Battersea Foundation
P.O. Box 101
Petersburg VA 23804-0101
Mission Statement The mission of Battersea Foundation is to preserve historic Battersea and offer educational, artistic, and cultural experiences that inform, enrich, and inspire the public.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Toni S Clark
Board Chair Alexander C. Graham Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Williams Mullen law firm
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 101
Petersburg, VA 238040101
Telephone 804 732-9882
Fax 804 732-9883
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
Battersea, Inc.2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $294,750.00
Projected Expenses $194,366.00
Mission The mission of Battersea Foundation is to preserve historic Battersea and offer educational, artistic, and cultural experiences that inform, enrich, and inspire the public.
Accomplishments from 2012 include:
    - Assessment of the stability of the foundation of the home, foundation was found to be solid, back walls are out of plumb and separating; work was completed on the first steps to stabilize the walls;
    - Repairs were begun on the front portico - cleaning the metal roof, replacement flooring on the porch, balustrade being replaced on the outside of the second story; paint analysis completed on the entryway and removal of old piping and radiators;
    - mobile heaters installed in the rooms for more consistent climate control;
    - corporate sponsors identified for the construction of restrooms and a small catering facility on site
    - successful events held for community awareness (Oyster Fest, Swing for Barbara's Battersea, holiday Open House, presentations from recognized experts familiar with Battersea's mission and goals;
    - secured grant from Cameron Foundation to assist with the restoration of the bricks and northface of the home
Goals for 2013 include:
    - Brickwork on the northface of Battersea will continue; stucco will be delayed while the more urgent needs of the brickwork are addressed.
    - Repairs on the front portico will be completed
    - Construction of restrooms and small catering facility will begin.
    - Consideration to begin the restoration of an interior room will be developed into a design plan to begin the work
Battersea's top five pressing needs include:
    - Securing funding to create additional personnel positions within the organization - Volunteer Coordinator, Special Events Manager, Marketing Manager
    - Securing funding to complete the restoration of the villa
    - Increase database to provide more operating capital
    - Determine strategic partnerships that will strengthen and advance Battersea's mission
Background Battersea is one of the finest and earliest examples of a five-part Anglo-Palladian villa still standing in the United States today. It is located on the bluffs of the Appomattox River in the City of Petersburg and was the ancestral home of Colonel John Banister, the first Mayor of Petersburg, signer of the Articles of Confederation, and a confidant of George Washington. Built in 1768, the viewshed of Battersea and its 35+ acres remains virtually untouched in the last 240 years. Battersea, Inc, a 501-c-3, was formed in 2006 to preserve and restore Battersea, and to determine the appropriate future uses of the historic landmark. The organization's name was officially changed in 2009 to the Battersea Foundation, which is governed by an 18-member statewide Board of Directors and advised by well-recognized experts from Colonial Williamsburg, Poplar Forest, Mount Vernon, and the VA Department of Historic Resources.
CEO Statement
Connecting with the past provides more than a history lesson. It is a way of understanding our collective culture. History compels us to see our own world in terms of the legacy we pass to future generations. The stewardship of Battersea is an honor for Battersea Foundation. We've achieved important milestones in the areas of organizational development, fundraising and business development. The Foundation is prepared to invest over $5 million into Battersea over the next five years to create a traditional and non-traditional campus for educational activities, passive recreation and community events. The Foundation is also embarking on the development of a school for historic preservation that will train youth and young adults in the Tri-Cities area to provide them with marketable skills in the areas of archaeology, architecture, botany and history, to enable youth to find meaningful employment and increase the potential in the Petersburg and Tri-Cities areas.
When Colonel John Banister shared his vision of industry and commerce and a bustling community life from the porches of historic Battersea in 1768, he began the legacy that lives today and will continue to contribute to the fabric of the community.  
Battersea is located in Petersburg’s west end, nestled between urban neighborhoods, industrial sites, and the Appomattox River. Although Battersea's significance is that of a national level, the Foundation hopes the renovated property will help catalyze reinvestment and redevelopment in the adjacent business and residential area, expand public use of the grounds, and provide access to the larger regional projects underway.
In three brief years, Battersea Foundation has built a strong foundation for acquisition, business development, and community outreach. Beginning with the formation of the Foundation in '06, to its 501-c-3 designation in '07, Battersea Foundation has successfully initiated a public-private partnership with the City for the proper stewardship of Battersea, secured a perpetual easement on the villa and its 35+ acres on the Appomattox River, begun preservation work on the most critical needs facing the restoration of the historic landmark, launched a successful membership campaign, created a new web site through community partners, and introduced the "Leisure and Learning Series - Life on the Lawn" to the public. Through the commitment of board members, executive staff leadership and the solid working relationship with the City of Petersburg, the Foundation has been successful in securing the opportunity to purchase Battersea through a unanimous vote from the City Council. As the purchase is completed in 2010, the Foundation will implement its strategic plan, approved by the board in 2009, and Battersea will rise to the level of a community resource, the vision Colonel John Banister saw in 1768. Personal glimpses into Banister's past resonate today and inspire the Foundation to see ourselves and the world we live in from a new perspective - to give back to the community that has harbored the safety of Battersea for almost 250 years.
