The Foundation funds its projects through fundraising activities, tax-deductible donations and membership dues.
Capital Improvement Projects Funded by the Foundation:
- ADA-Approved Wheelchair Ramp at the Princess Anne Recreation Center pool valued at $10,000
- Kempsville Preschool Playground at Kempsville Recreation Center to support the preschool program valued at $20,000
- Bench and Tree Buddies Program: 63 benches values at $37,737 have been installed and 53 trees valued at $15,771 have been planted throughout the park system
Programs Funded by the Foundation:
- Environmental Education Program: $3,000 for pet supplies, upgraded cages, and veterinary services
- Portable sound system for the Red Wing Lake Golf Course: $2,000
- Rolling Scoreboards for Red Wing Lake Golf Course: $2,000
- Stair Climber at Kempsville Recreation Center: $5,000
- Two computers for Early Childhood Development: $3,000
- Waterway access environmental and water safety signage: $1,600
- Seatack Youth Empowerment Program: $3,000 for transportation
Fund Raising Activities:
- Golf Tournament – Each Fall for the past 5 years, the Foundation has hosted a golf tournament at Red Wing Lake Golf Course. To date, over $65,000 has been raised and used to fund ongoing programs.
- Recycling – The Foundation has established drop off points at five Virginia Beach Recreation Centers to collect and recycle cell phones, ink cartridges and laser cartridges. As of May 2011, over 1,300 cell phones and 3,400 ink and laser cartridges have been recycled with a return of $3,150 and counting to the Foundation.
- USFHA Champion’s Challenge Field Hockey Tournament Sponsorship – The Foundation partnered with the United States Field Hockey Association to staff hospitality at the Champions Challenge Tournament raising $2,853.
Community Initiated Fundraisers
Some of our most successful projects have been initiated from members of the community. If you have an idea let us know by contacting the Foundation at
- Urban Reforestation Fund – This initiative was started by an anonymous donor as a way to plant additional trees in our parks and public spaces. To date over $500 has been raised.
- Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser – To celebrate the opening of their new location at Lynnhaven Mall, Chipotle Restaurant sponsored a fundraising night for the Foundation. 100% of the evening's proceeds went to the Foundation. $1,750 was raised in just a three hour period and everyone enjoyed a yummy dinner.
- Pleasure House Point – A partnership between the Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the City of Virginia Beach and the local community was developed to protect the largest undeveloped parcel of land on the Lynnhaven River from being converted to high density development.
- Waterway Signage – Signage was funded in partnership with Patagonia, Lynnhaven River NOW, Wild River Outfitters and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. These signs are posted at waterway access points to orient paddlers to the surroundings and to stress environmental stewardship and the use of proper safety gear and practices.