Why do donors choose the Foundation?

  • You want to make a difference – Whether you want to feed the hungry, education children, revitalize our neighborhoods, comfort the afflicted, support the arts, or any of a number of other philanthropic causes, the Foundation can help.
  • You want flexibility – Whether you want to do your giving now, or leave a legacy for future generations, we can help you start a fund that meets your needs.
  • You want to fund the future – We honor the legacies of past donors forever, making grants to charities that are tackling today’s problems from funds set up many years ago.
  • We offer as much (or as little) assistance as you want. Donor Advised Funds let you be an active part of grant-making, field of interest funds simply ensure that your contribution helps a particular area of community life.

What is a community foundation?

A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that enables people like you to establish charitable funds to meet critical needs in your community.


How will my donations work in the community?

Funds are pooled with our other funds and professionally managed to grow over time. Grants are awarded from funds to support local non-profit organizations, in accordance with a fund’s interests.


Why should I give to Southeast Virginia Community Foundation instead of one or two charities I’m interested in?

As a public charity, Southeast Virginia Community Foundation offers the highest level of tax benefits for giving. And, it lets you personalize your gift and contribute to building a stronger community.


How can I start a fund?

Setting up a fund is easy! Contact our Chief Executive Officer to learn more about the variety options and how to get started. In addition, remember to always discuss your charitable intentions with your legal, financial, investment and/or tax advisor prior to establishing a fund.