Honoring the Wishes and Legacies of our Donors, addressing Today’s Problems

The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation is dedicated to honoring the wishes and legacies of our donors and addressing today’s problems. Have a look at some of the biographes of some of our past donors.

Calder S. Sherwood III, Professor Emeritus – Served as faculty member in the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University from 1939-1977, teaching chemistry, astronomy, and geophysical sciences. Sherwood served as Chair of the Chemistry Department from 1941-1969.  When he passed in 1990, he endowed a scholarship in his name. Today, the fund provides four-year scholarships to six high school graduates each year.
Arthur and Martha Cherry – Cherry Rug Cleaning and Storage opened its doors in 1947 to provide the local community with rug cleaning and storage services. In 1964 it was changed to Cherry Carpet, Inc. and was changed again in 2008 to Cherry Carpet and Flooring to reflect the fact that it sold and installed all types of flooring not just carpet.  It evolved into one of the largest and most trusted flooring retailers in the region. Known for their decades of service and generosity, Arthur and Martha Cherry created a permanent legacy fund upon their passing.  Recent grants from the fund provided childcare for low-income children at Children’s Harbor and food for schoolchildren in the Foodbank’s Backpack Program.
Elizabeth Watson – For years, Mrs. Watson donated $15 to the Community Foundation’s Flag Fund.  She lived modestly in the same house for most of her adult life and was loved by family, friends, and neighbors.  When she passed in 2012, she left much of her estate to 11 charities, each surprised to receive such a significant bequest.
Dick and Dona Wood – Richard Wood, Sr. was a long-time newspaper executive from Portsmouth and one of the original seven commissioners of Eastern Virginia Medical Authority.  EVMA was the predecessor organization to today’s EVMS.  Richard’s wife, Dona, was a successful businesswoman and active civic volunteer.  Upon Dona’s passing in 2000, the family made an impact gift to EVMS and established both the Dick and Dona Endowment Fund and the Wood Family Donor Advised Fund at the community foundation. Today, their children, Richard Wood, Jr. and SEVACF Board Member Tom Wood continue the family legacy with their involvement in charitable causes.