Elk Hill Farm, Inc.
P.O. Box 99
Goochland VA 23063
Mission Statement
Elk Hill enables children and families to transform overwhelming challenges into successful futures.

Through specialized education, community based services and residential treatment programs, children and families can discover the academic, vocational, behavioral, and relationship skills they need to be successful.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Michael C Farley
Board Chair Ms. Susan H. Davenport
Board Chair Company Affiliation Director of Communications, Virginia Repetory Theater
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 99
Goochland, VA 23063
Telephone 804 457-4866
Fax 804 457-2830
E-mail gkunkel@elkhill.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1970
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $10,482,458.00
Projected Expenses $10,482,458.00
Elk Hill enables children and families to transform overwhelming challenges into successful futures.

Through specialized education, community based services and residential treatment programs, children and families can discover the academic, vocational, behavioral, and relationship skills they need to be successful.

Last year, Elk Hill:
  • Achieved national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA), certifying that we deliver on the highest international standards for best practice in the human services industry. This accreditation provides you with the confidence that the services we provide are among the best in the nation!
  • Moved into new locations for our Charlottesville School and Charlottesville Group Homes. Our school in particular has grown leaps and bounds since first opening its doors to 10 students in 2010. In Fall 2014, thanks to a generous donor and tremendous hard work from school staff, we moved into a beautiful new building. The expanded space has allowed the school to double the number of children served and kickstart a new Elementary program.
  • Had 17 students graduate with a high school diploma of GED - a record number!
  • Achieved record revenue growth. Over the last four years, our operating revenue has grown by 66% to over $9 million. Much of this growth comes from rapid expansion in our Community Services and the Charlottesville region. In that same time, our cash position has improved by 60%, mainly thanks to generous donor support  to keep up with this expansion of services.
  • Grew from three summer camps serving 68 children to seven camps serving 110 children.


This year, Elk Hill aims to:
  • Continue investing in our early intervention programs, including our summer camps, elementary school services, reading intervention, and community based mental health services. 
  • Launch a community college training partnership for our students. By the time they collect their diploma, we want them to have one foot in the job market with a direct line of sight to a well-paying job, and one foot in higher education with completed community college credits in hand.
  • Launch a school-based mental health program to eliminate barriers to knowledge and access by providing children's mental health services and training directly in our partner schools.

Sooner: Every dollar you invest in successful early intervention saves $10 in more intensive treatment down the road.

  • Reading intervention: Help struggling readers read at grade level before 3rd grade, when it makes them 4x more likely to graduate.
  • Community-based services: Help focus on prevention and eliminate obstacles to mental health care by reaching kids in their own homes and schools.
  • Summer Camps and Elementary Programs: Help double access for young children with serious behavioral health needs.

Stronger: Relationships take time. Changing negative behavior takes time. Time is expensive, but essential to success. Your investment buys the time to do the job right.

  • Scholarships: Help open doors for children we would otherwise have to turn away – one in every five children we serve.
  • Wraparound care: Help turn short-term interventions into the ongoing support needed to make a lasting impact.

Healthier: 14% of VA children have mental health needs. 2/3 never get the services they need. Currently, over 200,000 are awaiting treatment.Your investment ends that wait.

