Ways to Give

Your donation will help a student find a path to college.

The Access College Foundation is funded through donations from local companies, foundations and individuals who care about giving public high school students the opportunity to attain a postsecondary education.

Our donors are creating lasting opportunities for students all over South Hampton Roads. We invite you to join in and help change the lives of our students – one student at a time! The generosity of our donors makes it possible for students, who might not otherwise have the guidance and resources they need, to attend college. From one-on-one advising services by our Access Advisors in most middle schools and all high schools, to paying for ACT/SAT college fees, providing scholarships and helping students graduate college with career opportunities through our College and Career Success Program, Access is fueling dreams and creating possibilities for local students.

Because of our donors, we have helped over 78,000 students throughout South Hampton Roads and Northampton County, Virginia attend college, while leveraging over $780 million in financial aid and scholarships for many of these students. Access has also awarded $14 million in its own “Last-Dollar” Scholarships to Access Scholars attending a trade school or college/university. . You can help students, right here in our own neighborhood, turn their dreams into reality. Support Access today! We hope you would consider a contribution to our Annual Support Campaign each year. We welcome you to the Access family!

For more information about how you can support Access financially and in other ways, contact Suzanne Savage by phone, at 757-351-2809, or at ssavage@accesscollege.org. Ask about our Fund-A-Service and Named Scholarship opportunities!


Charity Navigator - Four Star Charity

Access College Foundation has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator!

Charity Navigator has awarded Access College Foundation its highest rating of four stars in 9 of the last 10 years. This rating means we’ve taken steps to have strong financial health and accountability. Only 4% of charities and nonprofits across the country have that distinction! Charity Navigator is an independent evaluator of charities within the United States. This award is a prestigious honor that reflects the dedication and commitment that Access College Foundation has demonstrated to the community which it serves. To learn more about the rating and Access College Foundation, please click here.

Neighborhood Assistance Program

Neighborhood Assistance Program

Access is an approved NAP organization

We have been awarded allocations on a basis of proven operational success and the capacity to serve impoverished families. Offered through the Virginia Department of Education, the Neighborhood Assistance Program is a state tax incentive program. Its purpose is to encourage private sector involvement in the alleviation of poverty in Virginia. If you are an individual or business, a minimum donation of $500 or $616, respectively, will qualify you for NAP state tax credits. However, these tax credits are limited and awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Contact Suzanne Savage, Vice President for Development, for more information at (757) 351-2809 or refer to these Donor Fact Sheets.​

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

LET YOUR LEGACY LIVE ON by helping students in the future through a planned gift.  Visit Batten Legacy Society  to learn more about how the impact of your legacy gift can change the lives of students in the future.

United Way of South Hampton Roads

Donate to Access through your workplace United Way Campaign!

By designating Access College Foundation on your next one-time or monthly gift through United Way, you can champion education by linking students to resources and funding – promoting their success in college and beyond! You can join the Access Family of Supporters by designating us on your next CCC or CVC pledge form. Our designation codes can be found below.

CCC Designation Code: Simply write Access College Foundation on your pledge form!
CVC Designation Code: 200927

Donor Privacy Policy:

Access College Foundation will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. Access College Foundation will only share personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.