Friends of Barnabas Foundation, Inc.
4001 Stigall Drive
PO Box 4804
Midlothian VA 23112-0014
Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the lives of impoverished children in Honduras by providing high-quality, sustainable health care and enabling communities to become self-sufficient through health-related training and education.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erin H. Caldwell
Board Chair Mr. Kirk Spitzer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address 4001 Stigall Drive
PO Box 4804
Midlothian, VA 231120014
Telephone 804 744-5624
Fax 804 744-6530
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,113,010.00
Projected Expenses $1,113,010.00

Our mission is to improve the lives of impoverished children in Honduras by providing high-quality, sustainable health care and enabling communities to become self-sufficient through health-related training and education.


In 2014:

  • 12,565 Hondurans were seen in FOB’s mountain clinics with 5,984 receiving de-worming medication
  • 2,027 Hondurans were seen in our vision clinics and 1,907 were seen in our dental clinics.
  • 232 volunteers traveled to Honduras on 15 different teams
  • 33 pediatric cardiac procedures were performed by 1 surgical team
In 2015, FOB plans to:
  • Continue its outreach to 30 remote communities in Honduras to provide health care, education and training to children and families
  • Establish a permanent, locally-managed, sustainable pediatric cardiac surgical unit in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  • Expand the Extended Care Program which provides medical care including surgery, medication, equipment, therapy and transportation, without charge, to Honduran children with serious illnesses and/or disabilities.
  • Financial resources to sustain and increase three current programs
  • Volunteers to serve on teams
  • Audited financial statements

The Friends of Barnabas Foundation (FOB) is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Midlothian, Virginia. FOB was founded by Rev. Linwood Cook in 2000 as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. Honduras is the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti, with over 60% of its population living in poverty. 73% of those in extreme poverty – defined as living on less than $1.10 a day – live in the rural, mountainous and difficult-to-access portions of Honduras.

Growing from a small group of people traveling to Honduras once a year, FOB now implements year-round programs in Honduras that address a wide spectrum of health care needs, from community-based programs to system wide endeavors. Believing that children deserve a healthy start with a strong support system, FOB offers three programs:

  1. The Community Health Development Program, providing:Health care services for those without access to such care through volunteer medical teams; providing general medical care, dental care, vision care, anti-parasite clinics and referrals for children with special needs.  Preventative health education to children, teens, mothers and fathers in 25 partner communities; selected based on need and willingness of communities to participate in FOB’s program.  Capacity-building workshops for local community health volunteers led by FOB staff and volunteers; equipping children and their caregivers with the skills and resources required to become self-sufficient.
  2. An unprecedented Extended Care Program for children with special or congenital medical needs; providing medication, examinations and continuing case management for children and their families.
  3. Two Surgical programs including a Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Program and a Pediatric Cleft Lip/Palate Program in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Central Mountains of Honduras, near Lake Yojoa.  Our base is in the community of Peña Blanca, Cortes.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Kirk Spitzer
Company Affiliation Retired
Term May 2017 to May 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Robert Maddux
Term May 2017 to May 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Lynne Jones Blain Partner, Harman, Clayton, Corrigan & Wellman
Mr. George M. Blair President, New Horizons of Virginia
Mrs. Mary Ann Boyd Retired
Mrs. Ellen Bruny RN
Mr. Bruce Burdett Central America Regional Director, Cargill, Inc.
Mr. Bruce Carter Dupont
Dr. John Crews Optometrist
Sra. Ruth Marie Canahuati de Sabillon Director of Operations, Grupo OPSA
Ms. Karla Gerner HR Manager, VA Retirement System
Mr. Robert Maddux Retired, Virginia Paint Company
Mr. Don Pierce Retired, Alcoa/Reynolds Metals Company
Mr. Kip Robinson Retired
Dr. Paul Settle Physician
Mr. Kirk Spitzer Retired, Alfa Laval Thermal USA
Mr. Jesse D. Williams Farmer
Dr. Thomas Zellers Physician
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 60
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Governance
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 Ms. Erin H. Caldwell
Full Time Staff 20
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Communities are chosen to participate in the Community Health Development Program based on criteria such as, how far they are from a health care facility, lack of safe water or sanitary systems, whether they have been served by other aid organizations and safe access.
All communities must demonstrate a commitment to participating in health education and agree to a formal partnership.  Communities receive general health care from medical teams twice a year, including general check-ups, vision and dental care, vitamin distribution, fluoride, anti-parasite treatments and referrals to other FOB services.

In exchange for medical treatment received, communities participate in health related training and educational workshops on nutrition, reproductive health, hygiene and malaria prevention. A health committee is established in each village to promote the program; and a health volunteer is identified, trained and equipped to act in this role.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,113,010.00
Projected Expenses $1,113,010.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$362,985$854,071$861,539
Administration Expense$255,813$152,087$123,666
Fundraising Expense$28,572$18,718$6,697
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.750.840.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses56%83%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$482,940$585,610$601,254
Current Assets$482,940$115,423$126,840
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$121$46
Total Net Assets$482,940$585,489$601,208
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--953.912757.39
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • The Friends of Barnabas Foundation is transitioning from a private foundation to a public foundation.
  • As stated on the 501(c)(3) letter, the Foundation will file a Form 990-PF, but can operate as a public foundation during a 60-month transition period.