Change the World RVA
P.O. Box 3562
Richmond VA 23235
Mission Statement
To provide unconditional nurture, support and hope to students in unstable housing situations through transforming relationships, inspiring positive personal and societal change.
 
 
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Natalie May PhD
Board Chair Natalie May
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 3562
Richmond, VA 23235
Telephone 804 803-5620
Fax 0 N/A
E-mail changetheworldrva@verizon.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $56,000.00
Projected Expenses $53,900.00
Statements
Mission
To provide unconditional nurture, support and hope to students in unstable housing situations through transforming relationships, inspiring positive personal and societal change.
 
 
Impact

We provide a range of support services to homeless high school and college students in Richmond, Virgina. 

  • We are the only organization specifically devoted to addressing the needs of homeless teenagers and young adults in the region.
  • In 2016, we supported 12 high school & 6 college students.
  • We offer a weekly after school program in a space with a classroom, student lounge with wifi and laptops, library, a student-run food & hygiene pantry, and student-run clothing closet.
  • We provide cell phones, cell phone service, emergency housing support, health care assistance (eye exams and glasses, Medicaid co-pays, etc.), host families, college visits, and support through the college years.
  • Over 150 community members have volunteered in various capacities:  host families, mentors, tutors, drivers and more.
  • Six of our students are currently succeeding in colleges:  VCU,  Longwood University, Richard Bland College of William & Mary, J. Sergeant Reynolds, and Norfolk State University.
Needs
  • Funds for mental health services for our students (individual and group therapy, medications). ($12,000)
  • Funds to provide emergency housing for students ($5,000)
  • Funds to support students:  college book expenses and fees, high school fees (e.g., field trips, band trips, sports uniforms and equipment), clothing for jobs and job interviews, dorm supplies, emergency groceries.  ($10,000)  
  • Funds to keep food and hygiene pantry well stocked ($4000)
Background

Change the World RVA began in December 2011, when Bon Air United Methodist Church (BAUMC) and Westover Hills United Methodist Church (WHUMC) independently donated funds to a Richmond Public School social worker, Alia Butler Adlich, for Christmas gifts for homeless high school students and their families. The two churches joined together in June to host a graduation party for homeless seniors from Armstrong, Huguenot and George Wythe High Schools in Richmond. It occurred to us afterwards that it would have been even better had we known the students during their entire senior year instead of meeting them on the day of the party. This fostered the idea of an after school program for high school students. During that summer, we offered a “College Prep 101” course to eight of those graduates. This program became the foundation for the Change the World RVA curriculum that  offered today. 

In October, 2012, we began to offer an after-school tutoring program at Westover Hills United Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteer tutors helped students with their homework and college application essays. Church and community members provided a hot, nutritious meal at the end of the day, and each student was given a bus pass to get home. We had approximately 20 students participate in the program and 12 adult volunteer tutors. We also hosted holiday parties for the students and took field trips, including college visits, and visits to Shalom Farms, the Valentine History Center, and the Chihuly exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. At the end of the school year, we hosted a graduation party for all of our seniors.
 
 In August 2013, CTWRVA was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) to better serve our students, to improve our access to resources that that will benefit our students. We undertook a strategic planning process, formed a Board of Directors, and got to work! 
  
CEO Statement As an all-volunteer organization, we have been successful in providing a nurturing community of caring adults and peers for our students. We are small, in terms of the number of students we help, but we make a profound difference in the lives of the students we can serve. The support we have received from the community has been overwhelming. When people meet our students or even just hear their stories, they want to help.  Our students are remarkable young people who have overcome tremendous adversity, yet they remain hopeful, determined and kind. We believe that if a young person has the drive and desire to make their dreams come true -- dreams of going to college, dreams of having a fulfilling career -- it is incumbent upon us as a community to help.
Board Chair Statement Our biggest blessing is our biggest challenge:  we are an all-volunteer organization.  This limits our capacity to grow and serve additional students.  For now, we consider this a time of learning and getting to know our students, their needs, and the best ways that we can serve them.  As the founder of Change the World RVA, everything changed for me when I delivered a new air mattress and a box of nail polishes to a student I'd barely met. Both items made a significant difference in the quality of her life, and I realized that there were probably many students whose lives would be better with a little help. There were so many people I knew who would like to help them, if only they knew what to do. So in some ways, my initial goal was simply to connect students with caring adults in order to address tangible needs. It quickly became clear that we could offer more -- love, support, encouragement, kindness, and more. I heard a radio interview today with Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who works with LA gang members, and he said simply, "The answer is kinship." I believe this is true.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Richmond, Virginia.  Change the World RVA provides a range of support services to homeless students served by the McKinney-Vento social worker  Richmond's high schools.  We also continue to serve these students when they attend college.  In late 2016, we added 3 students from James River High School (Chesterfield County).
Board Chair
Board Chair Natalie May
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2012 to Dec 2017
Email nbmay@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Alia Butler Adlich High School Social Worker
Kimi Butler Treasurer
William Giles Community Volunteer
Sidna Gragnani Community Volunteer
Walter Graham Vice PresidentCommunity Volunteer
Richard Grier SecretaryCommunity Volunteer
Barbara Jehu Community Volunteer
Natalie May PresidentCommunity Volunteer
Melissa Punch Member at Large
Erika Schmale Community Volunteer
Paula Squires Community Volunteer
Rev. Dr. Larry Tingle Bon Air United Methodist Church
Elaine Williams student representative
Jennifer Zeile Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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
Executive
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Natalie May PhD
Experience Natalie May is an associate professor of research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  In that capacity, she conducts program evaluations, writes grants, and directs programs and research projects.  Before attending graduate school, she taught high school English for three years in Lititz, Pennsylvania.  She has significant experience in both volunteer and leadership roles with community organizations in Richmond, including schools, her church and other civic groups.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Richmond Public Schools
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Bon Air United Methodist Church
Advocates for Richmond Youth (VCU)
Side By Side (formerly ROSMY)
Virginia League of Planned Parenthood
Flagler House Rapid Rehousing (St. Joseph's Villa) 
Richmond YWCA
Synapse (networking)
GRASP 
Sportsbackers 
CARITAS Furniture Bank
Dress for Success
Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation
KPMG (Richmond) 
Driving Coach LLC
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Community OrganizationGovernor's Award (Virginia)2016
Programs
Description We support our students during their high school years and as they transition successfully to college and careers. We provide broad support for each student, based on their unique needs and circumstances. Our high school program has been very successful, and it gets better every year. Our students now meet year-round, and we have added numerous activities, services, and programs as the needs arise. Last year, we began providing transportation to and from the program to ensure students’ safety and improve attendance. We began taking every student to have their eyes examined and to purchase glasses. We added college visits, field trips, and career explorations. A local business donated an extensive, age-appropriate library for our classroom. This year we are lengthening our “school day” into the evening, forming a 5K team made up of youth and adults, partnering with a local retirement home to provide more service opportunities for our students, and raising money for another Big Adventure. (Last summer, we were invited to visit the White House by one of President Obama’s photographers.) Because we are an all-volunteer organization, our success depends on our partnerships with other agencies in Richmond with similar missions. For example, our students receive services from Planned Parenthood, Side By Side (formerly ROSMY), Art 180, Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, etc. We have a yoga and mindfulness instructor who teaches in the afterschool program monthly. Although we are a small organization, our outcomes have been very good. We have several students who have gone on to college or to find full-time employment with good salaries and benefits.
Population Served Homeless
Budget $25,000.00
Description

