Friends of Bryan Park, Inc.
P.O. Box 15481
Richmond VA 23227
Mission Statement
Since our beginning in 1994, Friends of Bryan Park has been dedicated to the preservation and improvement of this historical regional park. Back then, few came to visit the dilapidated park with its bad reputation.  Through years of hard work FoBP, hand in hand with the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, has ensured that Bryan Park has become a destination.
 
Our mission is to continue to be a strong and persistent park advocate as we work to help the park become the best it can be.  Our continued use of events, displays and work parties supports this mission.  Bluebird trails, Purple Martin houses, bulletin boards, new landscaping--these are just some examples of the visible improvements FoBP has made over the years.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director John Zeugner
Board Chair John Zeugner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Richmond History Maker 2007, past executive director o f the Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation (now EnRichmond), Certified City Planner
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 15481
Richmond, VA 23227
Telephone 804 288-5005
Fax 555 555-5555
E-mail info@friendsofbryanpark.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $62,325.00
Projected Expenses $51,931.00
Statements
Mission
Since our beginning in 1994, Friends of Bryan Park has been dedicated to the preservation and improvement of this historical regional park. Back then, few came to visit the dilapidated park with its bad reputation.  Through years of hard work FoBP, hand in hand with the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, has ensured that Bryan Park has become a destination.
 
Our mission is to continue to be a strong and persistent park advocate as we work to help the park become the best it can be.  Our continued use of events, displays and work parties supports this mission.  Bluebird trails, Purple Martin houses, bulletin boards, new landscaping--these are just some examples of the visible improvements FoBP has made over the years.
Impact
In 2012, we designed and published a tree tour for the park, as well as a installed a measured walk/run trail.  We have worked with Master Naturalists and others to remove non-native invasive vines from the future Environmental Education Center.  Also at this site we worked with GE to install the first phase of a nature trail which will be handicap accessible.  GE also helped us to restore an insect garden at the site, as well as create a butterfly host plant garden.  FoBP has worked with a Scout to build two new bulletin boards in the park. Efforts continue to restore the Azalea Garden by managing azalea bed adopters and strongly encouraging the City to help us fix part of the garden's irrigation system.  We have held multiple work parties with our local partners, such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, cleaning the watershed of trash. We have restored a native garden and care for another near the upper pond. We do this all and much more, without being compensated for our time.  We continue because we are committed to our mission to care for our beloved Park.  
 
Past comments: 
Top accomplishments from this past year
  1. To celebrate the Park's Centennial, we held a huge birthday party which included music, food, displays and the burying of a time capsule and ceremonial tree.
  2. We held several work parties to pick up trash along our waterways, remove invasive plants and improve the Azalea Garden.
  3. We applied for and won a grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to be put toward a new comfort station in the park.
  4. In recognition of our centennial, we underwrote the writing and performance of "What Price Freedom," a one man play about Gabriel's Rebellion which was partially planned on Bryan Park land in 1800.  FoBP hosted several performances outdoors in the park.
Top goals for the current year
  1. We will continue to hold work parties focused on cleaning our waterways of trash, which flows in from I-64 and Broad Street.
  2. We will focus on maintaining past projects.  These include the viewing mound in the meadow, the informational kiosk area near the soccer fields, landscaping and displays. 
  3. We are working closely with Richmond to try to restore the historic Azalea Garden.
  4. We plan to plant a tree buffer along I-95 behind Shelter 3 this coming autumn.  Our goal is to reduce noise as well as improve the the view.
Needs
Top 5 pressing needs
  1. We must find a way to stop the flow of trash and sediment into the upper and lower Young's Pond.  (A dredging project is planned by the Corps of Engineers in the future.)
  2. We need to raise funds to fix/replace the irrigation system in the Azalea Garden.
  3. We need to plant more trees.  These will be replacements for the many trees which aging out.
  4. We need to maintain all of our past and future projects.
  5. We need to remove non-native invasive plants from the park.
Background
Friends of Bryan Park began in 1994 in response to the Richmond City's plan to turn the majority of Bryan Park into a golf course.  This grassroots effort was an eventual, hard won success.  FoBP raised money for a playground, worked with the Central Virginia Soccer Association to build soccer fields, researched and wrote the book "An Illustrated History of Bryan Park," created a walking tour, bought bulletin boards for displays, held work parties, planted trees and worked with DMV to protect park land.  One of our proudest moments was to get Bryan Park listed on the Virginia Register of Historic Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places. These are just a few examples of what we were about, and what we are about today.
CEO Statement We do not have a CEO or Executive Director.  We are a group of citizen volunteers whose goal is to preserve and maintain the Bryan Park.
Board Chair Statement

In the early 1990’s a friend took me on my first walk through Bryan Park. As I saw glimpses of its historic features I was shocked at how unused and dilapidated the 260+ acre park was. In 1994 FoBP was formed when Richmond City proposed to turn the public parkland into a golf course. All of these years later the park is now populated with disc golfers, soccer players, bird watchers, runners, bike riders, dog walkers and more. Once again Bryan Park has become a star of the City park system. 

