Bridging RVA Incorporated
12911 River Hills Drive
Midlothian VA 23113-3625
Mission Statement Connecting individuals, groups and causes to advance common good in our communities and city.
CEO/Executive Director John Sawyer
Board Chair John Sawyer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 12911 River Hills Drive
Midlothian, VA 231133625
Telephone 804 938-2599
Fax 804 378-1019
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
Mission Connecting individuals, groups and causes to advance common good in our communities and city.
Impact Past year -
We had an opportunity to engage six new groups through our Ideation Labs, which are designed to bridge the gap between an idea and implementation of an idea. Micro libraries, Christmas Feast for the homeless and poor in the City, Tutoring Clubs, and Homeless care packages. We provided 100 Beds for children without inthe Richmond area. On Christmas Day, we fed more than 500 people Christmas Dinner and provided toys for more than 100 children.
Our Rapid Response efforts in the community were a huge success. Whether it was helping install A/C units for those without in the summer or providing sources of warmth and encouragement to those living outdoors in the winter, we had four opportunities to respond rapidly to needs in the RVA.

Goals for this year-
Ongoing efforts in our "see a need - meet a need" Rapid Response efforts.We have ongoing Ideation Labs for people of all ages, including children and youth.Bridging RVA plans to his several forums pertaining to addiction and recovery. Bridging RVA plans to sponsor a community Christmas dinner in the City of Richmond in 2017; and do another large bed distribution to children without beds in our local communities.. In an effort to establish a 24/7 presence in the community, we have opened and will maintain an office/community meeting space in Midlothian, VA.
Needs We have identified a number of opportunities in the Greater Richmond area. As we continue in our efforts to connect individuals, groups and causes for the common good of the RVA, we have the following needs:
$20,000 for ongoing efforts with our Ideation Labs. This enables people of all ages, including youth and children, to vet ideas, strategize and implant ideas for the common good. Part of this cost is office space and funds to take ideas to the next level$25,000 to build up a network of individuals and groups who support the ongoing Rapid Response efforts. These funds would primarily be used for housing people in crisis, assisting people with life necessities, and office space. $50,000 to set up tutoring clubs, construct mini libraries, provide beds for kids without beds and a Christmas dinner for those without a place to go on Christmas Day.
Background After hundreds of cups of coffee and conversations with people who desire to make a difference in their communities and our city, Bridging RVA was founded on the simple idea that most people genuinely care about matters relating to the common good of humanity.

Bridging RVA was birthed out of a simple premise known as "communitas".  When community forms out of an ordeal, challenge, task or mission, people often discover one another in new and significant ways. Neighbors become friends; and co-workers become team players. Bridging RVA is all about connecting individuals, groups and causes to bridge/ fill the empty spaces in our community. This provides a win/win scenario for those being served as well as those serving others.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Powhatan and Goodhland
Board Chair
Board Chair John Sawyer
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Dan Gecker Community Volunteer
Mr. Ilya Grossman Community Volunteer
Rev. David Kennedy Community Volunteer
Mr. Austin McDaniel Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom O'Donnell Community Volunteer
Mrs. Ginger O'Neil Community Volunteer
Mrs. Ellen Thirnhill Community Volunteer
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 6
Female 2
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 60
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director John Sawyer
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Description Have an idea for the common good of our community? Let's work together to make it happen! There are a number of talented Richmonders ready to assist people in developing and implementing ideas for the common good. From school projects to corporate team-building, all ideas are welcomed. The wholeness and well-being of our community depends on the ideas of both yesterday and today.
Budget $20,000.00
Description We're making a big difference locally by connecting individuals, groups, companies and causes to address the needs of our community. Our goal is to connect people to existing initiatives/events or help develop common good initiatives/events. We continue to develop programs/events that address needs in our communities. At the same time, many wonderful organizations are already doing awesome things in the RVA. Rather than reinventing the wheel and creating new programs, we foster a coming together in support of those already doing good works in our community. We have functioned in a program accelerator role with local nonprofits, helping small and struggling nonprofits realize a 1000% increase in their effectiveness through networking.
Budget $25,000.00
Description Things happen in our community which elicit a rapid response by people who care. We are continuously creating a network of people and groups who can quickly mobilize and respond to needs within our community. This is a unique program in our city as we're realizing diverse groups of people coming together in a moments notice to address needs in our community.
Budget $10,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$19,340$6,582--
Administration Expense$25,596$1,433--
Fundraising Expense$0$192--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.581.71--
Program Expense/Total Expenses43%80%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$12,671$14,027--
Current Assets$12,671$14,027--
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0$8,207--
Total Net Assets$12,671$5,820--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--1.71--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 2/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Organization received 501(c)(3) status in 2014.
  • Financial analysis performed with internal financial statements.