Autism Society Central Virginia
200 South 3rd Street
Richmond VA 23219-0364
Mission Statement

The mission of the Autism Society Central Virginia is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism by maximizing the self-sufficiency, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with autism.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Becky Boswell
Board Chair Ms. Staci Carr
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU - Autism Center for Excellence
Contact Information
Address 200 South 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 232190364
Telephone 804 257-0192
Fax 804 655-0484
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $294,435.00
Projected Expenses $285,155.00

The mission of the Autism Society Central Virginia is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism by maximizing the self-sufficiency, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with autism.


The Autism Society Central Virginia works continuously to ensure that we are meeting our mission. In the past year we have developed a Strategic Plan with goals for a three year horizon to increase programs for our vision of meeting the needs at "any age, any stage. " We have already accomplished several of the goals:

*In 2013, the position of Executive Director was redefined to address marketing, fundraising, and Board development needs in order to raise awareness of the Autism Society Central Virginia and the resources, services, and supports we offer to the Central Virginia autism community. An individual with these credentials was identified and hired on January 1, 2014.

*In 2013, we created the part-time position of Outreach Coordinator, and hired an individual who has expanded our outreach programs to the community and our volunteer pool so that we can better meet the needs of our community.  In 2016, we expanded made the position of Outreach Coordinator a full time position which is now titled Outreach and Program Director.  In 2017, we also hired a part time Information and Referral assistant.

*Since 2014, we have been expanding our programs to include more opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum and their families.  We also added a new program aimed at supporting siblings of individuals with autism.  This program has grown since 2014 and is still active.

*In 2013, we reviewed our Scholarship Program and changed from providing funds to camps/organizations to providing scholarships directly to individuals and families. In 2014, we added scholarships for membership in the Autism Society Central Virginia to the list of eligible categories. In 2017, we added an educational scholarship for members of the ASCV.  We awarded almost $16,000 in scholarship funds in 2017 to individuals with autism in the Central VA area.

*In 2013, we launched a new more user-friendly website, which highlights the programs, services, and resources we provide.  We continue to provide robust free information and referral services to individuals with autism, their families, and the local community.  We are known as the go-to organization to find help and resources.

Our current goals include:

*Increasing staff, both full- and part-time, to better meet the current and projected needs for Programming and Outreach.

*Expanding our Programs and Outreach to better cover the entire Central Virginia region.

*Expanding our educational programs even further to better meet the needs of individuals with autism, their families and the Central VA Community.


To achieve the goals the Autism Society Central Virginia has identified for the next several years, it is imperative that we continue to diligently work to educate and spread awareness of autism spectrum disorder and to do our best to improve the lives of ALL that are affected. In order to do this, we must increase our fundraising efforts to:

*Cover the hiring of additional full-time and part-time staff

*Increase programs and supports for adults on the autism spectrum

*Increase supports for adolescents on the autism spectrum

*Help families with resources at any age, any stage of their journey

*Bring programs and services to a wider region of Central Virginia


The Autism Society Central Virginia is celebrating over 30 years of nonprofit services, advocacy and support to families and professionals involved with autism. We are the local affiliate of the national Autism Society of America that was founded in 1965. Over the last 50 years, the Autism Society has developed into the leading source of information and referral on autism across the United States.  Our local Affiliate works to improve lives by offering 5 Core Services:  Education, Community, Advocacy, Information & Referral, and Support, and maximizing the potential of individuals with autism, at any age and any stage, through 15 Quality of Life Indicators.  

CEO Statement The Autism Society Central Virginia is the local voice and resource of the autism community in education, advocacy, services and support. We are committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, at any age and any stage.  Gifts and donations to the Autism Society Central VA help support autism education, awareness, social opportunities, scholarships and advocacy, and most importantly, enable us to assist individuals with autism, and their families, in Central Virginia. The funds raised here, stay here!
Board Chair Statement

From Bill Thompson, the 2016 President of the Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) Board and the father of a 35-year old man on the autism spectrum… When I retired, I decided that the first thing I wanted to do was give back to the community and the best way I could do this was to serve on the Board for the ASCV. I have served on the Board now for four years, and find it very rewarding, as every day we are making a positive difference in people’s lives.

When my son was diagnosed in 1982, there was no support in the community. The doctor simply told us to put our son in an institution and forget about him. My wife and I had no idea what to do about the diagnosis, but didn’t think that institutionalization was the right answer. My wife researched the condition and related issues using the library (the internet wasn’t available yet.) We were in great need of the support you can get today from the ASCV, but this was not available.

In fact, without the ASCV to provide support, today there would be hundreds of additional people in our community who would be lost trying to find out what to do about the myriad issues that affect people with autism. We know this because of testimonials like this one provided by our members, “When I made that phone call to the ASCV, it felt like someone had thrown me a lifeline. Finally, I had someone who understood what I was going through, another parent just like me.”

I have felt for a long time that this lack of support should not be happening to young people that are going through this journey now. The number of people that are impacted continues to increase at an alarming rate. Today, the incidence rate for autism is estimated at 1-in-68 by the CDC (1 in 42 boys.) The demand for the services and supports that the ASCV provides is growing faster than we can keep up. In fact, in the greater Richmond area in 2013 there were more than 1,900 students in public schools on the autism spectrum. Our membership in 2014, however, is just a little more than 350 families, so we know that the greater part of our community is underserved. These figures also do not reflect the number of pre-school and adults on the spectrum in Central Virginia.

