Partnership Foundation

From the earliest efforts of the Portsmouth Industrial Foundation onward, the Portsmouth Partnership’s focus on economic development was evidenced by the kinds of community investments that it made.  The following investments, made between 1993 – 2003, were in addition to the $2,500,000 in earlier business loans made by the Partnership, outlined in the “History” section of this site:

Greater Portsmouth Development Corporation     $    173,100

Lindab reloation incentive                                             50,000

Fresnel Lens acquisition                                                 10,000

Olde Towne Business Association                                     9,375

Economic Development Business Appreciation                8,759

Lefcoe Leadership Fund                                                    4,000

Portsmouth Historical Survey                                          2,500

In time, however, the Partnership’s board saw the need to reach out beyond support for general economic development, and to find the means to actively support the specific works of Portsmouth’s many non-profits.  As a result, a new affiliate was formed.

Founded in 2003 with $100,000 in seed money from the Portsmouth Partnership, the Portsmouth Partnership Foundation was created to support both worthwhile projects and non-profits within the city of Portsmouth. Today, an Advisory Committee of Lefcoe alumni reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Partnership’s Executive Committee for final approval.  Since 2003, PPF grants have included the following:

Bon Secours Maryview Foundation (Heart Institute)                                    $10,000

Portsmouth Museums Foundation (Children’s Museum expansion)               20,000

Elizabeth River Project                                                                                      2,500

Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library (Churchland computers)                18,309

Hampton Roads Arts Trust feasibility study                                                       1,000

Lefcoe Alumni Association SAIL Award                                                              3,500

Mile Marker Zero Rendezvous                                                                            5,000

Portsmouth Community Foundation (Pokey Smokey II)                                     5,000

Portsmouth Economic Development Dept. – Business Appreciation                 1,276

Portsmouth Economic Development Dept. – Job Fair                                        1,000

Portsmouth Public Schools – Porte Towne Magic                                              3,000

Portsmouth Schools Foundation                                                                         2,000

Seeds for a Healthy Watershed                                                                            1,787

Starbase Victory                                                                                                    5,500

Tidewater Community College – Portsmouth Public Schools scholarship         25,000

Todi Music Fest                                                                                                     8,500

Urban Arts Center                                                                                                  3,000

Portsmouth Museums Foundation (Winter Wonderland)                                      2,000

The Portsmouth Partnership board has been pleased and gratified by the PPF’s focus, its performance, and its ability to tap the expertise of Lefcoe Leadership Alumni in identifying and addressing the needs of Portsmouth’s non-profit organizations.

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Every 4th, 5th and 6th grader in the Portsmouth Public School System attends Starbase, a week-long program focusing on the environment, geo-spatial concepts, and the principles of flight.  Here, 6th graders work toward the final day of class, when each will launch his or her very own rocket.


students in whale         setting up


Innovator grants” of $500 each, provided by the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, enable teachers to put new ideas and opportunities in front of their students.  Here, students design and construct a scale model of a whale.

View from front of room     Technology Training Room sign      Sierra Exif JPEG

A grant to the Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library paid for the computers in the Technology Training Room of the new Churchland Branch Library.

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Fund-raisers like those held at Mario’s Italian Restaurant fuel grants made to the Urban Arts Center, above, and the Children’s Museum of Virginia, below.

rendering of new Children's Museum