Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
5511 Staples Mill Road, #202
Richmond VA 23228
Mission Statement
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.
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CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jonathan C. Zur
Board Chair Chavis W. Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Newport News Shipbuilding – HII
Contact Information
Address 5511 Staples Mill Road, #202
Richmond, VA 23228
Telephone 804 515-7950
Fax 804 515-7177
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2006
Former Names
National Conference of Christians and Jews - Virginia Region1935
National Conference for Community and Justice - Virginia Region1998
Virginia Conference for Community and Justice2005
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $874,100.00
Projected Expenses $999,073.00
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.
In FY17 (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), Inclusive Communities conducted 283 programs and events for over 21,500 people.  Among the highlights are the continuation of a major initiative focused on reducing the academic achievement and opportunity gap, several week-long retreat programs for high school and college students, the growth of the Workplace Inclusion Network (WIN) for businesses, and community convenings around the theme of "Standing Together."  Plans for the upcoming fiscal year include:
  • Launch "This is the Moment" initiative to expand programs and services through additional fund development
  • Expansion of professional development work on academic achievement and opportunity gap, with additional schools participating and assessment conducted
  • Programs to address bullying, including student forums, retreats, and assemblies
  • The expansion of the Inclusive Workplaces Initiative to support business diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Community response initiatives such as "Standing Together" to address the rise in Islamophobia and xenophobia
  • The development of a new Strategic Plan milestone chart
  • Financial support for school-based and youth programs to subsidize costs related to staff time, supplies, and materials
  • Support for securing corporate and community foundation support for program initiatives and collaborations
  • Volunteer facilitation and logistics support for programs including Diversity Dialogue Day, Prejudice Awareness Summit, and the Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute

Our organization traces its roots back to 1935 in Virginia.  With a lengthy and rich history, we have been destined to change with the times, even as we work to change the times in which we live.  Originally founded as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities became an independent organization in 2005.  Today, we are connected to many affiliates across the country to become the cornerstone of a new movement creating inclusive, respectful, and just communities.

CEO Statement

Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
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
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities serves the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, though our work is primarily conducted in four chapter locations: the greater Lynchburg area, the Virginia Peninsula, the greater Richmond area, and Tidewater/South Hampton Roads.
Board Chair
Board Chair Chavis W. Harris
Company Affiliation Newport News Shipbuilding – HII
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Hadeel M. Abouhasira Williams Mullen
Grant A. Azdell Randolph-Macon College
John S. Capps Central Virginia Community College
M. Imad Damaj Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs
Miriam R. Davidow Community Volunteer
ReNee' S. Dunman Old Dominion University
Martin A. Einhorn Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.
J. Benjamin English Hirschler Fleischer
Mekbib Gemeda Eastern Virginia Medical School
Mark M. Gordon Bon Secours Richmond East
Chavis W. Harris Newport News Shipbuilding – HII
Lisa M. Hicks-Thomas Dominion Energy
Ashby C. Kilgore Newport News Public Schools, Retired
Elizabeth M. Panilaitis Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Quan T. Schneider Altria Group Distribution Company
Baljit S. Sidhu Sikh Association of Central Virginia, Inc.
Aaron D. Smith Lynchburg College
T.K. Somanath Community Volunteer
James R. Spencer United States District Court, Retired
Alexis N. Swann Wells Fargo Bank
Chris S. Zambas Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Middle Eastern
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
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 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
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.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Jonathan C. Zur

Jonathan C. Zur is President & CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Under Jonathan’s leadership, VCIC increased the number of programs delivered annually by over 700%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness.

An experienced facilitator and consultant on issues of diversity and inclusion, Jonathan was a speaker at the inaugural White House Summit on Diversity and Inclusion in Government in 2016. His program work with VCIC is noted in the book No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities as “the best…in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school.” Prior to joining VCIC in 2006, Jonathan was a Program Manager for the NCCJ - New Jersey Region, and founding Director of A More Perfect Union, a coalition formed in response to emerging forms of bias after September 11, 2001.

In the community, Jonathan supports a variety of organizations. He is Vice Chair and Operations Coordinator for the National Federation for Just Communities, First Vice Chair for the Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People, and a member of the Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium Board, Hope in the Cities Council, the Leadership Metro Richmond Board, and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Council.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from the University of Richmond and he received a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. For his professional work and community involvement, Jonathan received a Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the LMR Ukrop Community Vision Award, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership, among other recognitions. Additionally, Jonathan was a finalist for the Richmond Times Dispatch’s 2015 Person of the Year, and he was named one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40″ in 2009.

