The Library of Virginia Foundation
800 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement The Library of Virginia Foundation is dedicated to promoting cultural and historical literacy throughout the Commonwealth. The Foundation reaches out to both adults and children in bringing to life Virginia's culture and history through enjoyable and interactive reading, writing, and arts programs, exhibitions and publications
CEO/Executive Director Amy Bridge
Board Chair Mr. Steve Rogers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 800 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 692-3590
Fax 804 692-3590
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $709,950.00
Projected Expenses $523,402.00
Mission The Library of Virginia Foundation is dedicated to promoting cultural and historical literacy throughout the Commonwealth. The Foundation reaches out to both adults and children in bringing to life Virginia's culture and history through enjoyable and interactive reading, writing, and arts programs, exhibitions and publications
  • The Library preserves and protects a collection of more than 2 million books and over 110 million documents, maps and artifacts relating to Virginia and our shared history.
  • The Library serves over 200,000 patrons annually in our Broad Street home and millions more through our extensive online catalog.
  • Last year the Library of Virginia Foundation contributed well over $400,000 to the Library of Virginia, helping to acquire and preserve rare documents in the collection, fund inspiring exhibitions and support educational programs that help to inspire a love of learning in the citizens of Virginia.
  • Educational programs such as Virginia Women in History and Strong Men and Women in Virginia History reached into every school in Virginia, and toured Libraries throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Each summer, well over 200,000 children and teens throughout Virginia participate in Summer Reading Programs in their local libraries.  These programs, coordinated by the Library of Virginia, give these students a fun way to maintain and grow their reading skills over the summer, giving them an edge when they go back to school.
  • The Library of Virginia Foundation raises needed funds to support the collection and programs of the Library of Virginia.  The Library Foundation's priorities are to strengthen the Library's collection, fund the conservation and restoration of Virginia's treasures, fund inspiring exhibitions and support educational programs such as Virginia Women in History, Stong Men and Women in Virginia History and the Virginia Literary Festival.  Gifts to the Library of Virginia Foundation can be restricted to meet a specific need, or put toward the area of greatest need
  • In addition to cash gifts, each year the Library of Virginia Foundation receives hundreds of gifts-in-kind. Many of our greatest treasures are the result of gifts from generous donors. Donated books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, portraits, family and business records make up a vital part of our collection. Donating your family or business papers to the Library is a wonderful way to ensure that they will be protected and preserved for future generations to study. Should you have materials you think might be appropriate for the Library’s collections, please contact us. Some gifts may qualify as tax deductible donations.
  • The Library of Virginia's docent program is seeking volunteers!  Our dedicated crew of docents give guided tours of our exhibitions, assist with our Virginia Author Talks and other lectures, and help us at educational events such as our Virginia Women in History, Strong Men and Women in Virginia History and the Virginia Literary Festival. 
Background The Library of Virginia was created by the General Assembly in 1823 to organize, care for, and manage the state's growing collection of books and official records — many of which date back to the early colonial period. The Library occupied rooms on the third floor of the Capitol in Richmond until 1895, when Virginia erected a new Library and office building on the eastern side of Capitol Square. Outgrowing this location, the Library in 1940 moved to a handsome, new art-deco building on Capitol Street, adjacent to City Hall and the Executive Mansion. In 1997, the Library opened to the public at 800 East Broad Street, its fourth home since its founding.

The Library houses the most comprehensive collection of materials on Virginia government, history, and culture available anywhere. The collections illustrate the rich and varied past of the commonwealth, documenting the lives of Virginians whose deeds are known to all, as well as those of ordinary citizens whose accomplishments are the foundation of our heritage.The Library's printed, manuscript, map, and photographic collections attract researchers from across the country and the world, while the Library's Web sites provide collection-based content and access to our digital collections to those at great distances who are not able to travel to Richmond. In addition to managing and preserving its collections, the Library supplies research and reference assistance to state officials, provides consulting services to state and local government agencies and to Virginia's public libraries, administers numerous federal, state, and local grant programs, publishes award-winning books on Virginia history, provides educational programs and resources on Virginia history and culture for students and teachers, and offers the public a wide array of exhibitions, lectures, book-signings, and other programs.

