Chesapeake Rotary Foundation

Chesapeake Rotary Foundation


The Chesapeake Rotary Foundation was chartered in 2003 as a 501c3 non-profit public charity (EIN 20-0115414) after being conceived by Rotarian's Bob Ripley and Martin Trishman in 2000 as a way to extend the impact of the Chesapeake Rotary Club in the community.  The Chesapeake Rotary Foundation is a non-stock corporation operating under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia administered by Officers and Directors consisting of Past Presidents of the Chesapeake Rotary Club, and the current Chesapeake Rotary Club leadership team including it's President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Its Purpose

The Chesapeake Rotary Foundation's charitable purpose is to improve the City of Chesapeake, and enhance the quality of life for it's citizens.  It serves that purpose through the Community Service Grant Program, a quarterly competitive grant program that provides financial grants in aid to worthwhile charities, service programs, and projects serving Chesapeake and it's residents.  Grant Applications are available by clicking the link below and returning the completed PDF along with any supporting documentation to

How It’s Funded

The Chesapeake Rotary Foundation corpus is funded through proceeds of the Chesapeake First Citizen Banquet Presentation, the Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade, and donations from corporations and individuals like you.  You can make your tax deductible donation HERE.
We are proud to count Chesapeake's most conscientious charitable entities among our many supporters including Chesapeake Regional Healthcare Foundation, Beazley Foundation, Townebank Foundation, and many more.  

Chesapeake Rotary Foundation Members:

David G. Hanson, President

Henry Thrasher, Vice President

Vonda W. Chappell, Esq., Secretary

Jorge Dabul, CPA, Treasurer

Ray Conner, Director

Robert W. Tull Jr., Director

R. Stephen Best, Director

Douglas W. Davis, Esq., Director & Counsel

Janet McCaskey, Director

Chuck Wilson, Director and 2023-2024 Club President

John Berry, Director and 2023-2024 Club President-Elect

Roland Davis, Director and Club Treasurer

Todd DuRose, Director and Club Secretary

Grant Application and Process:

Grant applications undergo a two-step review process and are awarded during the first week of October, January, April, and July from the pool received during the preceding three month period.  Special immediate needs can sometimes be accommodated upon direct request to the Foundation.   
Click HERE to download the grant application.   

Recent Grants:

GRANTEE                                               FUNDS USED TO SUPPORT

Tidewater Arts Outreach                      Provide Arts Education programs for Seniors

Chesapeake Humane Society              New Crisis Boarding project

Gold Star Memorial                              The Chesapeake Gold Star Families Memorial 

Greenbrier YMCA                                  Summer Camps for foster children

Neighborhood Workforce                    Career training in South Norfolk

Buffalow Family                                     Delivery Van repairs for Food Aid Program

Young Life                                               Chesapeake After school Mentoring and Support program

The Chesapeake Forum                        Educational Speakers in 2024 Program Year

Foodbank of Southeastern VA             Fresh Produce program for Chesapeake families

Virginia Supportive Housing               Counseling Services for transitioning homeless

Paul Harris Scholarship                        Support Student community service scholarship