Richmond Peace Education Center
3500 Patterson Avenue
Richmond VA 23221-2105
Mission Statement
The Richmond Peace Education Center builds just, inclusive and nonviolent communities through education and action.
Our Vision

At the Richmond Peace Education Center, we envision a time when the entire region…

  • Appreciates diversity
  • Resolves conflicts nonviolently
  • Builds safety through cooperation and community
  • Shares economic and political power equitably
  • Takes its place within the community of earth responsibly
  • Empowers all individuals to live full and abundant lives
CEO/Executive Director Adria L. Scharf PhD
Board Chair Robert Gabriele
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Director of Garrison Institute
Contact Information
Address 3500 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 232212105
Telephone 804 232-1002
Fax 804 232-1002
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $290,500.00
Projected Expenses $290,500.00
Additional Documents
Conflict Resolution Programs2016View
Peace Center Annual Report2016View
Albert Hill MS Youth Peace Team Flyer2016View
Richmond Youth Peace Project2015View
RPEC Peer Mediation2013View
RPEC Brochure2011View
The Richmond Peace Education Center builds just, inclusive and nonviolent communities through education and action.
Our Vision

At the Richmond Peace Education Center, we envision a time when the entire region…

  • Appreciates diversity
  • Resolves conflicts nonviolently
  • Builds safety through cooperation and community
  • Shares economic and political power equitably
  • Takes its place within the community of earth responsibly
  • Empowers all individuals to live full and abundant lives
In the past year, RPEC has led conflict resolution programs with more than 20 different organizations and schools, reaching more than 1,500 diverse community members including teachers, church congregations, nonprofit agency staff, the formerly incarcerated, and children. RPEC conflict resolution programs teach concrete skills for resolving disagreements nonviolently, focusing on communication, conflict problem solving, affirmation, and emotion regulation.  Client evaluations and testimonials show that the workshops are effective.
Our community partners tell us that our conflict resolution programs with youth...
  • Gave their youth "information that they would not have received anywhere else."
  • "really changed the way the youth interact with each other."
  • "created an awareness of how they were speaking to each other. They did not realize how hurtful their words were."
As part of its Conflict Resolution programming, RPEC leads a Youth Conflict Resolution Team. This team consists of 25 teenagers who co-lead workshops, with adult supervision and mentorship, with other young people.  Surveys of our teen facilitators confirm that they gain substantial skills, understanding, and confidence in their ability to lead workshops with other youth during their participation in the program. One hundred percent of youth conflict resolution facilitators say that they use the skills they have learned in their daily lives, with friends, at school or with family.  One hundred percent of clients surveyed say the teen-led programs were “useful.”
In addition, our regional program for teenagers, the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP), convenes teenagers from different backgrounds across the region. This program has reached more than a thousand community members in the past year through other citywide events. RYPP programs include an annual “Edu-concert,” a youth performance of poetry and music honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a  day-long Youth Peace Summit for teenagers. RYPP is a collaboration with Drums No Guns. In addition to our regional Richmond Youth Peace Project, RPEC runs school and neighborhood-specific youth peace teams, in which we empower and prepare groups of teenagers within specific schools and neighborhoods to be leaders for peace and community change in their own communities. Currently RPEC runs a Youth Peace Team program at Albert Hill Middle School, in partnership with RPS and CIS, and a Youth Peace Team program for teen residents of Gilpin Court, with support from Virginia LISC.
Each year, RPEC links together leaders in the multiracial community for dialogue and action for racial justice.  
RPEC's public forums on issues related to nonviolence and social justice are informative and challenging. At the 2016 forum "Reclaiming Our Democracy," a collaboration with the ACLU of Virginia, speakers focused on the erosion of civil liberties in the 15 years since 9/11.  Another recent community forum centered around race and policing.   
RPEC's Primary Program Goals:
  • Double the reach of our program for teenagers, the Richmond Youth Peace Project.
  • Partner to institutionalize our conflict resolution programs more broadly in schools and agencies. 
  • Continue RPEC’s longstanding role of bringing communities together across lines of difference for more effective collaboration in the city and region.
  • Communications and Marketing Plan ($10,000)
  • Part-Time Youth Program Coordinator ($20,000) 
  • Formal Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Program ($10,000) 
  • Audit ($5,000)

