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 though spiritually-integrated counseling and education.
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Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare) Board of Directors 2017
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 226
Fax 804 288-4558
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
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Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $159,087.00
The mission of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care is to restore healing and hope though spiritually-integrated counseling and education.
In 2017, VIPCare provided 2,158 counseling hours through the Counseling Aid Fund or 48% 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 provided $187,302 in counseling fee discounts through the Counseling Aid Fund.
VIPCare's pastoral counseling services are open to everyone. As part of its mission, VIPCare does not turn away counseling client due to their inability to pay. VIPCare counselors are trained mental health professionals; many of whom are also clergy. But at VIPCare, we don't preach; we listen. 
VIPCare is an open door to clients in need of counseling in Greater Richmond, regardless of their ability to cover the cost of their sessions. Our counselors are trained clinicians, many with dual degrees in theology. But they do not preach, they listen.
VIPCare's primarily mission is provide access to quality counseling for Greater Richmond. We are open to everyone and serve individuals of all ages---children through seniors 65+.
VIPcare is dedicated to helping clients whose health and well-being are affected by depression, grief, stress, financial and family pressures, addiction and other mental distress.  In recent years, VIPCare has seen an increased need for counseling services. In 2016, 42% of clients received financial assistance for counseling.
From January 2017-December 2017, VIPCare served more than 750 clients through more than 4,500 counseling sessions with 2,158 or 48% of sessions underwritten by the Counseling Aid Fund. In total, VIPCare provided $187,302 in financial support in 2017.
VIPCare will not turn any clients in need of support due to a lack of resources. To meet this commitment, VIPCare annually raises more than $75,000 to support counseling financial assistance through the Counseling Aid Fund.  VIPCare relies on its partnerships with the community to continue to provide quality counseling care and support and to meet the community need for affordable and accessible counseling services.
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. In 2017, during its 50th Anniversary year, VIPCare received commendations for its work: Virginia House Joint Resolution no. 848 and a U.S. Congressional Record presented by A. Donald McEachin (on Monday, September 25, 2017). 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Henrico County
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Goochland County
Powhatan County
Tri-cities Region
VIPCare serves the City of Richmond and the counties of Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Powhatan as well as the Tri-Cities communities.  It has counseling centers in Richmond, Ashland, Chester, Midlothian, the West End, Williamsburg, Charlottesville (opened 2016), and Roanoke.  VIPCare services are available to all without regard to race, age, gender, sex, ethnicity or faith tradition.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Frances Broaddus Crutchfield
Company Affiliation Freelance Writer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
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
The Rev. Sean Hamon First Baptist Ashland
Mrs. Audrey Harris Community Volunteer
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 retired, Allen and Allen
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
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
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 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 0
Contractors 2
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
Joint Resolution 848, recognizing VIPCare's work on its 50th AnniversaryVirginia General Assembly2017
A. Donald McEachin commended VIPCare on its work during its 50th AnniversaryCongressional Record, U.S. House of Representatives2017
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. Seminars are designed to supplement the pre-marriage counseling provided the couple’s minister.

Seminars are held throughout the year on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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
Long Term Success
VIPCare's Pre-Marriage seminars provide a seminar for couples to explore their relationship prior to marriage. The program is open to the general public; many referrals come from community sources or community religious leaders (who suggest the program as a complement to programs within the religious organization). Pre-Marriage seminars are taught be trained counseling professionals. 
VIPCare offers clinical supervision and internships. For more information, please contact Dr. Donald D. Denton, VIPCare Counselor and Director of Education at 804-282-8332 to discuss ongoing opportunities. 
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 counselor's regularly lead programs, presentations and workshops for community groups, colleges and universities, and for religious communities. Topics are varied and include pastoral care, counseling, and mental health issues.  Please contact VIPCare at 804-282-8332 for more information or to ask re. a specific topic.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $159,087.00
Endowment Value $98,823.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
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$0$0
Individual Contributions$38,390$44,238$54,468
Investment Income, Net of Losses$6,477$902$900
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$410,817$411,074$463,261
Administration Expense$99,478$101,409$118,315
Fundraising Expense$31,435$40,746$33,436
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.950.930.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%74%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue65%57%34%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$289,682$315,789$341,149
Current Assets$157,634$181,087$285,945
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$32,016$30,411$16,204
Total Net Assets$257,666$285,378$324,945
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.925.9517.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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.