In recognition of its efforts to advance racial equity, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation received a $1 million award from Facebook. The money will be used to strengthen and support Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit organizations in the region.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is one of only 20 community foundations in the country to receive this funding. The money will be used to create the Black Community Partnership Fund, which will award at least 20 grants to Black-led and Black-serving local organizations starting in 2021. The award is part of Facebook’s commitment to support Black businesses, creators, and nonprofits.
“We’re excited to work with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to help bring much needed funding to nonprofits that are serving and supporting the Black community in Hampton Roads,” said Marcy Scott Lynn, Facebook director of global impact partnerships.
The award builds upon the community foundation’s ongoing efforts to advance a more equitable and inclusive community.
“We are elated that Facebook recognizes the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s commitment to racial equity and chose to partner with us to support Black-led nonprofits,” said President and CEO Deborah DiCroce. “Too often, racial bias and inequities limit opportunities for Black people. Thus, the Black Community Partnership Fund will help challenge and dismantle structural racism in our community.”