Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation
3808 Augusta Avenue
Richmond VA 23230-3910
Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation is to financially support state wide youth education promoting sustainable forests for the environmental, social and economic benefit of all Virginians.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. John D. Farmer Jr.
Board Chair Mr. John D. Farmer Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address 3808 Augusta Avenue
Richmond, VA 232303910
Telephone 804 278-8733
Fax 804 278-8774
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1958
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $130,000.00
Projected Expenses $187,550.00

The mission of the Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation is to financially support state wide youth education promoting sustainable forests for the environmental, social and economic benefit of all Virginians.

Major supporter of Project Learning Tree which is recognized as one of the premier environmental programs in the world. This program educates some 800 teachers on the wise use of our natural resources.
Major provider of funds to employ forestry interns at 4-H Centers through out the Commonwealth and to provide funds  for awards to recognize outstanding students and adult volunteers.
Supports "Trees to Products" which is designed to provide teachers with factual information about Virginia's hardwood forests and the management practices that enhance wildlife habitat recreational opportunities and water quality. 
Provide funds for donor directed scholarships to students at Virginia Tech.
Additional donations to support the educational programs. More volunteers to work with educational programs. More effort and support in southwest Virginia. Additional high quality applicants for scholarships. More qualified persons to serve on the Board.

The Virginia Forestry Educational Foundation was formed over 50 years ago to be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. No part of its earnings can go to the benefit of an individual or director; it cannot engage in carrying on propaganda or attempt to influence legislation or participate in any political campaign.

The principal activities of the Foundation, when formed, were to:
A. Encourage the reforestation of idle and abandoned agricultural and cutover woodlands.

B. Provide prizes for the annual “Keep Virginia Green” poster contest.

C. Create more interest in forestry among students by contributing prizes to forestry judging contests and tuition or attendance at one-week forestry camps.

D. Assist vocational agriculture teachers to arouse more interest in the study of forestry.

E. Provide scholarships to worthy high school graduates as a means of encouraging and aiding them in obtaining a college education in forestry.

These activities of the Foundation have been adjusted and modified over time to meet the current environment but are still consistent with principles establishedby the founders.

The Foundation seeks to support programs which demonstrate that sustainable forestry can protect watersheds and wildlife while preserving aesthetic and recreational values of the community. Sustainable forestry supports jobs for local loggers, sawmills and other segments of the local communities.  Good forest practices assure a steady flow of over 5,000 wood-related items generated by the forest products industry that are so essential to our everyday lives.
CEO Statement

The educational programs supported by the Foundation advocate many of the positive benefits of healthy, sustainable forests. A few of the benefits are as follows: healthy forests help moderate climate extremes; reduce erosion; improve water quality; and provide many products we use in every day life. At the local level healthy forests support jobs for local loggers, sawmill workers and other vital parts of the local community.

Our goal is to reach all segments of the community with the latest information about the wise use of our natural resources. Project Learning Tree instructs teachers (K -12) on modern forestry and environmental programs so they may return to the classroom and impart this to the students. The 4-H Program teaches students about recommended forestry practices, tree identification and environmental information. The Scholarship Program attracts quality students to College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech.

The past years have been  good ones for the Foundation, despite the economic hardships experienced by many in the forests products industry. We are confident the programs supported by the Foundation will provide for a bright future in the forestry industry which includes individuals, businesses and communities associated with it.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John D. Farmer Jr.
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Don Bright Meherrin River Forest Products
Dr. Harold Burkhart Virginia Tech
Mr. Lavan E. Daubermann Colonial Farm Credit
Mr. Bradley G. Fuller Huber
Mr. James Jones Georgia-Pacific
Ms. Carolyn Moon Consulting Forester
Mr. J. Ken Morgan Jr.Morgan Lumber Co.
Mr. J. Peyton Phillips Lumber Broker
Mr. Maurice E. Tipton Jr.Retired
Mr. E. Glen Worrell Consulting Forester
Mr. James N. Youngbood Consulting Forester
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
There is a need to make the public aware of the challenges facing the forestry and timber products industry and the need to support healthy forests that provide jobs to local loggers, lumber manufactures and other parts of the local community.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. John D. Farmer Jr.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 15
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Management Succession Plan? No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Our programs include:
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Awards and Recognition for 4-H Forestry
  • Internships for 4-H Centers
  • Holiday Lake Forestry Camp
  • SAF Trees to Products
Budget $29,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $130,000.00
Projected Expenses $187,550.00
Endowment Value $3,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$129,500$115,100$97,700
Administration Expense$17,015$17,015$16,286
Fundraising Expense$3,058$2,841$2,307
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.134.349.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$4,599,989$4,580,279$4,130,066
Current Assets$97,475$87,635$128,844
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0$36--
Total Net Assets$4,599,989$4,580,243$4,130,066
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--2434.31--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" includes support from individuals.