Unlike most programs, we stick with our students through their college years. We have a textbook scholarship fund to pay for all of our students' textbooks.  We buy our students laptops when they move into their dorms, and we help them gather all the items they need for their dorms (bedding, etc.). Our volunteers drive them to college, send care packages  and provide host homes during breaks. Without this support, a small bump in the road (e.g., the inability to pay for books or fees, a failed midterm, a bad roommate) could derail these students from their dreams. Our students rarely have access to a support system or safety net. Most do not even have a place to stay during school breaks and holidays. We provide logistical, emotional, academic, and financial support to help these students succeed in college. 

Budget $7,570.00
Description We have a student-run food pantry in our space at Boulevard United Methodist Church. We collect donations from the community, and our students sort the food, stock the shelves, and keep track of what we need to replenish.  During the after school program, our students may help themselves to whatever they need, no questions asked. Our pantry is also open to Advocates for Richmond Youth participants, young adults who have faced or are facing homelessness.
Population Served Homeless
Budget $4,000.00
Short Term Success Our short-term goals are to keep the pantry stocked with food that students and young adults want and need. This includes ensuring that our students run the pantry themselves with assistance from adult volunteers.
Long Term Success Our long-term goal is for our students to become financially independent; the food pantry simply serves as a stop-gap to keep them nourished until they are self-sufficient.
Description

Homeless youth also have few resources when it comes to clothing. We have a clothing closet stocked with donations, including lost-and-found items from a private school in Richmond.  Often our students need clothing that is not available in our closet, such as non-skid work shoes, uniforms for work, coats, athletic shoes, and professional clothing for internships and jobs. We do our best to address these needs; we also are a referring agency to Dress for Success. Our students run the clothing closet, sorting donations, hanging up clothing, and  donating inappropriate clothing to Goodwill.

Budget $1,000.00
Description We designate funds to help with emergency rent and utility payments, although we recently joined ACTS and try to make referrals to them as often as possible.  We have joined the CARITAS Furniture Bank so that we can help students and families furnish their apartments, and on a small scale, we collect furniture donations.  We provide host homes for some of our students, particularly college students who need housing over breaks and during the summer.
Budget $1,550.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

Our program has been successful because we have been flexible and responsive to student needs as they arise. We are intentional about not becoming a “typical social service program.” We care deeply for our students as individuals. They are never a case number or a file in our drawer. The key to our success has been fostering relationships between each student and their own network of caring adults. We teach them to network, to constantly work to form relationships with people who will be positive, supportive individuals in their lives. We have fun. We create a feeling of family in everything we do. We talk a lot with our students that our program is not a charity, that we expect each student to succeed and “pay it forward.” We succeed, in large part, because we use a positive, strengths-based approach to education and individual growth.


Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $56,000.00
Projected Expenses $53,900.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$50,297$23,743$4,029
Administration Expense$2,683$13,988$3,570
Fundraising Expense$2,631$129$113
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.121.60
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%63%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$20,078$9,213$4,592
Current Assets$16,641$5,902$4,592
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$20,078$9,213$4,592
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments
We are a very young organization and have not had a formal  audit. Our organization is all-volunteer, so every dollar supports our programs, students, and their families. Our total income in 2014 was $42,480; in 2015 total income was $65,376. These funds came from individual donations, fund raising events, and small grants.  Our biggest annual fund raising event is "Another Woman's Treasure," in addition to small fund raising events throughout the year.  We hired an accountant in 2014 and have submitted our 2013 990-N and 2014 990-N.  Our new board treasurer is also a CPA.
Foundation Comments
  • New organization in 2013
  • There is not enough financial data to review.  When the data becomes available, the portrait will be updated.