300 E. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement Anyone can code. Every Virginia child should have the opportunity to learn. Currently fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offer computer science courses. Meanwhile more than 70% of STEM-field jobs are Computer Science jobs. At CodeVA, we teach kids to code.
CEO/Executive Director Christopher Peter Dovi
Board Chair Christie Bieber
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Civil War Museum
Contact Information
Address 300 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 727-9817
Fax 804 0000000
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $337,294.00
Projected Expenses $342,514.00
Mission Anyone can code. Every Virginia child should have the opportunity to learn. Currently fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offer computer science courses. Meanwhile more than 70% of STEM-field jobs are Computer Science jobs. At CodeVA, we teach kids to code.

Since beginning operations in 2014, CodeVA has made significant and measurable headway in its mission to bring computer science (CS) education to Virginia schools.

As of May, 2016, CodeVA:

Has trained more than 500 teachers from Kindergarten to High School in 20% of the Commonwealth’s school divisions, impacting well over 165,000 students.

Hosted an average of 420 students in its summer programs. This program helps provide a revenue stream for other operations and programming.

Worked with out-of-state partners, including UCLA and MIT to develop and train 12 new computer science teacher trainers, setting CodeVA on the course to realize its train-the-trainer model necessary to grow to scale.

Nearly completed the initial build out stage of its classroom/makers space.

Developed partnerships with dozens of schools, government agencies, and universities such as the Richard Bland College of William & Mary, Bridging RVA, CodeRVA, Science Museum of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Children's Museum of Richmond, City of Richmond, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

Started a partnership with the Mayor's Youth Academy that has created Virginia's first all-city Robotics competition team and year-round club.

Wrote and helped secure passage of General Assembly HB 831, which “Requires the Standards of Learning established by the Board of Education and the program of instruction for grades kindergarten through 12 developed and implemented by each local school board to include computer science and computational thinking, including computer coding.”

Our goals for the coming year are equally ambitious:

Train approximately 120 additional high school and middle school teachers to teach computer science classes. Additionally, we plan to train more than 500 more elementary teachers to integrate computer science concepts in their classrooms.

Reach our summer camp capacity to nearly 1,000 students, including offering financial assistance to at-risk youth that we have set as a goal to comprise no less than 30 percent of our enrollment.

Continue building partnerships around the state to promote Computer Science K-12 education.

Host the state's now-annual Hour of Code kickoff event during National Computer Science Education Week (December), broadcasting the event with media partners to classrooms across the commonwealth.

Enroll all CodeVA participating districts in Hour of Code participation.

Continue partnering with the Virginia Department of Education to complete Virginia's adoption of state standards for Computer Science, per the mandate of HB 831.

Work with the Virginia Department of Education to develop and adopt new, practical license requirements for teachers to allow flexibility in training new computer science middle and high school teachers.

Seek means to formalize partner relations with the state of Virginia to better coordinate ongoing and future computer science teacher training initiatives across the state.

CodeVA has also initialized a $200,000 capital campaign to complete the equipment, furnishings, office space, and decorations for a state of the art facility that will host students after-school and summer programs, host teacher trainings, and offer the space to community and other non-profit organizations.

We also plan to expand robotics programs with increased enrollment in our after-school club.

  • Funding to create stipends for teacher facilitators (one each for elementary, middle and high school) in the state's five regions that will provide expertise and guidance, as well as local training facilitation for CS teachers trained by CodeVA. Approximate cost: $30,000 annual
  • Funding for CodeVA's own regional and headquarters administrative costs. Approximate cost: $200,000 annual
  • Funding to continue developing programs and curricula for schools. Approximate cost: $30,000 annual
  • Funding to support CodeVA's robotics after-school program and team. Approximate cost: $30,000 annual
  • Volunteer help maintaining CodeVA's website at
  • Help with printing and marketing materials to promote CodeVA training programs and after-school/summer camps and programs.
Background CodeVA was initiated by Christopher and Rebecca Dovi, two longtime Richmonders who have collectively spent more than 40 years involved in the region's K-12 education community. In 2013, after reporting for Richmond magazine on the dire state of computer science education in the Richmond region, Chris Dovi approached his wife, Rebecca about using her nationally-recognized expertise as the cornerstone of a training and advocacy organization focused on Virginia teachers and students -- on bringing Computer Science to public schools. At the time, fewer than 1 percent of Virginia students graduated having taken a computer science course. Meanwhile, the vast majority of jobs and careers in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and math -- including banking and retail support -- were jobs that required computer programming skills. Shortly after the pair decided to make good on their plan, they were approached by, a national organization that was in its own infancy, and which had sought out Rebecca to serve on its education advisory board. agreed to fund CodeVA's teacher training programs in the state, though it provided no operating dollars toward that effort. In spite of a lack of funding both Dovi's chose to leave their respective careers to focus on CodeVA, and on making computer science education a part of curriculum from kindergarten to high school in all Virginia public schools.  
CEO Statement
What is computer science? Before CodeVA kicked off its efforts in 2014, few education policymakers knew, and few even contemplated why they needed to know. Meanwhile, many had turned their focus to STEM, a catch-all acronym for science, technology, engineering and math education initiatives. But what they didn't know was hurting the kids they sought to help. STEM is just letters -- unpronounceable without computer programming, the various languages of Computer Science.

