Voices for Virginia's Children
701 E. Franklin Street, #807
Richmond VA 23219-2503
Mission Statement

Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide, non-partisan research and advocacy organization that champions public policies to improve the lives of Virginia’s children. We are the independent voice advocating for children, especially those who are disadvantaged and often go unheard in the public policy arena. Using our Kids Count system, we track multiple indicators of the well-being of Virginia’s children and use that information to identify unmet needs and shape data-based policy recommendations. Through vigorous advocacy, we inspire Virginia’s leaders and citizens to make children a public policy priority.

 

 

 

 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Margaret Nimmo Holland
Board Chair Jamie Dyke Clancey LCSW
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clancey Counseling, LLC
Contact Information
Address 701 E. Franklin Street, #807
Richmond, VA 232192503
Telephone 804 649-0184
Fax 804 649-0161
E-mail info@vakids.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Former Names
NameYear
Action Alliance for Virginia's Children & Youth2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $829,417.00
Projected Expenses $752,058.00
Statements
Mission

Voices for Virginia’s Children is a statewide, non-partisan research and advocacy organization that champions public policies to improve the lives of Virginia’s children. We are the independent voice advocating for children, especially those who are disadvantaged and often go unheard in the public policy arena. Using our Kids Count system, we track multiple indicators of the well-being of Virginia’s children and use that information to identify unmet needs and shape data-based policy recommendations. Through vigorous advocacy, we inspire Virginia’s leaders and citizens to make children a public policy priority.

 

 

 

 

Impact
Here is a sample of our recent policy and advocacy achievements to help vulnerable children and families:
  • Preserved funding for the Virginia Preschool Initiative serving low-income 4 year olds; and funding for child care subsidies for low-income working parents.
  • Reversed the decision to close the state's acute care psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, preserving the inpatient safety net for 800 vulnerable children.
  • Extended earlier reforms in the foster care system to ensure that older foster youth can establish permanent family ties and transition to productive adulthood. 
  • Launched the Campaign for Children's Mental Health, the first-ever coordinated effort to improve Virginia’s child mental health system. The campaign brings together advocates, parents, treatment professionals, organizations and all the others who desire to make mental health services more available and accessible to the children who need them.
Needs
Our most pressing need is to engage an ever greater number of concerned citizens and community leaders in the effort to make children a higher public policy priority. More than 5000 people are enrolled in our electronic Action Alert network and receive our policy updates and legislative alerts. When alerted, members then contact legislators or other policymakers to influence critical votes or policy decisions. Anyone can join our network and help speak up for kids. The more people enrolled, the more powerful our voice in influencing policy decisions affecting kids. Visit www.vakids.org to add your voice and help us speak up for Virginia's children.
Background
Voices for Virginia’s Children (Voices), a member of Voices for America’s Children, is a statewide multi-issue children’s policy research and advocacy organization, established in 1994. Voices champions public policies that improve the lives of children in Virginia. We employ many policy influence strategies including: analyzing and disseminating policy research findings; education and communications to raise public awareness; coalition development and grassroots organizing; policy analysis and development; legislative and policy maker education and advocacy; and education of electoral candidates.

The Northern Virginia office was established in March, 2006 to focus on the particular concerns of children in Northern Virginia, to highlight those needs to a statewide audience, and to increase the influence of Northern Virginia stakeholders advocating for the needs of their region’s children and families.

Voices works to ensure that policymakers understand and respond to the needs of the Commonwealth’s children. Utilizing KIDS COUNT data, policy expertise, strategic advocacy, and multiple communications approaches including the media, Voices will continue to communicate those needs and potential solutions so that:
  • More at-risk children will have access to preschool.
  • More youth in foster care will have permanent family connections.
  • More low-income working families will have access to quality, reliable child care.
  • Children in immigrant families will have access to the services and supports they need to succeed.
  • NoVA stakeholders and advocates will have the data, expert analyses and policy options they need to champion initiatives that benefit the region’s children.
 
