Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Inc.
2000 Bremo Road, Suite 105
Richmond VA 23226
Mission Statement
The mission of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care is to restore healing and hope thought counseling and education.
Web and Social Media
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Douglas M. Thorpe Ph.D.
Board Chair Ms. Frances Broaddus Crutchfield
Board Chair Company Affiliation Freelance Writer
Contact Information
Address 2000 Bremo Road, Suite 105
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone 804 282-8332
Fax 804 288-4558
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $0.00
Projected Expenses $159,087.00
The mission of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care is to restore healing and hope thought counseling and education.
In 2015, VIPCare provided more than 2.024 counseling hours through the Counseling Aid Fund or 45% of VIPCare's total counseling hours. VIPCare served more than 400 clients in need of financial assistance for therapy including more than 250 children and their families. In total, VIPCare offered more than $158,000 in counseling fee discounts through the Counseling Aid Fund.
VIPCare's pastoral counseling services are open to everyone. As part of its mission, VIPCare has not turned away a counseling client in 46 years due to their inability to pay. VIPCare counselors are trained mental health professionals; many of whom are also clergy. But we don't preach; we listen. 
VIPCare is an open door to those in need of counseling in Greater Richmond, regardless of a clients ability to cover the costs of their sessions. Our primarily goal is provide everyone access to quality counseling. We are open to everyone.
VIPCare serves individuals of all ages and backgrounds---children through seniors 65+.
VIPcare is dedicated to helping children and youth in our communities whose health and well-being is affected by grief, stress, confusion, guilt, peer and family pressures, and abuse.  They are overwhelmed by situations over which they have little control. 
Individuals of all ages, including the growing population of older adults, are seeking help through pastoral counseling at an increasing rate.
More than 35-40% of all children, adults, couples and families who reach out for VIPCare counseling services cannot afford the costs.  Can we allow even one to be turned away from the healing and hope they seek for lack of financial resources?
To meets it's commitment to turn no one away for inability to pay, VIPCare annually needs more than $120,000 to support counseling support through the Counseling Aid Fund.  Through this fund, those seeking help will be given the opportunity to rebuild or strengthen their life through the professional and faith-based counseling service of VIPCare.  Sixty-five dollars ($65) will fund one therapy session, $250-350 will provide counseling aid for the average client for a year. 
Background The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care is an interfaith, not-for-profit, pastoral counseling and educational institution founded in 1967. The institute's founders saw a real need in the community to offer pastoral counseling and education to individuals outside the hospital setting and at a skill level generally beyond that of the local minister. In addition to providing counseling services, VIP Care also serves as a teaching institute for pastoral care studies. VIPCare is accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a 501 (c)(3) organization. Counseling services are available at the main office as well as seven additional centers located on congregational properties in metropolitan Richmond, Ashland, Chester, Tri-Cities, Williamsburg and Roanoke.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
VIPCare serves Richmond city and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Powhathan as well as the Tri-Cities communities.  It has counseling centers in Richmond, Ashland, Bon Air, Chester, Midlothian, the West End, Williamsburg, Charlottesville (opened 2016), and Roanoke.  VIPCare services are available to all without regard to race, age, gender, ethnicity or faith tradition.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Frances Broaddus Crutchfield
Company Affiliation Freelance Writer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Robert F. Brown
Company Affiliation Bon Secours
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Dr. Daniel D. Bagby Baptist Theological Seminary Richmond
Sister Cora Marie Billings Community Volunteer
Rev. Robert Brown Bon Secours
Dr. Jessica Young Brown School of Theology, Va Union and private practice
Ms. Frances Broaddus Crutchfield Freelance Writer
Mrs. Audrey M. Harris Retired, Commonwealth of Virginia
Mr. R. Christopher Jones Allen Allen Allen & Allen
Mrs. Gwen Lingerfelt Community Volunteer
Mrs. Carol B. Markow Carol B. Markow, CPA
Mrs. Anne W. Peck Neuropsychological Services
The Very Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Mrs. Melinda H. South Esquireretired, Allen and Allen
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Douglas M. Thorpe Ph.D.
Experience Executive Director since 2014. President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors 2010-2012.
Senior Staff
Dr. Donald D. Denton Director of Education
Dr. W. Victor Maloy D.Min.
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 2
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 82
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
VIPCare collaborates in the area of professional education with the following institutions:
Baptist Theological Seminary, Richmond
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Virginia Union University, School of Theology, Richmond
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Association of Pastoral Counselors2015
Joint Resolution #292, recognizing VIPCare's outstanding leadership and contribution to the field of pastoral counseling and education in the Commonwealth of VirginiaVirginia General Assembly2008
The Distinguished Program Leadership AwardAmerican Association of Pastoral Counselors2001
Pastoral counseling for children, adolescents, adults as individuals, couples and families.  Pastoral counseling moves beyond the support or encouragement a faith community can offer by providing psychologically-sound therapy that weaves in the spiritual dimension.  Counseling is offered in individual, couple, family or group settings.  VIPCare counselors are ministers who are certified by the American Assoc. of Pastoral Counselors.  Most are also licensed as Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.  Our counselors work in conjunction with medical and psychological consultants. 
Counseling fees may be covered by several options including insurance and private pay.  VIPCare uses a sliding scale to determine fees and financial aid is available.  No one is turned away for inability to pay.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Pre-marriage seminars provide couples an opportunity to get to know each other more deeply through the use of the Myers-Briggs and other resources. In addition there are sessions on sharing expectations, appreciating each other’s differences, managing conflict, balancing private time with time together, managing finances, and self-care. The seminars average between 6 and 12 couples and are designed to supplement the pre-marriage counseling provided the couple’s minister.

