Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation holds the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship. For self-identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) students graduating from high schools in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach, with special emphasis to those who have demonstrated involvement in the LGBT community. Recipients must enroll in a four-year college or university.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation has a proud history. We began in 1950 as The Norfolk Foundation with total donations of $2,350. Despite the city-focused name, we were always regional — giving scholarships and grants across southeastern Virginia to ambitious students and essential nonprofits. Over the past 69 years we have put more than $282 million into action through grants and scholarships — more than $17.5 million just last year.

Two years after our founding, Florence Smith’s estate established in 1952 a remarkable scholarships for Virginia medical students that is going strong today. And, in 1959 we awarded our first big grant of $100,000 to help build a library. In 1987 The Virginia Beach Foundation formed, and in 2010 it merged with The Norfolk Foundation to create the Hampton Roads Community Foundation — our region’s largest grant and scholarship provider.

Whether you are a prospective donor, a current fundholder, a nonprofit staff member, a community leader, a reporter, or a student looking for a scholarship, we’re happy to help you learn more about how to connect with our community foundation.

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101 West Main Street, Suite 4500
Norfolk, VA 23510 US


(757) 622-7951

Silver Rainbow LGBTQ Club of Hampton Roads

The Silver Rainbow LGBTQ Club of Hampton Roads aims to improve the lives of older LGBTQ adults in coastal Virginia.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: LGBT friendships are one of our community’s greatest assets and one that Silver Rainbow aims to build upon and grow.  Silver Rainbow monthly activities bring old and new friends together for friendship and fun and help build our community network.

SUPPORT: LGBT people are less likely to have children to help us as we age, many of us need support from outside sources.Silver Rainbow will access existing LGBT friendly community resources and services, and create new LGBT run support systems where we can take care of our own.

LIFELONG GROWTH: While getting older can be challenging, it is also a time of opportunity.   Travel, fitness, volunteering, and intellectual engagement keep our bodies, minds, and spirits active and engaged.   By tapping into the knowledge, skills and interests of our members and allies, Silver Rainbow will expand opportunities that keep older LGBT people a vital part of the community.

ADVOCACY: Silver Rainbow members and our allies offer a great deal of life experience and will be able to influence political, economic, and social systems that affect LGBT seniors.

Membership is free and open to interested persons of any age, sexual orientation or gender expression.


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