Former CEOs
Dr. Jeffrey B. Spence Apr 1980 - June 2009
Senior Staff
Charm Bullard Director of Programs
Kate Eubank Director of Administration & Finance
Jessica Hawthorne Director of Programs
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 225
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2014
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
VCIC proudly works with partner agencies across Virginia, including Communities in Schools, Higher Achievement, Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities, the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, Leadership Lynchburg, Leadership Metro Richmond, Partnership for the Future, Richmond Peace Education Center, Side by Side, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Virginia Wesleyan University's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, WHRO, and YWCA of Richmond, among others.
Commending ResolutionVirginia General Assemby2013
Top Rated NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2013
Top Rated NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2012
Vivian C. Mason AwardUrban League of Hampton Roads2012
Clergy & Community Organization AwardInterfaith Council of Greater Richmond2013
Pacesetter Award for ExcellencePartnership for the Future2013
Richmond History MakerThe Valentine2011
Top Rated NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2014
Partners in Progress AwardDiversity Richmond2015
Distinguished Community Service AwardTidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Virginia2016
Commending ResolutionVirginia General Assembly2016
Top Rated NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2016
Top Rated NonprofitGreatNonprofits.org2017
Bishop Leontine Kelly Peace and Justice AwardMethodist Federation for Social Action2017

The Educational Equity Initiative develops a critical mass of educational stakeholders who are passionate, committed, and prepared to lead efforts to eliminate disparities based on race in all areas of school life and academic achievement. These disparities include, but are not limited to: lower scores of Latino and African American students as compared to their white and Asian peers; their under-enrollment in honors and advanced placement courses; higher rates of suspension and enrollment in special-needs classes; and rates of high school graduation and college and university preparedness, acceptance, attendance, and completion.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)

 The Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Connections Institute (formerly Metrotown) is the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ signature high school program.  Serving students from across the commonwealth since 1993, Connections is an intensive 5-day, 4-night human relations experience that takes place each summer.  Schools send teams of up to 5 students to participate in Connections, and those delegates explore prejudice, identity, and diversity in interactive workshops and small discussion groups with peers from throughout Virginia.  They also build communication and conflict resolution skills and develop action plans to share the Connections message with their schools. 

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $30,000.00
Description Since 2001, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has held the Project Inclusion program (formerly Unitown) for high schools across the Commonwealth.  Designed for students and educators from a single school or district, Project Inclusion brings together up to 60 students and 15 educators for an intensive four-day residential experience.  While at Project Inclusion, participants explore issues of diversity and prejudice, gain insight into their own lives and values, and develop action plans to share their learning with their sending school(s).  Administrators have credited Project Inclusion with improving school climates, reducing incidents of bullying and violence, and building stronger connections between students and educators.
Budget $25,000.00
Description  The Allies Institute is the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ signature higher education program.  An intensive four-day, three-night retreat for students and faculty/staff of a single college or university, the Allies Institute features interactive workshops, intense small group discussions, and experiential exercises designed to allow participants to think deeply about prejudice and discrimination.  At the end of the program, they develop action plans to share their learning with their peers at the sponsoring institution.  The Allies Institute has been credited with fostering campus climates of inclusion by serving as a catalyst for heightened awareness, dialogue, and human relations programming.
Budget $25,000.00
Description  The Prejudice Awareness Summit (PAS) is an intensive day-long workshop for middle school students that leads to a year of programming designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of ethnic and cultural differences. Since its inception, the PAS has provided training to nearly 2,000 middle school students from the metropolitan Richmond area. On average, 28 schools participate in the program annually, each sending eight students and one or two adult sponsors, usually teachers, guidance counselors, or administrators.

The PAS curriculum takes participants through a process of awareness to action. Students learn to recognize prejudice and intolerance, and to respect others. They work closely with their peers from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Trained adult and high school facilitator teams guide the students through small group learning activities that explore personal experiences with discrimination and develop conflict resolution skills.  During the PAS, educators receive professional development training that compliments the student learning. Jointly, students and educators develop follow-up plans to take back to their schools to share the PAS message with the larger school community.

Founded in 2001 by the local chapter of Jewish Women International, the PAS is today sponsored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities with the support of a coalition of community organizations. 

Budget $15,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $874,100.00
Projected Expenses $999,073.00
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$0
Individual Contributions$91,846$91,180$55,355
Investment Income, Net of Losses$33,224$7,324$2,282
Membership Dues------
Special Events$452,853$385,802$377,870
Revenue In-Kind$20,684--$13,682
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$538,686$553,254$436,434
Administration Expense$75,333$56,219$57,440
Fundraising Expense$256,595$197,431$180,960
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.041.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%69%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue37%31%35%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$902,765$822,813$873,046
Current Assets$556,315$513,400$567,599
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$91,556$145,321$224,731
Total Net Assets$811,209$677,492$648,315
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.083.532.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Frank Barcalow CPA, PLLC
  • Financial information provided by audit