The Podium Foundation
320 Hull Street, #202
Richmond VA 23224
Mission Statement

To provide under-served youth, ages 10-19, in the greater Richmond metropolitan area with the skills to become confident and capable readers, writers, and communicators to succeed in school, career, and life.

 
 
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments Link to YouTube Channel is http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO31EJxqqZN4ODZn8v9lHNQ
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lindy M. Bumgarner
Board Chair Deanna Lorianni
Board Chair Company Affiliation Zuula Consulting
Contact Information
Address 320 Hull Street, #202
Richmond, VA 23224
Telephone 804 921-2328
E-mail info@thepodiumfoundation.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $185,000.00
Projected Expenses $136,070.00
Additional Documents


Statements
Mission

To provide under-served youth, ages 10-19, in the greater Richmond metropolitan area with the skills to become confident and capable readers, writers, and communicators to succeed in school, career, and life.

 
 
Impact
Podium redefines education standards of our city through close interactions and strengthening dialogue with public schools, community centers, youth, and their families. Our platforms encourage the voices of our youth to be heard while building communication and leadership skills critical for success. Since 2008, Podium has increased the number of outlets youth have to practice their writing and express themselves. Annually, Podium impacts over 300 youth in over 400 hours of programming.
 
All programs work towards the following community goals:

  1. Improve low regional Reading and Writing SOL scores
  2. Increase access to youth programs combining writing, communication, and leadership
  3. Bridge the regional achievement gap for underserved and minority youth
  4. Host safe, supportive spaces for youth to engage in personal and professional development; growth in voice and self-confidence; and celebration of their achievements.
Podium’s approach is based on our model: Educate. Empower. Transform. This focuses on understanding experiences, collaboration, and self-directed growth. Misperceptions of young people of color often involve racial and gender stereotypes, undermining potential for success. For gains in education, leadership, and professional development, is critical for young people to have access to programs fostering self-esteem with meaningful leadership opportunities (LDF & NWLC). 

 

 
Top Accomplishments of 2017:
1) Summer program improvements: opening up the leadership conference to all regional teen writers and providing stipends for high school summer interns
2) Podium begins serving over 350 youth annually
3) Richmond City Council Recognition: 10 Year Anniversary Outstanding Organization
 
Top Goals for 2018:
1) Launch of Podium's STEM Literacy Initiative
2) Launch of Podium's Family Communication for English Learners Initiative
3) Creation of the Podium's regional teen Social Justice Conference
Needs
Financial Needs
  1. $8,000- A Printing Benefactor is needed to cover paper costs for the Podium Print Journal/Zines each year.
  2. $75- Sponsor a Podium Student for a four-week unit of programs. 
 
People 
  1. Volunteer Tech Support- Podium needs technological assistance with website maintenance, graphic design and social media management.
  2. Writing Mentors--Podium invites area professionals in the publishing, writing and related fields to conduct classes, lectures and workshops during after-school programs.
  3. Board Members- Podium welcomes local leaders with experience and passion for youth, writing and literacy education. Board members are closely involved with all of Podium's programs and ensure that the organization remains healthy. 
 
Stuff 
  1. Technology Suite (Adobe CS6) for Mac-$350
  2. Non-perishable snacks for after-school programs
  3. Journals, pens, flash drives, etc. for after-school programs
 
 
Background
Podium was founded in 2008 to answer a need that is all too frequent in urban school systems like Richmond’s. A disparity existed between the opportunities available to students in the surrounding counties and in the schools of the city itself. Under the belief that competence with the written word is an irreplaceable skill in our culture as well as our economy, Podium was founded specifically to support the teaching and practice of writing skills and creative expression in our city’s public high schools.   Prior to Podium’s founding, 5,400 students in Richmond's public high schools lacked many of the writing and creative platforms commonly available in dozens of county schools nearby. To accomplish our mission, Podium has forged several key partnerships, notably with Richmond Public Schools, VCU, VUU, Metro-Richmond Boys and Girls Clubs, Communities in Schools of Richmond, local corporations and foundations, as well as dozens of volunteers and mentors. 
 
