Virginia21
1108 E Main Street, Suite 1100
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement
To educate and engage young people in the issues that impact their lives and their future.  We spotlight information, educate people about the political process, teach the importance of civic engagement in their communities, and show people how to think beyond partisan politics.  
 
Our policy agenda includes higher education, economic development and good government.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Jared Kent Calfee
Board Chair Anne Schlussler
Board Chair Company Affiliation Clarity Staffing
Contact Information
Address 1108 E Main Street, Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 513-8221
Fax 703 991-4513
E-mail info@virginia21.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Statements
Mission
To educate and engage young people in the issues that impact their lives and their future.  We spotlight information, educate people about the political process, teach the importance of civic engagement in their communities, and show people how to think beyond partisan politics.  
 
Our policy agenda includes higher education, economic development and good government.
Impact
Young people face two main challenges as they prepare for the future:  paying for a high quality education and finding a good job.  Virginia21 shows young people how to have a positive impact on higher education and economic development policies across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 
Our members have helped secure record investments in higher education, pass a first in the country community college transfer grant program, pass textbook market reforms, register thousands of students to vote, and many more.
 
We have chapters at all of the four year and many of the two year public colleges around Virginia, and we have involved over 50,000 students in the political process. 
 
Needs
1.  Scholarship Support for our Student Leadership Institute -- We do not charge students to attend SLI during the Summer or charge them to participate in the year long program that educates them about community involvement.  $2,500 / person
 
2.  Fundraising Support - As a new 501(c)3 focused on civic engagement, leadership education, higher education, and helping young people take advantage of opportunities to get involved, we believe our potential to begin a foundation/grants program is enormous.  We need help funding a development position OR someone that can write a few grants for us to get started.
 
3.  Volunteers to help design graphics, logos, marketing materials, etc.
 
4.  Financial Support for our voter registration program.
 
5.  Financial Support for compliance operations. 
Background

We stand up for Virginia’s 18–26 year-olds. We provide information, direct advocacy and coordinate political action on a non-partisan agenda focused on making college affordable, ensuring that young people have jobs, and building a government that works.


We want to turn good ideas into good policy – to build a Virginia that we will be proud to call our home. Virginia21 is different because we know the issues matter. We aren’t particularly interested in ‘rocking the vote’ or ‘declaring ourselves,’ and we don’t know many young voters who are. We care about issues like education, economic development and good government – issues that affect our lives every day. So we tell Virginia’s next generation of leaders about these issues and why they matter. We give them the facts, show them how to impact the process, and point them in the right direction. A voter that’s informed about the issues and voting because they have a stake in those issues has become more than just a voter – they’re an active citizen.

We don’t really care if you’re Republican, Democrat, or neither. Young voters may not like partisanship, but we know that politics is not a dirty word; politics is how you change things in this country. We want to build a Virginia that we will be proud to call our home. Virginia21 is here to make sure that the young voter is heard above all the name-calling and bickering that goes on in our state capitol. We’re here to represent our generation because decisions are made by the people who show up.

We were started in 2002 to give young people a voice in the decisions that impact their future. In that time we have taught over 70,000 members to organize, to educate, and to engage themselves and their peers around the issues that impact their generation:  paying for college and finding a good job.


 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Statewide
Board Chair
Board Chair Anne Schlussler
Company Affiliation Clarity Staffing
Term July 2014 to July 2017
Email anne@claritystaffing.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
James Beazley Dominion
Demas Boudreaux Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
S. Douglas Bunch Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
Brian R. Cannon Community Volunteer
Hon. Donald J. Finley Virginia Business Higher Education Council
Michael Forehand Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Hon. Laura Fornash University of Virginia
Hon. John H. Hager Community Volunteer
Allison Jones McGuireWoods
Andrew Marrs Norfolk Southern
Richard McDonnell General Motors
Thomas W. Minnick National Counseling Group
Eddie O'Leary CO+Lab Multimedia
Will Payne Bull Moose Strategies
Jay S. Poole Common Sense Strategies
Hon. Anne G. Rhodes Community Volunteer
Anne Schlussler Clarity Technology Partners
David Solimini The Truman National Security Project
James E. Ukrop Community Volunteer
Marilyn H. West M.H. West & Co., Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Jared Kent Calfee
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Volunteers 250
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Programs
Description The Summer Leadership Institute is a collaboration between VA21 and the CNU Wason Center for Public Policy to provide young people with the leadership skills necessary to impact their communities now and into the future.
Budget $62,500.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$209,187$173,450$124,051
Administration Expense$35,478$27,298$15,352
Fundraising Expense$22,334$18,345$15,859
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.031.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%8%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$72,772$53,441$46,312
Current Assets$72,772$53,441$46,312
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$72,772$53,441$46,312
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
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 2/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Received 501c3 status in 2011.