Side by Side
P.O. Box 5542
Richmond VA 23220-0542
Mission Statement

Side by Side is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

CEO/Executive Director Mx. Ted Lewis
Board Chair Stacey Lawson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital One
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 5542
Richmond, VA 232200542
Telephone 804 644-4800
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth1991
Site Visit No
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $451,804.00
Projected Expenses $451,804.00

Side by Side is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

Impact Past Years
  • Side by Side continues to be Central Virginia's leader in providing support groups, leadership development, healthy social activities and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth.
  • In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, Side by Side served over 350 LGBTQ+ and allied youth in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Petersburg.
  • In just the last three years, Side by Side has trained over 6,000 teachers, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, and other youth workers to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth through our training program.
  • Side by Side continued to address the evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth through innovative programs including a transgender specific support group and developed a program to support middle school students ages 11-13.
  • In January of 2017, Side by Side launched a LGBTQ+ Youth of Color group in Richmond for youth 14-20 in collaboration with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project.

Current Year

  • Side by Side is exploring opportunities for growth including increasing services for LGBTQ+ and allied youth experiencing unstable housing and homelessness. 
  • Side by Side's trainings will continue to expand reach and broaden the number of safe spaces in our community, including providing training opportunities on the unique needs of transgender youth.
  • Increase volunteer support through committee participation in the following areas: communications, programs and services, technology, and special events
  • Volunteer support for support group facilitators
  • Donor support through monetary or in-kind donations (specifically back packs, bags, and coats)

Founded in 1991, Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is the only organization in the area serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Side by Side provides the following weekly programs in Richmond: Youth Engaged in Leadership, LGBTQ support group, middle school support group and transgender support group. Additionally, Side by Side provides a youth center with drop in hours, crisis intervention for youth, a 24/7 youth support hotline and referrals and resources for youth, parents and service providers. Side by Side also provides a weekly LGBTQ support group in Charlottesville. Side by Side provides trainings for school personnel and human service providers throughout Central Virginia on addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ young people.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Southside Virginia
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southwest Virginia
While our primary focus is on youth in the Central Virginia and Blue Ridge regions, through the youth support line, we receive calls from LGBTQ youth from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. Because we are the only agency in Virginia that provide services specifically designed for LGBTQ youth, we have also had youth attend support groups from all parts of the state.  Side by Side also has a wider geographic footprint through the our training efforts.
Board Chair
Board Chair Stacey Lawson
Company Affiliation Capital One
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Robert Acosta-Lewis Hunton & Williams
Trudy Akande Community Volunteer
Ryan J. Arey Catholic Charities
John Ashley Community Volunteer
Ron Brown Pathways
Melissa Burroughs Altria
Wirt Confroy Virginia Tourism Corporation
Sarah Cribbs Randolph-Macon College
The Rev. Judy Davis All Saints Episcopal Church of Richmond
Lee Dyer University of Richmond
Lisa Halberstadt Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry
Stacey Lawson Capital One
Cameron McPherson The Hodges Partnership
Sue Ann Messmer Virginia Commonwealth University
Cynthia Neff Retired
Dalal Salomon Salomon & Ludwin, LLC
Watson Seaman Hunton & Williams LLP
Michael Thorne-Begland Altria
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Katherine Busser Capital One
Alan Cohn University of Virginia
Marge Connelly
Dr. Oliver Hill Jr.Virginia State University
Jeffrey Lacker Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Sen. Donald McEachin
John Sherman
Kristen Szakos
Allison Weinstein
Side by Side's Youth Engaged in Leadership (YEL) Program provides youth advice and guidance to the leadership of the organization.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mx. Ted Lewis

Ted started at Side by Side as ED after serving as the University of Richmond's first ever Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Campus Life.  Ted has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth in the south working at colleges like UNC Charlotte and non-profit organizations such as Campus Pride.

Former CEOs
Mr. John Dougherty Mar 2006 - Feb 2010
Ms. Beth Paniliatis May 2010 - Nov 2015
Senior Staff
John Taylor Associate Director
Emma Yackso Director of Youth Programs & Services
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 160
Contractors 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2015
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Advocates for Richmond Youth
Art 180
VCU School of Social Work
University of Richmond
Virginia State University 
Virginia Commonwealth University
Health Brigade
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Equality Virginia
Diversity Richmond
P-FLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
He, She, Ze, & We
Virginia Home for Boys & Girls
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond
Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership2009
HandsOn Greater Richmond2008
Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance2016
Combined Federal Campaign2013
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency2013
Richmond History Makers for Improving Social JusticeValentine History Center2009
Peacemaker of the yearRichmond Peace Education Center2009
Fitz-Turner Award for outstanding leadership in promoting positive intergroup relationsVirginia Education Association2006
Community Advocate AwardThe Univeristy of Virginia Teen Health Center2011
Outstanding Virginian AwardEquality Virginia2016
  • Side by Side Richmond and Charlottesville LGBTQ+ support groups meet weekly
  • Side by Side also provides a middle school and transgender support group weekly as well as drop-in hours at our Richmond youth center and in October 2017 we will launch a middle school group in Charlottesville.
  • In partnership with CIS-Petersburg, we provide an LGBTQ+ support group at Petersburg high school.
  • Side by Side's toll-free youth support line is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week (888-644-4390)
  • One-on-One meetings with youth and parents who need guidance and support when dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity development
  • Special events and outings for youth throughout the community
  • Life skills and art programming for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Health education and development
  • Steve Midgett Memorial Library with a large collection of LGBTQ+ books and resources 


Long Term Success

All youth, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identify, will have the resources and support that they need to be physically and emotionally healthy and that they will go on to be active and productive members of society.

  • Teamwork and group leadership training
  • Public speaking coaching and presentation
  • Advocacy skill development and engagement
  • Community organizing
  • Fee for service training accredited by the National Association of Social Workers available to individuals and organizations including schools, Social Services, Juvenile Court Services and community mental health providers among others
  • Guest speakers are available for a variety of engagement and topic areas
  • Consulting- working with organizations to increase capacity to serve the LGBTQ+ community
  • Access to resources through the Steve Midgett Memorial Library
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $451,804.00
Projected Expenses $451,804.00
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$5,007
Individual Contributions$120,195$119,978$196,327
Investment Income, Net of Losses$729$585$452
Membership Dues------
Special Events$101,897$116,022($26,423)
Revenue In-Kind$40,580$6,464$40,170
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$303,794$268,378$222,568
Administration Expense$44,645$41,548$55,840
Fundraising Expense$32,240$38,169$55,325
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.221.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%77%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%9%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$747,239$701,003$634,699
Current Assets$383,809$332,662$265,354
Long-Term Liabilities$198,408$210,355$223,855
Current Liabilities$22,559$25,555$24,653
Total Net Assets$526,272$465,093$386,191
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.0113.0210.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets27%30%35%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View