Richmond Police Foundation
200 W. Grace Street, 5th Floor
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement To operate a charitable organization for the planning, development, support and implementation of programs and activities of the Richmond Police Department, to improve communications of the Richmond Police Department and the public, to promote studies and programs to improve the performance and effectiveness of the Richmond Police Department
CEO/Executive Director William B Friday
Board Chair Joseph C. Hutchinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation WestRock Company
Contact Information
Address 200 W. Grace Street, 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 646-0722
Fax 804 646-3021
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $55,000.00
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Mission To operate a charitable organization for the planning, development, support and implementation of programs and activities of the Richmond Police Department, to improve communications of the Richmond Police Department and the public, to promote studies and programs to improve the performance and effectiveness of the Richmond Police Department
The Foundation was successful in implementing the second year of the Violence Free Zone at George Wythe High School. The program is designed to assist at risk youth with personal development and decrease the number of disruptive incidents in the school.
Also during 2009 the Foundation supported the Police Athletic/Activities League’s golf tournament that raised over $20,000 to support their mission. The Foundation’s sponsorship enabled dozens of Richmond City youth to attend the summer camp.
Another youth driven activity was the formation of the Chief’s Board of Commissioners of Youth Ambassadors. The group is comprised of Richmond youth from each high school. The Youth Ambassadors meet weekly for activities related to leadership and personal enhancement skills.

All one has to do is pick up a newspaper, watch the news, or listen to the radio to the challenges facing those officers in the public safety realm. There is little doubt that our most promising asset is at risk.  The challenge is to provide both proactive and reactive solutions to all citizens and ensure that the underlying causes that lead to crime and the fear of crime are addressed. 

The City ofRichmondand specifically the Richmond Police Department works diligently to address:

  • Increasing idle time among school age children in the community;
  • Public Safety issues related to the homeless and poverty rates ofRichmondresidents. The highest percentage of drop-outs in the state;
  • Crimes that affect the high quality of life f thatRichmondcitizens deserve

Additionally, the local economy continues to recover at a pace that is slower than anticipated. The slow recovery has affected all segments of our community and therefore the need to support the local law enforcement agency that a key piece of public safety responsibility. 

The need for additional resources to support police initiatives far outpaces the economy’s growth rate and at that realization poses some challenges.

Despite the challenges there is hope going forward. The Richmond Police Foundation continues to be a catalyst in identifying additional resources. Resources are still needed to assist in providing training opportunities for our officer, support for recruit classes and continuation of programs for high risk youth.

Background The Richmond Police Foundation, founded in 1997, has historically provided support to the community outreach efforts of the Richmond Police Department (RPD). Originally, the Foundation was founded to support the Project Exile initiative that addressed gun violence in the City of Richmond.

 Over the past years the outreach efforts have evolved and now have primarily focused on youth and other specific projects identified by the RPD. Projects supported include the Richmond Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), the Chief of Police's Board of Youth Commissioners, the Homicide Support Group and the Violence Free Zone at George Wythe High School. 

 The Foundation continues to work closely with Chief Bryan Norwood and the Richmond Police Department to ensure that the Foundation's mission is met. The Foundation and RPD have placed community involvement projects that affect public safety as a top priority. Collaborating with individual, corporate and group community partners continues to be a focus.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Board Chair
Board Chair Joseph C. Hutchinson
Company Affiliation WestRock Company
Term Oct 2016 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Heidi Abbott Hutton & Williams
Robyn L Diehl-McDougle L Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Chief Alfred Durham Richmond Police Department
Mark Fero Office of Attorney General
Jerry Fox Cherry Bekaert & Holland
Lisa Hicks-Thomas Dominion Resources Services
Joseph C Hutchinson MeadWestvaco
David Miles Virginia Credit Union League
C Anthony Reale Altria Client Services, Inc.
Donna Smith City of Richmond - Social Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
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Executive Director
Executive Director William B Friday
The Police Foundation does not have a CEO/Executive Director but William Friday is the primary contact.
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
The Richmond Police Foundation has a core of volunteers that assist with various projects. In addition to the volunteer board, the Foundation has successfully recruited volunteers from the corporate community, the Richmond Police Department and Virginia Commonwealth University. The volunteer opportunities include youth activities associated with the Violence Free Zone initiative at George Wythe High School, the Richmond Police Athletic/Activities League activities and golf tournament and RPD community events co-sponsored by the Foundation.

 The Foundation continues to strengthen the collaborative efforts with several of its partners including Richmond Public Schools, Community in Schools, the Richmond Outreach Center, Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, the Foundation has many corporate partners including Dominion, MWV and Altria that support various efforts.

Description To prevent and reduce youth violence and make schools safe for learning. It does this by challenging young people’s offending behavior and helping them redirect their lives into positive directions. The initiative also has the goal of changing the negative culture and motivating the community, school officials, local government, law enforcement, business leaders and others to become active participants in the campaign to give support to youth.
Budget $341,378.00
The group consists of volunteers within the Richmond Police Department and the community who meet monthly with families of homicide victims to talk out issues and help with the grieving process. The group also has luncheons and picnics where other porfessionals are invited to come in and talk with the families.
Budget $835.00
Local high school juniors and seniors meet weekly with Chief Norwood and the Command Staff to learn about the Department's operation. Students are shown how to conduct meetings and how to recognize and identify rank of officers and members of the Departments by the uniforms they wear. The initiative also serves as a mentoring program for students and allows the Department to gain a better understanding of young people, their needs and the best ways to relate to them.
Budget $0.00

The Nancy White Thomas Richmond Police Fund is designated for assistance to Richmond Police recruits upon graduation. Funds are utilized to purchase area road maps for each graduate of the recruit class. Additionally, funds are used to purchase awards for recruits.  The Nancy White Thomas Award is in honor of Ms. Nancy White Thomas for her inspiration and contributions to recruit training for over 42 years. This award recognizes the recruit who has demonstrated the most outstanding overall performance throughout recruit training.

Budget $2,000.00
Description As part of National Police Week, Richmond Police, officers from surrounding jurisdictions and  federal and state law enforcement partners participate in the Bike for the Blue event.  Approximately 200 officers ride the 117 miles fromRichmondtoWashingtonDCto honor and remember those who have died in the line of duty.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $55,000.00
Projected Expenses $55,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$57,950$35,285$19,703
Administration Expense$235$2,275$4,538
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.600.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%94%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$101,348$102,136$117,115
Current Assets$101,348$102,136$117,115
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$101,348$102,136$117,115
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
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments

While the Foundation has not formally required that board members provide financial support, the board volunteers fully accept a “give or get” approach to providing resources for Foundation operations and projects. Each member continues to assist in initiatives by providing non-financial resources for specific projects through various means. Perhaps one of the biggest contributions from board members is their ability to secure contributions through their corporate and personal affiliations.  

Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s prepared by Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP.
  • The organization does not currently conduct an audit.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from individuals.