Goochland Educational Foundation, Inc.
2938-I River Road West
c/o Goochland County Public Schools
Goochland VA 23063
Mission Statement

The Goochland Educational Foundation mission is to secure funding to support innovative learning opportunities for Goochland County Public School students.

CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Brown
Board Chair Mrs. Kristina Heidel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital One
Contact Information
Address 2938-I River Road West
c/o Goochland County Public Schools
Goochland, VA 23063
Telephone 804 566-5627
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00

The Goochland Educational Foundation mission is to secure funding to support innovative learning opportunities for Goochland County Public School students.


Who We Are

Goochland Education Foundation is the embodiment of a vision held by a group of local community leaders who appreciated the school district’s excellent reputation and wished to enhance the district’s curriculum and extracurricular activities with privately funded enrichment programs. The foundation works closely with the school district, faculty, and students, but is an independent, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Funding Focus Areas
The Goochland Educational Foundation supports programs that enrich and maximize learning in Goochland County Public Schools. These programs include but are not limited to providing arts and cultural experiences; innovative technology curriculum; and opportunities to close the education gap that exists for the disadvantaged.

How we help
We focus on providing strategic innovation grants, enrichment, and student scholarships annually.  





Goochland EducationFoundation (GEF) is moving ahead with ambitious plans to expand its impact on education in the county. Founder Elizabeth Nelson-Lyda talked about the organization’s genesis last week. “I went ahead and filled out paperwork and started it in late 2008,” said Nelson-Lyda. The foundation received approval of its Section 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the State Corporation Commission in 2009.

They had their first meeting in April 2009. They have 10 board members, including Goochland School Superintendent Linda Underwood, in an ex-officio (non-voting) role.

“We continued to have meetings but really weren’t getting anywhere,” said Nelson-Lyda, a business consultant and mother of five.
Now she wants to ramp up the organization’s fundraising after a couple of years of slow going. Last year she attended the Virginia School Board one day conference for foundations in Williamsburg.
Nelson-Lyda said she got a lot of new ideas from the Louisa and Powhatan foundation representatives at the conference. Some of those were Teacher of the Year awards and scholarships for Goochland students.
A public/private collaboration,GEF plans to award five $100 Teacher of the Year awards (one for each Goochland school) this year and a county-wide Teacher of the Year award for $500, plus a $500 scholarship award to a Goochland High School senior at the end of this school year.

Asked if GEF was a response to the economic downturn and the squeeze on revenue for county schools, Nelson-Lyda said no. “This is something near and dear to me,” she said. “This is about a way to provide educational opportunities.”

In the future Nelson-Lyda said she envisioned adult educational opportunities,  specific directed grants. Private schools and home schools are also part of GEF’s mission.
In five years Nelson-Lyda said she hopes GEF will grow as some other local foundations have, citing the Williamsburg/James River Public Schools Foundation, which she said had received $100,000 in donations.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Goochland County
Goochland Education Foundation serves the Goochland County Public Schools teachers and students.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Kristina Heidel
Company Affiliation Capital One
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Tamra Adams Community Volunteer
Mrs. Liza Dameron Community Volunteer
Dr. Julia Davis Community Volunteer
Mrs. Katrina Davis Community Volunteer
Mrs. Christina Griffith Community Volunteer
Mr. Adeeb Hamzey Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Hardy Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kristina Heidel Capital One
Mrs. Kendall Hoffler Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kimberly Jefferson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Caroline Juran Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson-Lyda Community Volunteer
Mr. William Quarles former Goochland Board of Supervisors and Community Volunteer
Mrs. Alison Raines Community Volunteer
Dr. Jeremy Raley Goochland County Schools Superintendent
Mr. Jay Shively Community Volunteer
Mrs. Amanda Team Community Volunteer
MRs. Debbie White Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kavis Winston Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Woolf Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 16
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
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 9
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Cynthia Brown
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 19
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Annually, we provide 5 - $100 school level Teacher of the Year Awards and 1 - $500 countywide Teacher of the Year Award.
Population Served Adults
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success
Recognition and encouragement of our best educators.
Long Term Success
Recognition and encouragement of our best educators - and improve, encourage, and retain talent.
GEF offers at least 3 - $500 scholarships annualy to graduating high schools seniors of Goochland High School to utilize for higher education purposes.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $1,500.00
Description GEF supports GCPS summer STEM programs, Code RVA, and the Greenhouse Project.
Budget $40,000.00
Description GEF supports programs such as the "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" to encourage personal and educational growth of our students as well as the WiFi Access Support program.
Budget $30,000.00
Description GEF supports strategic innovation grants, driven by teacher grant requests and funded by the public at large.
Budget $20,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage (if selected) 0
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$19$0$0
Individual Contributions$16,999$70,473$6,950
Investment Income, Net of Losses$17----
Membership Dues------
Special Events($7,934)--($6,631)
Revenue In-Kind$129$1,181--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$105,101$98,528$49,955
Administration Expense$3,839$16,223$529
Fundraising Expense$3,000$500--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.151.70
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%85%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$65,717$67,288$49,303
Current Assets$65,717$67,288$49,303
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$1,713$573--
Total Net Assets$64,004$66,715$49,303
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities38.36117.43--
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 ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from year-end financial report prepared by the organization.
  • If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.