Who We Are

We are the next generation of community leaders in South Hampton Roads. In 2015, we made the decision to transition from Young Leaders Society (YLS) to Young Philanthropists (YP) to better reflect who we are. We are a growing group of more than 500 members in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, who not only volunteer and donate our time, but also give back half a million dollars every year to make our community a better place.


What we do

YP provides members with many rewarding opportunities to give back and unite with other like-minded local, young philanthropists.

When you give your gift to United Way, you help YP focus on the biggest problems facing your community. Your United Way is uniquely positioned to do even more, by bringing people and organizations together to solve problems too big for any of us to solve on our own.

When you join YP, you connect with like-minded people through:

  • Volunteer projects
  • PHIL Talks – United Way’s new ‘TED talk’-style forums featuring local leaders and philanthropists
  • Professional development workshops
  • Networking happy hours
  • YP Outings – such as Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Wine Fest, YNot Wednesdays, & more

How to get involved

With our sliding scale for membership fees, you are encouraged to grow in your giving as you grow in your career:
In your 20s? It’s $250 to join YP.
In your 30s? $500 to join.
In your 40s? $1,000 to join.


Young Philanthropists Newsletters

To join YP or to volunteer

contact Annette Hull
757.853.8500 x154

Be a part of the solution!

YP Company Champions

Young Philanthropists Company Champions are members who commit to advocating for YP and encouraging philanthropy among young professionals within their company.  A huge thank you to our YP Company Champion partners for 2016!

YP Council Members

2016 YP Chair

Anne Legum, Cox Communications

2016 YP Vice Chair

Sarah Holtzinger, Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Marketing Committee

Chair – Kristie Farris, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Bailey Logan, Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Brandon Sabetta, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, PC


Membership Committee

Chair – Craig Perez, USAA

Robert Firestone, Sentara Healthcare

Marsha Reid-Clarke, Chubb Limited

Ryan Young, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, PC

Events Committee

Chair – Sarah Holtzinger, Signature Family Wealth Advisors

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