Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, Inc.
1021 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond VA 23219-1221
Mission Statement
CAPUP strengthens communities by providing resources to people to help themselves.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Thomas Dance Wagstaff
Board Chair Mr. James D.. Young
Board Chair Company Affiliation St. Paul's Catholic Church
Contact Information
Address 1021 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 232191221
Telephone 804 788-0050 113
Fax 804 344-4330
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1965
Former Names
Richmond Community Action Program, Inc. (RCAP)2008
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $2,087,246.00
Projected Expenses $2,087,246.00
CAPUP strengthens communities by providing resources to people to help themselves.

Programs include a Senior Center serving 45 seniors four days a week with a hot meal and activities. CAPUP operates a neighborhood center, which provides emergency food, rent/utility assistance and outreach. During the past fiscal year over 10,000 persons received food from these centers and nearly 1,000 families were aided with rent or utilities. These services are provided five days a week primarily at the agency’s offices at 1021 Oliver Hill Way by an experienced staff of para-professionals. The Child Care Food Program provides nearly   700,000  meals annually to children inhome-based childcare as well as training for new and existing providers infood, health and nutrition. CAPUP’s Food Buyers Club provides food units to over 225 families each month. In Powhatan, Goochland and  Hanover counties van transportation is provided to elderly and disabled residents for medical and social service needs as well as for Friendship Cafés for seniors in partnership with CAAA (Senior Connections). In Petersburg the agency provides employment services and financial assistance to aid persons with rent and utilities in the Pecan Acres neighborhood in office space provided by the Petersburg Housing Authority.  Also in Petersburg CAPUP's Virginia CARES project provides reentry support and services to ex-offenders from Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Prince George County and Dinwiddie County.  This is a new service for this part of the Commonwealth. In Hopewell core emergency services are provided, summer youth employment and Project Discovery, the college access program. CAPUP is renovating a building in Hopewell to provide for a coffee house to provide employment in area where high unemployment exists.


At a time when the demand for the agency’s core services isincreasing, CAPUP has faced reduced governmental, corporate, foundation andindividual funding. The agency’s ability to purchase food-stuffs in excess ofUSDA commodities is limited and demand up. Thus the agency is in the process ofconsolidating some of these services to the fullest extent possible includingcommunity centers and senior centers. At the same time the agency has made a commitment to extend services to Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Dinwiddie County  and  Prince George County  ,by becoming their Community Action Agency (CAP) with the utilization of additional governmental funding support. In the future there will be the need to recruitand train 20-30additional volunteers to help in the delivery of services such as food assistance in the next several years. CAPUP needs to improve its fundraising capacity to enable reduced public funds to be replaced when possiblewith private funding sources. The agency would like to restore or expand some services previously publicly funded such as employment assistance and  and  after-school tutoring in Richmond City middle schools.  The agency is seeking financial support to expand Project Discovery services to the growing Hispanic population in South Richmond and Chesterfield County.


Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP), formerly known as
Richmond Community Action Program, was started in Richmond as an integral part of the War on Poverty in 1965. CAPUP’s mission is to act as a bridge between poverty areas and surrounding cities, counties, and social service agencies and to develop and institute new and innovative projects to meet the needs of the impoverished. Additionally emphasis is placed on providing community residents with resources to help themselves.

This agency has been very effective in the past in starting a number of
valuable community services which have been spun off as independent entities such as the following: Central Virginia Food Bank, Head Start, Richmond Community Senior Center, CHIP, Central Virginia Legal Aid, Elder Homes, Rubicon and the Shepherd Center of Chesterfield.

CEO Statement

CAPUP is unique from nearly all other non-profits in its authority to operate and board composition. As a community action agency, CAPUP must be authorized by the local government of the locality the agency is to serve, they the Governor of the Commonwealth officially appoints CAPUP as that locality’s community action agency. The board of CAPUP is unique in that its basic composition is defined in both federal and state statues. As a community agency there is a tripartite board with 1/3 of the members who are representatives of local government, 1/3 from business and civic organizations and 1/3 who are representatives of the low-income community. Thus, at least 1/3 of CAPUP’s board is clients who participate in the agency’s programs.

CAPUP for more than 46 years has been a safety net for those in Richmond who need food, utility and rental assistance. During the 2010-11 fiscal year CAPUP assisted more than 17,000 individuals with one or more of these critical services. Thus families had food to eat, were able to been the utilities on and kept them in their home for another month.  CAPUP in partnership with Senior Connections operates one of the largest senior centers located within the City limits.

