The Isle of Wight Community Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation created in 2013 for the purpose of receiving, maintaining and administering assets for charitable and educational purposes, by conducting and supporting activities carried out by the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the citizens of Isle of Wight County and the surrounding area. Contributions made to the Community Foundation are tax-deductible.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of business and community leaders with an interest in advancing the quality of life in Isle of Wight County, and promoting a vibrant business environment.
Among the Foundation’s first initiatives was a scholarship fund to assist outstanding high school seniors in continuing their education at the college and university level. The foundation in 2018 awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Smithfield High School, Windsor High School, Isle of Wight Academy and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Home-schooled students are also eligible for scholarships. Recipients will be announced in June. This year’s awards reflect an increase in the number of awards and the total amount awards. The scholarships are funded by the proceeds from the foundation’s "Flavors of Isle of Wight" fund-raiser.