Jacob's Ladder, Inc.
P.O. Box 555
Urbanna VA 23175
Mission Statement
The mission of Jacob's Ladder is to aid and encourage at-risk, intellectually gifted children in grades 4-8 to reach their full potential. The program provides a proactive summer residential enrichment program to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. The outcome is for these students to become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. W. Aubrey Hall
Board Chair Mrs Peg Davis
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired educator
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 555
Urbanna, VA 23175
Telephone 804 758-0712
Fax 804 758-8175
E-mail contact@jladder.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $323,000.00
Projected Expenses $306,500.00
The mission of Jacob's Ladder is to aid and encourage at-risk, intellectually gifted children in grades 4-8 to reach their full potential. The program provides a proactive summer residential enrichment program to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. The outcome is for these students to become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.


  • The summer of 2017 began with the largest group of children participating in the Jacob’s Ladder Summer Residential Enrichment Camp ever, 64 Climbers. 
  • The student retention rate of the reoccurring four summer and year-round advocacy program is 97%. Only 3% of our total Climbers in twenty-six years have not completed the program.
  • College entrance rate of 93%
  • 7% enter another form of training or the armed services for a total of 100% pursuing higher education.
  • To date, the amount of scholarships awarded to Climbers for secondary school and higher education is over $10 million, Climbers attend the private secondary schools of Chatham Hall, Woodberry Forest, Fork Union Military Academy, Virginia Episcopal School and higher education institutes such as Boston University, Howard University, Rutgers, Stanford, Georgetown Universities, Dartmouth and UVA VCU, Duke University, University of Texas, Mary Washington University, North Carolina Central, University of Richmond, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Stanford, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Boston University, Georgetown University, College of William & Mary, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
  • The University of Richmond established a partnership with Jacob's Ladder in 2005. They now offer Climbers assistance in application and financial aid planning, waiver of application fee and a financial aid package consisting of a 100% grant of the determined need eligibility.
  • Advocacy/Follow-up is the supportive arm that follows students all year long and through their high school years. This also arranges for graduate Climbers to participate as a group in service projects.

  • Identify at-risk intellectually gifted students with the help of the area Public Schools.
  • Provide five years of enrichment opportunities to qualifying candidates. We anticipate the Climbers will graduate from high school, attend college and keep in contact to encourage other Climbers.
  • Produce youth equipped to help others in similar economic and social environs. We anticipate the Climbers to become upstanding leaders in their communities.
  • Provide higher education awareness. We expect a commitment from the Climber's family to help them with college visits, applications, scholarship forms, and encouragement to succeed in their higher education choices.

Jacob’s Ladder’s top needs:

  • Funds for Climbers: the 2017 costs for 4 weeks of residential camp for one child is $2,900; the year round advocacy/follow-up is $1,325; which totals per child: $4,225.
  • Passionate teachers and resident advisors with a heart for intellectually gifted students
  • Tend established relationships and develop new relationships with guidance counselors to find new Student/ Climbers for the Jacob’s Ladder Enrichment program.



Jacob’s Ladder was formed in 1991 with the vision of helping academically or intellectually gifted, at-risk children. The mission of Jacob’s Ladder is to foster intellectual, social, emotional and physical development; to provide support and information to the family unit; and to offer guidance in planning for advanced educational opportunities. With the help of local public school systems, Jacob’s Ladder, identifies students in the 4th and 5th grade levels and provides them academic and social/cultural opportunities through a month long summer residential camp. In addition to the residential camp, an advocacy follow-up program takes place throughout the year to provide consistent support. Visits by a Jacob’s Ladder counselor to the students' (Climbers’) schools establish relationships with guidance programs and faculty, and opens up a dialogue if concerns arise during the year. Home visits, group enrichment opportunities, area reunions, and weekend retreats are also part of the year-round advocacy and follow-up.

For the last twenty-seven years, the program has been held on four Virginia college preparatory campuses. These locations provide a stable and academic environment for the camp and the Climbers. The camp has grown from the 20 original Climbers in 1991 to 64 students attending the 2017 summer camp. Academic enrichment is provided through the study of math, science, language, music and art. During the week, students receive 18 hours of hands-on instruction conducted by professionals in their field. Recreation and physical activities are provided with additional emphasis on the social, cultural and philanthropic aspects of life. Jacob's Ladder's month long residential camp offers enough time in a structured setting, to mold good study and living habits and character development. The overarching 5-year repeat plan of Jacob’s Ladder reinforces each Climber.

The ultimate purpose of Jacob’s Ladder is to aid these carefully selected students in reaching their potential so they become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Essex County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Gloucester County
Lancaster County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northern Neck
King and Queen County
Shenandoah Valley
Climbers represented the state of Virginia, with students coming from the Blue Ridge foothill communities of Waynesboro City and Augusta County; the metro area and city of Richmond; the rural/suburban regions of Tidewater including the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, Peninsula, and the cities of Portsmouth and Suffolk. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs Peg Davis
Company Affiliation retired educator
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Email wordelldavis@aol.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms Margaret B. McGeorge
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2020
Email margmcg54@verizon.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Molly Dean Bittner VP Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation, Richmond
Mr. J. Garry Clay Davenport & Company LLC
Mrs. Hoppie Cockrell Rappahannock Gerneral Hospital
Mr. Joseph G. Coleman Ass't Headmaster/Dean of Students, Woodberry Forest School
Mrs. Peg Davis retired teacher
Mr. W. Aubrey Hall Jacob's Ladder. Inc, Executive Director, Emertius
Mrs. Bruce H. Hemp Augusta County Schools
Miss Bekinwari Idoniboye Analyst, Investure, LLC
Ms Margaret McGeorge Finanical Consultant
Mrs. Beth Monroe Community Volunteer
Mr. Walter H. Ryland Ryland Law, Attorney
Mr. E. Charles Silver IIMedline Industries, VP, OEM Sales
Mr. Calvin Smith Jr.Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Kathy Tucker Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. W. Aubrey Hall
Senior Staff
Mrs. Palmer Castrodale Activites Director
Mrs. Nicole Pearson Academic Director
Ms JoAnne Ruffa Camp Director/Adocacy and Follow-up Director
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 25
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Governor's Partnerships in Education AwardState of Virginia1996
Description Jacob's Ladder Summer Residential Enrichment Camp and Advocacy/Follow-up is the primary program. All efforts are directed to make these four to five weeks over a five or four year period the best and most impactful for students.The Advocacy portion continues with visits to home and school, a spring retreat, winter gathering and other enrichment opportunities throughout the year.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $273,900.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $323,000.00
Projected Expenses $306,500.00
Endowment Value $95,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$118,149$125,604$86,516
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,930$2,577$3,486
Membership Dues------
Special Events$16,699$25,332$28,619
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$217,363$199,824$225,705
Administration Expense$47,477$44,923$37,369
Fundraising Expense$28,456$39,136$34,149
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.051.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%70%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%14%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$345,993$322,435$299,395
Current Assets$258,348$278,984$250,958
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$6,762$7,474$6,666
Total Net Assets$339,231$314,961$292,728
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities38.2137.3337.65
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 5/2015View
Organization Comments
Organization has renewed its state charitable solicitation permit.  They called and spoke to a representative at VDACS who informed them that they are behind in reissuing the permits.  Once the new permit is available they will publish it to their portrait.