Friends of Dragon Run
P.O. Box 882
Gloucester VA 23061
Mission Statement
The Friends of Dragon Run is a nonprofit corporation and all-volunteer organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and encouragement of wise use of the Dragon Run and its watershed.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Janice R Moore
Board Chair Janice R Moore
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 882
Gloucester, VA 23061
Telephone 703 217-0610
Fax 757 483-6592
E-mail President@dragonrun.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $22,300.00
Projected Expenses $11,800.00
Statements
Mission
The Friends of Dragon Run is a nonprofit corporation and all-volunteer organization dedicated to the protection, preservation and encouragement of wise use of the Dragon Run and its watershed.
Impact
  • Increased land holdings to 604.17 acres. 
  • Increase research/education opportunities on our land.
  • Expand stewardship activities
  • Build membership and increase involvement of members in stewardship activities and other programs.

 

Needs
Funds to:
  • purchase new land.
  • maintain and preserve current land holdings.
  • prepare educational/recruitment/publicity materials.
  • assure future viability.

Volunteers to:
  • perform community outreach/education.
  • perform stewardship needs of land holdings.
  • serve as crew on paddle trips.
  • assure future viability.
Background

In November, 1985, Dr. Gerald Stokes (Virginia Land Conservation Coordinator ) contacted James V. Morgan, a Gloucester conservationist known for his love of the Dragon Run, on behalf of Louise McKenna of Middlesex County, who wished to permanently preserve a portion of her property for its conservation potential.  Following a conversation with Dr. Stokes, Morgan contacted friends and acquaintances he knew were interested in protecting and preserving the Dragon Run.  Following lengthy negotiations and fundraising efforts by the Morgan group, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) agreed to purchase the property with donations raised by the Morgan group and hold title until the group could incorporate.  In late April1986, the ad hoc purchase group, later known as Friends of Dragon Run, was formed.  The organization adopted its By-Laws, elected Directors and Officers, and forged a purpose statement, “The preservation, protection, and encouragement of wise use of Dragon Run and its watershed.”

Friends of Dragon Run was incorporated August 13, 1990, received IRS provisional tax-exempt status July 25, 1991, and permanent 501(c)3 tax-exempt status June 5, 1995.  The IRS determined at that time that FODR is a publically supported organization described under U. S. Code Sections 509(a)1, and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)..
 

In 1994, Friends of Dragon Run (FODR) acquired its first parcel of conservation property on its own.  In 1995, the McKenna Tract was transferred from VOF to FODR.  Subsequently, FODR has acquired additional parcels of land bordering the Dragon Run, bringing the total land held in conservation to over 603 acres. 

All parcels acquired to date border the Dragon Run directly, and most are the subject of a Forestry Management Plan.  Each parcel is visited regularly by a Property Monitor to ensure that streamside erosion or other water quality issues are detected and mitigated promptly.

FODR pays Real Estate Taxes to the localities within which it owns land.  Quarterly meetings, open to the public, present  knowledgeable speakers on topics of a conservation nature, wildlife, or habitat management. We also publish a quarterly newsletter, which is distributed to every member.

FODR is a member-based conservation land trust, governed by a 13 to 19 member Board of Directors elected bi-annually, and managed by five Officers, elected annually. There are no paid positions within the organization.  All Officers and Directors serve on a voluntary basis.  Membership is open to any interested persons.

CEO Statement We are strictly a volunteer organization.  Each board member/officer works on at least one project every year -- all aimed at preserving and protecting the Dragon Run and its watershed.  Our paddle season is our principal fundraising and outreach activity.  During the month of April, we share the magic of the Dragon with hundreds of people, providing the kayaks, paddles, and life vests, accompanied by at least 4 crew members taken from a group of about 25 volunteers, most of whom travel more than 50 miles - at their own expense - to help out on these trips.  
Board Chair Statement Each of our Officers and Board members has a personal story about how he or she first became captivated by the Dragon and what drives them to volunteer so much time toward our mission. For many of them, that happened many years ago, and our group is aging and less able to take on major projects, such as publishing our newsletter, The Dragon's Tale. Our biggest challenge is finding more donors and more young people to become members and get involved as volunteers and learn about the Dragon Run, so that the future of our organization is assured. 
 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Essex County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Middlesex County
The Dragon Run watershed
Board Chair
Board Chair Janice R Moore
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email President@dragonrun.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Molly Broderson Community Volunteer
Jed Dolan Retired - Police Dept., Suffolk Co., NY
Anne Ducey-Ortiz Community Volunteer
Terry Foster-DuRose Community Volunteer
Adrienne Frank Child Development Resources
Robert Gibson Independent Farmer
Curtis Hill Community Volunteer
John Jensen Retired - Family owned machine shop
Teta Kain Community Volunteer
David Milby VA Dept. of Forestry
Janice Moore Community Volunteer
Jack Musick Community Volunteer
Jim Pettyjohn VA Community College Systems (VCCS)
Bruce Pully Retired - Annheuser-Busch, Inc.
S. Davis Rhodes Verizon - Retired; US Coast Guard - Retired
Bambi Thompson Community Volunteer
Christine Tombleson Community Volunteer
Roger Weakley Retired
Jeffrey Wright Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 94
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Executive
Program / Program Planning
Nominating
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Janice R Moore
Experience

35 years as a lawyer licensed in VA (current) and Washington, DC

Trustee and Trustee Emerita (current), University of Richmond Board of Trustees 

Board member,  University of Richmond Law School Advisory Board (current)
 
Chair, Corporate Counsel Section, Virginia State Bar (until 1996)
 
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
The Nature Conservancy
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
Middle Peninsula Land Trust
Land Trust Alliance 
Programs
Description Ensure custodial responsibilities for FODR property and identify ways to preserve, maintain, and/or improve the natural habitat
Long Term Success Purchase of Willams tract and Eagle's Nest tract for an additional 101 acres protected.
Description
Protect land directly adjacent to the Dragon Run through conservation easements and property purchase, and support other entities to protect the watershed.
Description
Promote awareness about the watershed, natural systems, and FODR mission and goals.
Description
Promote scientific study, monitoring, and education related to natural systems and threats to the DragonRun Watershed.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $22,300.00
Projected Expenses $11,800.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,877$2,422$2,706
Administration Expense$6,747$4,455$6,454
Fundraising Expense$30$30$30
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.493.003.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses30%35%29%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$735,671$721,263$707,469
Current Assets$141,398$126,990$113,196
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$735,671$721,263$707,469
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by Ballard & Serio
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by Form 990