Who We Are
helping you make a difference
We connect people who care with causes large and small: feeding the hungry, preventing disease, supporting the arts, providing scholarships, and building our community.
The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation (SEVACF) is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and the surrounding communities. Since 1965, SEVACF has helped people who share a common goal of improving life for all in our community and building a legacy through philanthropic giving.
Coach Rabbit Howard Committee Advised Fund
Friends and family of Ernest “Rabbit” Howard wish to honor Coach Howard for his long and outstanding career and life as a coach, teacher, sportsman, mentor, and friend.
The reception on October 3, 2023 was a huge success. All donations will go directly to the corpus of the endowment fund and only income of the fund will be used to support annual scholarships and activities.
Thank you for your support.
What We’ve Accomplished
reflecting on over a DECADE of community growth
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My family and I have been truly blessed. Our desire is to be active and impactful members of our community through our giving.
I am so proud to be a supporter of the Foundation’s endowment challenge program which will help ensure the future of groups like the Elizabeth River Project. The Foundation is also very personal to me because they have given scholarships to students from the Clayton Robertson Scholarship Fund.
I am honored that the Foundation administers a scholarship fund in my name. I couldn’t help the children if it wasn’t for their support.
The Foundation is at the center of positive change in Portsmouth. I am proud to partner with them in so many ways.
We have an interest in many nonprofits and opportunities: Teaching the homeless “how to fish”, bringing STEM to children, and healthcare. We donated our office building to the Foundation and are happy that they have put it to such good use. In due time, the Foundation will get ‘another round’ from us because they are uniquely qualified to address our community’s needs.
Working on the scholarships and the reception at the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation has given me an opportunity to be actively involved in carrying on legacies that were important to my father — giving back to the community and education.