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.

Click here to view pictures from the event.

What We’ve Accomplished

reflecting on over a DECADE of community growth

$6.3 Million


$17 Million




Who We Work With

Start Your Legacy
  • Find out how to give
  • Create a fund
  • Manage your fund
Become a donor and give where it matters most to you.
Fund your Mission
  • See available grants
  • Learn the grant process
  • Apply for grants
Fund your nonprofit organization with our available grants.
Connect your Clients
  • Strengthen client relationships
  • Connect clients to local causes
  • Download advisor toolkits
As a professional advisor, SEVACF can help you and your client accounts.
Finance Your Future
  • See available scholarships
  • Learn the application process
  • Apply for scholarships
Find a scholarship that fits and help finance your education.

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Upcoming Dates



Spring Grants Deadline

5:00 pm



Spring Scholarship Deadline

5:00 pm



Fall Grants Deadline

5:00 pm



Fall Scholarship Deadline

5:00 pm

My family and I have been truly blessed. Our desire is to be active and impactful members of our community through our giving.

– Darryl & Tiffany Tapp

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.

– Susan Robertson

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.

– Pat & Tyrone Hines

The Foundation is at the center of positive change in Portsmouth. I am proud to partner with them in so many ways.

– Bob & Judy Williams

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.

– Dale & Orva Sponaugle

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.

– Donna Saffold

Our Grantees

Funding Hampton Roads organizations that are making a difference in our community.