Meanwhile, fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offered computer science classes. In 2013, the year before CodeVA began, just 1,655 students statewide took the AP Computer Science Java class. Of those, about 300 were girls -- just 16 were African American girls.

CodeVA is the only teacher training program of its kind in the state, and until this year was the only such organization in the nation. Dedicated to providing free training and support to public school teachers, advocating for computer science curriculum and courses in their schools, and providing first-hand opportunities to underserved Richmond area students through after-school and summer opportunities, CodeVA already has changed the face of public education by making policymakers -- from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his deputies all the way down to local school districts and classrooms -- take note of the critical importance of Computer Science literacy. 
Most Computer Science education organizations focus on after-school enrichment. CodeVA firmly believes that after-school programs have their place and their value -- heck, we offer them. But we also know that those programs are meaningless without those foundational lessons built into a comprehensive, systemic K-12 curriculum in public schools every day. Like reading or math, Computer Science is fundamental. CodeVA wants you to join us in bringing this fundamental literacy to all Virginia children. Anyone can code. Every Virginia child should have the opportunity to learn. CodeVA teaches kids to code.  
Areas of Service
Areas Served
CodeVA is based in downtown Richmond, literally at the crossroads of the Digital Dominion, at 3rd and East Broad streets. Our first priority is bringing computer science education to the Metro Richmond region, through both teacher training and through direct outreach programs to Richmond children.

The Richmond region serves as a model for the state, which already is beginning to recognize the value of CS education training through CodeVA.
Board Chair
Board Chair Christie Bieber
Company Affiliation American Civil War Museum
Term July 2016 to July 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Andreas Addison City of Richmond government
Christie Bieber The Civil War History Center at Historic Tredegar
Brian Cannon OneVirginia2021
Christopher P. Dovi CodeVA
Harold Fitrer Communities in Schools
Margaret Mayer Capital One
The Rev. Tyrone Nelson 6th Mount Zion Baptist Church & Henrico County Board of Supervisors
Jeff Nelson Strategic Staffing Solutions
Chris Peterson Capital One
Vida Williams The Axis Partners
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75
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.
Advisory Board Members
Daniel Bartels Collegiate School
Chuck English Science Museum of Virginia
Tiffany Jana TMI Consulting
Stewart Roberson CEO Moseley Architects, retired Hanover County Schools superintendent
CodeVA has identified and added a number of the planned additions to the board, representing a variety of needed skills including financial control, fundraising, industry need and education leaders from both classroom and leadership.

Along with this expansion, one -- possibly two -- of CodeVA's founding board members will roll off to fully take on their duties as employees of the organization. Rebecca Dovi's role is essential, and she is set in July to become CodeVA's Chief Education Officer. Chris Dovi, who has operated as the organization's primary administrator has left the Board to assume these duties in a more formal capacity.
Executive Director
Executive Director Christopher Peter Dovi
Chris Dovi has extensive experience in public policy and government affairs, having spent nearly 20 years as an award-winning journalist in Richmond and elsewhere. Concentrating primarily on education policy, Dovi's reporting has called attention to and brought significant changes to schools in the Richmond area and statewide through resulting policy and legislative changes. Additionally, Dovi has become a sought-out adviser to elected officials and other policymakers in Richmond and at the state level.

In addition to his work at CodeVA, Dovi also teaches as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Senior Staff
Rebecca E Dovi Director of Education
Scott Kocen Director of Development
Maggie Smith Children's Program director
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
CodeVA works with and/or is partnered with the following organizations in implementing programs: Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Powhatan, York Counties, the Richmond Mayor's Youth Academy, ECPI,, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond Department of Recreation and Parks.

