Virginia Mentoring Partnership
4900 Augusta Avenue, Suite 140
Richmond VA 23230
Mission Statement
Virginia Mentoring Partnership is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to provide training and support to mentors and mentoring programs across Virginia. Today, VMP promotes effective mentoring in Virginia by increasing the capacity of mentoring programs, developing new programs, and advocating for resources to support the mentoring field.
 
Mission Statement: To provide training and technical assistance to mentors and mentoring programs to increase the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for Virginia's youth.
 
 
VMP is a backbone organization working to build the capacity of the mentoring field in Virginia to fulfill the vision that every child who needs a mentor can have one. VMP supports volunteers and mentoring
program staff members by providing education and best-practices training, technical assistance consulting customized to the specific needs of a program, a quality assurance process that helps organizations align
with national best practice standards, and adds physical human resources by placing AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers with mentoring programs across Virginia to recruit and train volunteers to follow mentoring
best practices. Volunteer mentors and program staff turn to VMP because of the reputation we’ve built over the last 20 years, through referrals, and through the National Mentoring Resource Center, because
we are the only organization in Virginia positioned to train and support programs so that they, in-turn, can impact the children they serve.

Located on the 3rd floor of the Science Museum of Virginia, VMP's office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. While VMP conducts many consultations with mentoring program
partners on-site, the VMP office also includes a training area that can accommodate up to 25 people, with private individual offices for VMP staff to facilitate one-on- one technical assistance consultation, conference calls, and webinars.
Web and Social Media
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Elizabeth Bass
Board Chair Ms. Hannah Huber
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Office
Contact Information
Address 4900 Augusta Avenue, Suite 140
Richmond, VA 23230
Telephone 804 828-1536
Fax 804 828-1536
E-mail elizabeth@vamentoring.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1993
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $550,500.00
Projected Expenses $550,386.00
Statements
Mission
Virginia Mentoring Partnership is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to provide training and support to mentors and mentoring programs across Virginia. Today, VMP promotes effective mentoring in Virginia by increasing the capacity of mentoring programs, developing new programs, and advocating for resources to support the mentoring field.
 
Mission Statement: To provide training and technical assistance to mentors and mentoring programs to increase the quantity and quality of mentoring relationships for Virginia's youth.
 
 
VMP is a backbone organization working to build the capacity of the mentoring field in Virginia to fulfill the vision that every child who needs a mentor can have one. VMP supports volunteers and mentoring
program staff members by providing education and best-practices training, technical assistance consulting customized to the specific needs of a program, a quality assurance process that helps organizations align
with national best practice standards, and adds physical human resources by placing AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers with mentoring programs across Virginia to recruit and train volunteers to follow mentoring
best practices. Volunteer mentors and program staff turn to VMP because of the reputation we’ve built over the last 20 years, through referrals, and through the National Mentoring Resource Center, because
we are the only organization in Virginia positioned to train and support programs so that they, in-turn, can impact the children they serve.

Located on the 3rd floor of the Science Museum of Virginia, VMP's office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. While VMP conducts many consultations with mentoring program
partners on-site, the VMP office also includes a training area that can accommodate up to 25 people, with private individual offices for VMP staff to facilitate one-on- one technical assistance consultation, conference calls, and webinars.
Impact
VMP coordinates a successful  AmeriCorps /VISTA program, providing 19 full-time Mentoring Coordinators to mentoring programs across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 
VMP has an Affiliate Membership network that includes 70 programs representing more than 15,000 mentors and 15,000 mentees in the Commonwealth. 
 
VMP also started offering a continuous improvement process for mentoring programs called Quality-Based Membership. In 2014, four mentoring programs graduated to Partner Member level, after successfully completing the process. Another 14 mentoring programs will go through the quality improvement process in 2015 and 2016.
 
Goals for the current year include supporting the development of new mentoring programs in areas of high need, engaging with existing programs through Affiliate Membership and Americorps VISTA, and improving the quality of mentoring programs through Quality-Based Membership. In the fall of 2014, VMP  launched a new series of events called Mentoring Matters to educate and engage our current stakeholders, volunteers and Board of Directors as well as create new champions who understand that mentoring is essential to success of youth in Virginia.
 
Needs
Our most pressing financial needs include:
 
A balanced budget and replenishing our reserves.
 
Our most pressing programmatic needs are:
 
Awareness & Investment in Mentoring: To meet our mission and bring mentoring to scale, the field needs increased public awareness of the need and benefits of mentoring, deeper stakeholder engagement, and greater resource allocation to mentoring programs. VMP must position mentoring as a "must-have" rather than "nice-to-have" intervention for youth and needs partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to do the same. 
Background
Founded in 1993 in partnership with MENTOR:The National Mentoring Partnership and Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Mentoring Partnership (VMP) is a 501(c)(3) that works to promote effective youth mentoring in Virginia. Rather than operating mentoring programs, our work is to support the development of quality programs in areas of high need, interest and capacity, to increase the capacity and quality of existing mentoring programs through training and professional development, and to provide resources and training to volunteer mentors.
 
