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Support SEVACF Through AmazonSmile!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation. As your Community Foundation, we encourage you to shop locally whenever possible.  When you choose to shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that…

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Our Community Rocks…Sometimes Technology Doesn’t

First, we would like to take a moment to thank the entire Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore community – especially the many nonprofits, donors, volunteers, sponsors and businesses that make Give Local 757 possible.  In spite of technical issues, Give Local 757 broke another record receiving 7,751 gifts totaling more than $600,000 for 223 local…

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Be a part of the largest fundraising event in Hampton Roads, Give Local 757!

Three local Community Foundations have come together in an unprecedented partnership to host the 3rd annual Give Local 757 event. The Hampton Roads, Peninsula and Southeast Virginia Community Foundations are joining forces with a goal of raising 1 million dollars in 24 hours for over 200+ local nonprofits on May 3, 2016. Last year, Give…

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Press Release: Announcing Our New Chief Executive Officer

Media Advisory January 13, 2016  Chesapeake First Citizen Named Chief Executive Officer Of Southeast Virginia Community Foundation Steve Best Succeeds Ward Robinett at Helm of Non-Profit That Funds Worthy Causes in The Region   Public service has defined Steve Best since he became a volunteer fireman in his native Chesapeake at age 16. He would…

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Story of Impact: Elizabeth River Project Meets Match, Plans to Bring More Education Programs to Paradise Creek Nature Park

The Elizabeth River Project has met The Match! The Match, formerly known as the TowneBank/SEVACF Challenge, was initiated and agreed upon in 2013, and calls on local nonprofit organizations to start endowment funds with the Foundation. Although housed and administered by SEVACF, such funds are intended to support the needs of their respective organizations. Upon…

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5 Ways To Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out

With our 2016 Spring Grant Cycle coming up soon, we wanted to provide potential applicants with some ways to make their applications stand out. The following are some of the things our Grants Committee looks for when making funding decisions: 1. Tell us about a specific program or project that you’re hoping to implement or to…

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3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Start an Endowment Fund with SEVACF

An endowment fund is a fund that is restricted, meaning that only a small percentage of the money in the fund may be used each year. Currently, the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation’s spending policy allows 4% of endowed funds to be spent annually. If a nonprofit has an organizational endowment at SEVACF, they are given the choice…