Board Chair Statement
Battersea Foundation has worked diligently since its inception to preserve one of the last five extant Anglo-Palladian homes in the country.  It is an architectural gem, with two priceless features to its credit - the orangerie considered the oldest standing example of its kind in VA and the Chinese
lattice-work staircase, completely intact from its construction in 1768.
There is much to be done at Battersea, and once finished, it will serve as a catalyst for all of Petersburg, and especially the immediate neighborhoods surrounding it.  Our plans are aggressive - restore the historic home to the 1830s and make it a gathering place for all generations, use the home as a teaching tool to foster the restoration trades, restore the orangerie where we can teach students about botany, develop virtual classrooms that provide curriculum and accreditation in our key areas of architecture, archaeology, botany and history.
I volunteer with this organization because I believe in and support its mission and am convinced that it can help move Petersburg and the Tri-Cities area
forward economically.  Personally, I am a firm believer in preservation, especially when the restoration can teach a sound lesson for the future.  We have a dynamic board composed of some of the best in historic preservation and an advisory panel second to none (
Our plans are ambitious; our resolve and commitment is equal to the task.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Petersburg, City
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Hopewell, City
Metro Richmond
Prince George County
Board Chair
Board Chair Alexander C. Graham Jr.
Company Affiliation Williams Mullen law firm
Term Nov 2009 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
John Banister Community Volunteer
Virginia R. Belcher Keiter Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves
William G. Beville Community Volunteer
Garland L. Bigley Retired Judge
Martha Burton Community Volunteer
Alexander C. Graham Jr.Williams Mullen
Sara C. Morin Army Documentation Chief
Samuel Parham Community Volunteer
Jeffrey T. Powers VP of Equity Investments
Greg Spivey Community Volunteer
Richard Taylor Community Volunteer
Larry C. Tucker VA Community Bank
Harry J. Warthen IIIHunton & Williams
John J. Zeugner IVCenter for Palladian Studies in America; Former Director, Richmond Rec. & Parks Foundation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Battersea Foundation desires to increase its ethnic representation. Currently, one member represenst the African-American community, and in the Tri-Cities area, there is a large African-American population. The Foundation is actively recruiting qualified and interested persons from the African-American community. We constantly seeks the input from members, community leaders and citizens as it works to build a representative board.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Toni S Clark
Former CEOs
Ms Tempy Barbru - Dec
Mrs. Leslie J. Naranjo-Lupold Mar 2006 - Feb
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 24
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2010
Description Every third weekend in April the City of Petersburg and Battersea Foundation host a Revolutionary War reenactment of the April 25, 1781 Battle of Petersburg on the grounds of the historic site.  As the American Revolution drew to a close, Petersburg's strategic location made it the focus of one of the last major battles leading up to the British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
Budget $5,000.00
Description The Foundation hosts a series of events each year, the "Leisure and Learning Series," focused on architectural preservation and archaeological/botanical investigation on site.  From skilled craftsmen to interested students of all ages, people throughout the surrounding region participate in hands-on learning experiences.
Budget $10,000.00
Oysters, Barbecue, Battersea is an annual event that occurs in the fall for the benefit of the community. It features live music, food and beverages, and a combination of oysters and barbecue.  Always sold out, the event draws more and more attendees each year.  It is held on the lawns of Battersea.
 Cost to host the event: 6500
Description "Arias and Duets" with the Virginia Opera.  An outdoor concert held on the lawn at Battersea, free and open to the public.
Short Term Success "Fall Equinox Yoga Celebration"  A free yoga event appropriate for all fitness levels was held on the lawn at Battersea.  This event was open to the public and well attended.  Tours of the property were given after the event and during refreshments.
CEO/ED/Board Comments Education is at the core of Battersea Foundation's mission. The "Leisure and Learning Series" is designed to produce meaningful opportunities for intergenerational involvement and enrichment. With the core areas of concentration in archaeology, architecture, history and botany, the "Leisure and Learning Series" provides venues for guest speakers, hands-on discovery, forums, weekend spotlights on key topics, and passive recreation where all citizens can enjoy nature and learning in a complimentary setting.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $294,750.00
Projected Expenses $194,366.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$52,916$43,385$64,271
Administration Expense$8,937$25,136$38,088
Fundraising Expense$1,625$1,538$11,020
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.532.200.69
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%62%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$792,668$697,664$493,800
Current Assets$211,510$252,558$18,071
Long-Term Liabilities$93,288$95,382--
Current Liabilities$0$0$124,408
Total Net Assets$699,380$602,282$369,392
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----0.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets12%14%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The 2010/2011 Capital Campaign is designed to raise $1million to fund the purchase of Battersea, research and development, capital improvements, program support and general operating costs.
Dates June 2010 to Dec 2011
Amount Raised To Date $290,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS Form 990s.