Mentors provide structured, trusting relationships aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Such relationships have myriad benefits and effective mentors can serve as a protective factor for youth living in highly stressful environments. Research indicates that youth with mentors have gains in social acceptance (which is tied to grade retention and school engagement), and academic attitudes and grades. At-risk youth with mentors have shown reduced depressive symptoms, and have improved relationships with peers and parents. Research also shows that mentors who receive training and support from program staff meet with youth more regularly and both mentors and mentees report that those relationships are higher quality.
 
VMP connects the research with the practice of mentoring by training mentoring program staff and mentors. Since 1993, VMP has provided mentor training to more than 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 individuals who are starting or operating a mentoring program. These efforts have resulted in thousands of youth being mentored, and dozens of programs being developed according to the research-based Elements of Effective Practice.
CEO Statement Virginia Mentoring Partnership (VMP) has led the mentoring movement in Virginia for more than 20 years.  During this time, we have helped thousands of people channel their energy and concern for young people into mentoring programs that provide caring support to youth in some of our most at-risk communities. Research shows that the benefits youth receive from mentoring are greater in programs with strong infrastructure and the ability to sustain long-term relationships. That is why VMP exists, to make sure mentoring programs have access to high-quality training and educational resources based on the Elements of Effective Practice, the mentoring field's best practices for building strong programs and supporting successful matches.
Board Chair Statement
In 2015, VMP continues to provide high-quality, high-impact programs that are driving improvements in mentoring across the state:
Affiliate Membership, which convenes a state-wide community of practice for mentoring programs to learn and advance practices that deliver great outcomes for the youth of Virginia. Quality-Based Membership (QBM) is designed to help mentoring programs assess their strengths and align practices with nationally recognized standards. The VMP VISTA Mentoring Program began in 2012 to put AmeriCorps VISTA members on-site into mentoring programs across Central Virginia to support the development and improvement of programs and has grown in size and scope since its inception, and provides a much needed service in the field. 
 
I am extremely proud of how VMP is advancing mentoring across the Commonwealth and the new and innovative ways it is doing so. The 3  programs above are a great example of the organization’s commitment, creativity, and leadership to help us achieve our vision that every child that needs or wants a mentor has a mentor. Thomas F. Farrell II, Chief Executive Officer of Dominion – our 2012 S. Buford Scott award winner for community service – said it best: “The future of Virginia rests upon a strong foundation of education and the personal guidance provided by caring, dedicated mentors.”
 
The Virginia Mentoring Partnership is leading the way to that bright future on behalf of our kids, with the support of dedicated mentors, mentoring programs, and contributors like you.
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
VMP is a state-wide organization that has provided training and technical assistance in every region of the Commonwealth since our founding in 1993.
 
VMP's continues to provide training and technical assistance to existing mentoring programs in Central Virginia, primarily in Richmond.
 
As part of VMP's Strategic Plan, our efforts to support the development of new mentoring programs are targeted in geographic areas where there is a youth population in great need of mentoring but few, if any, existing programs. These include Southwest Virginia, Southern Virginia, the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Hannah Huber
Company Affiliation American Office
Term Jan 2015 to June 2017
Email hbearer@americanoffice.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Elizabeth Bass Virginia Mentoring Partnership
Ms. Lorie Coker Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
Mr. Ivan Feldman Altria
Mr. Andy Foldenauer RBC Wealth Management
Mr. Frank Hinckle Dominion Resources
Dr. Catherine Howard VCU
Ms. Hannah Huber American Office
Dr. Kristen R. Jamison The Loop Center and University of Richmond
Ms. Elizabeth Majewski CarMax
Mr. Christian Markow Joe Smith Consulting
Dr. Anita McGinty Independent Practitioner
Mr. S. Buford Scott Scott & Stringfellow
Ms. Tamara Thornton Owens & Minor
Mr. Lawrence D. Wilder Jr.Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Mr. Jeff Wilson PadillaCRT
Ms Jaclyn Wood PwC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Audit
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Nominating
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
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Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Elizabeth Bass
Experience

Elizabeth Bass, MSW joined the Virginia Mentoring Partnership staff in June 2013. She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 15 years, with an emphasis on volunteer training and management, community outreach, and collegiate civic engagement.

