Nehemiah Community Development Corporation
3500 Garland Avenue
Richmond VA 23222-1908
Mission Statement

Vision:  To transform commercial corridors and adjacent neighborhoods into thriving, compelling, sustainable, and economically viable communities. 

Mission:  To restore communities by focusing on rebuilding physically, restructuring economically, and reclaiming human capital within the community.  

NCDC is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.  We know that great organizations work with and through others to create more impact than they could ever achieve alone.

 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Derek Andre McDaniels
Board Chair Derek Andre McDaniels
Board Chair Company Affiliation Northstar Development Advisors
Contact Information
Address 3500 Garland Avenue
Richmond, VA 232221908
Telephone 804 859-7935
Fax 804 859-7935
E-mail nehemiahcdc_dmcdaniels@aol.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Statements
Mission

Vision:  To transform commercial corridors and adjacent neighborhoods into thriving, compelling, sustainable, and economically viable communities. 

Mission:  To restore communities by focusing on rebuilding physically, restructuring economically, and reclaiming human capital within the community.  

NCDC is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.  We know that great organizations work with and through others to create more impact than they could ever achieve alone.

 
Impact

Critical to the Brookland Park Boulevard (BPB) corridor revitalization is a catalytic redevelopment project that is an asset to the neighborhood and will stimulate further redevelopment. Our first project was redeveloping a vacant property for a bike repair and coffee shop. The physical revitalization efforts serve as a catalyst to jump start social and economic improvements to the Brookland Park Boulevard corridor – paving the way for private businesses to follow. Accomplishments include:

  • Offering needed goods and services thereby reducing leakage and increasing resources for the community such as ratables, property tax revenue, social capital etc.
  • Effectively reducing the vacancy rate along the corridor which was nearly 25%.
  • Providing workforce training and employment opportunities.
  • Reducing environmental deterrents to business entry such as loitering, trash, poor lighting, code violations, crime etc.
  • Offering a neutral space/ third place for community gatherings to cultivate investment in the community and a positive outlook.
  • Jointly coordinating a major festival in 2014 attracting over 500 people.

 

As the surrounding neighborhoods take on new life, so can BPB. In conclusion, Nehemiah CDC is strategically positioned to assist in this revitalization by rebuilding, restructuring economically and reclaiming a healthy, sustainable community focused business district.
 
  1. The revitalization goals include: building a comprehensive strategy for physical revitalization of the BPB commercial corridor through the use of public/private partnerships, leveraged funding, infrastructure improvements and business financing in order to improve the basic attributes of the underutilized parcels, appearance and upkeep of the corridor, landscaping and urban design and public safety.
  2. Developing human & social capital through workforce training, internships and community engagement efforts.
  3. Providing businesses support and technical assistance to existing businesses through programs of business retention, business expansion and development of new community based business enterprises.
  4. Creating businesses attraction strategies to encourage corridor reinvestment both by existing businesses and new businesses.

Needs
  1. A fund development strategy  - $5,000
  2. Infrastructure capacity building - $40,000
  3. Strategic planning for a 3-5 year redevelopment strategy - $7,500
  4. Board development for  active board members - $10,000  
  5. Financial management strategy - $15,000
Background

NCDC is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.  We know that great organizations work with and through others to create more impact than they could ever achieve alone.

 
Over the course of the past two years, Nehemiah CDC (NCDC) has worked closely with the Brookland Park Area Association to identify the needs of the business district.  NCDC has worked closely with Storefront for Community Design to provide community listening sessions and design concepts for the bike and coffee shop.
 
We have worked closely with the City’s Economic Development Department, utilized information from the study conducted for the City of Richmond and have started meeting with area associations for insight as to the direction desired by residents. We have conducted listening sessions with the greater Northside community to determine the following: concern and interest of the community; impact of new businesses along the corridor; types of business to address the needs; conducted several walking tours with community members; and created a Facebook page (The Friends of Brookland Park Boulevard) to continue to inform our neighbors of upcoming events.
 
We have partnered with The BPPA to complete the application for Neighbor to Neighbor Love Your Block, funds to improve safety along the corridor.  This study entitled Brookland Park Boulevard Revitalization Plan dated February 2013, identifies business services needed in the area. The study identifies a vacancy rate of nearly 25% along Brookland Park Boulevard between North Ave and Hanes Ave. The demand for services in areas such as grocery, entertainment, household furnishings, apparel and restaurants. In particular, this study cites a dollar value leakage in the Northside of Richmond of over $19 million for food away from home. Nehemiah CDC is focusing on attracting businesses to meet the needs of the neighborhood. Northside offers one coffee shop.
CEO Statement

NCDC is driven to produce measurable returns. These results transform existing realities, open up new pathways for the under-resourced and disadvantaged communities, and unlock the commercial cooridor's potential to effect social change.

 
NCDC is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.  We know that great organizations work with and through others to create more impact than they could ever achieve alone.  

 

Nehemiah Community Development Corporation embraces five fundamental objectives.

