Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
2124 N. 29th Street
Richmond VA 23223
Mission Statement
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School is an independent, faith-based middle school for students of limited resources primarily from Richmond’s East End neighborhood.  All students receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend.
Through a program focused on academic, social, and spiritual development, we help prepare students for success in high school, college and in their own communities.  We value parents and volunteers as integral to our success both as a School and a community of affection.  Helping to ensure that our students are on a path toward a full and decent life is our fundamental reason for being here.
CEO/Executive Director Michael Maruca
Board Chair Dr. Jill Hunter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hunter Consult
Contact Information
Address 2124 N. 29th Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Telephone 804 822-6610
Fax 804 447-5784
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,700,000.00
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School is an independent, faith-based middle school for students of limited resources primarily from Richmond’s East End neighborhood.  All students receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend.
Through a program focused on academic, social, and spiritual development, we help prepare students for success in high school, college and in their own communities.  We value parents and volunteers as integral to our success both as a School and a community of affection.  Helping to ensure that our students are on a path toward a full and decent life is our fundamental reason for being here.


We aim to change the direction of our students’ lives from one of great risk toward college or one of the skilled trades.  We want all to gain self-control, confidence, and academic success to open doors that might not otherwise be possible.   

Numbers Reached. In our eighth year (2016-2017) we are serving 102 students and families. 
Graduate Placement. One hundred percent of our first graduating class graduated high school in Spring 2016, with the majority headed to college in the fall.  About a third of our graduates attend private schools in the greater Richmond area on full or almost-full scholarships.  

Improved Test Scores and Behavior. Standardized tests showed academic scores improved significantly.  Emotional maturity is as important as mastery of academics, because without these qualities, children lack the foundation for a healthy and stable life. We have no specific test to measure this but observational data is positive and we believe will continue to be so.
Involvement of Families. We’ve involved the families of all our students. We know names of family members and their situation. We visit their homes and remain in touch regularly in person and with a letter every Monday.   Given obstacles these adults face, we believe their support and involvement is remarkable.
Partnerships. We’ve established ties with independent and public schools with especially close ties to St. Catherine’s, St. Christopher’s, Collegiate, Trinity, Steward, St. Gertrude, and Benedictine. Their students and ours spend days at each other’s schools for the benefit of both.
Accreditation We’ve received full accreditation from Virginia Association of Independent Schools in 2016
Sports - We offer football, soccer, cross country, basketball,  track, and lacrosse, volleyball, and baseball. What we believed to be true is indeed the case: the skills, sweat equity, and happiness that come from being on an athletic team are difficult to overstate.
  1. Funding for such things as (a) $13,000 to cover the cost of expenses for all instruction, supplies, and meals for one student for one year; (b) support for ongoing teaching and activities (whatever individuals or organizations are able to give); (c) funding for the graduate placement and support program to help each student find the right school that will help ensure their continued success after they finish here; and (d) funding to support our athletics programs.
  2. Regular volunteers willing to commit at least an hour weekly to investing in the lives of our students.
  3. Healthy snacks and breakfast cereals.
  4. School supplies (pencils, notebook paper, 3" binders, colored pencils, markers, scissors, backpacks, etc.)
  5. Activity supplies like dodge balls, walkie talkies (set of 6), tool kits, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, and Kleenex.
Founded in 2009, our school takes the name of a saint in the world of education and faith.  Anna Julia Cooper’s life spanned 106 years from the last days of slavery to the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and spent most of her adult life teaching and serving as a Principal in numerous schools, including several in Washington, DC. A woman of deep religious faith and conviction, Cooper was also an activist who fought for civil rights for her fellow African-Americans, equality for women, and the poor.
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School believes that education deepens life.  True education instills a sense of mystery and wonder and a love for God and our neighbor. Education is essentially liberating. It helps us discern the right path and to follow it.  This is freedom: having the strength of mind to love and serve.  We believe that every child is created for this freedom and the education which helps brings it about.  God sustains us in this pursuit and the example of Jesus remains our highest standard.
CEO Statement

Thank you for considering supporting the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School.  We have enjoyed some great successes during our first eight years, made possible through the volunteer and financial support of many friends from the Richmond community.  The work is a great challenge and our aim is high:  to help change the trajectory of the lives of the students and families we serve.  You can learn a little more about us and about Anna Julia Cooper, our namesake, at

Board Chair Statement
Only with gifts of time, talent, and treasure from the community are we able to offer deserving children a chance to change their lives.  For those who can give, I hope you will learn, as I have, that you’ll gain far more than you’ll give. 

I feel this especially when I read or hear a student say, It’s focused here. We get on task and keep on task from the moment we walk through the door. This is the right place for me. I know it’s a good school, and that I’m headed to college and a good job, if I stay on task.” 

Or this student’s remark that We treat each other differently here than at my old school. We are in a holy place and have respect for each other. We are learning to just walk away from arguments.”  

Now in our eighth year of operation, we'ver accomplished many things, large and small.  You’re already read about many of them in other sections of our profile. But let me single out several groups who make our mission and vision a reality.

I’m so proud of our young students, who come with many strikes against them but who respond to consistent love and structure that allows them to learn their academics and helps them respond differently to life.

I’m deeply grateful to their parents and guardians who have supported their children and helped the school with immeasurable sacrifices of time and effort.

I’m proud of our dedicated head of school, principal, administrators, our talented and patient teachers, our generous volunteer mentors and tutors, other area schools and partners, and our beneficent donors who offer this life-changing, full tuition scholarship experience.
I’m also moved by our board of directors, each of whom gives so much to this school from their varied and vast repositories of experience, expertise, and enthusiasm. 

Our goal is to build AJCES into a beacon of hope on Church Hill, one that families seek out because we have a track record of successfully educating children.

