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Stories of Impact: Making a Difference

Generosity of spirit. This is what the Mathews Community Foundation relies upon and receives over and over again from people like you. Our donors, our board, our volunteers and our nonprofits are a diverse group united in their passion for their community and their belief that they can ensure its success.

"There is a culture of volunteerism and charity in Mathews and when combined with that talent, you have a powerful force for good works." 

Bob Roper, Donor

Community Engagement Leads to Positive Change

Since moving to Mathews, Bob and Kathy have lent their talents to numerous endeavors to help the residents of the County and Virginia. "It was time to give back to our community and society in a meaningful way," Bob said. Bob and Kathy established the Robert and Kathleen Roper Family Fund in 2000. Their goal was to support general charitable purposes with priority given to organizations meeting the needs of at risk children. The fund has provided grants to support the Boys and Girls Club, the Fresh Start Program at Hands Across Mathews, the Continental Society and art programs for underprivileged children at the Bay School.

Read more about Bob and Kathy's passion for giving back.


An Amazing Gift

In 2013 the Mathews Community Foundation received a gift that will serve the residents of Mathews for many generations to come. Long-time county residents, Tony and Judy Hannold, donated their estate, Samarkand, to the Foundation. The recent sale of Samarkand will add almost $1,000,000 to the Foundation's unrestricted endowment fund. The community foundation's unrestricted endowment, which will receive the bulk of the proceeds from the estate sale, allows the foundation's board to use its collective discretion to decide which of the county's needs are the most pressing in any given year.

Read more about the Hannold's transformative gift.