Boy Scouts of America/Heart of Virginia Council
PO Box 6809
Richmond VA 23230-6809
Mission Statement
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Scout Oath:   On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Scout Law:   A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Bradford M. Nesheim
Board Chair Mr. Gordon W. Fruetel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Altria
Contact Information
Address PO Box 6809
Richmond, VA 232306809
Telephone 804 355-4306
Fax 804 353-6109
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1913
Former Names
Robert E. Lee Council2003
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,371,260.00
Projected Expenses $3,370,712.00
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Scout Oath:   On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Scout Law:   A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent.
Impact It was there when man first walked on the moon.  And when a president struck a blow to an iron curtain with a single speech.  It was there when Scouts across the country rallied to provide relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  For the past 100 years, it has been in the heart of every Scout who ever overcame one of life's challenges.  It is the value of being prepared.  The core of Scouting and a statement that inspires a lifetime of character and service.  As we look to a new century of Scouting achievements, we light a new fire in the next generation of Scouts.  We shall instill in them the honor and integrity that comes with being a Scout.  We will build their character and ensure they are prepared for something more.  We will prepare them for life.  
Needs For people who care about what is happening to kids, Scouting is the fun, exciting program that builds better young people.  Your financial support will go directly to help strengthen and grow Scouting programs throughout central Virginia. 

 The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organization. BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For a century, BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America knows that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Locally, the "Richmond Area Council" was chartered by John Stewart Bryan and D. W. Durrett in 1913. In its first year, the council numbered 495 boys in 28 troops. Today, the Heart of Virginia Council is a well-managed, fiscally sound organization.

CEO Statement
The mission, objectives and methods of the Boy Scouts of America constitute a truly unique, comprehensive, youth development program, now over 100 years in existence!  The 12 core values of Cub Scouting, for seven to ten year old boys, develop family and community values in a safe environment where boys can learn and have fun.  The methods of Boy Scouting - advancement, uniforms, values, leadership, adult association, patrol method, outdoors - provide depth and breadth uniquely to each member.  The average tenure of a Boy Scout exceeds four years, giving them opportunity to learn, advance, lead and experience many program opportunities.  Even boys who are Scouts for only a short while will receive life long benefits and values education. 
Brad Nesheim, Scout Executive/CEO
Board Chair Statement

The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  The BSA is the Nation's foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training.  For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this Country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure.  Scouts are Prepared. For Life.®

John K. McCulla, President, Heart of Virginia Council


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
King and Queen County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Northumberland County
Southside Virginia
Goochland County
The Heart of Virginia Council serves 24 counties and four cities throughout Central Virginia.  In addition to those areas listed above, the Council serves:  Amelia; Buckingham, Cumberland; Essex; King William; Lancaster; Lunenburg; Mecklenburg; Nottway; Prince Edward; Prince George and Westmoreland counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gordon W. Fruetel
Company Affiliation Altria
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. H. Spencer Adams Community Volunteer
Mr. Douglas E Albertson Managing Partner
Mr. Blake P. Auchmoody Jr.Altria
Mr. Michael B. Ballato Esq.Lawyer
Mr. William C. Barga Wilkinson Advertising
Mr. William A. Barton Community Volunteer
Gerald Juan Berry Ph.D.U.S. Army (retired)
Mr. Jack Berry Retired
Mr. Al M. Best III, Ph.D.VCU
Mr. Erik R. Bleyl Enter Bridge Technologies
Mr. Richard P. Bragga Philanthropy 1™
Mr. James D. Campbell Virginia Association of Counties
Mr. Kenneth E. Carter Retired
Mr. David A. Christian CEO, Dominion
Mr. Thomas M. Clayton Commercial Business Systems
Mr. Ian M. Coddington Retired
Mr. Jeff Cowley SunTrust
Mr. Mark S. Cross MWV
Mr. John A. Davenport Retired
Mr. Herman C. Davis VA State Police
Mr. Lloyd C. Dunnavant Heart of Virginia Council, BSA - District Chairman
Mr. Robert I. Efird LabCorp Speciality Testing Group
Mr. Gordon W. Fruetel Altria
Mr. Brent L. Graves Principal
Mr. Randal R. Greene Sr.Bank of Lancaster
Christopher J. Habenicht Esq.Hopson, Habenicht & Cave
Mr. Matthew P. Hadley Director
Mr. Warren David Harless Christian Barton
Dr. William J. Hefele DDSDentist
Mr. John O. Hunnicutt IIICommunity Volunteer
Mr. J. Lee Keiger IIIDavenport & Co., LLC
Mr. Paul W. Kreckman Highwoods Properties
Mr. James Hunter Lansing VP Marketing
Mr. Mark A. Larson Baskervill
Ms. Susan P. Loden Department of Defense, Fort Lee
Mr. Henry P. Long Altria USA
Mr. Paul V. Louie Retired
Mr. Michael W. Lynch sales
Mr. John C. Magruder Three Rivers Forestry
Christopher M. Malone Esq.Thompson & McMullan
Mr. John K. McCulla University of Richmond
Mr. Kevin McQueen CEO
Keith T. Miller Ph.D.Virginia State University
Mr. Wayne Motsek Community Volunteer
Mr. William F. Mullins Lansing Building Products
Mr. William M. Mulvihill IIMarkel Corporation
Mr. Jonathan M. Murdoch-Kitt Esq.Lawyer
G. Andrew Nea Esq.Williams, Mullen
Mr. Jeffrey S. Nelson Associate
Mr. Bradford M. Nesheim Heart of Virginia Council, BSA
Mr. Robert M. Parker Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles F. Phillips IIIErnst & Young
Mr. Donald A. Piacentini Lawyer
Mr. Jesus James Portillo Network Software Engineer, Federal Reserve Bank
Mr. Robert E. Preston Heart of Virginia Council, BSA - District Chairman
Craig L. Rascoe Esq.Williams Mullen
Mr. R. Robert Rasmussen IIVirginia Department of Transportation
Mr. Jerome C. Ross Ph.D.Providence Park Baptist Church
Mr. Mack T. Ruffin IIISouthern States Corp., Inc. (ret.)
Mr. Craig G. Schwartz NuMark
Mr. Jonathan S. Shouse Virginia Farm Bureau
Mr. William Scott Sims SunTrust Bank
Mr. Jaime Areizaga Soto Deputy Secretary
Mr. Dudley H. Stephens Universal Leaf Tobacco Company
Mr. Charles W. Sullivan IIIFuchs North America
Mr. David W. Talley Army & Air Force Exchange (ret.)
Mr. William H. Talley IVWilliam H. Talley & Son
Mr. William H. Talley VTreasurer, WH Talley & Son
Gary E. Thompson Esq.Hunton & Williams
Mr. Bruce W. Tibbetts EMC Mechanical Servies
Mr. J. Philip R. Victor Real Estate Broker
Mr. Billy F. Warf Dominion (retired)
Mr. Randall G. Welch Technical Foundations, Inc.
Mr. Horace P. Whitworth Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley
Mr. Mark Wysong CEO
Mr. Ed Yesbeck Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 71
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 75
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 50
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Austin Brockenbrough IIILowe Brockenbrough & Co Inc.
Mr. Thomas R. Byrd Retired
Mr. Frank E. Genovese Retired
Mr. William H. Goodwin Jr.CCA Industries Inc.
Mr. Thomas E. Gottwald NewMarket Corporation
Mr. Brenton S. Halsey
Mr. Timothy J. Korman Retired
Mr. J. Christopher Lansing Lansing Building Products
Mr. Charles S. Luck IIILuck Stone
Mr. John A. Luke Jr.MWV
Mr. George K. Martin McGuire Woods LLP
Mr. E. Morgan Massey Evan Energy Investments
Mr. Marshall N. Morton Media General
Mr. J. Hamilton Scherer Jr.Retired
Mr. Robert C. Sledd Retired
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Bradford M. Nesheim

