Diversity Richmond
1407 Sherwood Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement To the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ community, their families, friends and allies, Diversity Richmond is a catalyst, a voice, a place and a resource that enriches and champions our diverse community, because we aspire for a vibrant, inclusive Richmond where inequality does not exist.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Atkinson Harrison Jr.
Board Chair Art Toth
Board Chair Company Affiliation La Grande Dame
Contact Information
Address 1407 Sherwood Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 622-4646
Fax 804 353-0766
E-mail info@diversityrichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Richmond Gay Community Foundation2015
Gay Community Center of Richmond2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,077,000.00
Projected Expenses $935,000.00
Mission To the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ community, their families, friends and allies, Diversity Richmond is a catalyst, a voice, a place and a resource that enriches and champions our diverse community, because we aspire for a vibrant, inclusive Richmond where inequality does not exist.
For this year Diversity Richmond awarded a total of $30,000.00 to fifteen local non-profits, including Side by Side, Planned Parenthood, The Valentine, Senior Connections and Monument City Music, Inc. The funds were made available through proceeds from Diversity Thrift, Diversity Bingo and special events. Hosted a candlelight vigil following the Orlando Massacre of 49 LGBT persons. Over 2000 people attended, including the Governor and numerous elected officials. Iridian Gallery, the only art gallery in the South whose mission is solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ artists previewed four successful exhibits and will bring in several nationally recognized artists in 2017. Diversity Thrift was named Top Thrift Store by readers of Style Weekly and also by readers of  The Richmond Times Dispatch. Hosted four special events, bringing hundreds of new faces to Diversity Richmond. In 2017, Diversity Richmond will launch initiatives to raise awareness of HIV infection and establish supportive services for persons infected/affected by HIV. We will grow our support of the transgender community, by working towards complete Civil Rights for transgender persons. One example is the Diversity Richmond LGBTQ Job Fair, in partnership with the Richmond Business Alliance. Classes will include resume building, interviewing skills and dressing for success. In addition, Diversity Richmond has embarked on a 3-year partnership with The College of William and Mary to research and preserve the LGBTQ History here in Central Virginia. In partnership with The Black History Museum, Diversity Richmond and The Black History Museum are collaborating to spotlight the contributions and lives of the African-American LGBTQ community in Central Virginia, with a number of programs during Black History month. 
In 2017, Diversity Richmond will launch a Capital Campaign which will include funds to replace the existing roof and Diversity Thrift Store's floor. We are gathering quotes, but the roof replacement appears to cost $250,000.00. Volunteers are needed to serve on the proposed Capital Campaign committee, with experience in fundraising and grant writing. Volunteers are also needed for the Special Events and Program Committees. We host a quarterly special event to raise awareness of Diversity Richmond,  to raise funds and build community and have fun. The Program Committee is tasked with hosting one (1) program per quarter that can be entertainment or educational. 
Diversity Richmond was founded in 1999 to provide support for the agencies and groups that serve Central Virginia's LGBTQ communities, and to educate the public about the many issues facing our community. We are a leader in the effort to create a permanent and sustainable non-profit structure in Richmond dedicated to serving sexual and gender minority people and their allies. Since our founding, the Diversity Richmond has given away over $935,000 in grants to organisations that support the LGBTQ community.
In 2004, the Foundation purchased a building in Richmond's Northside and began renovations that culminated in April 2008 with the dedication of Gay Community Center of Richmond (now Diversity Richmond)-- Virginia's first community center serving the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Since then, dozens of organizations and thousands of people have hosted or attended events, meetings, seminars, rallies and Gay Pride Virginia at Diversity Richmond.
Diversity Richmond is also an endowment for the community. Our facility was purchased and renovated and will be expanded through the generous support of hundreds of community activists, visionary corporate supporters and foundations that recognize the important role our community plays in Central Virginia’s life and culture.
CEO Statement
Diversity Richmond is unique among LGBTQ community centers nationally in that we developed reliable revenue sources to fund its charitable work before we opened our doors for physical community center operations in 2008.  Today Diversity Richmond is one of the largest LGBT community centers in the nation – in terms of physical size, budget, people served, and facility space.  We are proud of what we have accomplished in building a sustainable financial base for Diversity Richmond.  Now we need to grow to fully meet our potential and the demonstrated needs of our community.

