About Your Investments

In 2013, the United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Board of Directors approved a strategic plan that set an exciting new direction for our work. Recognizing that every community benefits when individuals, groups, and institutions work together to solve shared problems, United Way volunteers foster cross-sector collaboration to collectively focus on identifying critical needs, comprehensive solutions and permanent results. It is within this context that we are committed to designing new funding strategies that support adaptability, flexibility, and responsiveness to our investments. In addition, we continue to offer agency certification, which is a public classification that demonstrates that an agency has met a robust set of standards covering three core areas: financial health; effective and ethical governance; and strategy and program results.

If you are interested in learning more about our community investments, please:

  • Refer to our Agency Manual, which includes information about agency certification, grant funding and frequently asked questions.
  • Attend an information session – see details below.


2017/2018 Community Funding Chair Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer Waypoint Advisors

Questions? If you have questions or are interested in inquiring about our investment opportunities, please contact Kathleen Banfield, Director of Community & Partner Engagement, at 757-853-8500 ext. 192 or by email.

November Information Sessions 

Meeting purpose: Provide an in-depth overview of the 2019 community investments opportunities, including agency certification and grant opportunities. Topics to be covered include eligibility, application and review process, software/technology and other core tools, suggested tips and Q&A.

Who is invited: Certified partners and other organizations interested in learning about United Way’s community investments are invited to attend. Due to space limitations, agencies may bring up to three (3) staff, which may include CEOs/EDs, program directors or managers, development staff or others. Determining the right staff to attend will depend on your organization’s unique structure and who will play a lead role in the development of your applications.

Dates and times (select from four options):

  1. Monday, November 5: 3-5 PM
  2. Friday, November 9: 9-11 AM
  3. Monday, November 12: 3-5 PM
  4. Tuesday, November 13: 9-11 AM

Please RSVP online by October 31, 2018 by completing the registration form for each representative from your organization who plans to attend. 

Note: Attendance at one of the four November sessions is required for any agency applying for New Agency Certification or grant funding opportunities through United Way’s 2019 Community Investments.



Oral Health Grants

For the third consecutive year, United Way of South Hampton Roads is collaborating with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to improve oral health. Two regional funders have issued a joint request for proposal from area nonprofits to help economically disadvantaged individuals access dental treatment and preventive care. The deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply for a total of $50,000 in grant funding is November 5.



A heartfelt thank you to those who served in 2017 and/or 2018

Finding the Best Agencies

Our volunteers — community leaders and donors — ask the questions you want to be answered, making sure your money is spent efficiently to solve our most urgent problems and drive permanent results. That’s never as obvious as during the allocations process, when our community volunteers — people like you — pour over 990s and audits, programs and results. And it’s not just looking at papers. Volunteers hit the streets, visiting agencies to see the service for themselves before deciding where funding is going, e.g. early childhood education and youth development, poverty, physical and mental health, domestic violence emergencies and disasters, workforce readiness and financial stability.


Susanna Adams, Chair
Executive Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer
Waypoint Advisors
Al Craft Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisors Regional Director BB&T Wealth Management
Steve Ludwig Region 7 Military Representative GEICO
John M. Wallace Financial Advisor, MassMutual Commonwealth
Larry Brunson
Workforce Development Center Coordinator
Department of Social Services, City of Suffolk Yilla Smith
Client Services Director
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Frank Brooks, Vice-Chair
Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty Andrew Friedman Director, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation City of Virginia Beach
Eva D. Poole Executive Director, Virginia Beach Public Library City of Virginia Beach
Bobby Stant Chief Financial Officer Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.
Dr. Ron Carlee
Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Regional Excellence
Old Dominion University
Brent Haden Attorney Pender & Coward
Steve Kocen Senior Vice President Southern Bank
Robert J. Richards Director, Facilities Sentara Obici Hospital
Marie Vesely Retired social worker and attorney Formerly City of Norfolk
Traci Massie
Director of Government Programs, Member & Community Outreach and Education
Optima Family Care/Optima Health


