Voices for Virginia's Children
701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 807
Richmond VA 23219-2503
Mission Statement Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia's children.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Margaret Nimmo Holland
Board Chair Jamie Dyke Clancey LCSW
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clancey Counseling, LLC
Contact Information
Address 701 E. Franklin Street, Suite 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
Action Alliance for Virginia's Children & Youth2003
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $829,417.00
Projected Expenses $752,058.00
Mission Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia's children.
Impact Our work begins with tracking and analyzing data about children – considering where they live, their race and ethnicity – to deeply understand how they are doing. Because many children in Virginia are not thriving, we identify the root problems they are facing, as well as barriers created by the very systems designed to help them. We educate policymakers about policy solutions that research and experience have demonstrated reduce these barriers and improve these systems. Then, we mobilize voters and partner organizations to advocate for changes in laws, funding priorities, and systems that result in better outcomes for children. We give voice to Virginia's children, particularly those whose needs are often unaddressed.
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 disadvantaged 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 decision-makers. 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
We work statewide and also have specific projects in metro Richmond and Northern Virginia.
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
Richard Bennett M.D.Richmond Community Hospital
Kristin Bolton Fidelity National Title Insurance
Katharine Bond Dominion
The Honorable Sandra Bowen Former Secretary of Administration
Jamie Dyke Clancey LCSWClancey Counseling, LLC
Cyrillene Clark ClearView Consulting
Laurie Flynn Retired Executive, Mental Health Policy
The Honorable Laura Fornash McGuireWoods Consulting, Former Secretary of Education
Karen Fralin Community Volunteer
Jennifer Gentry Ph.D.Vice Chancellor Institutional Advancement at Virginia Community Colleges
Keith Hare Virginia Health Care Association
Annie Kasper Community Volunteer
Margaret Keightley Catholic Diocese of Richmond
Patte Koval The Monument Group
The Honorable Carolyn J. Moss Retired, Dominion
William Murray Ph.D.Corporate Public Policy at Dominion Resources
Peter Schneir Retired Business Owner
Joyce Shields Ph.D.Former Hay Group Managing Director
The Honorable Javaid E. Siddiqi Ph.D.Director, Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows
Lee Switz Retired Fundraising Professional
Crystal Twitty Twitty Legal Solutions
Jeffrey L. Wilt The Monument Group
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 10
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
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Margaret Nimmo Holland
Experience Margaret Nimmo Holland is the executive director of Voices for Virginia's Children, having worked in Richmond's nonprofit sector for almost 20 years. Prior to serving as executive director, she served as policy director and led the Campaign for Children's Mental Health, a broad-based advocacy initiative that is increasing access to children's mental health services in the Commonwealth. In addition her experience at Voices, Margaret served as the chairperson of the volunteer Board of Directors of the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority. She also co-chaired Gov. McAuliffe's transition team on mental health issues. Margaret has been recognized for her work with a number of accolades, including the 2016 YWCA Outstanding Women Award in Law and Government. In 2013 Margaret was named a recipient of the Stettinius Award from The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, and she was named to Style Weekly's “Top 40 Under 40" in 2011. Margaret graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in Religious Studies.
Former CEOs
Dr. John R. Morgan Jan 2008 - June 2013
Full Time Staff 7
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 85
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Voices advocates for public policy solutions that address the problems facing some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children. Our work focuses on improving outcomes in early care and education, foster care and juvenile justice, mental health and health, and family economic security. The changes in laws and funding for which we advocate allow those working on the ground with children and families to conduct their work more effectively. As a result, Virginia’s children experience better outcomes.
Description For more than 20 years, Voices has been home to the KIDS COUNT Data Center for Virginia, tracking multiple indicators of the well-being of Virginia’s children and using that information to identify unmet needs and inform policy recommendations. Because we update this information annually, we are able to produce historical trend data across a variety of indicators, including those related to economic well-being, health, education, family and community.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $829,417.00
Projected Expenses $752,058.00
Endowment Value $50,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$548,552$540,923$560,409
Administration Expense$50,418$56,894$40,233
Fundraising Expense$148,672$113,620$134,798
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.100.911.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%18%17%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$711,406$583,616$669,750
Current Assets$581,501$488,152$591,540
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$21,789$18,698$37,920
Total Net Assets$689,617$564,918$631,830
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities26.6926.1115.60
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
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Larry Saunders & Associates.
  • Financial analysis performed with audit.