Richmond Cycling Corps.
1717 Summit Avenue
Richmond VA 23230-4515
Mission Statement Richmond Cycling Corps is devoted to dramatically improving the lives of youth living in Richmond Public Housing. We strive to provide opportunities that do not exist in those neighborhoods, and to re-program learned behavior that is at odds with mainstream society. We use the sport of cycling to develop character and connect with the world outside public housing. 
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Craig Scott Dodson
Board Chair Mr. Peter Fraser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fraser Design Associates
Contact Information
Address 1717 Summit Avenue
Richmond, VA 232304515
Telephone 804 350-9843
Fax 804 350-9843
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $225,000.00
Projected Expenses $135,000.00
Mission Richmond Cycling Corps is devoted to dramatically improving the lives of youth living in Richmond Public Housing. We strive to provide opportunities that do not exist in those neighborhoods, and to re-program learned behavior that is at odds with mainstream society. We use the sport of cycling to develop character and connect with the world outside public housing. 
In February of this year, Richmond Cycling Corps launched the Armstrong High School cycling team - the nation's first high school cycling team composed of youth entirely from public housing. Our students competed in mountain bike races throughout Virginia against students from across the state. With competition, we are able to help our kids develop an even deeper connection to the sport, and to have an identity as athletes. 
 We broke ground on another unheralded concept: we are constructing a full scale mountain bike terrain and skills park smack dab in the middle of Richmond's East End housing projects! This park will include 1.5 miles of singletrack trail, berms, bumps, jumps and obstacles. We have entry level mountain bike available for kids to use and try cycling for the first time. This will be something new, and we know it will be the jumping off point for a lot of new kids looking to start riding bikes with us.
At the end of July, eight youth from Fairfield Court had the opportunity for a brand new "real work" experience. In partnership with the Dominion Foundation and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, we will spend three days and two nights at Pocahontas State Park working with hand tools to build new trails and repair old ones. Our goal is to provide the connection between hard work and compensation, and a feeling of contribution to the world at large.
Our goals are to continue offering as many opportunities as possible to the youth in Richmond's Public Housing. We want them to see the world and have resources to access it. We will continue to develop the Armstrong High School Team; to develop as many student-athletes as possible. We will expand the scope of our bike park to include community events and races. We will bring new ideas forward, and we will never let our kids down!
  1. Consistent funding.  We must be able to fulfill the promises made to our kids: that we will do anything we can to get them out of public housing. Multi-year donors of $1,000 and up can help us secure our mission and better prepare for the future.
  2. Funding to increase staff size and compensation. More staff means we can provide more focused support to every youth we work with.
  3. Resources to make the bike park grow. With funding we will be able to provide jobs for neighborhood youth (maintenance and grooming of park).
  4. Cooperation and support of teachers and administrators. We have been very fortunate to have good people assist our program at Armstrong High School. With continued support, we will be better able to grow within the school.
  5. Develop an entry level program for novice bike riders.
RCC grew out of an idea born during a 2005 visit to Fairfield Court by Craig Dodson, RCC's founder. At that time, Craig was an elite level cyclist, who was traveling all over the United States for competition. Whilst in Richmond, he and a teammate were asked by race organizers to visit a community center in Fairfield Court to speak about their racing careers. This disparity between himself, his upbringing, and the youth he was addressing, stuck with Craig for years afterward. He knew that there was something inherently wrong in the gulf between himself and these kids, and he vowed to do something about it.
Years later, in 2009, Craig found himself settling in Richmond, and upon retiring from competitive cycling in 2010, once again set his mind to the cause of youth in Richmond Public Housing. And so, in 2011, he founded Richmond Cycling Corps with a fleet of mix-matched donated bikes and second hand clothing. With the first successes, the first long bike rides and continued interest, Craig and RCC began to grow into what it is today. 
Generous private and corporate funding have, over the past few years, allowed RCC to obtain a veritable fleet of road, mountain, cyclocross and BMX bicycles. From RCC's headquarters in Scott's Addition or from Armstrong High School, youth train for mountain bike races and 100 mile corporate "century" rides.
In the course of this time, our kids have ridden bikes an aggregate total mileage equal to three trips around the GLOBE. They have improved their grades, changed their attitudes and stayed out of trouble. We have kids thinking about college and school now. They have an identity as cyclists, with no need to define themselves by gangs, drugs or violence. They do not have the same opportunities as their suburban counterparts. We have worked very hard over the years to change that. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
We primarily work with youth in Fairfield Court, but members of our program have also lived in Whitcomb Court, Mosby Court, and Gilpin Court (all public housing complexes).
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Peter Fraser
Company Affiliation Fraser Design Associates
Term Jan 2010 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Craig Dodson Richmond Cycling Corps (People Cycle)
Mr. Peter Fraser Fraser Design Associates
Ms. Carolyn Goble USA Cycling
Dr. Peter Henry Virginia Commonwealth University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Inherent challenges are faced everyday with the population of youth we serve. However, such challenges are what makes our successes so remarkable. Richmond Cycling Corps operates in a unique style -- from our outreach methods -- our programming channels -- to our governance structure and protocols.  Results speak for themselves and one could deduce that we've simply found what works best for the purpose we serve.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Craig Scott Dodson
Founder Richmond Cycling Corps (2010)--nation's premier inner-city youth cycling program, Founder Richmond Bicycle Studio (2011)--Non-profit earned income generator, Founder RCC Youth LAB (2012)--creative space for RCC Youth, Founder RCC Youth Art Series (2012)--T-shirt design for Rwandan National Cycling Team, Logo design for 2015 Richmond World Championships, Founder Armstrong High School Cycling Team (2014)--nation's first and only inner-city cycling team, Founder Armstrong High School Bike Park (2014)--nation's first and only inner-city mountain bike park. 
Senior Staff
Mr. Matthew Crane Development Director
Mr. Wilson Hale Richmond Bicycle Studio Coordinator
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 10
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 80
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 4
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations with:
Hands On Greater Richmond
Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond
Communities In Schools Richmond
Richmond Public Schools
Top 40 Under 40Style Weekly2011
Inspiring Sole AwardOutside Magazine/Crocs Footwear2010
Creativity AwardCreative Change Center2014
History Maker for Outreach InnovationValentine History Museum2014
Community Leadership AwardCarytown Bicycle Company2014
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $225,000.00
Projected Expenses $135,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$450,512$365,080$339,572
Administration Expense$42,504$73,312$35,415
Fundraising Expense$47,305$23,802$21,167
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.181.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%79%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%14%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$374,056$265,810$175,002
Current Assets$367,498$265,810$175,002
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$1,598$6,561$1,649
Total Net Assets$372,458$259,249$173,353
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities229.9740.51106.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Our current campaign is aimed at creating revenue to fund the development of the Armstrong Bike Park and its future maintenance and growth.
Goal $15,000.00
Dates July 2014 to Aug 2014
Amount Raised To Date $5,500.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 1/2016View