 

  1. The revitalization process must involve a comprehensive strategy for revitalization of commercial corridors through the use of public/private partnerships, leveraged funding, infrastructure improvements, and business financing.
  2. The revitalization process must involve improvements to the commercial corridors' basic attributes redevelopment of parcels, appearance and upkeep, landscaping and urban design, public safety, access and mobility, and quality of goods and services.
  3. The revitalization process must increase resources dedicated to revitalization of the business corridors.
  4. The revitalization process must provide financial support and technical assistance to existing businesses through programs of business retention, business expansion, business relocations, and development of new community based business enterprises.
  5. The revitalization process must encourage corridor reinvestment both by existing businesses and new businesses, and development of mix-use projects in the corridors.

 

 
Nehemiah's strategy will create social capital, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.  This approach's produces an overarching principle that results in creating sustainable business corridors.
Board Chair Statement
Nehemiah CDC strives to implement best practices as identified by area leaders in the nonprofit community. Our board members have completed classes in nonprofit board governance, financial management, the Art of the IRS Form 990, and crash course in fundraising offered by the Non Profit Learning Center.
 
We have conducted one board retreat with our second retreat slated for the month of June.  It is our goal to implement the following practices:  Legal compliance and public disclosure; effective board governance; strong financial oversight; and responsible fundraising.  Although, our goals are a stretch for this young nonprofit, we recognize the challenges of board members being actively engage and contributing members.  Our members are slow in performing self evaluations, actively fundraise on the organizations behalf; and participate in Nehemiah's structured fundraising activities consistently.  We are preparing to address these shortcoming during our next board retreat.  We were successful in obtaining a strategic planning grant from Flashpoint to develop a 3 year strategic plan.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Nehemiah CDC serves the Northside area of Richmond City encompassing Brookland Park area, Ginter Park, Battery Park, and Highland Park, zip code is 23222.
Board Chair
Board Chair Derek Andre McDaniels
Company Affiliation Northstar Development Advisors
Term Nov 2012 to Dec 2017
Email mcd1northstar@aol.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Cybelle St. Francis McDaniels Community Volunteer
Derek Andre McDaniels Community Volunteer
Karen Rios The Dance Candle
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 99
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 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Leroy Chiles Community Volunteer
Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson Virginia Commonwealth University
Nathan S. Koch Boyle, Bain, Reback & Slayton, Charlottesville, VA
Comments

Over the past year Nehemiah CDC has acquired a property on Brookland Park Boulevard (10 East Brookland Park Boulevard); obtained a parking waiver to allow for a diverse business on the corridor (Bike Co-op and Coffee Shop); obtained a general contractor including a building permit; and completed roughly 65% of the renovation of the bike co-op and coffee shop; and obtained a supplier for the coffee and products (Lamplighter). In addition, Nehemiah CDC has been very active in the Brookland Park Area Association to promote restructuring economically, assisting with business management of small businesses, and market repositioning of the corridor through various promotional events such as a riding tour for cyclists, a number of community tours, and a Christmas promotional event. Below are some additional accomplishments:

 

  • Over 98% of funds raised have been used for project costs.

     

  • Completed the first phase of renovation with a projected opening of spring 2015.

     

  • Received funding from Dominion and Bon Secours with expressed interest for greater support next year.

     

  • Cultivating relationships with a few other large funding sources who have expressed interest in the project.

     

  • Met with Richmond Technical Center who is interested in providing students for interns and potential entrepreneurship.

     

  • Conducted several community presentations with audiences of up to 200 people to include stakeholders such as the local civic associations, merchant association and Richmond Community High School.

     

  • Held a community listening session of over 85 attendees to help determine the vision for the corridor transformation along with preferred services and product offering.

     

  • Coordinated in partnership with other stakeholders a major Brookland Park Boulevard corridor event, “The 100 Year Anniversary” attracting several hundred people.

     

  • Conducted multiple community tours to cast the community expressed vision of the corridor transformation to both residents and other stakeholders.

 

  NCDC faces the challenge of growing rapidly as we develop our strategic plan.  Fund development to continue the redevelopment of Brookland Park Boulevard over the next several years will pose a challenge.  We are slated to have a board retreat to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan to establish a pipeline of projects with a funding strategy.

 

Executive Director
Executive Director Derek Andre McDaniels
Experience

As President and Executive Director, my role includes directing the CDC in all its efforts to revitalize commercial corridors into thriving business communities. Nehemiah CDC (NCDC) is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.

 
We know that great organizations work with, and through, others to create more impact than they could ever achieve alone. Fundamental approaches include comprehensive strategy using public/private partnerships; corridor upkeep and improvements; increase financial resources for business retention and business expansion; and an organized approach to promote the business corridor through collaboration with the existing business.
 