In addition to the main Library building, the Library manages the State Records Center in Henrico County where inactive, non-permanent records of state agencies and local governments are housed.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The Library of Virginia, while located near Capitol Square in Richmond, serves patrons and audiences throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, receives visitors from across the country and around the world, and serves a global audience with our online digital archives.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Rogers
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Corynne Arnett Dominion
Ms. Cynthia Bailey Attorney
Mr. Robert Blackwood Robert Blackwood, Esq.
Ms. Amy Bridge Library of Virginia Foundation
Mr. Peter Broadbent Christian & Barton
Mr. Marc Leepson Author
Ms. Heather Loftus Plan G
Mrs. Julia Marsden Community Volunteer
Mr. Christopher Marston Election CFO, LLC
Ms. Anna Moser Community Volunteer
Mr. Joseph Papa Equality Virginia
Ms. Patrice Owens Parker Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Rogers Dominion
Dr. Sandra Gioia Treadway Library of Virginia
Ms. Lucia Anna Trigiani Mercer Trigiani
Mr. W. Bruce Wingo Norfolk Southern
Dr. Lara Wulff St. Catherine's School
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
The Hon. Jon Bowerbank Community Volunteer
Johnson Bowles Community Volunteer
Mark Emblidge Community Volunteer
Mohammed Esslami Fairfax County Public Library
Carol Hampton Community Volunteer
Cham Light Community Volunteer
Barbara Vines Little Community Volunteer
The Hon. Su Yong Min Community Volunteer
Christopher Oprision Community Volunteer
Emily O'Quinn Community Volunteer
Marcy Simms Community Volunteer
David Skiles Community Volunteer
The additional board listed is the Board of the Library of Virginia.  This board, appointed by the Governor of Virginia, is the governing board for the state agency, which is separate from the Library of Virginia Foundation.  The two boards act in concert for the well being of the Library of Virginia, and two Library Board members serve as voting members of the Foundation board.
Executive Director
Executive Director Amy Bridge

Senior Staff
Jennifer Blessman Retail Manager
Elyse Gefell Financial & HR Manager
Dawn Greggs Development Manager
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 6
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2010
Virginia Association of Museums2010
Description The Library of Virginia Foundation provides needed resources to fund acquisition of new titles for the Library's collection.  This includes not only titles newly published, but also rare books, maps and documents that trace the 400+ year history of our Commonwealth.

Materials are selected to expand our resources in areas such as Virginia history and culture, southern history, and genealogy, and to complement our archival, manuscript, and special collections. We acquire scholarly works that place Virginia within the context of the wider world, and collect a variety of publications that showcase the commonwealth's literary and cultural life, both historically and in the present. Some items circulate outside the Library building and may be borrowed with a Library of Virginia borrower's card or via interlibrary loan.


The Library of Virginia's Exhibitions program is an access point to Virginia history and culture for tens of thousands of visitors each year.  Each exhibition is designed to highlight a particular aspect of our shared culture. They provide an engaging and educational format, not only to showcase items we hold in trust for the people of Virginia, but also to encourage visitors to use our collection to answer questions of their own.  The program supports the Library’s mission to preserve Virginia’s rich legacy by making the collections accessible to the public through the exploration of topics related to Virginia culture and history.  Based on the Library’s unparalleled resources, exhibitions enhances the Library’s educational mission by offering new insights into Virginia history to a broad audience and to the commonwealth’s K-12 students.

Description Each year, thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Library of Virginia Foundation is able to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to stabilize, conserve and protect delicate artifacts from the Library's collection.  The Library is fortunate to have an in house paper conservation lab and relationships with top conservation labs around the country, allowing us access to top quality restoration experts. Our conservation staff works with the most up to date techniques and materials to ensure that our collection is safe and accessible to the general public.  Each year hundreds of rare and unique maps, documents and artifacts are stabilized, pieces that would otherwise be unavailable to the general public.
Description Created in partnership with James River Writers, the Virginia Literary Festival is a week of events celebrating the best of Virginia authors and literature. Beginning with the James River Writers Festival and culminating in the Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration, the week features book talks, lectures, workshops, and other events designed not only to highlight the best and brightest of Virginia's literary talent, but also to engage and inspire readers and writers of all ages to seek out new creative avenues.  Our mission is to show that Virginia has some of the best literary talent on the planet, and to encourage everyone to follow their passions, whether they be picking up the pen or just curling up with a good book.
The Library's educational programs inspire students of all ages to learn more about where they came from.  It is our goal to remind everyone that the are making history everyday.  Some signature programs include (but are by no means limited to):
- Virginia Women in History & Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, poster programs showcasing Virginia women  and African Americans who have changed the course of Virginia history over the last 400+ years. These programs reach into every K-12 school in Virginia and travel to libraries throughout the Commonwealth.
- The Anne and Ryland Brown Teaching Fellowship and Teacher Training Conference, designed to give Virginia's teachers new tools to inspire the next generation of Virginians to learn more about their history and culture.
- Virginia Author Book Talk series, an opportunity for book lovers of all ages to hear from some of Virginia's best and brightest authors.
- Summer Reading Program, working with local libraries throughout the Commonwealth to keep children and teens reading during the summer, improving their chances of starting school ready to learn.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $709,950.00
Projected Expenses $523,402.00
Endowment Value $2,850,447.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$103,588$0
Individual Contributions$419,617$245,395$586,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses($60,033)$158,343$367,328
Membership Dues------
Special Events--($33,163)--
Revenue In-Kind$569,993$57,371--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$407,637$473,233$656,331
Administration Expense$134,646$131,632$528,543
Fundraising Expense$59,388$81,906$84,357
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.900.941.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%69%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%26%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,550,809$3,017,909$3,253,394
Current Assets$749,521$215,129$320,712
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$37,000
Current Liabilities$56,361$65,636$47,386
Total Net Assets$3,494,448$2,952,273$3,169,008
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.303.286.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%1%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements prepared by Mitchell, Wiggins & Company, LLP.
  • Form 990 prepared by Sherman Financial Management, LLC.