Communities in Schools of Richmond, Inc.
2922 W. Marshall Street, Suite 2
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement
Communities In Schools of Richmond surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
 
CIS of Richmond works inside Richmond and Henrico County Public Schools to help kids stay in school by identifying and addressing unmet needs of children and families -- needs that when left unanswered, contribute to the dropout rate.  Whether it's eyeglasses, tutoring, or a safe place to be after school, when basic needs are met, students can concentrate on what's really important -- learning.
 
Rather than duplicating services or competing with other youth-serving organizations, CIS of Richmond identifies and mobilizes existing community resources and fosters cooperative partnerships to deliver Five Basics for students and families:
 
CIS of Richmond Five Basics
  1. a safe place to learn and grow
  2. one-to-one relationship with a caring adult
  3. healthy start and a healthy future
  4. marketable skill
  5. chance to give back to peers and community

With a presence in 39 Richmond and Henrico Public Schools from K-12, CIS of Richmond targets Richmond's high poverty neighborhoods to make a difference in the lives of our most fragile residents. 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Harold Fitrer Ed.D.
Board Chair Brian White
Board Chair Company Affiliation Main Street Builders
Contact Information
Address 2922 W. Marshall Street, Suite 2
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 358-1247
Fax 804 358-2441
E-mail skeeley@cisofrichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,350,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,350,000.00
Additional Documents
Milestones 20142014View
Milestones 20122012View
Milestones 20112011View
Milestones 20102010View
Milestones 20092009View
Statements
Mission
Communities In Schools of Richmond surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
 
CIS of Richmond works inside Richmond and Henrico County Public Schools to help kids stay in school by identifying and addressing unmet needs of children and families -- needs that when left unanswered, contribute to the dropout rate.  Whether it's eyeglasses, tutoring, or a safe place to be after school, when basic needs are met, students can concentrate on what's really important -- learning.
 
Rather than duplicating services or competing with other youth-serving organizations, CIS of Richmond identifies and mobilizes existing community resources and fosters cooperative partnerships to deliver Five Basics for students and families:
 
CIS of Richmond Five Basics
  1. a safe place to learn and grow
  2. one-to-one relationship with a caring adult
  3. healthy start and a healthy future
  4. marketable skill
  5. chance to give back to peers and community

With a presence in 39 Richmond and Henrico Public Schools from K-12, CIS of Richmond targets Richmond's high poverty neighborhoods to make a difference in the lives of our most fragile residents. 

Impact
CIS of Richmond is investing in quality programs and extensive wrap-around services for RPS students.  Our vision is for CIS to be a leading coordinator of wrap-around resources for Richmond Public School students, ensuring that all students are engaged at school and positioned for the personal success of high school graduation and beyond.

Goal One:
100% graduation rate for all students entering 9th grade with new strategic benchmarks:
Flag, track, and coordinate additional services for students who are NOT:
  1. Reading on grade level by third grade
  2. Meeting math and science benchmarks in sixth grade
Provide a strong, intentional continuum of service from year to year for CIS students most at-risk with emphasis on critical student transitions
 
Prioritize mentoring initiatives in CIS Middle Schools

Goal Two:
Envisions CIS of Richmond as a lead agency strategically coordinating wrap-around services for RPS students including:
  • wrapping resources around each student
  • wrapping programs around the school day
  • wrapping opportunities for students around the school calendar
 
2015 School Year Milestones
 
23,313  students were directly connected to resources
 
  3,387  of those students received intensive case-managed services

  4,361  volunteers shared their time with thousands of K-12 students

     214  Performance Learning Center students graduated
 
     356  partners supported RPS & HCPS students

       44  CIS-R Site Coordinators worked in K-12 schools
 
         3  new school sites opened in the City of Richmond
         
         2  new school sites opened in Henrico County 

Among CIS Students:
  • 63% improved attendance
  • 80% improved behavior
  • 71% improved course performance
  • 92% of eligible seniors graduated
Needs  CIS of Richmond:  Making a System-Wide Impact  
  • A big investment in a short amount of time – we have grown from an $850,000 operation to $3.2 million operation in seven years. 
  • To address critical mass we need to be operating in 40 schools, managing wrap-around services both during and after-school  – we’ll do it strategically and ensure quality and sustainability 
  • We need you as a partner in philanthropy and as a partner in guiding long term strategy to ensure that CIS of Richmond has the financial and volunteer resources that we need to make a difference in the lives of Richmond's youth. 

The vision is bold but it is an investment in our kids, our community, and our economy.

Background
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the largest dropout prevention organization in the United States. For over 32 years, CIS has remained focused on helping kids stay in school and prepare for life by identifying and addressing the unmet needs of children and families – needs that, when left unanswered, contribute to the dropout rate.

Since 1996, CIS of Richmond has worked with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) to coordinate services that impact schools, students, and communities. With a presence in 40 Richmond City and Henrico County K-12 schools, CIS of Richmond provides intensive, case-managed services that help students choose success by ensuring their access to the Five Basics:

  1. safe place to learn and grow
  2. one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  3. healthy start and a healthy future
  4. marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. chance to give back to peers and communiy

In 2006, CIS National issued a call to all affiliate offices to become independently incorporated. The structure supports a design of state CIS organizations working with independent local organizations by providing training, support, and best practice research aligned with the CIS Functions. On July 1, 2007, CIS of Richmond became an independent 501(c)3 organization with a strong, community-focused volunteer board of directors. 

