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The Board of Directors of the Children’s Center has established a long-term endowment with The Hampton Roads Community Foundation (formerly the Norfolk Foundation).


Little Boy at the Children's CenterThe Children’s Center and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation have a history dating back to 1991 when the Foundation awarded the Children’s Center a $60,000 grant to expand its services in Franklin.


The Hampton Roads Community Foundation has since awarded grants to the Children’s Center for expansion of the Suffolk Center and to the Early Head Start building at 507 Second Avenue in Franklin.


“When we began the Center in 1983 I could not have imagined that we would be taking this significant step 25 years later.” said Barbara Mease, the Children’s Center founder and Executive Director for the past 25 years.  “I am proud of what the Children’s Center has accomplished and I am pleased that our Board has the vision to look forward.”

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is a regional community foundation started in 1950. It is Southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider.


Since 1950 the Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants and scholarships, including more than $8 million in 2007.


You can donate to the Children’s Center endowment at any time in any amount.


There are three ways to donate to the Children’s Center endowment:


By Check:

Drop off your check at one of our Centers (link to Centers) or mail to

The Children's Center
700 Campbell Avenue
Franklin, Virginia 23851


By Credit Card:

You can make a donation at the Texie Camp Marks Children’s Center (link to Centers) in Franklin or the Suffolk Children’s Center (link to Centers) by using a Visa or MasterCard


Online with PayPal:

Click the "Donate" button below to make a secure donation through PayPal.  Clicking the button on this page will automatically indicate that your donation is for the endowment.



If you are making a donation to the Children’s Center endowment, please designate “Endowment” on your check or on the Paypal form. If you are donating to the endowment by Visa or Mastercard at one of our Centers, please tell the receptionist that your donation is for the endowment.

Click here to contact us if you have any questions about the Children's Center endowment.