Visionaries for Change

Visionaries for Change is a new giving circle of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Black business and civic leaders come together to leverage their donations to make the region better. They donate money to a pooled fund, and together they provide support for charitable causes in the Black community.

Why become a Visionary?

Develop solutions for Black communities, especially those experiencing economic distress.Leverage the power of endowment and collective philanthropy--the giving of time,expertise and resources.Invest in organizations that build a healthy community, increasing everyone’s opportunity for success

Join Us

Founding Members - Leadership Circle

  • Dr. L. D. Britt
  • Tony Brothers
  • Kim and Valerie Brown
  • Brittany Dortch
  • Sharon and Bernard Goodwyn
  • Lemuel and Sandra Lewis
  • Shirley Liverman
  • Dr. Angela D. and Carl Reddix
  • Audrey Settle
  • F. Blair and Jane S. Wimbush
  • Randy and DeAnne Williams

Founding Members - Individuals and Couples

  • Hon. Angelia Allen
  • Gilbert T. Bland
  • James and Keisha Brown
  • Kimberly Michelle Brown
  • LaKeisha and Don Carey III
  • Robin Foreman-Wheeler
  • Maurice Jones and Lisa Smith
  • Robert and Elsie Goodrum
  • Hon. Jimmy Gray
  • Anthony Jones
  • Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols
  • U.S. Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
  • Lateacia and Terard Sessoms
  • Hon. Jerrauld Jones and Hon. Lyn Simmons
  • Dr. Linda Kirkland-Harris
  • Sharon and James Harrington III
  • Shannel Lundy and Kieara Lundy
  • Angela M. Mercer, MD
  • Mavis and Wayne McKenley
  • Fredericka and Gabriel Morgan Sr.
  • Cherise and Richard Newsome Jr.
  • Jesse and Barbara Oden
  • Rosa Oden
  • Vivian Oden
  • Dwight and Jennell Riddick
  • Ruth Rose
  • Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
  • Dr. Hope Sinclair
  • Kevin and Wanda Turpin
  • Dr. Kawanna Ward
  • Dr. Yvette B. Williams
  • Dr. Edith G. White
  • Maria P. Williams-Giddens
  • Martha Williams

Join Us

(If you do not want to sign-up online, then download this form and mail it to us at Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510.)

Leadership Level: $5,000 annually (Three-Year Commitment):

  • Invitation to an exclusive event with an Insider’s Briefing
  • Development of grant guidelines and make grant decision
  • Black Philanthropy Month ambassador
  • Selection of volunteer activities with area nonprofits
  • Recruitment of philanthropic leaders
  • Recognition on website and publications
  • Access to online giving portal
  • Recognition on website and publications

Individuals: $1,000 annually and Couples $1,500 annually

(Three-Year Commitment for all levels):

  • Invitation to Black Philanthropy Month activities
  • Participation in grantmaking process
  • Opportunity to volunteer with area nonprofits
  • Recognition on website and publications

Ways to pay:

  • With a check payable to Hampton Roads Community Foundation
  • By credit card online here
  • With securities(e.g. stocks, bonds or mutual funds)
  • With Individual Retirement Account
  • Through my donor-advised fund

Meet some of the Founding Members and learn why they joined Visionaries for Change.