During the transition to independence, the CIS of Richmond Board of Directors committed to a plan to invest in Richmond Public School sites where a CIS relationship existed and to focus on the delivery of quality programs and services using the national best practices supported by 32 years of service-delivery and research. With excellence in staffing as a guiding principle, the CIS of Richmond Board hired Dr. Harold Fitrer as the executive director, with the vision that Dr. Fitrer would lead the organization into the next phase of developmental growth.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Henrico County
CIS facilitates programs in 39 K-12 Richmond and Henrico Public Schools: 

Elementary:
Bellevue 
J.H. Blackwell 
Broad Rock
George Washington Carver
Chimborazo
Fairfield Court
J.L. Francis 
George Mason 
Ginter Park 
E.S.H. Greene
Miles Jones
Oak Grove
Overby-Sheppard 
Elizabeth Redd 
G.H. Reid
J.E.B. Stuart 
Swansboro
Westover Hills
Woodville

Middle:

Albert Hill
Binford
Lucille Brown 
T.C. Boushall 
Elkhardt Thompson
T.H. Henderson
Martin Luther King, Jr.

High:
Armstrong
Huguenot
Thomas Jefferson
John Marshall
George Wythe

Performance Learning Centers
PLC at Richmond Technical Center
PLC Southside
PLC Henrico 
 
Henrico County
Fairfield Middle
Highland Springs Elementary
Highland Springs High  
Wilder Middle 
John Rolfe Middle  
Board Chair
Board Chair Brian White
Company Affiliation Main Street Builders
Term Nov 2016 to July 2017
Email BWhite@swa-co.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Michael Woodard
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kevin Allison Virginia Commonwealth University
Danny Avula Richmond City Health District
Marland Buckner Global Strategic Partners
Robert E. Comet Jr.BCWH Architects
Thomas A. Cox Carlock Copeland
Heidi Crapol Genworth Foundation
Peter Diatelevi Altria
Carol A. Dickinson Community Volunteer
Michael Herring Richmond Commonwealth Attorney
Johnathon Mayo Avail Marketing
Enrique Mayor-Mora CarMax
Sue (SAM) A. Messmer Virginia Commonwealth University
Charlotte Minor Community Volunteer
Rev. Tyrone Nelson Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church
Dawn Siegel Community Volunteer
James E. Ukrop Union First Market Bank
William F. Weber Retired
Brian White Main Street Builders
T. Spencer Williamson IVIntelliject
Michael B. Woodard McGuire Woods
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Harold Fitrer Ed.D.
Experience Dr. Harold Fitrer joined CIS of Richmond on July 1, 2008 as the Executive Director. Dr. Fitrer has over 30 years of experience working with Richmond Public Schools spanning a career in human resources and supervisory roles including the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative and Support Services. Dr. Fitrer holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision and serves as adjunct faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. He serves on the boards of Rotary International, Advisory Task Force for Chief of Police, and Richmond Residential Services Inc.  Dr. Fitrer was most recently awarded the VEAOP State Administrator of the Year, 2005.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Suzanne M. Keeley Vice President, Development
Dearsley Vernon VP, Operations
Staff
Full Time Staff 60
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 4361
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2009
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Affiliate Total Quality StandardsCommunities In Schools National Network2009
Programs
Description
In partnership with Richmond Public Schools and Henrico County Schools, CIS identifies the most critical needs of students and families and then locates and coordinates community resources, dedicated volunteers and agencies to serve in partnership with the schools. CIS ensures that the work of these outside agencies and volunteers is interconnected and integrated, providing the support students need the most.

CIS of Richmond Four Crucial Components:

Assessing Needs and Assets: Our staff conducts needs and assets assessments to identify services, gaps and duplications and establish priorities.

Coordinating Supports: Next, our staff forms a Student Assistance Team (SAT) consisting of a variety of service providers from within schools and outside agencies.

Managing Services: CIS staff facilitates SAT and day-to-day service delivery at CIS schools. SAT members weekly develop and review service plans of students who receive intensive in-home and school-based services.

Engaging Community Members and Empowering Parents: CIS staff develops Citizen Advisory Groups (CAG) at CIS schools to empower families and community members to actively participate and invest in students’ futures.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $2,800,000.00
Short Term Success
Program outcomes are measured around increased student achievement, strengthened positive behaviors and coping skills, and increased school attendance.   
  • 70% of CIS students receiving services improve attendance and follow the rules (fewer office referrals, less serious offenses)
  • 70% of CIS students receiving services achieve better grades 
  • 90% of CIS students receiving services are promoted to the next grade
Long Term Success VISION:  100% of Richmond Public School students graduate with a high school diploma
Description
PLC’s are small, academically rigorous, non-traditional high schools where students—many of whom have already dropped out, or may have fallen behind in credits due to absenteeism, academic struggles, or disengagement from school—are often able to catch up and graduate on time.
 
  • Business-like learning environment
  • Integrated online and project based curriculum
  • Self-paced
  • Individual coaching
  • Caring learning environment
  • Challenge to meet social and academic goals
  • College transition and career preparatory course
  • Community service projects
Population Served Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Budget $225,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,350,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,350,000.00
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
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Government Contributions$1,102,199$957,420$430,641
Federal------
State------
Local----$430,641
Unspecified$1,102,199$957,420--
Individual Contributions$2,226,501$1,990,257$1,635,288
$75,000$89,067$78,135
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,693$1,545$1,952
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$164,217$218,498$212,311
Other$986$602$603
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,134,370$3,097,229$2,737,451
Administration Expense$231,144$171,538$158,380
Fundraising Expense$186,328$178,726$142,652
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.940.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%90%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%6%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$905,329$932,328$1,077,028
Current Assets$844,393$848,800$1,014,572
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$128,424$175,177$129,773
Total Net Assets$776,905$757,151$947,255
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.584.857.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Mitchell, Wiggins & Company, LLP.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.
  • Support from local government includes state support.

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