Rebuilding Together of Richmond
406 W Franklin Street
Suite B
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
Our mission: Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.
 
Rebuilding Together Richmond is a community revitalization partner that provides free home repairs to homeowners, specifically older adults and persons with disabilities. 
 
With the help of volunteers and skilled laborers we have improved over 1,000 homes since our inception, making it possible for long-time residents to remain in their homes.
 
We provide home improvement services at no cost to our homeowner clients by utilizing volunteers and donations from corporate, civic and faith-based resources.
Web and Social Media
Hill family with team captain from Owens & Minor
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Kay Huss
Board Chair Mr. Ed Solarz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Genesis Properties
Contact Information
Address 406 W Franklin Street
Suite B
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 447-3841
Fax 804 328-4510
E-mail info@rebuildingtogetherrichmond.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Former Names
NameYear
Christmas in April Richmond2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $570,308.00
Projected Expenses $558,170.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report 20122012View
Statements
Mission
Our mission: Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.
 
Rebuilding Together Richmond is a community revitalization partner that provides free home repairs to homeowners, specifically older adults and persons with disabilities. 
 
With the help of volunteers and skilled laborers we have improved over 1,000 homes since our inception, making it possible for long-time residents to remain in their homes.
 
We provide home improvement services at no cost to our homeowner clients by utilizing volunteers and donations from corporate, civic and faith-based resources.
Impact
  Rebuilding Together of Richmond’s Top Accomplishments for 2014
40 houses received home improvements, safety and wellness enhancements (36 National Rebuilding Day, 4 Partner Builds; 2 non-profit facilities) 

Rebuilding Together of Richmond’s Impact for 2014
• 44 houses and 1 non-profit facility rehabilitated
• Involving 1,000 volunteers, committing to more than 12,000 hours of volunteer time
• Delivering $1,000,000 in market value by leveraging $200,000 cash donations with in-kind materials & labor
Rebuilding Together of Richmond’s Cumulative Impact since 1993
•1,018 houses and non-profit facilities rehabilitated
• 30,000 volunteers donating their time and skills
• Work done in 18 communities in the City of Richmond
• Delivering $14 million market value

Homeowner testimonial from National Rebuilding Day 2014

I want to thank all of the Rebuilding Together staff, all of the volunteers…you all did such a beautiful job for me. It has been a great blessing. I go from room to room and just look. It’s like I have a new house. I haven’t put anything on the walls yet (except my curtains) because they are so beautiful.”

 


     
Needs
  • Secure funding to allow us to staff for effective program development and associated activities - marketing/communications staff is critical to strengthening awareness and communicating with current and prospective stakeholders  
  • Materials donors, skilled trades support - electrical, HVAC, etc.
  • Recruit new board members to provide essential guidance and oversight of the organization in a time of growth  
  • Build on partnerships with collaborators in home renovation, healthy homes and home safety  
Background
RTR began in 1993 and has restored homes for 972 low-income homeowners who live in neighborhoods throughout Richmond. Rebuilding Together Richmond is one of 200 independent grass roots affiliates of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities that provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans. In 2011, more than 10,000 homes and non-profit facilities were rehabilitated nationally with the help of over a quarter million volunteers. In addition to National Rebuilding Day in April, Rebuilding Together affiliates are increasingly working year round in many parts of the country, delivering emergency series, home modifications and green building to conserve energy and consumption.
 
National Rebuilding Day is the organization’s signature event of home repair and revitalization offered by more than 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country in the spring of each year. This event occurs in April and is the culmination of a year of planning, evaluating, training, organizing, and assembling the largest nationwide group of volunteers, from all walks of life, to repair and restore houses and non-profit facilities, revitalize entire communities and make a lasting impression on those families and individuals who are helped. 
 
