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building community,
transforming lives.

BattenEndowChallengeThe Batten Endowment for Horizons Hampton Roads

Horizons Hampton Roads was one of the first local area philanthropic organizations chosen to participate in the Batten Endowment Challenge – a program designed to create a lasting source of funding for nonprofit organizations working to improve the education of children and youth in South Hampton Roads.

This special fund, generously funded by Frank & Jane Batten, included two parts. First, an initial gift of $1 million is administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.  Second, Horizons Hampton Roads was challenged to raise $500,000 in donations beyond normal operating costs.  These funds were matched dollar for dollar by the Batten Challenge Educational Achievement Fund.

Horizons is proud to share we have reached our challenge goal, with $500,000 raised toward our lasting endowment. Thank you to all our generous supporters who helped us meet our goal.  A very special thank you to Frank and Jane Batten for the generous funding and opportunity. Together we are inspiring minds, building community, and transforming lives!

A very special thanks to the following contributors who helped us meet the Batten Challenge:


Macon & Joan Brock, Paul Hirschbiel, Mary Clark Janis, Jon Wheeler

$25,000 – $49,999

Billy Brock,  Sandy & MaryAnne Dukas, Fain Family Foundation, Carolyn McDonnell, Scott & Teri Rigell

$5,000 – $10,000

Martin Einhorn, John & Julie Garel, William King, Caroline McCartney, Tasos Paphites

$1,000 – $2,500

S. Decker Anstrom, Stephen Heretick, Tom Inglima, Sheila Magula, Katherine Willis

$250 – $500

Heather Alexander, John & Jodi Benedict, William Brittain, Judy Jankowski, Scott Kennedy, Carolyn McPherson, Hugo Owens, Martee Pierson, Dick Trowbridge

$100 – $249

Bank of America, Susan Beckwith, Bernie Boone, Linda Bowers, Daniel DeMarte, Renee Johnson, Gail King, Jason Manning, Danny Plante, Barb Smith

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Donations will no longer be matched but are still accepted for our endowment.   DONATE NOW

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