Virginia Organizing, Inc.
703 Concord Avenue
Charlottesville VA 22903-5208
Mission Statement
Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. As a non-partisan organization, Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have had traditionally little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with diverse individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Joe Szakos
Board Chair Ladelle McWhorter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Professor, University of Richmond
Contact Information
Address 703 Concord Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 229035208
Telephone 434 984-4655
Fax 434 984-2803
E-mail info@virginia-organizing.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Former Names
NameYear
Virginia Organizing Project1995
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $6,271,000.00
Projected Expenses $6,271,000.00
Statements
Mission
Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. As a non-partisan organization, Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have had traditionally little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with diverse individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.
 
 
Impact

Accomplishments:

  • Increased our strategic capacity by hiring new organizers, expanding our geographic reach into more communities across the state, developing more grassroots leaders among people directly affected by the issues, and building on relationships with many elected officials.
  • On the statewide level, we worked on banning the box on employment applications and to interrupt the school to prison pipeline. 
  • We had successes on a wide range of social justice issues at the local level.
  • We ramped up our work on climate change.
 
Goals for 2017:
  1. increasing and diversifying Chapter membership and strengthening leadership development in communities across the Commonwealth;
  2. adding at least three new Chapters and deepening existing ones;
  3. making tangible gains on a variety of issues including climate change and renewable energy, women's issues, racial profiling, fair hiring practices, and restoration of voting rights, among other social justice and environmental issues. 
Needs Virginia Organizing needs to expand to 20 organizers to develop more leaders and more community groups across Virginia.
Background

Prior to the formation of Virginia Organizing, formerly known as the Virginia Organizing Project (VOP), no statewide organization existed in Virginia to encourage the active participation and empowerment of many different groups of people on a variety of issues.  As government policy and control shifted dramatically from the federal to the state and local levels, it became clear to Virginia Organizing’s founders that statewide organizing work was needed. 

Virginia Organizing, founded in August 1995, is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives.  Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society.  By building relationships with diverse individuals and groups throughout Virginia, Virginia Organizing enhances their ability to work together at a statewide level, democratically and non-violently, for change.  

The overall purpose of Virginia Organizing is to create a strong political force for long-term change which has a diverse grassroots base and includes people who have not been active before.

 
 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Statewide
Virginia Organizing organizes in local communities across Virginia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ladelle McWhorter
Company Affiliation Professor, University of Richmond
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email lmcwhort@richmond.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sandra Cook Community Volunteer
Duane Edwards Community Volunteer
Debra Grant Community Volunteer
Emma Hale Community Volunteer
Lily Hungarland Community Volunteer
Janice Johnson Community Volunteer
Johnny Mayo Electrician
Ladelle McWhorter Professor, University of Richmond
Denise Smith Community Volunteer
Thomasine Wilson Home Health Care Worker, Richmond
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 15
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Joe Szakos
Experience Mr. Szakos has 39 years experience as a community organizer.  Masters Degree from the University of Chicago.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Joe Szakos Executive Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 36
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 1500
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2016
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Virginia Organizing has entered into a Joint Plan of Work with the following groups:

Camping for All

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

Earth Week Charlottesville

Advancing Green Chemistry

Health and Environmental Funders Network

Science Communication Network

Environmental Health Sciences

The Clinch Coalition

Living Energy Farm Educational Program

Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville

Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations

Charlottesville Community Bikes

Food Not Bombs          

Library Solidarity

Open Source Computer Recycling

Building Experiences
Friends of Nelson
Friends of Buckingham
Preserve Montgomery County
Groundswell Development Project
Center for Urban Habitats Education Project
Just World Education Project
Preserve Giles County
New Dream
Falls Church Day Labor Center
Generation180
Interspirituality Empowerment Project
 
 
 
Programs
Description
Diversity is at the core of everything we do. Virginia Organizing helps people who have never been active before, and who are directly affected by the issues, join with those who have already tackled community problems, regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, occupation, geographic location,age or ability.
 
Virginia Organizing holds workshops on dismantling racism, understanding the economy, community organizing and leadership development skills.
 
Virginia Organizing has an ongoing internship program for young people who want to learn community organizing.
 
Virginia Organizing provides campaign strategy and organizational development assistance to about 40 community groups. 
 
We have a statewide e-mail action alert system, op-ed and letters to the editor distribution system and an on-line newsletter.
Population Served Adults
Budget $1,500,000.00
Short Term Success Virginia Organizing continues to get more people to be active participants in decisions that affect their communities.
Long Term Success Virginia Organizing has organized groups in more than 60 of the 100 legislative districts across Virginia.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $6,271,000.00
Projected Expenses $6,271,000.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,271,500$2,775,527$545,000
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$2,692,508$1,723,154$280,797
------
$172,615$195,570$3,936,454
Investment Income, Net of Losses$14,965$16,790$29,097
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$334,494$287,542$397,548
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,173,724$4,952,310$5,304,791
Administration Expense$244,125$244,695$237,889
Fundraising Expense$55,602$76,349$72,404
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.950.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,199,686$2,188,089$2,464,431
Current Assets$964,765$942,701$1,257,064
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$19,355$20,389$21,960
Total Net Assets$2,180,331$2,167,700$2,442,471
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities49.8546.2457.24
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 5/2015View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Frank Barcalow CPA, P.L.L.C.
  • Financial information provided by audit