Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
100 West Franklin Street
Suite 102
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
Virginia's natural and historic landscapes are unparalleled -they range from the once pristine waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the beautiful scenic viewsheds of the Blue Ridge Mountains; from the rolling pasturelands of the Piedmont to the rural character of Southside Virginia. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund seeks to preserve these treasured landscapes and protect our natural resources for future generations.
 
We do this by educating residents and decision makers about important issues such as land use and conservation, transportation, energy-related issues, and air and water quality. We offer training workshops around the state and throughout the year to engage conservation-minded citizens in the democratic process.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Michael Town
Board Chair Stella M. Koch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Audubon Naturalist Society
Contact Information
Address 100 West Franklin Street
Suite 102
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 225-1902
Fax 804 225-1904
E-mail info@valcv.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $556,000.00
Projected Expenses $544,248.00
Statements
Mission
Virginia's natural and historic landscapes are unparalleled -they range from the once pristine waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the beautiful scenic viewsheds of the Blue Ridge Mountains; from the rolling pasturelands of the Piedmont to the rural character of Southside Virginia. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund seeks to preserve these treasured landscapes and protect our natural resources for future generations.
 
We do this by educating residents and decision makers about important issues such as land use and conservation, transportation, energy-related issues, and air and water quality. We offer training workshops around the state and throughout the year to engage conservation-minded citizens in the democratic process.
 
 
Impact
Over the past 15 years we have educated decision makers and residents about conservation priorities and encouraged them to act on behalf of Virginia's environment.  Throughout the years we have worked with scores of elected officials and their staff to help improve public policy. We are proud of our efforts to promote policies that protect our natural resources and protect a citizen's right to participate in those decisions.
 
Our annual goals and accomplishments are focused around our three major program areas:
  1. Educating the Decision Makers
    For the past four years we have taken legislators and their families to unique retreat locations and have conducted workshops related to water quality and energy policy. These hands-on opportunities have the ability to demonstrate just how fragile our environment truly is. In the coming year, we plan to expand these education and demonstration opportunities to even more decision makers on a more frequent basis.

  2. Legislative Contact Teams (LCTs)
    LCTs consist of three to five citizen leaders who meet with their elected officials throughout the year. We conduct six annual summer workshops for Team Members to provide ongoing guidance to leaders so they may effectively communicate conservation priorities to decision makers. Since the program's inception we have trained hundreds of Team Members on basic civic engagement techniques. Currently there are over 400 leaders in the program and we constantly seek to expand the program in terms of size, geography and diversity.

  3. Civic Participation
    Every year is an election year in Virginia. We take this dynamic as a valuable opportunity to continue to increase nonpartisan civic participation. We work to educate and encourage voters to get to the polls. Ideally they are well informed about conservation issues and vote with their concerns in mind. Our techniques are tried and true: we knock on doors to engage voters face to face and follow up with personal phone calls to urge action.
 
Needs
VALCV-EF's number one priority need is financial resources to expand our staff and our programmatic work. Our staff are our most valuable asset.
 
Beyond that, consistent, reliable volunteers who are interested in preserving our natural resources are always needed. 
Background The Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (VALCV-EF), a 501c(3) non-profit organization, was established in 2001 to help citizens concerned with conservation become active and effective participants in government and policy development at the local, state and regional levels.
CEO Statement
VALCV-EF's role is to make conservation policy practical.  We advance on policy only when citizens engage in the democratic process and help shape decision-making at every level. An example would be clean water. Everything matters - from the local governing body on the backyard creek to state and federal decisions affecting our Chesapeake Bay. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Ashland
Chester
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Ettrick
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Matoaka
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
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Statewide
Board Chair
Board Chair Stella M. Koch
Company Affiliation Audubon Naturalist Society
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2017
Email Smkoch@aol.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joanne Berkley Community Volunteer
John Grant League of Conservation Voters
Roy Hoagland HOPE Impacts, Inc.
John B. Jaske Retired
Stella M. Koch Audubon Naturalist Society
Bobby Whitescarver Community Volunteer
Dana Wiggins Virginia Poverty Law Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Michael Town
Experience

Michael Town joined the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund staff in June, 2014.  His nineteen years of experience working in the conservation community includes running both state and national conservation organizations.  His last position was as President and Executive Director of the Partnership Project, a national environmental organization that builds and manages collaborative campaigns for the broader conservation community.

Having grown up in Southern Maryland, New York State and Pennsylvania, he moved to Virginia to attend James Madison University, where he fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Commonwealth.  He has lived in Richmond since 1995, and is the father of four children.  When not at work, Michael can often be found reading non-fiction, watching a movie or enjoying time on the James River.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Greta Bagwell Deputy Director
Ms. Kelly Tsow Development Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 350
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 Dec 2012
Programs
Description Through this program we work to educate state-level elected and appointed officials about conservation issues. For the past four years we have taken legislators and their families to unique retreat locations and have conducted workshops related to water quality and energy policy. These hands-on opportunities have the ability to demonstrate just how fragile our environment truly is and do so in a way that is more effective than a traditional training.

In the coming year, we hope to expand these education and demonstration opportunities to even more decision makers on a more frequent basis.
Description
LCTs consist of three to five citizen leaders who meet with their elected officials throughout the year. The VALCV-EF conducts six annual summer workshops for Team Members and other interested citizens to provide ongoing guidance to leaders so they may effectively communicate conservation priorities to decision makers.
 
Since the program's inception we have trained hundreds of Team Members on basic civic engagement techniques. Currently there are over 400 leaders in the program and we constantly seek to expand the program in terms of size, geography and diversity.
Description
Every year is an election year in Virginia. We take this dynamic as a valuable opportunity to continue to increase nonpartisan civic participation.
 
In participation with other civic nonprofit organizations, we work to educate and encourage voters to get to the polls. Ideally they are well informed about conservation issues and vote with their concerns in mind. Our techniques are tried and true: we knock on doors to engage voters face to face and follow up with personal phone calls to urge action.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $556,000.00
Projected Expenses $544,248.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$184,549$228,378$152,180
Administration Expense$18,058$23,941$17,882
Fundraising Expense$10,097$12,080$28,853
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.841.241.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%4%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$351,418$385,687$313,833
Current Assets$351,418$385,687$313,833
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$16,939$17,349$9,219
Total Net Assets$334,479$368,338$304,614
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.7522.2334.04
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial reviews and IRS 990s prepared by Sherman Financial Management, LLC.