FORE Children
600 Founders Bridge Boulevard
Midlothian VA 23113
Mission Statement To provide children with high quality educational programs that unlock their curiosity and provide a chance to develop a passion that will inspire them for a lifetime.
Web and Social Media
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr Charles E. (Eddie) Swink Jr.
Board Chair Dan Niccolucci
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 600 Founders Bridge Boulevard
Midlothian, VA 23113
Telephone 804 601-8585
E-mail eswink@forechildreninc.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Former Names
NameYear
Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Foundation2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $653,000.00
Projected Expenses $652,400.00
Statements
Mission To provide children with high quality educational programs that unlock their curiosity and provide a chance to develop a passion that will inspire them for a lifetime.
Impact
In 2015 we served over 3,000 children, over one-third of those from the underserved community.
We have developed partnerships with other nonprofits to expand programming.
We have strengthened our organization infrastructure: governance and development specifically to be more strategic in our growth. 
 
Two of our goals are to increase the number of schools for our in-school programming and increase the number of underserved children in the region. 
Needs
The organization's most pressing needs are funds ($425,000) to continue the high-quality of programming; volunteers for our speaker series to the campers (motivational talks on the values of learning 21st century skills to prepare for the future).
Background

Recognizing a critical need in the Richmond community, a nonprofit managed by the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation (VSGAF)was founded in 2002 to teach children, ages 6-17, life skills through the fundamentals of golf, with a particular focus on children from the underserved communities. The structure of teaching these critical skills in a fun and engaging way has proven very successful. Since 2002, the program has served over 20,000 children from the Richmond region and beyond. Currently, we serve approximately 3,000 children annually.

 In October, 2013, all assets of the VSGAF were sold to Pros Inc. and FORE Children was the nonprofit successor to operate the programming.
After a due diligence process in 2014, the Board of Directors developed a plan to expand the programming to include culinary, art, and music to teach a broader spectrum of 21st century skills. These skills will be the framework for the next generation to rethink solutions to perpetual problems. The goal is for the children to develop a new lens through which they see the world, so they can, as adults, create new solutions for ending the cyclical generational poverty in which many of them are entrenched.

With oversight by FORE Children’s executive director, these additional programs will be managed by partners who bring expertise from their respective fields: Virginia Opera has designed a program exclusively for FORE Children for our music program; Art for the Journey has developed a curriculum for our art program; and Edible Education has developed a curriculum for our culinary program. In addition, through our partnership with Tricycle Gardens, each week, the campers learn all facets of growing vegetables from sowing to harvesting, as well as the value of local food sources and eating healthy foods. The produce harvested is included in the classes as well as the meals for the campers.

CEO Statement

This is a multidimensional program, collaborating with a wide range of community partners - both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises, to develop and strengthen sensory, emotional, and intellectual attributes that will start children on a pro-social development path. While learning and experiencing golf, art, music, and cooking classes, the children learn 21st century skills sets in a wide cultural context.

The children will:

•           Have experiences their classmates in school have. They will feel more confident and be more competitive

•           Increase their vocabulary organically

•           Connect the dots between those experiences and what they learn and read in the classroom

•           Have protective factors by learning with positive reinforcement

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
The Robins Junior Programs serve children from the City of Richmond, all surrounding counties, with a few from outside of the region.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dan Niccolucci
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2013 to Dec 2020
Email dniccolucci@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Giff Breed Volunteer
Dr. Jack Frable Community Volunteer
Lee Martin Community Volunteer
Bruce Matson Volunteer
Dan Niccolucci Whiting Turner
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Human Resources / Personnel
Finance
Scholarship
Building
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments


Executive Director
Executive Director Mr Charles E. (Eddie) Swink Jr.
Experience
Eddie Swink
Co-CEO
Term Start 2001
Email eswink@forechildreninc.com
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr Eddie Swink Director of Development
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 14
Volunteers 0
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
This is a multidimensional program, collaborating with a wide range of community partners, to develop and strengthen sensory, emotional, and intellectual attributes that will start children on a pro-social development path. While learning and experiencing golf, art, music, and cooking classes, the children learn 21st century skill sets in a wide cultural context. There is an outreach program in the schools during the school year to teach these skill sets through the fundamentals of golf. Some of the skill sets are: increased vocabulary and numeracy; inductive and deductive reasoning; analytical skills to evaluate information; critical-thinking skills by drawing upon core academic areas to solve programs; individual expression while learning to work collaboratively to achieve common goals; and how to view failure as an opportunity to learn through the process of small successes and frequent mistakes.
 
 
Budget $230,894.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments In the current highly competitive environment for philanthropic dollars, we are continuing to educate the philanthropic community that this is not simply a golf camp; rather a summer camp experience to give children from the underserved community opportunities to imagine more for the lives and their future by learning critical 21st century skills while experiencing the adventure of a lifetime otherwise unavailable to them. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $653,000.00
Projected Expenses $652,400.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage (if selected) 0
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$201,558$259,448$2,427,081
Administration Expense$189,870$112,841$46,641
Fundraising Expense$124,598$121,078$126,882
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.381.173.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses39%53%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue30%22%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$91,674$127,888$331,165
Current Assets$60,564$70,703$224,397
Long-Term Liabilities$758,340$868,296$982,911
Current Liabilities$204,460$326,121$499,550
Total Net Assets($871,126)($1,066,529)($1,151,296)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.300.220.45
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets827%679%297%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Comments
Organization Comments
 The 2014 audit was not completed owing to the sale of the accounting firm and their internal transition issues. We changed accounting firms in early 2016 as a result. the unaudited financial statement is attached. The new firm will complete our 2015 audit. To demonstrate good stewardship, a Letter of Financial Health from our Chairman of the Board, dated February 11, 2016, was written and is available upon request (space is unavailable to attach this letter).
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from Form 990.
  • Audited financial statements and Form 990 prepared by Smith & Eggleston, PC.