Working with the Richmond Department of Parks and Recreation and entities such as the CBF, DOF, Riverine Chapter of the Master Naturalists, Sports Backers, and with donors and volunteers, FoBP has had many successes. Among them are the planting of trees to replace the huge specimens which are slowly aging away. A buffer of native moisture loving trees and shrubs has been planted along the upper pond to protect the shoreline from erosion. As a memorial to two members of the Bryan Family we have created a maple grove with a central sitting area. The “Illustrated History of Bryan Park” and a walking tour have been published. Outdoor theater “What Price Freedom,” about the slave Gabriel, has been funded and presented. In 2010 the park’s Centennial was celebrated with a festival during which a time capsule was buried. Recycling containers, a dog waste-bag station, a kiosk and bulletin boards are FoBP funded projects. Information on tree planting, watersheds, invasive alien plants, bird identification and other topics have been shared with the public, as education is a top priority of ours.  

These are just a very few of our accomplishments. Our challenges are great. The ponds are silting in while continuous streams of trash arrive via the waterways, much from Henrico County’s Upham Brook. FoBP has initiated talks with Henrico County officials to find solutions. Work parties of volunteers, often guided by FoBP members, collect the trash. The once majestic and nationally recognized Azalea Garden’s 17 acres are in great need of restoration. An attempt, on a small scale to start with, is in the works. Noise from I-95 will be buffered by FoBP planted trees. Some of our challenges have meant starting over—Hurricane Gaston wiped out a pond buffer and destroyed trees. Drought killed many newly planted azaleas. Despite these and other challenges FoBP perseveres. We are dedicated to our mission.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
This is a huge Richmond City park that sits on the border of Henrico County. Because of amenities such as disc golf, wooded trails, the Azalea Garden, Nature Center and soccer, visitors will travel many miles to come to Bryan Park.
Board Chair
Board Chair John Zeugner
Company Affiliation Richmond History Maker 2007, past executive director o f the Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation (now EnRichmond), Certified City Planner
Term Jan 2012 to Jan 2017
Email jjzeugner@comcast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sally Chamberlin Bon Secours Virginia Health System, retired
Samantha Emswiler John Tyler Community College
Marilyn Erickson Community Volunteer
Tom Houff Altius Cycling
Edward Knight Communications Art & Design
Donna Lacy Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Mary Beth Mains Accountant
Susan Ridd Henrico Citizen, Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles (Wes) Robertson VCU Master's Degree Student in Biology
Richard E Sinsabaugh Manager, Q Barbeque
Sarah S Sinsabaugh Bank of America
Mary Zayde Zeugner Davenport & Company, LLC
John J Zeugner Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 20
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Education
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Our board is made up of people who are passionate about protecting and improving Joseph Bryan Park.  Because we are a small grassroots organization, 100% dependent on volunteers, qualifications for board membership are simple.  Members must share our passion and be willing to work as part of our team. 
Executive Director
Executive Director John Zeugner
Experience
We do not have a CEO/Executive Director.  In 2013, our President and Past-President are John Zeugner and Sally Chamberlin. Because this program requires that we provide CEO information,  we have provided President information in its place.
Co-CEO
Co-CEO John J. Zeugner
Term Start Jan 2012
Email jjzeugner@comcast.net
Experience
Richmond History Maker 2007
Past Executive Director of Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation (now enRichmond)
Artist
Certified Urban Planner
Scenic Virginia Board Member
Battersea Board Member
Urban Planner
 
 
 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Sally Chamberlin Jan 2009 - Jan
John J. Zeugner Jan 2010 - Jan
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Virginia Master Naturalists
James River Association
James River Outdoor Coalition 
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 
Genworth, Altria, General Electric, Capital One 
Blue Sky Fund
Richmond City Master Gardeners
Richmond Tree Stewards 
 
Programs
CEO/ED/Board Comments Many challenges and opportunities have been presented previously under "Statements."   One challenge that FoBP shares with many other non profit volunteer organizations is attracting younger members who would like to volunteer on a consistent basis. People are busy these days with work, growing families and school activities.  Finding the time to volunteer is difficult for many.  In our experience it is those who are retired and whose families are grown, leaving some free time, who are most apt to volunteer.  Another challenge facing other organizations such as ours is fundraising. We have had some great success with this in the past, but the present state of the economy has forced many to cut back on donations.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $62,325.00
Projected Expenses $51,931.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$4,150$714--
Administration Expense$444$85--
Fundraising Expense$700$140--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.1517.35--
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%76%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%1%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$51,337$50,531--
Current Assets$51,337$50,531--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$51,337$50,531--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments