Since 1941, The Planning Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based planning corporation, has worked to identify community needs, connect people with solutions, and improve the lives of children and families. We work with federal, state and local governments, and numerous public and private sector organizations to meet human services needs and achieve significant and lasting social change.

Our work for children puts nutrition, health, and safety at the forefront of the programs and services we provide.

  • If our children are homeless and at-risk today, it costs us all more tomorrow.
  • If our children don’t get nutritious food, they can’t grow and learn.
  • If they aren’t learning in safe environments, they can’t thrive.
  • If they can’t thrive, they can’t help build the future.



A donation of support will allow The Planning Council to continue doing important work and respond to changes in the needs of our communities.

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Employer Donation Matching

Double the impact of your gift by asking if your employer will match the donation amount you made to The Planning Council.

Tax Credit Contribution

The Planning Council participates in the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to encourage businesses, trusts, and individuals to make donations to approved 501(c) (3) organizations for the benefit of low-income persons. In return for your contribution to The Planning Council, you may request and receive tax credits up to 65 percent of the donation that may be applied against your state income tax liability.


Each year, The Planning Council hosts a fundraising event and silent auction to help us continue our mission of building a stronger support system for those we serve. You can offer your support by joining our annual event planning committee.

In-Kind Donation

We rely on generous supporters to supply gift certificates, themed gift baskets, and/or in-kind products and services to our annual fundraising event silent auction. This is a great way for local, regional, and national businesses and organizations to gain exposure to members of our community who are also looking to support our mission.


Become a sponsor of our annual fundraising event and you may receive free tickets to the event, a speaking platform at the event, the option to distribute your branded merchandise, recognition on our webpage, recognition on our social media, and/or the ability to have your digital logo displayed at event.


Navy Family Respite Care

For Families with Special Needs

The Military families in our community deserve our thanks and support. And, for those families with children with special needs, The Planning Council is there with extra support through the Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program.

Respite Care gives Military parents and families a break… to go to doctor appointments, meet with teachers, do grocery shopping, or have an evening out while knowing their child is well cared for—worry-free. The Planning Council recruits, screens, trains, monitors, and refers high-quality Respite Care Providers to Military families participating in EFM Respite Care.

respite-care-graphicWhen I leave him with the Respite Care provider, I don’t worry. And— having that peace of mind is the most important thing, especially with a child that’s non-verbal, and he can’t tell me anything. – EFM Respite Care Participant

Today we provide 16,000 hours of care per month to almost 500 military families, but civilian families need support as well.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Good nutrition starts early with the Food Program
  • In Hampton Roads, more than 45% of students are eligible for free and reduced price lunch program.
  • Young children get as much as 80% of their daily nutrients in childcare.

The Planning Council works with more than 2,200 childcare providers in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia to provide healthy meals and snacks for children in their care.

Connecting childcare providers with USDA reimbursements insures each child receives well-balanced meals and nutritious food.

We also provide professional development, online resources, and technical assistance to help childcare providers teach children about healthy choices, exercise, and how to grow their own fruits and vegetables for a lifetime of healthy eating.


If the program did not exist, I probably would not even know the healthier choices. – Family Childcare Provider

Today, we provide 14,000 children with 11 million meals, but more needs to be done.

Homeless Solutions

Point in Time Count

The Planning Council supports over 70 agencies across Greater Hampton Roads providing services to homeless families and individuals. The annual Point in Time Count, conducted regionwide every January, is a 24-hour street and shelter count of all persons experiencing homelessness. Each year, approximately 1,500 people are living in places not meant for human habitation.

Teams of volunteers take these items with them and offer to anyone who needs them, spending time to learn their stories and collect the necessary information to provide to the funding agencies and U.S. government.

Donations are continuously gathered to be distributed to all persons located in tents, cars, uninhabited buildings, shelters, and more. Items such as hygiene supplies, clothing, blankets, food, water, and other personal supplies are always welcome.