After our 2009 Community Needs Assessment, to which more than 400 responded, Diversity Richmond has committed to producing in-house programming addressing the personal, social and cultural needs of the LGBTQ residents of Central Virginia.  Our popular music series, our growing list of proactive film screenings, our classroom series and our commitment to publicizing the range of services available through all our partner groups have combined to make our vision a reality .  We are the physical and virtual center for LGBTQ people in Central Virginia.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Central Virginia, Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Goochland Counties and the surrounding areas
Board Chair
Board Chair Art Toth
Company Affiliation La Grande Dame
Term July 2016 to July 2018
Email Arthurdtoth@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Keri Abrams James River Transgender Society
Robyn Bentley Feng Shui Diva
Lori Cochrane CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Robyn Deane Home Depot
E. Taylor Doctor NASTAD
Luise "Cheezi" Farmer United Parcel Service (UPS)
John P. Fechino Jr.The Serenity Institute
Ray Green Federal Reserve Bank
Brian Harrison SunTrust Bank
Beth Marschak Virginia Department of Health
Ayana Obika Gratitude Rising Foundation
Ravi Perry Virginia Commonwealth University
Evette Roots Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Crystal Suber OrGanoGold Coffee, Independent Distributor
Art Toth Owner/operator of Le Grand Dame
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. William Atkinson Harrison Jr.
Senior Staff
Dia Idleman Accounting Manager
Rodney Lofton Program Coordinator
Neil Thomas Senior Store Manager
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 15
Volunteers 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2017
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership2008
Resolution Commending RGCF for its Charitable WorkVirginia General Assembly2008
Foundation Philanthropist of the YearAssociation of Fundraising Professionals Central Virginia Chapter2015
Community Support AwardThe Renewal Projects2014
Community Ally of the YearRainbow Soul - Virginia State University2016
2016 Ally AwardRichmond Business Alliance2016
The Executive Director's Firework AwardVirginia Pride2015
Humanitarian Award - Mr. William HarrisonN.P. Awards2016
2016 Richmonder of the Year - FinalistRichmond Times Dispatch2016
You Make A DifferenceRichmond Public Schools2016
We offer a variety of concerts, performances, special events and programs designed to enrich and enhance the lives of Central Virginia's LGBT Community.
Budget $722,007.00
We operate a Thrift Store to raise funds to help us operate our Community Center and also distribute funds to the community. In addition, our Diveristy Thrift works with the Richmond Public Schools to offer job training for disadvantaged students.
Diversity Richmond gives monetary grants to local organizations that work to improve the lives of Central Virginia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Since our founding in 2000, we have donated over $935,000 back to the community.
Budget $40,000.00
We operate our Community Center as an asset to the community, and offer our facilities for free or at a reduced rate to non-porfit organizations that need a place to meet or hold activities.
Diversity Richmond's program committee provides social and educational events and programs for LGBT Older Adults in the Central Virginia, and is an advocacy group that helps educate the general public, Aging Service Agencies and other about the needs of LGBT Older Adults.
Budget $50,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments We believe our biggest financial challenge facing Diversity Richmond, is raising the funds to repair and maintain our facility. As mentioned previously we will be launching a Capital Campaign to address the roof repairs and the floor in Diversity Thrift. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,077,000.00
Projected Expenses $935,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$50,339$25,668$27,271
Investment Income, Net of Losses$197$280$183
Membership Dues------
Special Events$3,788$74,932$157,609
Revenue In-Kind$803,387$778,991$775,648
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$679,527$793,764$830,995
Administration Expense$136,998$139,135$98,045
Fundraising Expense$12,020$39,229$53,375
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.031.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%82%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%39%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,348,078$2,331,087$2,416,615
Current Assets$564,618$496,313$506,051
Long-Term Liabilities$932,193$1,001,186$1,080,816
Current Liabilities$141,939$110,417$150,076
Total Net Assets$1,273,947$1,219,484$1,185,723
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.984.493.37
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets40%43%45%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments
Diversity Richmond is exempt from annual registration with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, because our solicitation efforts have traditionally been limited in geographic scope.  
The letter of exemption is loaded in additional documents, but we are beginning the process of applying for the Solicitation Permit. 
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Steve Walls & Associates, PLLC.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.