CEO Statement
Voices for Virginia's Children has a unique and indispensable role in improving the lives of Virginia's children. We are independent, non-partisan and privately funded - receiving no government funding. Our vision is to create a Virginia in which elected officials and other leaders make children the highest priority. In many public policy debates, we are the only independent entity in the room - without our voice the needs of children, especially those most disadvantged or vulnerable, might go unheeded. We provide policymakers with objective data-based input, work with stakeholders to craft legislative and policy recommendations, and engage citizens and community leaders to influence their elected officials and other decisionmakers. We welcome and indeed depend on the active support of all those who want a better life and future for Virginia's children.     
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Jamie Dyke Clancey LCSW
Company Affiliation Clancey Counseling, LLC
Term Jan 2011 to Dec 2017
Email info@vakids.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Richard Bennett M.D.Richmond Community Hospital
Katharine Bond Dominion
The Honorable Sandra Bowen Retired
Jamie Dyke Clancey LCSWClancey Counseling
Laurie Flynn Community Volunteer
The Honorable Laura Fornash Former Secretary of Education
Karen Fralin Community Volunteer
Jennifer Gentry Ph.D.Virginia Community Colleges
Keith Hare Virginia Health Care Association
Annie Kasper Community Volunteer
Margaret Keightley Catholic Diocese of Richmond
Patte Koval Community Volunteer
Julie D. McClellan Esq.First American Real Estate Solutions
The Honorable Carolyn J. Moss Dominion
William Murray Ph.D.Domionion
Peter Schneir Retired
Joyce Shields Retired
The Honorable Javaid E. Siddiqi Ph.D.Former Secretary of Education
Lee Switz Retired
James C. Wilson Performance Food Group
Jeffrey L. Wilt Principal and Founder
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 14
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Margaret Nimmo Holland
Experience

Margaret brings more than sixteen years of nonprofit experience to this new role, including an overall ten-year tenure at Voices, with progressively increasing levels of responsibility. Her most recent service to Voices includes an impressive four-month stint as Acting Executive Director and leadership of the organization’s Campaign for Children’s Mental Health, which has yielded significant positive change for Virginia’s children and strong coalitions with partners and advocates throughout the state. 

She has earned numerous accolades, including a Gartlan Award from the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards for outstanding children’s mental health advocacy, and the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership from The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond for demonstrating the potential for transformative leadership. 

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Dr. John R. Morgan Jan 2008 - June 2013
Staff
Full Time Staff 7
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 85
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description

The Campaign for Children’s Mental Health is a 3-year sustained effort to make mental health services more available and accessible to the children in Virginia who need them, regardless of where the children live or what “system” identifies their needs. Family members, treatment professionals, mental health service delivery organizations, child advocacy organizations, and policy experts are partnering together in a broad action coalition to:

  • recruit and mobilize parents as partners, advocates, and campaign leaders;
  • cultivate key legislators and members of the McDonnell administration to champion this cause;
  • persuade state and local mental health officials to advocate for needed reforms;
  • mobilize the grassroots to support the cause; and
  • educate the public about the importance of reforming the children’s mental health system.

 

The Need for Reform


Despite the numerous studies and task forces that clearly document the inadequacies in the child mental health service system, efforts to improve the system have been piecemeal. The Surgeon General reports that 1 in 5 kids has a mental health problem. Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services estimates that between 92,000 and 111,000 Virginia children and adolescents have a serious emotional disturbance. Only one in five, however, receives needed treatment.

Many children go unserved because:

  • the system is fragmented and uncoordinated;
  • service availability and quality vary tremendously from locality to locality;
  • community-based services are particularly lacking; and
  • there is a severe shortage of professionals trained to treat child and adolescent disorders.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $829,417.00
Projected Expenses $752,058.00
Endowment Value $50,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$540,923$560,409$558,605
Administration Expense$56,894$40,233$41,587
Fundraising Expense$113,620$134,798$132,351
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.120.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%17%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$583,616$669,750$562,775
Current Assets$488,152$591,540$495,286
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$18,698$37,920$21,415
Total Net Assets$564,918$631,830$541,360
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities26.1115.6023.13
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 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Larry Saunders & Associates.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.