In memory of Helen G. Gifford, the Gifford Foundation continues to support the organizations and activities that were important to her and located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, including local Jewish agencies and organizations with primary focus in the areas of cultural and performing arts and arts education.

The Gifford Foundation runs on a fiscal year ending June 30th. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation has been working closely with the Gifford Foundation and assisting with their grants-making process since 2011.

The application for the Helen G. Gifford Foundation is by invitation only. Applications are accepted each year starting August 1 through September 15.

If you have questions about the Helen G. Gifford Foundation or its mission, please contact Ann Swindell at 757-965-6106 or

The Gifford Foundation was established in 1997 through the generosity of Helen G. Gifford (of blessed memory). The Foundation supports community programs and organizations which are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.