  • Doubling access: Help change twice as many lives. In 2013, we served 360 children. With your help, we can reach 700 by our 50th birthday in 2020.
Elk Hill began as a place: a historic Goochland property donated in 1970 to build a residential program for teen boys in need of positive change. Today, Elk Hill is an idea: the belief that with love and the right tools, every child can transform overwhelming challenges into a successful future.
The love hasn't changed since the day we were founded. But by serving thousands of children in the four decades since, we’ve learned a lot about the tools. That's how Elk Hill evolved from a single Goochland boys' home into a regional youth and family services nonprofit stretching from east of Richmond to west of Charlottesville and offering comprehensive support designed to reach kids sooner, before problems build to a crisis that removes them from communities, homes, or schools. In just the past five years, we have more than doubled our reach to serve over 500 boys and girls as young as four and as old as twenty-one.
We also know we can and must do better. Our precipitous growth says as much about urgent need as it does the success of Elk Hill’s programs. We are determined to keep working alongside supporters, volunteers, and community partners to zero in on the problem at the core of our mission: our community needs to "crack the code" that helps high-risk youth build successful futures.
There's no shortage of statistics predicting bad outcomes for children facing the social, behavioral, and mental health challenges that typically bring them to an organization like Elk Hill. Thanks to new research on adverse childhood experiences, we understand more clearly than ever how a chaotic or traumatic upbringing can re-wire body and brain to fight a long, uphill battle against high-risk behavior, mental health disorders, chronic health problems, academic failure, incarceration, unemployment, and homelessness. What's missing is access to a proven blend of tools and skill sets that equips children to fight that battle over a lifetime – and win.
CEO Statement
We cannot do the work we do without the support of you, our donors.
In 46 years we have evolved a great deal, from serving just a handful of boys in 1970, to what we are today. The constant through all those years has been our loyal supporters. Thank you!
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Louisa County
Dinwiddie County
Lancaster County
Hampton Roads
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hopewell, City
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Mathews County
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
We serve children all over Central Virginia and sometimes beyond. Our four regional service hubs are in Richmond, Goochland,  Charlottesville and Staunton. That makes us unique in serving both urban population centers and underserved rural areas.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Susan H. Davenport
Company Affiliation Director of Communications, Virginia Repetory Theater
Term Oct 2015 to Oct 2017
Email susandavenport@virginiarep.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. William J. G. Barnes Harmon, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman, P.C.
Mr. Peter H. Bowles Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles E. Bradshaw IIIWells Fargo Advisors
Mr. William T. Clarke Jr.Director, Stone & Youngberg
Mr. David P. Corrigan Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman
Dr. Alexandra Dahlgren Cary Street Veterinay Hospital
Mrs. Laura R Donahue Vice President, Advertising for CarMax
Dr. Howard W. Ellis Community Volunteer
Mr. Clark M. Glave ARK Construction
Mr. James W Gordon Principal, Digital Benefit Advisors
Ms. Sara M. Grattan Community Volunteer
Mr. Gerald L. Hagen Jr.Dixon Hughes Goodman
Mr. William H. Harris IIIW, H. Harris & Assic., Inc.
Dr. Joseph James Physician-MD
Ms. Stephanie T. Jefferson President, Little Scholars, LLC
Ms. Maxine Jones Dominion
Mr. John G. Jordan IIIEagle Asset Management
The Rev. Dr. John E. Miller St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Mr. Michael Morrell Performance Food Group
Mrs. Jayne A. Pemberton Esq.Thompson McMullen, PC
Mr. Marc Purintun Williams & Mullens
Mr. Frank Reichel Thompson, Seigel & Walmsley LLC
Mr. M. Bagley Reid Atlantic Capital Management, LLC
Mr. S. Buford Scott Scott & Stringfellow
Ms. E. Teller Stalfort Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Mr. C. Hunter Stokes Vmeals
Mr. Nelson S. Teague Jr.Greenlight Energy Resources, Inc.
Mr. Henry L. Valentine IIIDavenport & Co. of Virginia
Mr. Daniel G Van Clief Coronal Development Services
Mr. Karl Werwath Capital One
Mr. Christopher H. Williams Harris, Williams & Co.
Mr. R. L. Terrell Williams Vice President, BB&T Insurance Services
Mr. Jeffrey L. Wilt Founder & Principal The Monument Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 32
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 25
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 30
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Board Governance
Campus Planning and Development
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Michael C Farley
Michael Farley has been with Elk Hill for 37 of its 47 years. After returning from a stint with the Peace Corps in Africa, he joined the Elk Hill team as a counselor. Mr. Farley went on to serve as the Director of Programs.
In 1999, he became Elk Hill’s Executive Director. In 2012, the Board changed Elk Hill’s corporate structure, promoting Mr. Farley to Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Farley has received two gubernatorial appointments and been twice elected president of both the statewide accrediting body for special education schools and the largest coalition of private foster-care providers in Virginia.

