CMG Foundation
9100 Arboretum Parkway, #190
Richmond VA 23236-3499
Mission Statement

To empower individuals, families, businesses, organizations and communities to use collaborative approaches to transform conflict into opportunities for positive growth and change while promoting healthy families and a safe community through effective communication and dispute resolutions. 

CEO/Executive Director Brenda Booth Lowry
Board Chair Anne Morna Ellis
Board Chair Company Affiliation CMG Foundation
Contact Information
Address 9100 Arboretum Parkway, #190
Richmond, VA 232363499
Telephone 804 254-2664
Fax 804 254-2101
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2012
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $347,144.00
Projected Expenses $309,471.00

To empower individuals, families, businesses, organizations and communities to use collaborative approaches to transform conflict into opportunities for positive growth and change while promoting healthy families and a safe community through effective communication and dispute resolutions. 


Past Year Accomplishments:

  1. Administration of over 3,000 case referrals; our largest court included provision of mediation services to 819 families at no cost; we also provided mediation services to businesses, individuals and government entities. We have provided court ordered group orientation sessions at least twice each month to approximately 30 parents and related family members when they have not sought to mediate at time of referral. The orientation session provides information on court procedures and settlement options including mediation.
  2. Provided two free programs on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace.
  3. Provided co-parenting classes to separated/divorced parents and guardians. In addition to providing information on the court system and dispute resolution options, this program provides guidance on co-parenting, decision-making, communication skills, child development and the impact on children when parents are not together.
  4. Trained over 100 professionals in mediation skills.

 Goals for Current Year:

  1. Put in place a new court-sit program providing mediation services at the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, at least two days a week.
  2. Provide mediation services to increase the provision of mediation services for military families and seniors.
  3. Develop a pilot mediation program for seniors to address issues related to adult guardianship, caregiving, intergenerational will and estate disputes.
  4. Develop and put in place a fathers-only parenting program, to help dads gain fathering skills.

1. Public Education: In need of a comprehensive educational program including: 

  • articles in local publications
  • informational posters
  • seminars
  • informational advertisements in local publications.

Cost for writing the promotional information, printing, publication and hosting seminars.  Estimate $6,000. 

2.  Expanding services for:

  • military personnel
  • seniors
  • parents and children


  • develop relationship with stakeholders
  • provide informational resources
  • conduct seminars to stakeholders 
3.  Management of pro bono/reduced fee mediation and training programs.


  • facility rental
  • Updated computers and software, updated server
  • Updated multi-line phone system
  • utilities and services

Estimate - $50,000

4. Co-parenting programs for separated/divorced parents; military personnel and fathers:

  • Purchase of 24/7 Fatherhood Programs including Talking With Mom, Essential Communication Skills, Mom as Gateway and, Understanding Domestic Violence; 24/7 Dad AM 2nd Ed. Curriculum Kit and Fathering Handbooks
  • Trainer fees for eight 4-hour programs and three 12-hour programs:

Administration estimated cost $11,500

5. Training: Providing 14 hours of continuing education to our mediators and trainers (includes training and mentoring 6 mediators). Also, training an additional 3 volunteer mediators, through the entire Virginia certification program.  
Estimated costs: $4,500 for continuing education;
                            $7,500 for new trainers.

CMG Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We work with families, individuals, communities and schools.

CMG Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded to help resolve disputes amicably in our community by offering affordable alternative dispute resolution solutions and training for individuals, businesses, communities and schools.  We believe that a healthy, collaborative approach to conflict resolution helps to preserve families and build a stronger community.  We want our community to grow and develop a better approach to conflict resolution and halt the growing trend of violence as a solution to conflict.

Director Morna Ellis founded Commonwealth Mediation Group, Inc. (CMG) in 1996 to bring alternative dispute resolution to the Virginia area. She brings 20 years of experience in the field, as a mediator, trainer and mentor, to help CMG Foundation develop a more wholesome approach to conflict within our community. 

Our mediators are certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and have vast experience in working with families, individuals and government agencies. Our trainers, training programs and mentors are approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia and have many years of experience in dispute resolution and education. One unique aspect of our organization is that our mediators and trainers come from a range of professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. This diversity provides us with the capacity to better understand and meet the needs of our clients.

CMG Foundation works with courts at all levels in the Greater Metropolitan Richmond area, primarily serving Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and General District. Mediation services may be available at no cost to clients when referred by a court. We provide private fee-based conflict management services including mediation, facilitation and arbitration. Sliding scale fees are available based upon the needs of the parties. Due to the breadth of experience of our professionals, we are able to handle both family and non-family matters. Services to families include addressing disputes relating to custody, parenting plans, support, property settlement, intergenerational, elder care and LGBT issues. We provide conflict resolution services relating to non-family matters including business /partnership dissolution, employment/EEO, breach of contract, personal injury and neighborhood matters.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Board Chair
Board Chair Anne Morna Ellis
Company Affiliation CMG Foundation
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Anne Morna Ellis CMG Collaborative Law Offices, plc
Suzanne J Ellis Community Volunteer
Rachel Ellis Children's Theater of Charlotte
Antionette Irvin Virginia Center for Restorative Justice, CMG
Brenda Booth Lowry CMG Foundation
Beth Roper Greater Richmond SCAN, CMG
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 33
Percentage Making In-Kind 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 Brenda Booth Lowry
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $347,144.00
Projected Expenses $309,471.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$270,512$309,959$298,872
Administration Expense$4,135$4,150--
Fundraising Expense$1,333$5,349--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%97%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%18%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$16,550$18,030$13,136
Current Assets$9,817$11,497$6,603
Long-Term Liabilities$29,152$9,283$7,000
Current Liabilities$0$4,058$3,985
Total Net Assets($12,602)$4,689$2,151
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--2.831.66
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets176%51%53%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 5/2016View