Although we’re unique in Richmond, we benefit from the experience of successful schools around the nation with similar models and mission–like Epiphany School, Esperanza Academy, and members of the Nativity Miguel network. 

Our small class sizes, longer school days, faith-based instruction, and an unrelenting focus on the care and nurture of each student combine to make a winning formula.  The daily interactions our teachers, staff and volunteers have with each student and the family is where success is won - everything else we do is to support making those interactions successful and productive.

To learn more about the culture of our organization, I encourage you to get to know more about our namesake Anna Julia Cooper.  I hope you enjoy learning about her as much as I have.  A good place to start is our website.   Thank you again for considering enabling our critical mission.

Gordon Wallace, Board Chair

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City

We serve children in Richmond’s East End in Church Hill on the North side of Broad Street. This area includes Creighton, Fairfield, Mosby, and Whitcomb Courts. Most students come from families led by a single parent. High unemployment, low incomes, poor housing, lack of transportation, and under-performing schools are characteristic of the neighborhood where we draw the majority of our students.     



Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Jill Hunter
Company Affiliation Hunter Consult
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Rae Cousins Brown Greer
Betsy Fauntleroy Board Secretary
Tom Horton President, Monument Restaurants, LLC
Dr. Jill Hunter Retired Collegiate School
Charles Kleindienst Open Sky Inspections
Deb Lawrence St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Mr. Shawn Moore St. Christopher's School
Alexa Quinn Community Volunteer
Mr. Mo Shumate Retired
Alex Slaughter Counsel, McGuireWoods, LLP
Mr. Chris Snow JWS Associates
John Stanchina Board Treasurer, President, Rutherfoord - Richmond
Ms. Meg Walker Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Wallace Community Volunteer
Gordon Wallace Principal, Global Sleep Products, Inc.
Steve Wilson Raymond James / Morgan Keegan
Wesley Wright Member, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
Educators Errors and Omission Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Liquor Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Michael Maruca
Experience Mike graduated from Bates College in 1980 with a degree in Comparative Religions. He was a member of the Society of Jesus from 1980-1996, and earned a Master's in Philosophy from St. Louis University and a Master's of Divinity from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA.   He was the founding director of Sacred Heart Center in Richmond and, for ten years, the Middle School Head of The Steward School, also in Richmond.
Senior Staff
George Bland Sr.Head of Cafeteria & Maintenance
Beverly Dziedzic Graduate Placement Coordinator
Yolanda Gilliam Lead Teacher for Math & PE
Laura McGowan Director of Development and Communications
Katye Snipes School Administrator
Linton Wade Teacher
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 30
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 83
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
A growing group of volunteers (currently over thirty each week) tutors, reads with, and mentors the children. They also help with a variety of other generous acts.   They have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and have become an integral part of who we are.  
We are a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and we are a related organization with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  We have established close ties with local independent schools, and we are especially close to St. Catherine’s, St. Christopher’s, Collegiate, Trinity, Steward, St. Gertrude and Benedictine. Their students and ours spend days at each other’s schools for the benefit of both. 
Other groups with whom we have collaborated or met with to initiate mutual efforts include the BetterHousing Coalition, the Blue Sky Fund, Camp Alkulana, Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Richmond Hill, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Downtown YMCA, St. James Episcopal Church, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond's First Baptist Church, and Visual Arts Center.


Central Virginia Foodbank Partner Agency2011
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2010
We teach a college-preparatory curriculum and hope higher education lies in the future for many, if not most of our students. We hire outstanding teachers, offer them freedom to teach, and give them smaller classes of 8-12 students in classrooms separated by gender. We challenge the children with higher standards for academics and behavior than they’ve experienced. A faith-based approach helps change attitudes and behavior. We get parents or guardians in the game, because the odds the kids will flourish dramatically increases with their participation. This cannot be overstated.    An extended day and summer program adds great value and safety. We provide transportation along with breakfast, snack, and lunch. We recruit a corps of committed volunteers to work directly with the children.
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Budget $840,000.00
Short Term Success
  • Test scores will rise (Woodcock Johnson scores improved an average of 2.5 school grade equivalents)
  • Student behavior (the ability to self-regulate) will improve (behavior has improved markedly)
  • People will want to be a part of AJCES--families, volunteers, funders, other organizations (partnerships from the first year are strong and we continue to gain traction and support)
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $2,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,700,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$56,743$45,772
Individual Contributions$1,555,924$1,186,637$801,764
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,662($811)$1,933
Membership Dues------
Special Events$2,047$1,905$21,730
Revenue In-Kind----$600
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,376,678$983,410$859,144
Administration Expense$98,766$86,254$83,111
Fundraising Expense$165,190$151,679$111,955
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.361.511.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%81%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%8%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,939,851$1,322,951$694,638
Current Assets$1,789,906$1,193,088$607,209
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$48,461$26,900$25,070
Total Net Assets$1,891,390$1,296,051$669,568
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities36.9344.3524.22
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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
Organization Comments We are encouraged by our board’s willingness to help with fundraising and based on early experiences with asking for support, we believe the school is truly sustainable.   Our development committee understands the process of introducing and educating potential donors. We have several who are quite willing to ask for support. And our board understand the need for good stewardship—in terms of (a) thanking those who give and telling them how their gift has helped and (b) being good stewards of the generosity that people bestow on us.  With early help from Michelle Thomson, the board focused on one-on-one fundraising. In July, 2012 we hired a part-time development coordinator and the position became full-time the following year.  In 2015 we added a part-time development assistant to the staff.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from financial reviews.
  • Financial reviews prepared by Michael W. Hultzapple, CPA, LTD.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes support from churches and other civic organizations.