Beacon Tree Foundation
9201 Arboretum Parkway
Suite 315
Richmond VA 23236
Mission Statement
Beacon Tree Foundation is dedicated to being an advocate for the family, providing education about treatment and financial resources to heal children struggling with mental health issues and create hope for the future.
 
 
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments Our video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeBBhG6013o
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Thomas Leahy
Board Chair Thomas M Leahy III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Optimum Ed
Contact Information
Address 9201 Arboretum Parkway
Suite 315
Richmond, VA 23236
Telephone 800 414-6427
Fax 800 414-6427
E-mail info@beacontree.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $61,425.00
Projected Expenses $42,694.00
Statements
Mission
Beacon Tree Foundation is dedicated to being an advocate for the family, providing education about treatment and financial resources to heal children struggling with mental health issues and create hope for the future.
 
 
Impact

This year Beacon Tree increased awareness and support of youth mental health through:

  • Chesterfield County Public Schools Art Festival Art Auction.  Over the festival weekend in April, more than 33,000 family members, students, educators and community leaders were exposed to the Beacon tree message.
  • Annual Trees of Hope.  This annual community event in May strives to raise awareness and strengthen our community by addressing the struggles surrounding those youth facing mental health issues. Raised funds to maintain and improve our meditative space at Byrd Park.
  • Four speaking engagements to local Churches, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Board members addressed over 500 Richmond citizens.  
  • Co-sponsoring the annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. The symposium provides education and training to professionals, family members and care providers.
  • Beacon Tree supported financially and through voluntary assistance, the Virginia Treatment for Children’s and the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center’s efforts to provide treatment for struggling youth. 
  • Over the past 12 months, Beacon Tree assisted eight local families financially through  The Family Grant Program, which helps to pay for therapy and special schools and programs and Operation On Ramp, which pays for initial psychological evaluations to support critical early intervention  

 

This coming year our goals are to increase awareness and support of youth mental health through:

 

  • Creating greater public and private support of and participation in the Trees of Hope event and continue to improve our meditative space as a place for the public to come and remember and reflect.
  • Increasing the speaking opportunities in the local communities
  • Again, co-sponsoring the annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium. 
  • Continue to support the Virginia Treatment for Children’s and the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center’s efforts to provide treatment for struggling youth. 
  • Increase the number and families assisted financially through the Family Grant Program and by funding Operation On Ramp for another year.  
  • Begin building a low interest K-12 loan program so families can access financing for special program and schools.

 

Needs

 

  • We are in immediate need for a part-time administrator to take care of the day-to-day business of the Foundation.
  • We need assistance with grant writing to establish an annual revenue streams.
  • We need to raise $100,000 a year to support hiring administrative assistance and further our PR and fund raising efforts and family support efforts.

 

Background

Beacon Tree is an organization started in 2008 by Tom and Diana Leahy, who were motivated by their own struggles to help their three daughters, each diagnosed with clinical depression. They saw their children battle drug and alcohol abuse, self-cutting, multiple suicide attempts, a life threatening eating disorder and dangerous sexual promiscuity. Through it all, they experienced the fear and frustration of trying to understand the illness, navigate the mental health community and find resources to help pay for treatment.

 
Despite the enormous emotional toll and financial burden, they were successful in saving the lives of their children, who are now young adults and leading productive lives. Many family stories don’t end so well. It is Tom & Diana’s passion to help change those devastating outcomes, to help families diagnose emotional and mental problems in their children at the onset of illness, identify the proper treatment, and provide the resources needed to fund early intervention and on-going therapy and medication.
 
Today, the foundation is an advocate for families with youth struggling with mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, OCD and more. 

It provides financial assistance through its family grant program and Operation On Ramp. Plans have begun to establish a low-interest, K-12 loan program, to provide families access to financing for special programs and schools.

 
 
CEO Statement

At the end of the day, Beacon Tree Foundation’s sole purpose is to insure that families can access the resources and treatment their emotional disturbed or mentally ill child needs to successfully overcome their issues and create a productive life for themselves. 

We provide funding where insurance and Medicaid does not. We are in the weeds fighting to save children’s lives and keep the Sandy Hooks and Virginia Techs from happening.

Long-term, our goal is to build, here in Virginia, the Saint Jude’s of children’s mental health, where no child is turned away based on their inability to pay.  Where long-term inpatient treatment is provided in conjunction with an educational curriculum. Where responsibility and accountability is instilled. Where green space and outdoor activities help to heal. Where struggling youth learn to become successful contributing citizens despite their challenges.

Board Chair Statement

Beacon Tree Foundation is eight years old. Over that time we have established a board of 12 directors, helped 23 families financially from Hancock, New York to Huntsville, Alabama, from Richmond, Virginia to Syracuse, Utah, and designed and built a meditative space at Byrd Park, where each year we hold an annual awareness event, Trees of Hope, culminating in a tree lighting ceremony.

Our challenge is cultural. We fight the stigma associated with mental illness.  We struggle with the message because we advocate for those many see as monsters, rather than victims. Our board members tell their stories. Two have been published in local magazines. We tell our stories so others feel safe in sharing theirs.    

We have committed board members, who contribute to the foundation with their time, with their money and with their talents. 

Our immediate need is financial, so we are able to hire staff and do the ongoing things necessary to take Beacon Tree to the next level. Funding raising assistance and grant writing are our current focus.  We have joined a new local networking group, Synapse, that creates hubs of local businesses that circle their wagons around a nonprofit. We are encouraged by the support that is being expressed. 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
National
Board Chair
Board Chair Thomas M Leahy III
Company Affiliation Optimum Ed
Term June 2008 to Oct 2018
Email tleahy@optimumedcenter.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Lynette Brinkerhoff Children's Mental Health Resource Center
Molly Cheek Community Volunteer
Walter Cornett PRO Richmond
Chris Demetrius Allen Corporation of America
Latosha Fyre Community Volunteer
Jill Gasper Jill Gasper, PhD, PLLC
Steven Genett Fox TV Richmond
Rebecca Gwilt Redbird Law and Consulting, LLC
Craig Hedley Saint Joseph's Vila
Gail Howerton Compass Tax and Financial Services LLC
Thomas Leahy Optimum Ed
Thomas Leahy Community Volunteer
Anne Moss Rogers Impression Marketing
Jane Samuel The LAke House Academy
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 6
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 3
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 14
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Thomas Leahy
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 6
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Programs
Description
Funding to provide parents support to defray the cost of special therapeutic programs and schools whose costs are beyond their financial means.  
 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Long Term Success Reduction in suicide rates, school violence and inmate population
Description Payment for initial psychological evaluations for young people, all or in part based on insurance coverage.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Our Family Grant Program which helps families pay for special programs and schools, was initiated two years ago.  We have provided assistance to five families to date.  It is too early to know if our contribution has had a positive impact on the children's development.  We award grants based on the need of the family and the resources of he foundation.  Requests are reviewed every June.    
 
Operation On Ramp was begun in January 2014 to help fund initial psychological evaluations for children to support the development of a treatment plan.  Again, we do not have sufficient history to provide impact data.  Evaluations can be as high as $2,000.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $61,425.00
Projected Expenses $42,694.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$15,766$6,154$1,750
Administration Expense$1,176$13,366$6,318
Fundraising Expense$265$13,180$3,843
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.220.620.65
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%19%15%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%95%73%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$21,936$23,446$34,787
Current Assets$6,800$4,309$7,650
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$265$5,494$4,250
Total Net Assets$21,671$17,952$30,537
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.660.781.80
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
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
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.
  • Financial information from financial statements provided by the organization.