CodeVA works with and/or is partnered with the following organizations in seeking/receiving grant funding for expansion of computer science education:  Virginia Commonwealth University, Robins Foundation, Samsung Intl., ECPI, Bridging RVA (and its partners).

CodeVA works with the following organizations/agencies on policy initiatives related to computer science education: Virginia FIRST, the offices of the Virginia secretaries of Education and Technology, and the Governor's STEM Director, the Virginia Department of Education.
Description Eureka Workshop is CodeVA's direct student outreach program, offering after-school and summer enrichment programs that blend arts with computer science. The programs in 2015 stands to reach nearly 1000 children in the Richmond region. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $40,000.00
Short Term Success Last summer, nearly 200 kids participated in Eureka Workshop summer camps. 
Long Term Success
Eureka Workshop programs are valuable to mission in a variety of ways both tangible and intangible.
  1. They provide kids with immediate access to high-quality Computer Science programs that are fun and engaging.
  2. They provide CodeVA-trained teachers with a lab school in which to try new lessons that later will be implemented in their classrooms.
  3. They provide CodeVA with a source of revenue to underwrite its operations.
  4. They offer a means of creating increased outreach and awareness among parents and teachers.
Description RVA Coder Collective is CodeVA's FIRST Robotics team and robotics club for middle and high school students. The first all-region team in Virginia, the program is free and open to all middle and high school students in the region. The project seeks to foster other teams at home schools of participating students in the program in order to expand this valuable activity that supports CS education in schools. The club also does volunteer education work with younger kids related to robotics. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $30,000.00
Short Term Success This is the first year of RVA Coder Collective. The program has successfully recruited its first cohort of students through a partnership with the Richmond Mayor's Youth Academy. It is on track this year to increase participation and to grow its youth outreach programs for younger kids. 
Long Term Success Currently, just two Richmond schools offer robotics programs at the high school level. FIRST Robotics programs have proven highly successful in the Richmond region and nationally in promoting STEM-field jobs and providing students with internship, scholarship and career opportunities. 
Description CodeVA is partnered with to bring high quality teacher training, support and curriculum to Virginia schools from kindergarten through high school. 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget $200,000.00
Short Term Success
In 2014, CodeVA trained nearly 30 new computer science teachers, mostly in the central Virginia region. This number nearly doubled the number of existing computer science teachers in the state. 
In 2015, CodeVA is on track to add more than 150 more trained teachers to those ranks 
Long Term Success
CodeVA aims to bring meaningful computer science education to all Virginia schools, starting with a concentration on establishing a model of success in Central Virginia. More than 70% of STEM jobs are Computer Science jobs, meanwhile fewer than 1% of Virginia students graduate having taken a computer science course before graduation.
In the future, this will not be the case, as CodeVA trains elementary, middle and high school teachers to integrate computer science lessons into their regular curricula in math and science, and as we train middle and high school teachers to teach specific courses in Computer Science.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $337,294.00
Projected Expenses $342,514.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$133,727$33,532--
Administration Expense$1,344$5,741--
Fundraising Expense$7,383----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.051.68--
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%85%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$197,012$26,765--
Current Assets$197,012$26,765--
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$197,012$26,765--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose CodeVA is currently in a $200,000 Capital Campaign to update the facility into a state-of-the-art technology classroom/makers space. This includes adding more space for staff, obtaining new furniture, and decorating the space.
Goal $200,000.00
Dates May 2016 to Apr 2017
Amount Raised To Date $80,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2016View
Organization Comments
 CodeVA entered 2015 with no debt and with a commitment to stay that way and CodeVA can proudly state that it not only has no debt, but it also has conducted successful fundraising efforts into the community. While there is still a massive effort to raise the needed funding going forward, there has been a strong effort to form partnerships in Richmond and surrounding areas. We are in the process of building the infrastructure to reach across the Commonwealth and will have a comprehensive state-wide fundraising effort for the coming years.

CodeVA's Eureka Workshop summer camp programs, operate on a mixed model of paid and scholarship attendance, and present an opportunity for a reoccurring revenue stream to help offset program expenses. 

Additional program partnerships for after-school programs with area schools and other government organizations are yielding significant fundraising opportunities as well.
Foundation Comments
  • New organization in 2014.
  • Financial statements prepared by RCPA, Inc.
  • Financial analysis performed with financial statements.