The Richmond Peace Education Center is working actively in a variety of ways to build a more peaceful community in the Richmond, Virginia area. Initiated in 1980, the center has been the leading voice for nonviolence in the Richmond community for 38 years, offering programs on conflict resolution and violence prevention, racial reconciliation, and global issues. Through its workshops, public events, and conflict resolution training for youth and adults, the center is making a difference in the region. In the past two years alone, RPEC has organized or co-sponsored nearly 100 events and programs involving thousands of participants. The center has more than 1,000 members and runs several active programs, including:

  • Richmond Youth Peace Project: Violence prevention and leadership program for teenagers.
  • Conflict Resolution Training: Workshops in nonviolent conflict resolution for adults and youth.
  • Uniting Communities: Education and action for racial justice and peace.

In addition, the center publishes an informative bimonthly newsletter and links community members through its e-mail list serve.  

CEO Statement

At RPEC, our goals are ambitious—we want to contribute to building a much less violent and more equitable region. We are having a measurable, and a growing impact, through our conflict resolution programs, the Richmond Youth Peace Project for teenagers, and our racial justice initiative. We also educate and organize around global peace issues. 

In many ways the Richmond Peace Education Center is a model of fiscal responsibility, producing innovative and effective programs and initiatives for social change on a modest budget.   We invite the community's partnership as we work to build a more peaceful and just region and world.
Board Chair Statement

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Louisa County
New Kent County
Southside Virginia
Northern Neck
Board Chair
Board Chair Robert Gabriele
Company Affiliation Retired Director of Garrison Institute
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mina Ansari Youth Board Member
Betsy Brinson Former Director, ACLU of Virginia
Kenneth Dance CPAWells Coleman CPA
Robert Gabriele Retired from Garrison Institute
Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez PhDVCU School of World Studies
Rob Jones Consultant
Ron Lee Retired
Jennifer Louise Lewis CarMax
Sam McKinney Zooom Printing
Sarah Milston SparkMill
Valaryee Mitchell City of Richmond
Robert K. Nelson PhDUniversity of Richmond
Grant Rissler PhDVCU
Daniel Shaw Freelance consultant in direct marketing creative strategy and copy.
Kurt Stemhagen PhDVCU School of Education
John Taylor Hope in the Cities
Darian Wyatt Youth Board Member
Teresa Younger RYPP Parent
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
RPEC is governed by an active working Board of Directors operating under by-laws and policies. The Governance Committee of the board is currently leading RPEC through an organizational capacity assessment to determine how growth and funding issues can best be managed while keeping the mission clearly in focus. The Board works closely with the staff in all matters.  

RPEC values racial, cultural, and economic diversity on its Board of Directors. Also since the mid-1990s, RPEC has continuously had at least one youth member with full voting rights on its board. 

