lived. Joseph made his living as a grocery buyer and owner of  rental houses. He and his wife Bertha had no children but left a $1.7 million bequest to start a permanent scholarship fund for ODU and Virginia Wesleyan College students. So now the Harrys have hundreds of children who have all have benefited from their generosity.

Bertha _ Joseph Harry
Bertha and Joseph Harry
Raven will be among 40 students helped by the Harry Scholarship in 2016-17. She has written poetry as a hobby since age 12 and last year won Norfolk's inaugural Youth Poet Laureate contest sponsored by Teens With a Purpose, Urban Word, Hampton Roads Youth Poets and the Norfolk Public Library. This 1-minute-27-second video produced by ODU gives a glimpse into Raven's poetry.

Winning the 2015 contest led to Raven's first published book of poetry When the Raven Sings and public readings of her work where she saw first-hand how her words help people deal with life issues.


Raven is a history major who aspires to a career in government. She works at ODU's Student Success Center and this summer is interning with the City of Norfolk in its Department of Neighborhood Development. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Power of Endowment: Feldman Chamber Music Society


In 1991 the Feldman Chamber Music Society board took a visionary leap of faith by starting a
Dover Quartet performed in 2016.
$70,000 endowment at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

Pete Morford, the Feldman’s board president, applauds that action by saying: “We would not be able to operate today without the endowment. We can count on it being there when we need it. Without the far-sighted people and the endowment they created, the Feldman would not exist.”

 

Since its establishment, the Feldman board has drawn nearly $150,000 from its charitable endowment to bring high-quality chamber groups like the Dover Quartet to perform in southeastern Virginia. Through investment growth and additional gifts, the Feldman endowment today is valued at more than $415,000.

 

The Feldman Quartet started in 1946 in Norfolk, VA.
The Feldman, which dates to 1946 when it formed as the Feldman Quartet under the direction of violinist Israel Feldman, was the first nonprofit to start an organizational endowment at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Today it manages more than 45 similar endowments. Each fund is designed to grow over time while benefitting the specific nonprofit that created it with the option to take an annual distribution.

 

If you want to explore how an endowment can help your organization, contact Kay Stine or Debbi Steiger at kstine@ hamptonroadscf.org or dsteiger@ hamptonroadscf.org.