Christchurch School Foundation
Christchurch School
49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch VA 23031
Mission Statement Great journeys begin at the river. Knowing that each student comes to us with unique and infinite value, Christchurch, as an Episcopal school, inspires and guides each student’s journey toward self-confidence, purpose, and identity. To help students succeed in that journey, we provide a sound college preparatory education in a caring, structured community. Part of that education includes stewardship of our river and awareness of the broader natural environment so that our students learn to look beyond themselves to their place in the world around them.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. G. Andrew Nea Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Thomas M. Lawler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Deloitte & Touche
Contact Information
Address Christchurch School
49 Seahorse Lane
Christchurch, VA 23031
Telephone 804 758-2306 134
Fax 804 758-0721
E-mail amyers@christchurchschool.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,495,000.00
Statements
Mission Great journeys begin at the river. Knowing that each student comes to us with unique and infinite value, Christchurch, as an Episcopal school, inspires and guides each student’s journey toward self-confidence, purpose, and identity. To help students succeed in that journey, we provide a sound college preparatory education in a caring, structured community. Part of that education includes stewardship of our river and awareness of the broader natural environment so that our students learn to look beyond themselves to their place in the world around them.
Impact
1. Introduction of boarding program for young women, making the school fully coeducational for the first time in its ninety-two year history.
2. Continued roll-out of our innovative "Great Journeys" curriculum, a skills-based, integrated curriculum that uses the Chesapeake Bay region and Rappahannock River as living classrooms.
3. Completion of Skills document which outlines exit skills for students throughout the four grade levels 9-12.
4. Third year of all-school "Immersion Trips," grade-specific student programs led by professional outdoor and environmental educators that allow students to explore the human condition and environmental realities in "real world" situations.
5. LEED-Certified Puller Science Center won Virginia Independent Schools Green School Award for Boarding Schools for second consecutive year.
Needs
Needs:
 
1. Scholarship support, particularly for young women with qualifying need, in order to grow the co-ed program to full potential ($500,000).
2. Bricks and mortar capital giving to support renovation of student residence halls and renovation and expansion of athletic facilties ($8,215,460).
3. Endowment support for general sustainability needs ($500,000).
4. Expert/ consultant support for developing a Communications Office at the school ($30,000).
Background

Founded in 1921 as a boarding school for young men on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Christchurch School is one of six schools owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Beginning with nine students in 1921, the school has grown to a school of 230 boarding and day students. The school first enrolled young women as day students in 1972, and in the fall of 2012, the school enrolled its first group of young women boarding students.

CEO Statement
The administrative team at Christchurch School embarked several years ago on an innovative, expanded learning curriculum for the school. Delivering a college preparatory education in the same way as all other schools, in the same way as we had for most of the 20th century, did not seem to us to be enough. With the full support and encouragement of our Boards, and some expert outside guidance, we formed the "Great Journeys Design Team," a group of professionals on our staff who, over a period of several years and a great deal of research, invented a new curriculum.  The curriculum values skills for lifelong learning over memorization of content. Every subject area teacher works with the same "essential questions" and "points of conflict" to try to get students centered around key themes. We use the River and the Bay to explore everything from mathematics to biology to industry and regional cultures and languages. Our faculty use a guideline called "Authentic Intellectual Work," developed at the University of Iowa to make learning rigorous and related to the real world, and to ensure that skills for college and for life are being delivered.
Board Chair Statement Our Board Chair is the Rector of a large Episcopal Church Parish in Northern Virginia. He joined the board as our clergy representative at the request of the Bishop. With a background in independent schooling and many connections to independent school people, he quickly fell in love with Christchurch and its mission and energy for change and renewal. He proved to be a most able mediator and negotiator as the Board discussed major change initiatives and carried out a successful capital campaign. He became the natural choice to lead the board forward.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Middlesex County
Lancaster County
Essex County
Mathews County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Our students typically come from as many as twenty United States and twelve countries. Currently, we have fourteen states and ten countries represented on our campus. We also serve the regional counties surrounding Middlesex County, including Lancaster, Northumberland, Essex, Richmond, Mathews and Gloucester.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Thomas M. Lawler
Company Affiliation Deloitte & Touche
Term July 2014 to Sept 2017
Email tlawler@deloitteetired.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. R. Blaine Altaffer Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles Andreae Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert G. Armstrong Oil and Gas Industry
Mr. Brian R. Bell Commercial Real Estate
Mrs. Susan C. Bowman Community Volunteer
Mr. Madison F. Cole Jr.Fundraiser
Mr. Robert S. Craine Business Professional
Dr. William E. Easterling IIICommunity Volunteer
Mr. Patrick N. Getlein Communications Director
Mr. Marsden D. Haigh Home Furnishings Industry
Mr. Xiaodong Hao Community Volunteer
Mr. Daniel L. Hargett Real Estate
Mrs. Kathe Hetzer Community Volunteer
Mr. Linwood A. Lacy Jr.Retired
Mr. Thomas M. Lawler Lawyer
Mrs. Lynne Tatum Little Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott E. Sterling IDI Group Companies, Inc.
Mr. William O. Vose Community Volunteer
The Rev. Oran Warder St. Paul's Church
Dr. Richard P. Wenzel Doctor
Mr. E. Carlton Wilton Jr.Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Our current capital campaign is noted previously.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. G. Andrew Nea Jr.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. John E. Byers Headmaster
Mrs. Sandra Scott Chief Financial Officer
Staff
Full Time Staff 63
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 17
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 7
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2012
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2011
Programs
Description
CEO/ED/Board Comments The school is currently in the quiet phase of a 8.3 million dollar capital campaign to increase endowment, improve student residences, renovate and expand athletic facilities, and build faculty housing.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,495,000.00
Endowment Value $4,096,006.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$716,464$1,252,104$2,314,746
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$222,877$603,570$473,941
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$183,714--$349,567
Other$124,891$15,022($38,907)
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,227,887$1,572,295$2,196,400
Administration Expense$69,916$12,394$7,710
Fundraising Expense$141,877----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.181.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%99%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$7,298,374$7,550,700$7,268,663
Current Assets$1,402,863$1,366,977$1,465,699
Long-Term Liabilities$493,858$492,587$482,797
Current Liabilities$345,812$407,675$421,435
Total Net Assets$6,458,704$6,650,438$6,364,431
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.063.353.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets7%7%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Residences for students, athletic facilities, residences for faculty, historic buildings restoration, and endowment.
Goal $8,215,460.00
Dates July 2012 to July 2016
Amount Raised To Date $3,600,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments The school has balanced it's budget and reduced debt for all but one of the last 16 years. In that year, we operated with a deficit which we repaid fully in the following year.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Cherry Bekaert, LLP
  • Financial information provided by audit