Podium operates a range of programs, each aiming to increase the self-esteem and creative reach of Richmond’s students, as well as strengthen cooperative talents and skills they will use in their transition to college and/or the professional world. City students receive real experience in working to deadlines, editing, as well as the incalculable thrill of seeing their works published and widely viewed.   It is important to note that the creative content of these programs is the sole product of the students themselves, including writing, illustrating, design and editing, all accomplished under Podium mentorship. While the value of such platforms for the city’s high school students may seem obvious, it should not go without observing that in a key aspect, writing differs from reading.  Long-term, it is Podium’s goal to advocate that every under-served high school student in each city of Virginia will have its own version of Podium as a platform for artistic expression.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Metro Richmond
Henrico County
Podium programs reside in our youth’s communities. Currently, October through June, Podium engages youth at Henderson and Lucille Brown Middle Schools and at Armstrong, Huguenot, John Marshall, Open, and Thomas Jefferson High Schools and serves families during the RPS Writing Festival. Podium serves youth June through August at Peter Paul Development Center, Metro Richmond Boys and Girls Clubs, Wilder Middle School, and Binford Middle School, and in Podium’s regional leadership programs.
Board Chair
Board Chair Deanna Lorianni
Company Affiliation Zuula Consulting
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Email deanna.lorianni@zuula.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joni Albrecht Little Star Communications
Scott Hammer Impact Makers
Janet Hammer retired
Janell Hancock Dominion Resources
Deanna Lorianni Zuula Consulting
David L. Robbins Author
Rob Shinn Cap Results
Danielle Smith Sinnott, Nuckols, & Logan
Kristin Walinski Scribe On Demand
Vida Williams Axis Partners
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
As part of Podium's 3-year capacity building plan, 2014-2017, through its Organizational Assessment, the organization worked with a consultant regarding board development in 2017 The organization is currently engaged in strategic planning in January - May 2018.
Executive Director
Executive Director Lindy M. Bumgarner
Experience Podium's co-founder and executive director, Lindy M. Bumgarner, has extensive experience in education and the non-profit industry. She has presented on panels and workshops at national conferences and is the former creator and director of Special Programs and Outreach for the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Ms. Bumgarner holds graduate degrees in pedagogy and has taught at the high school and collegiate levels. 
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Vicki Yeroian Programs Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
RPS coordinates with principals and teachers.  Teachers and administrators serve on the programs advisory committee or assist with program operation. VCU provides meeting space, plus students who serve as mentors and assistant editors or design team leaders. Communities in Schools of Richmond assists through their site coordinators, working closely with all Podium initiatives and volunteers.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Achievement for T3 AcademyRichmond Public Schools School Board2011
Certificate of Recognition for generous commitment of time and support to RPSSchool Board of the City of Richmond2012
10 Year Anniversary/Outstanding Community PartnerRichmond City Council2018
Programs
Description Project Write Now, ages 11 -14, empowers middle school youth to discover the value of writing in the modern world and find their individual voices through fun, focused writing prompts and communication exercises. During weekly meetings, youth discuss ideas about identity, culture, and community while learning essential writing skills and exploring poetry, short stories, and theatrics.  
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Through Project Write Now! youth develop an appreciation and love for writing, feel safe to share work with peers, and build confidence in writing and communication. 
Long Term Success

Podium programs' ultimate long term outcomes:

  • Improve academic writing and critical thinking skills
  • Build positive social behavior and leadership qualities
  • Nurture communication confidence and the professional self

 

Description In the Creative Expression Collective, high school youth (ages 14-19) develop writing skills while instilling a genuine love of the written form. Youth expand their creative horizons through multiple writing and communication units, including poetry, college prep, and prose writing. Building confidence in the work produced, they participate in a share-and-critique time as well as publication of quarterly zines and the online journal.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success Through the Creative Expression Collective, youth learn and utilize techniques to improve academic writing and critical thinking skills, develop confidence in written voice, communication, and public speaking; and explore professional and collegiate writing.
Long Term Success

Podium programs' ultimate long term outcomes:

  • Improve academic writing and critical thinking skills
  • Build positive social behavior and leadership qualities
  • Nurture communication confidence and the professional self
Description

Concluding the summer, the Writers’ Leadership Conference is a multi-day program for Podium leaders across the region to meet, interact, and engage in mentorship and advanced writing workshops. Youth intensify practice in critical thinking and group dynamic skills needed across disciplines. Meeting with local artists, writers, and performers, youth connect their own passion and skills within the professional world. 

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success During the leadership conference, youth create peer networks across sites, develop advanced writing and mentorship skills, and engage with community professionals to identify the importance of writing and communication across disciplines.
Long Term Success

Podium programs' ultimate long term outcomes:

  • Improve academic writing and critical thinking skills
  • Build positive social behavior and leadership qualities
  • Nurture communication confidence and the professional self
Description

In the Writing Mentorship Project (WMP), upperclassmen and graduating seniors demonstrating leadership and/or have participated in shadowing middle school workshops are invited to apply for a six-week intensive internship over the summer. Alongside staff, high school interns develop of series of writing workshops to facilitate within Podium’s summer middle school programs. 

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success In WMP, youth strengthen professional communication and peer-mentorship skills, learn time management, group leadership, and project facilitation; and create tools for self-reflection, personal development, and post-graduation.
Long Term Success

Podium programs' ultimate long term outcomes:

  • Improve academic writing and critical thinking skills
  • Build positive social behavior and leadership qualities
  • Nurture communication confidence and the professional self
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $185,000.00
Projected Expenses $136,070.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$113,496$112,776$70,670
Administration Expense$18,236$18,798$12,514
Fundraising Expense$6,804$5,809$6,525
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.160.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%82%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$34,573$46,762$23,548
Current Assets$33,050$45,238$22,109
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$34,573$46,762$23,548
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 11/2015View
Application 12/29/2017View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Transitioned from a calendar fiscal year to a 7/31 fiscal year end in 2013
  • Form 990 and financial statements prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990