Under Mr. Farley’s leadership, Elk Hill has changed from an organization that relies heavily on funding from residential services to a Medicaid provider supported by state and private funding and committed to keeping at-risk youth in public schools and out of foster-care.

Mr. Farley continues to support the Kenyan village from his Peace Corp days through his work with the Makindu Children’s Program.

Senior Staff
Mr. Ronald Spears Chief Operations Officer
Mr. David Wyman Chief Financial Officer / Director of Administration
Full Time Staff 148
Part Time Staff 41
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services - Accreditation2014
Better Business Bureau of Central VA - Accredited Charity2016
Elk Hill's roots are in residential services. We've been providing teens with safe, supportive spaces to live, heal, and grow for over four decades.We operate group homes serving up to 45 young men and women in Richmond, Goochland, Fluvanna, and Charlottesville.
Learn more: https://www.elkhill.org/residential-services/
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $3,071,439.00

We understand that children aren’t going to succeed academically until they’re succeeding emotionally, behaviorally, and socially too. Our schools break down the walls between teaching and counseling. A staff balanced between mental health professionals and experienced educators provides a full court press to address multiple challenges that would otherwise feed on one another to prevent success. We have four schools serving grades K-12 in Goochland, Charlottesville and Staunton.

Learn more: https://www.elkhill.org/schools/
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $2,006,451.00
Our community-based services take Elk Hill on the road. We partner with local schools and families to reach children early and create a lasting support network. We offer school-based, in-home, and outpatient therapy as well as mentoring and summer camp programs to children in the greater Richmond, Goochland, and Charlottesville regions.
Learn more: https://www.elkhill.org/community-services/
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $338,280.00

Our six-week program offers traditional fun for non-traditional campers.We welcome children who can’t attend other camps because of their challenging needs and behaviors. From autism and ADHD to anxiety and juvenile bipolar, our counselors are trained in what it takes to work with children with serious emotional and behavioral needs. Our camps serve 140 children at six locations in the Richmond, Goochland, and Charlottesville areas.

Learn more: https://www.elkhill.org/community-services/summer-camp/
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $174,846.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $10,482,458.00
Projected Expenses $10,482,458.00
Endowment Value $6,326,650.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$9,542,793$8,740,275$7,724,923
Administration Expense$607,252$599,756$499,105
Fundraising Expense$323,919$412,923$297,023
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.081.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%90%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%22%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,553,884$7,907,312$7,338,443
Current Assets$3,127,763$3,349,526$2,828,948
Long-Term Liabilities$233,637$284,404$522,155
Current Liabilities$369,909$365,380$338,250
Total Net Assets$6,950,338$7,257,528$6,478,038
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.469.178.36
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%4%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To raise funds to double our capacity for early intervention services (capital, equipment, and program expenses).
Goal $7,000,000.00
Dates July 2014 to Dec 2015
Amount Raised To Date $7,300,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments

Fiscal Snapshot


91% of our expenses provide direct care services to children and families. Management accounts for around 6% and fundraising for 3%.


Elk Hill has been operating for over four decades. Our $6.3 million endowment, the Elk Hill Foundation, is designed to make sure we continue long into the future. 5% of its net assets are contributed to our operations annually. We do not have any debt.


We maintain a balance of revenues between Residential, Schools and Community Services programs. Our revenues come from a blend of private donations, local government, and Medicaid. In a volatile social services market, this diversity reduces risk.


Our cash position has improved by 60%, mainly thanks to generous support for the Elk Hill 20/20 campaign to raise over $7 million in private donations to keep up with this expansion of services.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Yount, Hyde & Barbour.
  • Audit represents the financial position of Elk Hill Farm and Elk Hill Farm Foundation.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.