 While CAPUP serves as the CAP for the Cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Hopewell, the agency does contract services in 14 other localities in central Virginia. These services range from ex-offender programs, to middle and high school dropout prevention/college access program. CAPUP serves as a USDA Child Care Food reimbursement agency and provides training to those wishing to enter the child care profession or start a home based child care business. Additionally, the agency provides transportation under contract in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties.

Board Chair Statement CAPUP has faithfully completed 50 years of faithful service to the greater Richmond community. Challenges ahead will be to develop a new strategic plan as well as to complete the renovation of the Butterworth building in Hopewell and to successfully operate a coffee house which will provide a new employment resource for the Hopewell community.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Henrico County
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Dinwiddie County
Colonial Heights, City
Prince George County

Primary services are provided in the Cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Hopewell. Transportation services are provided in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties for Senior Connection Friendship Cafes. Project Discovery operates in Cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights aswell as Powhatan and Goochland, Dinwiddie Counties and in limited schools in Henrico and Chesterfield. 

Child Care Foods operates in all the central Virginia area. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James D.. Young
Company Affiliation St. Paul's Catholic Church
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Norma Aguillar Ramsey Memorial UMC
Mr. Robert F. Birdsey Richmond BB and T
Jeanette P. Blackwell CAPUP Center
Ms. Tammy Collins Dinwiddie County Representative
Judge Willard H. Douglas Jr.Retired
Mr. Shel Douglas Dirctor, Social Services, Prince George County
Mr. Willis A. Funn Senior Connections
Mr. David L. Harless American Legion, Hopewell
Ms. Demetria Jennings Believe N- U Academic Development Center
Ms. Angela Johnson Petersburg Consumer
Ms. Delaine Lewis Richmond Senior
Mr. Tom Love Food Lion
Mr. Larry Mason Hopewell Advisory Council
Delegate Delores L. McQuinn Virginia Generaly Assembly:House
Mr. Alan J. Sanfratella City of Richmond
Donald Schroeder City of Petersburg
Mr. Ray Spicer Director, Hopewell Social Services
Joe Stankus City of Richmond
Ms. Jaqueline M. Sutton CAPUP Community Center
Mr. Brian Tacey Attorney, Richmond
Ms. Frances Taylor West Petersburg Resident
Ms. Kimberly D. Willis-Miles Petersburg Dept. of Social Services
James Young St. Paul's Catholic Church
Mr. Jonathan Zur Virginia Center for Inclusive Community
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 14
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
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 5
Standing Committees
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 Mr. Thomas Dance Wagstaff

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Administration from VCU. He is a Certified Community Action Professional and a peer reviewer for the two highest awards that can be given a community action agency by the National Community Action Partnership.  He has twenty three years’experience with CAPUP as finance manager, Director of Finance and Administration and CFO. He is an active member and officer of Capital District of Kiwanis International and two local Kiwanis Clubs. He is active in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a lay delegate and in his home church in Richmond. Has served on several Richmond City commissions/boards and currently serves on Mayor Jones' Anti-Poverty Commission and on the transportation sub-committee. He is a member of the disabled/elderly transportation committee of the Richmond Planning Organization. He has served on numerous local non-profit boards, including 7 terms as Chairman of New Generations Federal Credit Union Board. Volunteers as a facilitator for a weekly training for high school students from the Richmond area and Bosnia. 

Term Start July 2005
Over 30 years experience with CAPUP. Undergraduate of Old Dominion University. Master of Public Administration from VCU. Community Action Agency trainer and completed advance training in Community Action.
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 26
Volunteers 125
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 97
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2011
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
CAPUP collaborates with USDA to provide the Child Care Food Service to home based child care service providers. CAPUP partners with Senior Connections to provide a Friendship Care in Richmond and transportation to three Friendship Cafes in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties. CAPUP collaborates with the Virginia Commonwealth Department of Social Services to deliver CSBG Services to  Central Virginia. CAPUP collaborates with Project Discovery (Salem, VA) and the Virginia Department of Education to deliver a college pipe line porgram to minority youth in Central Virginia. CAPUP partners with USDA and the Central Virginia Foodbank to provide food commodities on a monthly basis to persons in need.
Central Virginia Foodbank Partner Agency1990
Greater Richmond Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition2005

Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP ) sponsors three Project Discovery Programs which are college pipeline programs serving primarily African American youth from low income families. The Richmond and Petersburg Project Discovery Program has had  30 years of operations and a proven record of success with over 1,000 students going on to higher education opportunities. The other program serves Powhatan and Goochland County youth and has been under the CAPUP umbrella for the past four years. In the 2010 schoolyear CAPUP was awarded a pilot expansion contract to serve two addition areas, Dinwiddie County and City of Colonial Heights, both having low college attendance records. Additionally, CAPUP expanded its Petersburg service area to include City of Hopewell and Matoaca in southern Chesterfield and the Richmond contract into two eastern Henrico schools.

