Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 923
Warsaw VA 22572
Mission Statement
The RCC Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, and accessible educational experiences at Rappahannock Community College through scholarships, endowments, and outreach programs for Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula community members, preparing them for success as lifelong learners and productive citizens of the 21st century.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sarah D. Pope
Board Chair Dr. Robert V. Gates
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dahlgren, Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 923
Warsaw, VA 22572
Telephone 804 333-6707
Fax 804 333-6822
E-mail efi@rappahannock.edu
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $999,346.00
Projected Expenses $972,734.00
Additional Documents
Sales Tax Exemption2014View
The RCC Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, and accessible educational experiences at Rappahannock Community College through scholarships, endowments, and outreach programs for Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula community members, preparing them for success as lifelong learners and productive citizens of the 21st century.
  • The Foundation's assets reached $10 million mark
  • The Foundation’s revenues totaled over $1.2 million in FY2015, over $1.3 million in FY2016, and just under $1.9 million in FY2017. 

  • The Foundation provided program and administrative support for the College in the amount of: $183,200 in FY15; $193,185 in FY16; and $252,130 in FY17.

  • The Foundation awarded in the: 2014-15 academic year, 353 scholarships totaling $364,723; 2015-16 academic year, 456 scholarships totaling $514,914; and 2016-17 academic year, 489 scholarships totaling $597,100.

  • Completed a 3-year strategic plan

  • Increase financial support for RCC faculty tuition reimbursement.
  • Increase funds in the general scholarship endowment.
  • Cover all costs for all EFI staff positions
  • Build a base of capable committed volunteers on the Board and committees and task forces to help meet the mission of RCC EFI
  • Utilize RCC’s 50th anniversary to activate a campaign, celebrations, and alumni development
  • $18,000 is contributed to the College Tuition Reimbursement Program from unrestricted contributions

  • $20,000 is contributed to the general scholarship endowment through a special campaign

  • $94,055 contributed to cover costs of EFI staff

  • Identify and cultivate potential new Board members and present 2-3 candidates for Board vote

  • Initiate campaign planning phase with timeline and campaign goals and major donors identified.  

  • Initiate a 50th Anniversary Comm and develop a formal alumni program

RCC EFI was founded in 1980 to raise funds for supporting the mission of Rappahannock Community College.  RCC EFI is dedicated to assisting residents of the college’s twelve-county service region to gain access to affordable and effective higher education by gathering, managing, and distributing financial resources through its scholarships, endowments, and outreach programs.  RCC EFI accepts cash donations by check or online, bequests, charitable annuities, and in-kind gifts.
CEO Statement

When it comes to the first two years of college, earning a career certificate, or getting valuable training for a better job or going back into workforce, the best opportunity is at RCC. With your help RCC will continue to be the best opportunity for students in our region to get educated for a better life. Your support creates opportunities for students of all ages and puts more skilled professionals/workers into our community. Your gift can also benefit you by lowering your taxes.  A gift of stock shares (owned for more than a year) qualifies for the same deduction as a cash gift, while avoiding tax on the capital gain and preserving your cash for other uses. So, however you give and whatever you give to RCC, our entire community benefits.

Board Chair Statement

You change lives every day by supporting the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation (RCC EFI). Together we have gained extraordinary momentum in making an RCC education affordable. Student persistence and completion are a major College focus.

· Eighty percent of RCC students are part-time and have life challenges to completing awards.

· RCC EFI is supporting a fundamental, intensive advising initiative to raise student persistence rates. This sustained, personal model further engages students with their studies.

· Forty percent of post-secondary students in the region access NO further training or education within 16 months of high school (compared to 28% statewide). RCC will utilize the advising initiative to recruit and retain individuals in this group.

· Teachers College Columbia purports that earnings increase between $4,600 and $7,200 a year with an associate degree.

