Virginia Foundation for the Humanities & Public Policy
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville VA 22903
Mission Statement

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas that enrich the human experience.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert C. Vaughan III
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Fried
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fried Companies, Inc.
Contact Information
Address 145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Telephone 434 924-3296
Fax 434 296-4714
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $6,039,216.00
Projected Expenses $5,936,322.00

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities connects people and ideas that enrich the human experience.

Accomplishments for 2010-2011
1) NHPRC Funding for Documents Compass to create online access to the Founding Fathers' Papers;
2) Dominion provided a matching grant to create a digital archive documenting Virginia Indian history;
3) BackStory received a grant from the NEH to increase production to a weekly broadcast;
4) The Virginia Festival of the Book reached over 20,000 people for the 8th straight year;
5) In collaboration with the Virginia Association of Museums, facilitated the developments of the African American Museums and Historic Sites Network
Goals for 2011-2012
1) Complete migration of donor database to more robust, integrated system;
2) Reach annual fund milestone of $200,000;
3) Successfully compete for IMLS funding for the African American Museums and Historic Sites Network

Monetary Support


The Annual Fund provides unrestricted funds critical to the success of all VFH programs. Our goal for the 2013 fiscal year is $150,000.


The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. $15,000 provides funding for a scholar-in-residence for one semester. Our annual operational need is $185,000.

With Good Reason is a weekly public radio show featuring scholars in lively conversation about their work in literature, science, history, politics and the arts. The show features scholars from all of Virginia’s public Universities and airs on public radio stations throughout the Commonwealth and in Washington, DC. $15,000 provides an underwriting sponsorship for a year. $60,000 offsets annual operating costs.

The goal of the African American Program is to create and then disseminate the most layered and diverse “portrait” of the Virginia narrative that we can in the hope that this offering adds depth, context, texture and truth to our shared sense of history and living in the Commonwealth. $10,000 funds a Griot Apprenticeship for a period of 12 months. Annual operational needs are $75,000.

The Virginia Folklife Program is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. $10,000 provides funding for a Master and Apprentice pair for a period of 9 months. Our annual operational needs are $120,000.



The VFH is in need of volunteers to staff the Virginia Folklife stage at the annual Richmond Folk Fest. There are many jobs available and the performances are amazing!


Since its founding in 1974, the VFH has produced more than 40,000 humanities programs serving communities large and small throughout Virginia, the nation, and the world. In addition to Foundation-directed programs including festivals, digital initiatives, conferences, teacher institutes, and public radio programs, the VFH has contributed to more than 2,500 grant projects and more than 300 individual and collaborative fellowships.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Fried
Company Affiliation Fried Companies, Inc.
Term July 2014 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Wayne B. Adkins Community Volunteer
Mr. Edward L. Ayers University of Richmond
Mrs. Elizabeth Stark Barton Virginia Department of Education
Mr. Bob Blue Dominion
Del. Robert H. Brink Virginia General Assembly
Ms. Marjorie Clark Chesterfield Co. Public Schools (ret.)
Ms. Susan Colpitts Signature Family Wealth Advisors
Mr. Howard Dobin Washington and Lee University
Ms. Barbara J. Fried Fried Companies, Inc.
Mrs. Renee Grisham Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Herman Energy Capital Partners
Mrs. Jo Ann M. Hofheimer Community Volunteer
Ms. Lauranett L. Lee Virginia Historical Society
Mr. W. Tucker Lemon Martin, Hopkins & Lemon, P.C.
Mr. Edward A. Mullen Reed Smith LLP
Ms. Daphne Maxwell Reid New Millenium Studios
Dr. Rita Roy Astute Technology
Mr. Edward Scott Mary Baldwin College
Ms. Marcy Sims Virginia Beach Public Library
Mr. Dennis H. Treacy Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Ms. Gabriela Uro ELL Policy and Research
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 39
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
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 Mr. Robert C. Vaughan III
Full Time Staff 41
Part Time Staff 31
Volunteers 248
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $6,039,216.00
Projected Expenses $5,936,322.00
Endowment Value $3,283,686.54
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$3,296,487$3,367,228$3,678,162
Individual Contributions$590,531--$597,437
Investment Income, Net of Losses$268,356$595,251$364,347
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$22,789$4,731$36,148
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,460,089$4,689,863$4,724,094
Administration Expense$443,419$428,052$395,331
Fundraising Expense$470,876$432,968$442,142
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.290.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%7%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,597,917$7,315,573$6,467,913
Current Assets$6,086,014$6,801,881$5,937,084
Long-Term Liabilities$174,728--$214,672
Current Liabilities$575,852$1,151,501$1,713,084
Total Net Assets$5,847,337$6,164,072$4,540,157
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.575.913.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%0%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s prepared by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" includes corporate and foundation support.