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About PGHF

  • The Foundation became operational in July 1988, when Portsmouth General Hospital was sold to Tidewater Health Care, Inc.  Our existence and mission were not affected by the 1996 sale of the hospital to Bon Secours Health System, Inc.  We are a private foundation not affiliated with any hospital.
  • Our mission is to improve the health, wellness and quality of life of the Portsmouth community through insightful, effective, and coordinated philanthropic grantmaking and collaborations.

  • Our vision is to be a catalyst for maximizing outcomes through community assessment, collaborative development, and focused grantmaking.
  • A Board of Directors selected from the Portsmouth community governs the Foundation.  The Board makes all decisions on proposal funding.  We have 11 Board members who rotate off the Board after 2 three-year terms.
  • The Foundation has a staff of two people, two cats and one dog.
  • The Board awarded its first grant in July 1989.  Since then, the Foundation has awarded over one thousand grants worth more than 14 million dollars.

  • The original endowment in 1988 was approximately $7.6 million.
The endowment is currently valued at approximately $13.5 million; this amount varies daily.

 

Staff

Alan E. Gollihue,
President & CEO

Patricia Clifford Irwin,
Director of Administration & Grants

Tulio, Full-time cat

Scruffy, Part-time dog
Izzie
Izzie, Part-time cat