Bradford M. Nesheim, Scout Executive, began his service as the Scout Executive/CEO of the Heart of Virginia Council in May 2005 following 5 very successful years as the CEO of the East Carolina Council headquartered in Kinston, NC and 9 years as CEO of the Chattachoochee Council in Columbus, GA.  Brad began his professional career in 1976 as a district executive in Gastonia (NC), where he also served as a field director. In 1985 he became assistant Scout Executive in Atlanta (GA), where in 1988 he was promoted to director of field service.  

Former CEOs
Mr. James J. Terry Aug 1985 - July 1990
Mr. Robert Alfton Tuggle Sept 1990 - Mar 2005
Senior Staff
Mr. William Givler IVDirector of Field Service
Mr. Todd D. Martin Director of Support Service
Full Time Staff 28
Part Time Staff 16
Volunteers 5500
Contractors 75
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2011
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The success of the Boy Scouts of America is dependent on collaborations and interactions with a multitude of community organizations.  Each Scout unit is chartered to a community or religious organization. Currently, we collaborate with more than 300 community organizations
Description Tiger Cubs BSA

A school-year program for first-grade (or 7-year old) boys and their adult partners that stresses shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Each boy-adult team meets for family activities, and twice a month all the teams meet for Tiger Cub den activities.

Cub Scouting

A family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making for boys in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Fourth and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys are called Webelos Scouts (WE  BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts. Cub Scouting's emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where boys and families are involved.

Boy Scouting

A program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)

Varsity Scouting

An active, exciting program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.


A program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful activities that help youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Population Served Males
Long Term Success To continue to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Our programs are as strong and relevant as they have ever been, but we want to organize additional Scouting units chartered through community organizations.  We also must remain active in recruiting new youth members year round through schools, churches, community centers, sports venues, etc.  All of our volunteers must complete the required basic training for their positions and they must complete youth protection training within the first 30 days after their involvement.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,371,260.00
Projected Expenses $3,370,712.00
Endowment Value $3,292,421.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
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$1,654,598$536,556$2,002,131
Investment Income, Net of Losses$134,307$50,780$139,211
Membership Dues------
Special Events$558,852$148,437--
Revenue In-Kind$66,889$74,711$35,140
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,006,991$3,650,597$3,033,054
Administration Expense$197,712$208,647$214,012
Fundraising Expense$493,406$478,006$351,312
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.841.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%99%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%36%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$11,005,823$10,337,814$10,147,009
Current Assets$2,993,936$2,382,064$2,510,137
Long-Term Liabilities$0$11,991$23,656
Current Liabilities$823,192$685,264$716,786
Total Net Assets$10,182,625$9,640,559$740,442
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.643.483.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Creating a new Center for Scouting, enhancing the Scouting camp experience, advancing technology resources, expanding endowment for the next century.
Goal $13,250,000.00
Dates Aug 2013 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date $2,600,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Solicitations Permit 5/2018View
Organization Comments
In order to reconcile the audit, please review the 990s of both the Trust Fund and the Council for any given year.  Brad Nesheim, CEO
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include support from corporations.