Budget $149,524.00

Food is distributed from one strategic location in Richmond which distributes food daily through CAPUP's community center utilizing the services of paid and volunteer staff.  Qualified persons or families are only helped once each month with USDA commodities, but are eligible to receive non –USDA food weekly as needed. It should be noted that there has been a reduction in the food commodities which we receive monthly from USDA, so that the need food to purchase food on a per pound basis through the Foodbank has become even more critical.

Emergency rent and utility assistance is provided in our three primary locations. We utilize support from MetroShare, EnergyShare, and FEMA and CSBG resources to meet some of theseneeds. These resources have generally remained at the same level. Any support we might receive from the Community Foundation would be used exclusively to pay for food and pay rental agencies for emergency utilities or rental assistance.

Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $100,000.00
Short Term Success
A large number of persons especially elderly and disabled persons are assisted on a once per month basis. The program addresses a growing need based on high unemployment statistics for  Richmond inner city and as a response to reductions in food stamp assistance particularly for single adult recepients. Based on staff experience and contacts with returning heads of households our emergency utility and rent assitance services are keeping the vast majority of the households in their homes or apartments and allowing them not to become homeless. It should be noted that it is difficult for CAPUP to collect statistics of families who have become homeless which have previously received assistance.
Long Term Success
This program has been successful in preventing hunger in our communities and allowing families to remain in their homes without becoming homeless. Based on our staff's interaction with returning individuals and heads of households who return for additional food or rental assistance these services appear to be successful in accomplishing their purpose.

CAPUP provides transportation daily to 75 seniors for the CAPUP Senior Center in Richmond for 4 days each week. CAPUP also provides four days a week transportation to about 100 seniors to and from three Friendship Cafes in partnership with Senior Connections in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties. Senior Connections provides the meals, health information, activities and other services. There is also on call (demand) transportation for seniors in Powhatan and Gaoochland for medical and social service purposes.

Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Budget $136,425.00
Short Term Success
This service keeps excellent records of services delivered. We believe that daily participation in these services including the nurtitional hot meals has improved and helped maintain the health of individual participants. The level of continued participation in this program over the years points to satisfaction and approval on the part of our program participants in the services received. Also most of our seniors at all meal sites make a daily financial contribution to help cover some of the costs of meals and services delivered. 
Long Term Success
Senior Connections provides careful records of meal services and social services delivered at each nutrition site. CAPUP drivers keep accurate records of all client trips provided and for what purpose: shopping, meal sites, medical and social services. Our drivers also have had an excellent safety record with no one seriously injured in over 45 years of service.

CAPUP staff assists licensed home-based child care food providers to participate in a USDA funded Child and Adult Care Feeding Program in which the providers are reimbursed on a formula basis for the breakfast, lunch and snacks served to children from low income and middle income families in the Central Virginia area. In June 2011, there were 998 children enrolled in 95 home based locations. CAPUP staff provides training, nutrition education, and other necessary training to be able to maintain the providers state licensing. In 2009 CAPUP stated a training program totrain those interested in a career in child care profession and additional training and support for those interested in becoming a home based child care provider. Currently the state office refers individuals living in central Virginia to CAPUP when they receive an inquiry about becoming a licensed child care provider. Over 90% of the fundsfor this program are passed through directly to the day care providers of these meals.

Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Budget $1,000,000.00
Short Term Success
100% of our providers will be reimbursed in a timely manner. Twenty new providers will be trained and will become program participants each year of our operations. Every provider will receive an annual evaluation as well as will participate in an annual training program on nutrition and service delivery.
Long Term Success
Accurate records are kept of all meals served as well as menus, food budgets, licensed facilities, family income and other program features. This information is readily available with nearly one million meals provided annually to children who participate in these home based child care programs.

A food buyer's club is provided once each month for about 220 members who receive basic bulk foods including meat, bread products,vegetables, fruit and desserts. Food is bought in bulk from local suppliers (SuperValuand a local produce company) and the savings are passed on to the members. The program is designed to work with local churches, civic groups and other community partners to collect the money, turn in the orders and pick up and distribute the food. These groups and organizations are encouraged to require that participants provide volunteer service within their communities as part of the non-monetary cost of participation.

Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $76,531.00
Short Term Success
The programs coninuing popularity points to success and a need to continue the service. The use of volunteer community partners to pick up and deliver the food to program participants helps to make this program feasible and workable.
Long Term Success
Program participation remains high and members appear to be very satisfied with the food shares provided. Some times complaints are made about the food quality but this is a very rare occurance. Contact between staff and food share participants indicates a high level of satisfaction. The program also requires no special funding and the money paid for the food covers the cost of the food and some staff costs.

Low income youth in the 6 to 11 year old range will perfect their hand bell and recorder skills and will begin instruction on band instruments and piano in a program lasting four weeks inthe summer. The youth will be primarily from the east end of Richmond due to constraints of transportation. Instruction is also included in voice and drums. Participants are provided breakfast and lunch from the USDA Summer feeding program in cooperation with the Richmond Parks and Recreation feeding program. The parents of the participants attend a least two meetings where their child’s progress and recommendations for participation in school based music programs are discussed and sessions on the other available services of CAPUP. The program ends with a concert by the participants in both voice and instrument selections.

Population Served Blacks, African Heritage
Budget $60,000.00
Short Term Success
Short term success is demonstrated largely by the progress made each summer by children who are able to master their instruments or improve their choral music skills. This is partially demonstrated at the end of the program's annual music concert.
Long Term Success
Children learn basic musical skills and present those skills in a summer concert provided for parents and community supporters at programs end. Children advance to musical instruments and more advance musical skills in successive summers.
Staff  works with unemployed persons in Petersburg or Richmond to help them secure employment. Staff helps persons prepare resumes, improve interview skills and to utilize computer and community resources to find job opportunities. Staff makes referrals directly to employers plus referrals to technical schools, community colleges and other training institutions. In the past fiscal year she served 110 consumers.
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $40,000.00
Long Term Success
This is a new program which in the past year assisted 10 persons to obtain employment; 20 persons received increased income or benefits from employment and 30 youth were provided with temporary employment. Total numbers obtaining/retaining employment were 35. Total served were 194.
Ex-Offenders are served in 9 rural counties in Central Virginia with offices in Powhatan County. Virginia CARES provides a range of post release services to state ex-offenders who visit this office. Each client will receive an original intake interview. The Case Manager will help the individual to assess and prioritize their needs. He or she will then assist the person to meet their most immediate needs such as temporary housing and jobs. Other needs which willbe met include bus tickets, work clothing, identification cards, social security cards and personal care products. These items will be provided as needed. Case Mangers will also provide family counseling to those customers who have families or family responsibilities such as child support. The CaseManager will visit inmates in local prisons to help them to prepare for release and a successful reintegration into the local community. 



Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $91,292.00
Short Term Success The Case Manager  assissts  persons to meet their most immediate needs such as temporary housing and jobs. Other needs which  are met include bus tickets, work clothing, identification cards, social security cards and personal care products.
Long Term Success
The success of this program is when ex-offenders are successfully reintegrated into the life of their local communities. This means a job and housing and often support for their families. The Virginia CARES Case Manager working with the probation and parole officers in these 9 counties have achieved good success in finding housing for ex-offenders and in some cases jobs. However it often requires ex-offenders to relocate  from these rural areas to secure employment. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,087,246.00
Projected Expenses $2,087,246.00
Spending Policy N/A
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$1,895,189$1,697,092$1,561,818
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$599$616--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$439,343$601,517$395,943
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,256,901$2,428,333$2,331,773
Administration Expense$245,915$197,706$252,288
Fundraising Expense$16,997$32,359$36,363
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.020.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%91%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,132,843$1,028,510$1,046,652
Current Assets$473,891$440,572$443,467
Long-Term Liabilities$7,939$25,438$84,732
Current Liabilities$248,810$231,928$254,416
Total Net Assets$876,094$771,144$707,504
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.901.901.74
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%8%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To purchase and renovate the old Butterworth Building in Hopewell, Virginia to provide a coffee house for employment purposes in Hopewell
Goal $1,169,790.00
Dates July 2015 to June 2016
Amount Raised To Date $1,169,790.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments
The audit for fiscal year 2009-2010 contains federal stimulus funds for certain programs available on a one time basis only.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990 for FY 2011 and 2010 prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, PC.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990 for FY 2009 prepared by L.A. Renk, CPA, PC.