Our first project is a $250,000 bike co-op and coffee shop. The bike co-op and coffee shop is Nehemiah CDC’s first project within a comprehensive effort to transform the area. Nehemiah CDC’s revitalization efforts includes rebuilding physically, restructuring economically, and community engagement to stimulate further private and public investment. The company will operate a 1,800 square-foot coffee shop and bike co-op within walking distance of the Community High School and residents of Historic Brookland Park area. With the growing demand for high-quality coffee and great service, it will capitalize on its proximity to the Community High School and Brookland Park neighborhoods to build a core group of repeat customers.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
NCDC has work very closely with a number of stakeholders including but not limited to the following: Arts in the Alley, Brookland Park Area Association, Saving Our Youth, The Valentine Museum, Lamplighter Roasting House, Community High School, John Marshal High School, Richmond Technical Center,  and VCU Urban Planning.
Programs
Description  NCDC is a commercial corridor revitalization nonprofit which collaborates with the community to bring about physical transformation of the corridor. Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development and employment and business attraction efforts.  

 

Nehemiah Community Development Corporation embraces five fundamental objectives.

  1. The revitalization process must involve a comprehensive strategy for revitalization of commercial corridors through the use of public/private partnerships, leveraged funding, infrastructure improvements, and business financing.
  2. The revitalization process must involve improvements to the commercial corridors’ basic attributes.
  3. The revitalization process must increase resources dedicated to revitalization of the business corridors.
  4. The revitalization process must provide financial support and technical assistance to existing businesses through programs of business retention, business expansion, business relocations, and development of new community based business enterprises.
  5. The revitalization process must encourage corridor reinvestment both by existing businesses and new businesses, and development of mix-use projects in the corridors.
  6. Barista and bike repair training:  We seek to continue our barista training with our partner Lamplighter Roasting House to train our employees and future employees.  We are cultivating a mountain biking team from 2 local high schools: Community HS and John Marshall.  This program will focus on character and conduct building amoung the youth.  In addition, we hope to create small business owners within the bike tream to ultimately build and sell bikes.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $30,000.00
Short Term Success By the end our barista training each trainee will be able to find a job in any specialty coffee house in the city and beyond.  Our youth will learn to be discipline and committed to achievement goals for competitive mountain bike racing and successfully acheiving better grades in high school.
Long Term Success Our business cooridor will experience a decline in vacancy as well as increase in services for the surounding community.  In addition, our high school youth will learn to increase their character while building a competitive nature as they compete in an organized sport.  Many of our employees and youth participants will learn a new skill set to give them a jump start on their future career paths.
CEO/ED/Board Comments

Nehemiah CDC will revitalize commercial corridors through catalytic commercial building redevelopment projects that engage the community in the physical development process.  This process includes community engagement, developing partnerships with community stakeholders, workforce development,  employment, and business attraction efforts.

 
Impact of Community Urban Bike & Coffee Shop Project:

Critical to the Brookland Park Boulevard (BPB) corridor revitalization is a catalytic redevelopment project that will be an asset to the neighborhood and stimulate further redevelopment. Our first project will be redeveloping a vacant property for a bike co-op and coffee shop.  Such a project could open the door for more businesses to follow. Other benefits and measurements include:

  • Offering needed goods and services thereby reducing resources going out of the community.

  • Providing workforce training and employment opportunities.

  • NCDC’s redevelopment projects will effectively reduce the vacancy rate along the corridor which is nearly 25%.

  • Offering a central location for community gatherings to cultivate investment in the community and a positive outlook.

  • Contributing to the City’s meal taxes, employee taxes, property tax and other ratable such as water/sewer, electric/gas service, internet services, etc.

  • Offering safe and reliable bikes at a low cost.

  • Providing cooperative bike repair through an educational environment

  • Providing bike related skill development for youth and adults alike

 

As the surrounding neighborhoods take on new life, so can Brookland Park Boulevard.  In conclusion, Nehemiah CDC is strategically positioned to assist in the revitalization efforts along Brookland Park Boulevard business corridor by rebuilding, restructuring and reclaiming a healthy, sustainable community focused business district.  NCDC has raised most of the money needed to complete this project. We are seeking funds from a variety of funding sources. We have secure $100,000 in committed funds from The City of Richmond, The Community Foundation and private donors. We are moving steadfastly towards our goal of $200,000.  With your support – we can provide the necessary start of cost including furnishings, coffee and bike supplies, technical services, etc. to bring this project to life and help rebuild our city one community at a time.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$68,173$130--
Administration Expense$2,045$103--
Fundraising Expense--$60--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.72162.14--
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%44%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$25,147$44,895--
Current Assets$25,147$44,895--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities--$44,895--
Total Net Assets$25,147$0--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--1.00--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Capital campaign focuses on raising funds to complete purchase of coffee and bike shop equipment. Resources are also needed for the Barista and Build-A-Bike and Repair training Program. In addition, NCDC will focus on acquiring another building on Brookland Park Boulevard to strengthen transformation efforts and further redevelopment and business development.
Goal $100,000.00
Dates July 2015 to Jan 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 6/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments NCDC needs to develop a financial plan to accurately reflect and manage growth over the next 5 year. Apart of our plan is to develop a fund raising strategy
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by L.P. martin & Company, P.C.
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization.
  • Financial analysis performed with Form 990.  Supplemental information provided by the statements.