The College welcomes students with all backgrounds and challenges them appropriately. Their success stories happen because your Annual Fund investment supports initiatives like scholarship management and intensive advising. We are incredibly proud of College and EFI faculty and staff who shepherd students in their achievement. In concert, we are proud of you for showing that you want to be part of the effort. Thank you for recognizing the power of quality education this College provides with your support for the Foundation’s Annual Fund.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Essex County
Richmond County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Westmoreland County
Rappahannock Community College and its educational foundation, RCC/EFI, serve a 3,000 square mile area comprised of twelve counties in Eastern Virginia: Essex, Gloucester, King George, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland.  RCC has two campuses located in Glenns and Warsaw.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Robert V. Gates
Company Affiliation Dahlgren, Retired
Term July 2013 to June 2018
Email robgates@va.metrocast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Anita H. Cook American Standard Insurance Agency
Mrs. Catherine M. Courtney Retired
Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther RCC
Mr. Charles W. Donato Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
Mr. Ralph Fallin Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Farmar BH Baird Insurance
Mrs. Chalie Fleet Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard M. Foard Esq.Foard & DiaS, PC
Ms. Patricia H. Gallagher Eastern Virginia Bankshares
Dr. Robert V. Gates Retired
Mr. Scot Katona Dillard & Katona, attorneys at law
Mrs. Carolyn A. Lemon Retired
Dr. Elliott D. Minor IIIVirginia Commonwealth University
Mrs. Audrey P. Mitchell King William Public Schools
Mr. William H. Pennell Jr.retired
Dr. Elizabeth Lee Robertson Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mr. Watler S. Rowland Esq.Attorney
Mr. Z. Curtis Smith Retired
Ms. Martha M. Tallent Retired
Ms. Elizabeth K. Wolf Independent Personal Property Appraiser
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Governance
Other Boards
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Three new Board members reflecting strengths in needed areas of: fundraising experience; finance expertise; and ethnic and/or age diversity started terms on July 1, 2017.  Executive Committee met in January 2018 and identified 5 new potential members who meet the needed areas to join Board starting July 1, 2018.

Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Sarah D. Pope

Sarah Pope serves RCC as its Dean of College Advancement and leads the efforts of the RCC Educational Foundation. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts in art history from the College of William & Mary, a master of historic preservation from the University of Georgia, and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She has 20 years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations in the areas of non-profit board development, strategic planning, educational programming, and annual fund and capital campaign development.

Sarah has worked for national, state, and local institutions including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, the Virginia Main Street Program, and most recently the Menokin Foundation in Warsaw, Virginia as its Executive Director for 10 years. She has a special interest in community planning, heritage education, and the revitalization of historic buildings as an economic and workforce development tool and has led several courses through the Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning on these topics.

Senior Staff
Ms. Sharon Drotleff Administrative Specialist for College Advancement
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2017
Management Succession Plan? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $350,000.00
Long Term Success
RCC/EFI raised over $2 million in new scholarship funding during its "Soaring Together" major gifts campaign from 2009-2010
Budget $75,000.00
Budget $100,000.00
Budget $12,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

RCC's strategic plan includes the following goals:  Student Success: improve student access,persistence to graduation, transfer rates and success, and preparation for careers.    Curriculum:  Cultivate dynamic, high quality academic and workforce programs.  Faculty and Staff: Utilize high quality recruitment, and retention practices, emphasizing professional development, leadership development, retraining, and retooling for RCC employees. Facilities and Student Activities:  Expand and effectively support student activities and commons facilities. College and Student Resources:  Properly staff operations and student support functions. Continue to expand Educational Foundation and grant funds to support college needs. Community: Expand partnerships with, presence throughout, and services to the community.   

In order to meet these goals, the educational foundation seeks funding for student scholarships, faculty/staff professional development, programming and create the ability to respond to the financial needs the college faces due to minimal state funding in support of higher education.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $999,346.00
Projected Expenses $972,734.00
Endowment Value $10,627,237.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$488,592$336,993$358,738
Investment Income, Net of Losses$187,416$224,080$845,120
Membership Dues------
Special Events$129,653$149,465$157,002
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$518,808$461,627$405,471
Administration Expense$80,362$68,201$110,811
Fundraising Expense$72,502$60,279$61,744
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.052.092.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%78%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%6%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,590,586$8,013,727$7,378,089
Current Assets$445,199$440,294$387,587
Long-Term Liabilities$0$122,468$130,913
Current Liabilities$7,605$14,238$25,503
Total Net Assets$8,582,981$7,877,021$6,443,702
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities58.5430.9215.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%2%2%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • IRS 990s and audited financial statements prepared by Barcalow & Hart, PLLC.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" includes in-kind contributions and support from corporations and foundations.