Challenge Discovery Projects, Inc.
1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 211
Richmond VA 23229
Mission Statement

Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving the emotional health and well-being of at-risk children and their families in Greater Richmond through programs that promote self-worth and positive, healthy relationships. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Daniel R. Stembridge M.P.A.
Board Chair Mr. Dan Niccolucci
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Contact Information
Address 1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 211
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone 804 282-9100
Fax 804 282-3266
E-mail danstembridge@challengediscoveryprojects.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,019,100.00
Projected Expenses $1,019,100.00
Statements
Mission

Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving the emotional health and well-being of at-risk children and their families in Greater Richmond through programs that promote self-worth and positive, healthy relationships. 

Impact

Challenge Discovery Projects is committed to improving the emotional health and well being of at-risk children and their families in the Greater Richmond area. Challenge Discovery Projects supports its mission by providing school-based and community programs for youth that address emotional health, bullying, violence, and substance abuse.  In addition, Challenge Discovery Projects offers emotional health, family support and substance abuse counseling to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our services are provided regardless of a client’s ability to pay. We serve over 1,600 youth and adults annually and have served over 31,000 people since 1980.

Say It With Heart

Say It With Heart is a school-based bullying and violence prevention program designed for grade K-12 that encourages healthy self-image, effective communication and positive relationships within the school community. The Say It With Heart program places trained instructors in schools where they teach interpersonal skills to students. Say It With Heart also works with parents and teachers to support respectful means of communicating and resolving conflicts with children.

Virginia Health Center

Virginia Health Center is an adolescent substance abuse outpatient clinic located in Richmond’s East End. The Virginia Health Center provides counseling services for at-risk youth and families.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services (DHHCCS) began with the concept of providing comprehensive outpatient emotional health services, accessible to persons who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families. The licensed program has been administered since 1981 by Challenge Discovery Projects. Professionals are trained in the psychosocial aspects of deafness and are fluent in American Sign Language.

 
Needs


Background

Challenge Discovery Projects, a Virginia-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was founded in 1980. Challenge Discovery Projects supports its mission by providing school-based and community programs for at-risk youth that address emotional health, bullying, violence, and substance abuse.


 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Dan Niccolucci
Company Affiliation The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Email dniccolucci@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jennifer Anderson Capital One
Mr. Charles Aquino Architect
Mrs.. Anna Aquino Anna Aquino, Landscape Associates
Mr. Al Bowers BFE Corporation
Mrs. Linda Bradford Virginia Treatment Center for Children
Mr. Jasmonn Coleman University of Richmond
Mr. Christian Dundas Prudential
Mr. Maynard Grizzard The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Mrs. Anne T. Hines Thomas-Hines Inc.
Mr. Mitchell W. Holmes Ricoh U.S.
Mr. William T. Holmes St. Paul's College-retired
Mr. Ron Lanier Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ms. Julie Lazar Wells Fargo
Mr. Dan Niccolucci The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Mrs. Renee Polhemus Ricoh U.S.
Mr. Tony Ryland Kings Dominion
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 97
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Daniel R. Stembridge M.P.A.
Experience Mr. Stembridge has been the Executive Director for Challenge Discovery Projects since its inception in 1980. He has a B.A. from the University of Richmond and a Master’s of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Stembridge has over 35 years of experience in grants management and administrative services for nonprofit organizations.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Dr. Dennis L. Hawley
Term Start Sept 1980
Email dennis.hawley@att.net
Experience

Dr. Hawley has been the Clinical Director for Challenge Discovery Projects since its inception in 1980. Dr. Hawley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience in psychotherapy and organizational consultation. He is a past president of the Board of Health Professionals and Social Workers.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Denise Barnes B.A.
Emmett Jones Ph.D.
Stephanie LaCroix L.C.S.W.
Curtis Lee B.A., Q.M.H.P.
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Collaborations

Challenge Discovery Projects relies strongly on its relationship with Community in Schools, Richmond Public Schools, 21st Century, the Richmond School Board and school administrators.  It also has strong relationships with faith based and public agencies to promote comprehensive services and coordination of care. These agencies include the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, East End Family Resource Center, East End Partnership with Families, Community Hospital, St. Stephen’s Church and the 13th District Juvenile Justice System.

Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certificate of AppreciationSchool Board of the City of Richmond2008
Programs
Description

Say It With Heart is a school-based bullying prevention program designed for grades k-12.  The program encourages positive self-image, respectful  communication, healthy relationships and strong connections in the school community.  Say it With Heart places trained instructors in schools where they teach interpersonal skills to students, teachers, and parents. In addition to its work with youth, Say it With Heart also supports parent and teacher education to foster respectful and responsible means of communicating and resolving conflicts with children.

Description Virginia Health Center is an adolescent substance abuse outpatient clinic located in Richmond’s East End. Virginian Health Center provides counseling services for at-risk youth and families who face a multitude of challenges including substance abuse and emotional health issues. Additional services include parenting skills, conflict resolution and anger management training.
Description

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Counseling Services is staffed with counselors who are fluent in American Sign Language.  These specialized therapist provide counseling services to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and are dealing with emotional health and/or substance abuse issues.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,019,100.00
Projected Expenses $1,019,100.00
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
$405,985$455,985--
Government Contributions$424,700$435,951$452,752
Federal------
State$424,700----
Local--$435,951$452,752
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$43,639$58,066$404,151
$5,036----
$50,587$53,044$44,513
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$35,609$34,003$48,162
Revenue In-Kind$24,930$24,786$24,758
Other$1,959$1,550$3,825
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$630,201$886,705$893,289
Administration Expense$193,530$155,133$168,588
Fundraising Expense$189,276$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.020.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue21%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$51,831$72,137$45,405
Current Assets$48,699$65,296$34,071
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$32,548$32,292$27,107
Total Net Assets$19,283$39,845$18,298
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.502.021.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Relocate our headquarters to 2405 Jefferson Avenue and make significant renovations to the facility.
Goal $200,000.00
Dates June 2017 to May 2018
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, P.C.
  • Financial information provided by audit.