Executive Director
Executive Director Adria L. Scharf PhD
Ph.D., University of Washington, Sociology 2006
Co-Editor, Dollars & Sense, 2002-2005
Senior Reseacher and Trainer, Ownership Associates, 1999-2002
Housing Advocate and Case manager, Somerville Homeless Coalition, 1998-1999 
Former CEOs
Rev. Ken Willis 1999 - 2005
Senior Staff
Joseph Blanton Communication & Development Coordinator
Jelani Drew
Paul Fleisher Assistant to the director (part time)
Santa Sorenson Conflict Resolution Program Coordinator
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 100
Contractors 8
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2015
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Partial list of organizations and agencies that RPEC has collaborated with recently:
ACLU of Virginia
Armstrong Leadership Program of Richmond Hill
Communities in Schools (CIS)
Drums No Guns
Fairfield Court Elementary School
Hope in the Cities
Humphrey Calder Community Center
Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond
Norfolk State University
Richmond Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Richmond Friends Meeting
Richmond Public Schools
Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority (RRHA)
Richmond Department of Social Services
St. Bridget’s Catholic Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Sixth Baptist Church
Shiloh Ministries
Unity Church of Richmond
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Virginia Center for Public Safety
Virginia LISC 
Virginia State University
VCU Religious Studies Program
Westover Hills Community Center
Winchester Greens Community Center (Better Housing Coalition)
HandsOn Greater Richmond2009
Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence2014
External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2013
Fitz Turner Commission Youth AwardVirginia Education Association2006
Racial Justice AwardVirginia Organizing Project2010
Living the Dream HonorLiving the Dream, Inc.2012
Peacemaker AwardChurch Women United2015
Through our regional Richmond Youth Peace Project, an innovative violence prevention and empowerment program for teenagers, we convene teenagers from across the region to learn and apply techniques of nonviolent conflict resolution to help reduce the level of youth violence in the Richmond area. Additionally, RYPP empowers young people by involving them throughout the planning and presentation of RYPP events, educating them about the history of race in the Richmond region, and encouraging them to express themselves positively through the arts. RYPP sponsors annual events including the Generation Dream youth production in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an annual Youth Peace Summit for teenagers, and "No One Is Bulletproof" teen forums on gun violence prevention.  
Through school and neighborhood based Youth Peace Teams we empower teenagers to be leaders for peace and positive change in their own schools and communities. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $125,000.00
Short Term Success
The Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP) has provided a Youth Peace Summit for more than 100 Richmond-region teenagers each year since 2005, and  Generation Dream, a youth production in honor of Martin Luther King, each year since 2006. RYPP has reached more than a thousand community members in the past year through its citywide and regional events. RPEC successfully piloted a Youth Peace Team program at Albert Hill Middle School in 2016-17, training a group of 8th graders to be Youth Peace Leaders within the school. These students completed the Peace Center's two day introduction to conflict resolution training and met weekly afterschool for additional skill building, training and practice. These 8thgrade Youth Peace Leaders helped to lead a Peace Center program consisting of a series of eight study hall workshops with most of the 7th grade.

The curriculum aimed to:

· Strengthen conflict problem solving and cooperation skills

· Improve students' ability to calm themselves down

· Increase students' respect and empathy for themselves and others.

Long Term Success
Youth participants gain three skill-sets through participation. First, they master effective conflict resolution skills that improve their ability to resolve disputes without violence. Second, they acquire leadership and organizing skills, by facilitating workshops with other youth, and by planning, promoting, and implementing educational events in partnership with adult program staff. In addition, the youth gain experience creatively expressing their views about the causes of and solutions to community violence. In the long term, this program aims to produce an overall decrease in the level of youth violence in the city.
RPEC conflict-resolution trainings teach participants concrete skills for resolving disagreements nonviolently, focusing on five themes: communication, conflict problem solving, cooperation, affirmation, and emotion regulation. RPEC programs are appropriate for adults or youth. As part of this program, RPEC maintains a Youth Conflict Resolution Team, training teenagers to co-lead workshops with other young people. In addition, RPEC runs Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities, a program for healing trauma from violence.
Population Served Adults
Short Term Success
Description RPEC unites community members to work for racial justice and community peace. As part of this program, RPEC co-coordinates Eyes Wide Open-Virginia, a display of combat boots designed to promote reflection about the cost of war.
Population Served Adults
Description RPEC's Peace Essay Contest encourages young people grades kindergarten through 12th grade to submit essays on questions related to peace. Each year, between three and five hundred young people write and submit essays. 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $290,500.00
Projected Expenses $290,500.00
Form 990s
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$4,200$0
Individual Contributions$56,594$44,315$55,116
Investment Income, Net of Losses$238$150$105
Membership Dues------
Special Events$28,111$28,295$17,222
Revenue In-Kind$14,967$18,714$28,283
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$155,273$142,987$115,143
Administration Expense$24,496$21,289$21,154
Fundraising Expense$7,630$11,751$6,457
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%8%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$75,399$94,738$51,932
Current Assets$75,399$94,738$51,932
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$21,915$42,000--
Total Net Assets$53,484$52,738$51,932
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.442.26--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Organization Comments
501A Certified Public Accountant serves as Treasurer of our Board of Directors and leads the Finance Committee, which oversees RPEC finances.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s prepared by John B. Gallini, Assistant Treasurer and approved by Adria Scharf, Executive Director.
  • Information on individual contributions for 2009 provided from internal documentation that reconciles to the IRS 990s.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" for 2011 and 2010 also includes corporate and foundation support.
  • The organization does not conduct an audit at this time.