The ASCV mission is to improve the lives of all those affected by autism. Our vision is to do this for all ages, all stages of life. In order to provide this improvement to their lives, the ASCV needs additional funds for the programs that we have outlined in our Strategic Plan. All funds that come to the ASCV stay here, in the Central Virginia community, to serve individuals with autism and their families.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Essex County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Richmond County
Sussex County
Charles City County
New Kent County
The Autism Society Central VA (ASCV) provides direct services and supports in the following cities and counties in Central Virginia: counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico; and the city of Richmond. The ASCV also serves the following counties: Dinwiddie, New Kent, Powhatan, Amelia, Prince George, King William and Goochland; and the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell through member activities. However, we provide information and referral and welcome members from all areas of VA not currently served by the Tidewater and Northern Virginia affiliates. We do our best to provide resources and information and referral services to anyone who contacts us.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Staci Carr
Company Affiliation VCU - Autism Center for Excellence
Term Apr 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Adam Bailey Accounting
Staci Carr VCU Autism Center for Excellence
Megan Sullivan Kirby Spectrum Transformation
Craig Nichols self-advocate
Linda Oggel retired VCU TTAC
Michael Saxon Goochland County SEAC
Paul Warner Finance and Marketing, Family Member
Zach Webber Keiter
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
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
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Becky Boswell
Experience Becky Boswell joined the Autism Society Central VA as Executive Director in January 2014. She has been working for and with individuals with autism and their families for the past ten years. Previously, Becky served as the Outreach Coordinator for the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) and worked as the Community Outreach and Action Groups Coordinator for Commonwealth Autism Service. Becky also has fifteen years experience in early childhood education, as both a Preschool Teacher and Director. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Averett University.
Senior Staff
Tammy Burns Outreach Coordinator
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 250
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2013
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The Autism Society Central VA collaborates with numerous advocacy, education, and disability organizations and agencies which share our mission to improve the lives of all affected by autism. 

Children of all abilities in grades K – 8 are invited to join us for our monthly Inclusive Lego & Game Clubs. We have thousands of Legos for the children to use. No need to bring your own! The group is facilitated by a recreational therapist and volunteers. Our Inclusive Lego Clubs are held twice a month, at the YMCA - Chester and the ASCV Office in the city of Richmond. Parents must stay onsite, but are encouraged to gather in an adjoining room to network and share resources.

The Autism Society Central VA holds monthly affiliate meetings, September through May (December exclusive), featuring topics and speakers of interest to the autism community. The meetings are free and open to the public. Childcare may be provided with one week’s notice.
The ASCV sponsors workshops and conferences throughout the year on a variety of topics and at little or no expense to attendees. Current conferences include a Transition to Adulthood focused one in November and an Annual National Autism Awareness Month Conference/Workshop in April.

We recognize the importance and need for families to gather with others experiencing life with the challenges and joys of caring for a loved one with autism. To ease the stress and encourage parents to bring their families out for an “autism friendly” activity, the Autism Society Central VA sponsors outings including, but not limited to the following:

  • Winter holiday party
  • Spring family picnic
  • 5K Run Walk for Autism

We also sponsor Autism Awareness activities at local baseball and soccer games, racing events, theme parks, and other recreational venues.


The Autism Society, Central VA sponsors the following interests groups on a variety of topics. Interest groups are free and most are open to any interested parties.

  • Adults w/ Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism Interest Group – open only to those with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Family Members of Adults w/ Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism
  • A monthly (September-April) Teen Social Skills Group to facilitate peer interaction and development of social skills for those in 6th-10th grades. This group is facilitated by a recreational therapist.

The Autism Society Central VA sponsors monthly bowling leagues for elementary, middle/high, and adult individuals with autism (Sept-June). Volunteers and staff are onsite to help support the individuals with autism as they bowl. Parents are encouraged to gather in the bowling alley to chat and network. 

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $294,435.00
Projected Expenses $285,155.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$114,732$67,573$36,557
Investment Income, Net of Losses$63$76$83
Membership Dues$7,995$6,299$140,628
Special Events$124,773$132,516$14,650
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$217,887$207,655$141,235
Administration Expense$16,782$22,068$20,559
Fundraising Expense$42,430$46,651$27,510
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.960.801.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%75%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%22%40%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$211,292$219,183$274,402
Current Assets$210,018$217,485$271,829
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$8,284$4,886$5,048
Total Net Assets$203,008$214,297$269,354
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.3544.5153.85
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 11/2016View
Solicitations Permit 11/2017View
Organization Comments The Autism Society Central Virginia is an affiliate organization of the National Autism Society.  We submit financial information to the National organization and it files the Form 990 with the IRS.  Please see the attached letters of Tax-Exempt Status for verification.  
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 represents the group return for all of the chapters of the Autism Society of America, including the Autism Society of Central Virginia.
  • The audit represents solely the position of the Autism Society of Central Virginia.
  • Financial analysis performed with the audit.
  • Audited financial statements prepared by Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.