Seminars are held 9 times during the year. The seminars meet on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Richmond, Williamsburg or Roanoke. For couples who are not able to attend one of the seminars, individual pre-marriage counseling may be arranged through the VIPCare office.

For the current seminar schedule, call 804-282-8332 or visit


Population Served Adults
VIPCare offers professional education in pastoral counseling, congregational care, and pastoral leadership.  Courses are designed for post-graduate students and many are offered in partnership with seminaries such as Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Union Presbyterian Seminary, School of Theology of Virginia Union University, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  VIPCare offers clinical supervision and internships. Contact Dr. Donald D. Denton, VIPCare Counselor and Director of Education at 804-282-8332 to discuss educational offerings and opportunities.  Scholarships are available.
Population Served Adults
VIPCare offers substance counseling and assessment through its Substance Abuse Specialist, Christopher C. Bowers.  Appointments can be made by calling 804-282-8332.
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
VIPCare offers to congregations, organizations, and other public venues speakers, presentations and workshops on topics related to pastoral care, counseling, and mental health issues.  Contact VIPCare office at 804-282-8332 to discuss requests.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $0.00
Projected Expenses $159,087.00
Endowment Value $98,823.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$411,074$463,261$480,501
Administration Expense$101,409$118,315$123,379
Fundraising Expense$40,746$33,436$27,777
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.930.921.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%75%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue57%34%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$315,789$341,149$387,849
Current Assets$181,087$285,945$321,421
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$30,411$16,204$13,916
Total Net Assets$285,378$324,945$373,933
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.9517.6523.10
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
VIPCare Charitable Solicitations 2016View
Organization Comments
VIPCare is growing and changing. We are working to reach out to the  general public and community leaders in Greater Richmond to share our work---and we are increasing our counseling staff to serve more clients in Greater Richmond.
VIPCare is different--our mission is to serve anyone in need of counseling support and VIPCare is committed to never turning away clients because they cannot afford our services.
Currently VIPCare's Board of Directors is engaged in a strategic planning process (2015-2016) to envision new opportunities for VIPCare in the future.