Tracy Bedgood Cherry Bekaert
Paul Feagan Cherry Bekaert
Joanne Griggs Retired, City of Virginia Beach
Kevin Jamerson Cherry Bekaert
Lynn Jernell Fulton Bank
Scott Kelsey KPMG
Joe Sallee Capital Advice
Bobby Stant QED Systems
John Wallace Mass Mutual Commonwealth
Joey Weinberg SunTrust
Meredith Woods Cherry Bekaert


Frank Brooks, Chair Associate Broker Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Towne Realty
Tammie Mullins-Rice, Chair Program Officer Obici Healthcare Foundation
Martha Ambler Retired
Allison Bough President/Owner SparkNonprofit, LLC
Andrea Clontz Emergency Management Coordinator Isle of Wight County
Andrew Cripps President Isle of Wight-Smithfield-Windsor Chamber of Commerce
Allie Dolsey Area Manager Enterprise Holdings
Stephanie L. Glenn Project Director AARP Foundation – RSVP Program
Cathy Harris Shareholder Harbor Tax Group
Ashley Kelso Proposal Coordinator/Contracts Administrator Fairlead Integrated
Steven Ludwig Region 7 Military Representative GEICO
MacKenzie Moorhouse Client Associate Wilbanks Smith & Thomas
Macayla Nicolaison Managing Attorney Stephen D. Lentz & Associates
Eva Poole Executive Director, Virginia Beach Public Library City of Virginia Beach
Elizabeth Skertic Senior Auto Claim Examiner Chubb Insurance
Frances Thomas Budget Analyst City of Virginia Beach Public Schools
Abby Weber Client Manager The Curtis Group
Andy Friedman, Chair Director, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation City of Virginia Beach
Mary Riley, Chair Administrator, Division of Community Programs City of Chesapeake
Helen Anderson Director Human Resources Bon Secours
Marybrook Burchfield Neighborhood Development Associate City of Hampton
Stephanie Cobb Branch Manager TowneBank
Dr. Reginald Dawkins Pastor Triumph Christian Center
Vivian M. Duke Retired
Anita Golden Assistant Director Portsmouth Social Services
Leah Hunger Insurance Director AAA Tidewater
Deneen Keegan CPA, Assurance Senior Manager Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
Scott Mitchell Fleet Operations Manager AAA Tidewater
Jean Mumm Attorney LeClairRyan
Joel Palser VP Ministry Relations/Chaplain Christian Broadcasting Network
Cathy Richards Human Resources Generalist Citizens National Bank
Toiya Sosa Public Affairs/Community Relations Coordinator GEICO
Marie Vesely Retired social worker and attorney Formerly City of Norfolk
Kristi Wilkerson Digital Sales Director WAVY
Mary-Ellen McLean, Chair Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Foundation
Mary Allsbrook Project Manager Christian Broadcasting Network
Pamela Barton Director Isle of Wight Social Services
Jan Cline Business Owner and Personal Trainer Jan Cline Fitness
Marjorie Cohen
Magdalene DeGuzman Portfolio Administrator Wilbanks, Smith, and Thomas Asset Management, LLC
Justin Ferrell Physician Liaison Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Doris Gomez, PhD Dean, School of Business & Leadership Regent University
Terry Jenkins
Jennifer Kreiser VP and Nurse Executive Sentara Leigh Hospital
Elizabeth Moore Project Coordinator Christian Broadcasting Network
Marley Nacey Finance Manager Sentara
Jim Plaatsman Civil Engineer City of Virginia Beach
Robert Richards Director, Facilities Sentara Obici Hospital
Sara Throckmorton Manager, Strategic Market Analysis Norfolk Southern
Jennifer Vick Executive Assistant to the President & Publisher The Virginian-Pilot/Pilot Media


MacKenzie Moorhouse
Wilbanks Smith & Thomas
Jean Mumm
Eva D. Poole
City of Virginia Beach
Marie Vesely
Formerly City of Norfolk
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