Elizabeth is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a Masters in Social Work. Elizabeth worked for two years in Charlottesville as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Shelter for Help in Emergency. As an MSW student at VCU, she interned with Communities in Schools and the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. During the summer of 2002, Elizabeth worked as a Fellow in the Department of Planning and Budget, Health and Human Services as a part of the Governor's Fellows Program. In 2003, Elizabeth returned to Charlottesville and joined the team at Madison House, a non-profit organization that serves as the student volunteer center at the University of Virginia, of which she is an alumna. She held numerous roles at Madison House, including Director of Programs and Associate Director for six years, working closely with student leaders and community partners. From 2009-2013, she served as Executive Director, responsible for the overall management of the organization, its professional staff, budget, fundraising, communications, strategic relations with the University and the community while serving as the primary liaison to the Board of Directors.

Elizabeth was a member of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2015. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for Children, Youth and Family Services in Charlottesville, a Class Trustee for the University of Virginia, and a member of the Future Fund, an initiative of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Each summer, she volunteers as a counselor with Special Love, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings. Elizabeth lives in Chesterfield County with her husband Will and her son Henry.

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Betsy Bilharz Operations Manager
Mr. Corey Humphrey Director of Advancement
Ms. Rose Marie Wiegandt Director of Programs
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2010
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Richmond History Makers / Creating Quality Educational OpportunitiesThe Valentine Richmond History Center2010
Programs
Description

VMP supports the development of new mentoring programs in areas of high need, interest and capacity.  Services include:

  • Mapping areas of high need, interest and capacity
  • Reaching out to & convening potential partners including school districts, public and private partners, and volunteer groups
  • Providing training and technical assistance on how to start a mentoring program using the Elements of Effective Practice
  • Providing mentor training

VMP builds the capacity of existing mentoring programs. Services include:

  • Placing full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members in mentoring programs around the state
  • Providing a continuous improvement process for mentoring programs (Quality-Based Membership)
  • Providing training and consultation to program staff on how to manage, operate and evaluate a mentoring program using the Elements of Effective Practice and recent research on mentoring.
  • Providing mentor training.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $250,000.00
Long Term Success
  • High-quality mentoring programs will exist in every region of the state where there is a need for youth mentoring. 70% of programs will be Affiliate Members of Virginia Mentoring Partnership and will regularly receive support and training on the nationally-recognized standards for mentoring programs.
  • Mentoring programs will be able to recruit, train, match, and retain enough high-quality mentors to serve all the youth in need of mentors in their region.
  • All youth in Virginia will have enough caring, supportive and consistent adults in their lives to graduate from high school and become successful, contributing members of our communities.
Description

VMP engages a wide variety of public and private stakeholders to increase both the number of volunteer mentors as well as financial resources (both in-kind and direct) for the local mentoring field. Services include:

  • Referals of potential volunteers and parents/guardians seeking a mentor for their child
  • Outreach presentations to groups interested in collaborating with existing mentoring programs
  • Hosting the annual Virginia Mentoring Awards Event
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $50,000.00
Long Term Success
To increase awareness of the benefits of and need for mentoring.
To connect more youth (through parents/guardians) with mentoring programs.
To connect more potential mentors with mentoring programs.
To increase the allocation of resources (financial and in-kind) to mentoring programs. 
Description

VMP collects data on a regular basis on the prevalence and quality of mentoring to describe the impact of mentoring in the broader community and identify gaps in the range of services needed. Services include:

  • Maintaining Affiliate Membership data
  • Conducting the State of Mentoring survey
  • Publishing the State of Mentoring in Virginia Report
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $30,000.00
Long Term Success Greater understanding of the state of mentoring in Virginia, i.e. the prevalence, type, quality, and capacity of mentoring programs. With this knowledge, VMP and partners can develop or enhance programs in areas in need or for youth populations that are underserved or under-represented. For example, this may include more programming for older youth (age 16-24), youth with disabilities, or youth in foster care or the juvenile justice system.
Description

VMP expands public and private investment in mentoring by positioning mentoring as a key positive youth development strategy and through advocating for supportive mentoring policies. Services include:

  • Participating in National Mentoring Month media campaign & regularly communicating with stakeholders thorugh e-ewsletters, social media, website and special events
  • Prioritizing issues of concern for the mentoring field and developing a cohesive public policy agenda
  • Coordinating visits to the Virginia General Assembly
  • Mobilizing our network around federal advocacy efforts for mentoring
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $10,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $550,500.00
Projected Expenses $550,386.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$301,459$222,567$174,675
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$32,111$32,253$64,688
$12,500----
$81,560$100,764$101,978
Investment Income, Net of Losses$16$22$136
Membership Dues------
Special Events$33,465$43,525$62,712
Revenue In-Kind$73,759$71,851$82,692
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$471,271$458,885$485,121
Administration Expense$47,000$55,138$56,040
Fundraising Expense$50,043$66,737$76,329
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.810.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%79%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%22%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$104,821$136,582$268,814
Current Assets$97,124$124,299$251,665
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$50,514$48,831$71,282
Total Net Assets$54,307$87,751$197,532
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.922.553.53
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
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements and IRS 990s.