Virginia Beach, VA

This Virginia Beach singer is giving away millions

Ash Jurberg

Recently I have been writing a series of good news stories on people who support the community and give back to local organizations.

Today I wanted to shine the spotlight on the Virginia Beach singer who has become known for his philanthropy.

Let's take a quick look at his story.

The Virginia Beach singer

Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia Beach in 1975.

He attended Princess Anne High School, where he joined the school band and graduated in 1991. Williams attended Northwestern University for two years before dropping out to pursue a career in music.

Since then, he has had a string of hit songs- as a singer, producer, and songwriter won 13 Grammy awards and was nominated for two Academy Awards. His music credentials are well-publicized.

Williams' success in music has led him to great success and fortune, and he has been generous in giving some of this back.


Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams is no stranger to philanthropy, especially when it comes to serving kids and focusing on education.”

Much of William's charity has been focused on children and education.

In 2008, he set up From One Hand to Another, which hosted Summer Camps for low-income students and

He also started an educational nonprofnon-profitw, in 2020. Yellow aims "to even the odds for all youth through education." There are plans to open locations providing pre-K through workforce education throughout the Hampton Roads region, with one already open in Norfolk.

We need our teachers to be able to reach every kid that they put their eyes on,” Williams says. “We need kids to walk away feeling inspired.” Pharell Williams

Another non-pronon-profittive Williams has launched is Black Ambition, which aims to support Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. Black Ambition provides applicants with resources and access to a network of business leaders. They are currently offering applicants up to $1 million with an application deadline of June 20.

With Black Ambition, the goal is to help strengthen the pipeline of talented entrepreneurs and close the opportunity and wealth gaps derived from limited access to capital and resources.” Pharell Williams

And when COVID hit in early 2020, Williams was quick to help, supplying Sentara Healthcare with 8,000 face masks and the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office with 200 masks.

A lot of his charity work has been done silently, writing out large checks and staying behind the scenes. But whether his donations receive media attention or are done anonymously, one thing is for sure, he is passionate about his hometown of Virginia Beach.

Readers, what do you think of the charitable efforts of Pharell Williams? What other organizations in Virginia Beach would you like to see him support?

Please leave your comments below.

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