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.