Giving Circle

Interested in Learning More?

Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and its effect on venue closures and community events, the Sandler Center Foundation spring Giving Circle cycle has been postponed to the fall. We look forward to meeting in person with the Giving Circle members at that time. If you are interested in learning more and joining the Giving Circle, please read the information below and complete the membership form.


Paul Battaglia

Clark Nexsen

David L. Bernd
Sentara Independence

Adam M. Carroll
Wolcott Rivers Gates

Nneka Chiazor
COX Communications

Michael Clayman
Community Volunteer &
Retired Administrator,
Chesapeake Public Schools

Gerald Divaris
Divaris Real Estate, Inc.

Juanita Felton
Community Volunteer

The Sandler Center Foundation Giving Circle

Through its Giving Circle, the Sandler Center Foundation awards major and mini grant opportunities to support arts-based performances by Sandler Center resident companies and world-class performances.

The Giving Circle is structured to pool money from its members in order to create significant giving and greater impact for funding recipients and program participants. The Giving Circle members work together throughout the year to award grants to applicants of the Giving Circle. The giving circle seeks funding opportunities that would not otherwise be possible for resident companies.


Benefits of a giving circle

There are various benefits to participating in a Giving Circle. Here are just a few:

  • Enables a larger impact for the award recipients and program participants
  • Encourages an interest and investment in the community served
  • Provides an opportunity to meet other individuals with similar interests and passions
  • Offers a unique and exciting opportunity to assess the needs of local arts organizations and to provide input on how to direct funding

The Sandler Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.
Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
EIN #20-2409231.