RTR is now offering year round build projects.  Partner Build is intended to serve homeowners in our target community (2014 - Church Hill) who do not need the extensive resources available to our April blitz build clients.  These projects require fewer volunteers, less up front planning time and less funding than National Rebuilding Day projects.  We hope to increase the number of homes served by 25% this year.    
CEO Statement
Rebuilding Together Richmond has made great strides in positioning ourselves to expand capacity. With great thanks to a grant intended for this purpose, in the last three years we have grown from a part-time ED to a full-time ED, a half-time program manager and an hourly field assistant.  We created, staffed and tasked four committees made up of board and non-board members.  We produced an organizational audit and development plan and acted upon numerous recommendations stated in those planning documents.  The year has been one of relationship building and messaging outside of our current support base.  We've incorporated communication vehicles such as Facebook and direct mail to our donors and key volunteers.  We are moving into a position of strength to offer operations throughout the year and to fill a niche of service to the city's neighborhoods.  We are confident our expanded focus on safe and healthy housing will allow us to engage a multitude of volunteers in ways that are of benefit to the homeowners we serve.        
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Richmond, City
Neighborhoods in the City of Richmond are the current service areas for RT Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ed Solarz
Company Affiliation Genesis Properties
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Email edward.solarz@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Elizabeth Shaw
Company Affiliation DuPont
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Email elizabeth.r.shaw@dupont.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Jeff Blaha Hometown Realty
Mr. Andy Boyles YOUNT, HYDE & BARBOUR, P.C.
Ms. Mary K. Brown Virginia Regional Tourism
Ms. Christine DeFilippo Capital One Services
Ms. Laura Dickinson Virginia Supportive Housing
Ms. Dana Henry Community Volunteer
Mr. Fred Hicks Community Volunteer
Mr. George Holcombe CapitalOne
Ms. Mary Kay Huss Rebuilding Together Richmond
Mr. Rob Jukic Honeywell
Ms. Casey Erin Lucier McGuireWoods LLP
Ms. Lindsay Norfolk Dominion Resources, Inc.
Mr. Todd Sears Board Member
Ms. Elizabeth Shaw Dupont
Mr. Robert Skipper Emerald Construction
Mr. Edward Solarz Normandy Consulting LLC
Mr. Steven Williams Hometown Realty Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Executive
Operations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Our newly formed Governance committee is tasked with evaluating best practices and making recommendations to the board.    
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Mary Kay Huss
Experience
Mary Kay Huss previously served in various capacities at the Better Housing Coalition since 2006, most recently as their Vice President of Asset Management where she had operation and asset management  responsibility a portfolio of 1,500 apartments.  Her non-profit experience began in the early 1990's as the founding executive director of Interfaith Housing Corporation.  Mary Kay holds a BS in Business from Longwood and a MBA from the University of Richmond.  She is a 2010 graduate of LMR and serves on the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Chapter 38 executive board.  She earned her ARM (Accredited Residential Manager) and her MLO (Mortgage Loan Originator) license in 2010.  Mary Kay served as President of the Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA) from 2009-2013 and now is active on the executive committee as Past President.  
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Amy M King Jan 2004 - Mar 2014
Ms. Rebecca Seidenberg Jan 2001 - June 2003
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 1000
Retention Rate 50
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
RTR works closely with all relevant government, nonprofit and public agencies to accomplish our mission.  We collaborate with The City of Richmond, Richmond Community Development Alliance (RCDA), Project:Homes, Senior Connections, City Council, Home Depot, NARI - National Association of Remodelers, Virginia LISC - Greater Fulton's Future Initiative and the Affordable Housing Awareness Week committee.    
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Richmond Community Development Alliance2004
ConnectRichmond2007
HandsOn Greater Richmond2008
Partnership for Housing Affordability2008
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Neighborhood ConservatorAlliance for Conservation of Old Richmond Neighborhoods2007
Richmond Community Service AwardRichmond City Council2011
Programs
Description
National Rebuilding Day, the organization’s signature event of home repair and revitalization, is offered by more than 200 RT affiliates across the country. This event occurs in April and is the culmination of a year of planning, evaluating, training, organizing, and assembling nearly 250,000 volunteers to repair and restore houses and non-profit facilities and revitalize entire communities.
 
RT Richmond has offered this annual program for 21 years, engaging more than 100 corporate, civic, church and professional organizations, donors and sources for the 2000 volunteers providing the labor to repair these homes.
 
Rebuilding Together’s Rebuilding Day services are provided to low-income homeowners who are elderly or disabled. The home improvements and safety and wellness enhancements allow the homeowner to remain in their homes longer than would be possible without our services. Older adults and disabled persons are able to avoid nursing home placement and age comfortably and safely in their own homes.
Our year round builds, Partner Build, represent an additional opportunity to serve applicants who are seeking home improvement assistance but do not have the depth of need usually found in our April Rebuilding Day projects.  RTR successfully grew its builds by 25% through Partner Builds in 2013.  
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Budget $250,000.00
Short Term Success Rebuilding Together of Richmond rehabilitated 46 homes and one non-profit housing facility as part of the April 28, 2012 National Rebuilding Day event.
Long Term Success Rebuilding Together of Richmond contributed to the stability and revitalization of one of the city's communities most deeply impacted by foreclosure and the downturn in the economy.  The City Neighborhood in Bloom program focused on this area as well as several other CDCs to save it from further demise.  RTR's presence and active work in the community contributed to numerous residents receiving services from the other agencies when they were not appropriate clients for our program.  While working together, many astounding changes took place.  One home was demolished and rebuilt for its current owner; one home received a major rehab to keep it from being the next one demolished; several residents received emergency assistance for electrical and heating needs - all because we were working in the area and connected them to necessary services.              
CEO/ED/Board Comments
RTR plans to offer additional opportunities for engagement and service to our target population outside of National Rebuilding Day (NRD). While we do a fabulous job with the 50 or so families reached with NRD, there are others who can use some limited level of service, but do not meet our requirements for a NRD candidate.  We are piloting options for these new service opportunities with stakeholders who have expressed interest in partnering but do not wish to be limited to the spring blitz build model.        
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $570,308.00
Projected Expenses $558,170.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$243,917$157,401$259,604
Administration Expense$52,254$44,857$46,163
Fundraising Expense$53,784$37,699$23,536
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.021.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%66%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%15%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$262,766$228,696$224,975
Current Assets$261,105$226,829$222,394
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$7,505$719$1,974
Total Net Assets$255,261$227,977$223,001
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities34.79315.48112.66
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? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Comments
Organization Comments
RTR is focused on optimizing our funding model to grow funding sources like our individual volunteers/donors.  We've had reasonable success with the foundation funders, however, those funds are only available per their giving guidelines and cannot be relied upon from year to year.  Cultivation of individuals will be an essential component to our sustainability moving forward.