Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation
9700 Gayton Road
Richmond VA 23238
Mission Statement Our mission is to fulfill Cameron’s dream and legacy by being a positive force that works to cultivate awareness and understanding of teenage depression and anxiety.
 
To fulfill our mission, it is critical to help shift the current mindset of our society and reduce the negative stigma associated with mental illness. Therefore, teen programming is of utmost importance as we not only cultivate understanding, but also empower teens who are struggling to “SpeakUp” about their battles. We are partnering with local schools and mental health professionals to implement prevention-based programs and curriculum to provide education and initiate conversation amongst teens regarding depression and anxiety.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Grace H. Gallagher
Board Chair Mr. David A Gallagher
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dominion Payroll Services
Contact Information
Address 9700 Gayton Road
Richmond, VA 23238
Telephone 804 296-1322
E-mail missy@ckgfoundation.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $700,000.00
Projected Expenses $694,000.00
Statements
Mission Our mission is to fulfill Cameron’s dream and legacy by being a positive force that works to cultivate awareness and understanding of teenage depression and anxiety.
 
To fulfill our mission, it is critical to help shift the current mindset of our society and reduce the negative stigma associated with mental illness. Therefore, teen programming is of utmost importance as we not only cultivate understanding, but also empower teens who are struggling to “SpeakUp” about their battles. We are partnering with local schools and mental health professionals to implement prevention-based programs and curriculum to provide education and initiate conversation amongst teens regarding depression and anxiety.
Impact

2016 accomplishments

  • served 8,400 youth and adults through our programs
  • mindful program increased by 300%
  • first successful Parent Chat Night 
  • expansion of 5k race to Tampa. Contributed $10,000.00 to Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Healthy Transitions Program
  • reached over $500,000 in revenue
  • contributed $50,000 to VTCC Children’s Mental Health Resource Center as part of a five-year agreement in honor of Cameron
Needs

2017 goals

  • serve over 20,000 teens and adolescents
  • strategic plan and feasibility study for CKG plans to become the Mindful Resource Center for Virginia
  • contribute another $50,000 to VTCC Children’s Mental Health Resource Center
  • expand curriculum to middle schools and college freshman
  • seek additional programming space that allows for expansion of mindfulness 
Background

Cameron Gallagher was a bright and talented teenager. Although ever-smiling, she faced her own personal battles with depression and anxiety. She began to grow weary of keeping her struggles a private battle, and knew that there were many teens just like her who were in great pain behind closed doors. Her dream was to create a 5k race in her community to raise awareness of teenage depression. She began making plans for the race, and titled the race the SpeakUp5k in order to draw attention to the issue of teen depression. She wanted to let other teens like herself know that it was okay to “SpeakUp” about their personal battles.

 

During this time, Cameron also set a personal goal for herself and began training for the Shamrock Half Marathon. On March 16, 2014, sixteen-year-old Cameron completed her goal of finishing the race, and passed away suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition after crossing the finish line.

 

As her family discovered more and more of Cameron’s plans for the 5k, her family fulfilled her dream by holding the first race in her honor. Over 10,000 people participated in the May 2014 launch party, and 3,500 participated in the inaugural 5k race in Richmond in September 2014. Since then, the SpeakUp5k race series has expanded, and Cameron’s message has spread across the nation.

 

To fulfill our mission, it is critical to help shift the current mindset of our society and reduce the negative stigma associated with mental illness. Therefore, teen programming is of utmost importance as we not only cultivate understanding, but also empower teens who are struggling to “SpeakUp” about their battles. We are partnering with local schools and  mental health professionals to implement prevention-based programs and curriculum to provide education and initiate conversation amongst teens regarding depression and anxiety. 

 

All of our programming is free to participants.

 

The SpeakUp5k race series serves as a primary vehicle to drive the SpeakUp message into the community in a powerful, positive, familial and active way. The purpose of the race is for community members to come together and “SpeakUp” for those that are suffering, and for those that are battling depression and anxiety. This race challenges people to visibly and vocally support one another. Currently, the CKG Foundation holds this race in Richmond, VA; San Diego, CA; Boone, NC; and Tampa, FL.
CEO Statement

“For you, I will never be afraid again.” I leaned down and kissed that spot right where the hairline met her forehead. I promised Cameron. I don’t break promises, especially to my children. There were many nights I laid in bed with Cameron holding her hands. She asked me to. She was afraid of herself, afraid of what she may do to herself in this dark place she wanted so bad to leave. So we held hands, alone in her bed. She did not need to be afraid, I had her.

There are so many out there laying in their beds afraid, alone and may not have a hand to hold. They don’t have hope to hold. I will hold their hand, I will hold their hope and I will fight for them with every stroke of the swim, every pedal of the bike and every step of the run. They deserve it, they are worth it all.

As the sun rises early race morning and I feel the fear of the swim creep into my veins I will close my eyes, I will remember the smell of her hair, the feel of her perfect skin and my promise I made to my girl, my Cameron. I will breathe in my promise and breathe out my resolve. Cameron will hold my hand. She will whisper in my ear “I’ve got you.” – I am counting on it.

When I cross the finish line, I will continue the race. The race full of purpose to bring awareness, education, help and most of all hope to all those out there fighting the good fight.

As Cameron's mom and Executive Director of the foundation, I am proud to say that the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation continually delivers on its mission. We have been blessed and humbled to see what we offer is truly life saving. The countless emails, personal letters of appreciation and visits to our office where people have bravely shared their stories and appreciation of our impact propel us to continue this very important work with both passion and compassion. We bring resources, tangible education and healthy life skills that positively improve mental health, balance and well being. We continue to erase stigmas and provide hope for those who suffer, their families and network who surround them. In RVA and beyond CKG offers innovative programs to teens and adolescents, as well as parents and caregivers. Whereas we could never capture the myriad of meaningful moments, the real connections that are made or the depth of our gratitude and enthusiasm for what is to come; we can sit back and reflect: Well done, CKG, my good and faithful servant.

Yes, well done but there is great need and much work to do. We believe it is unacceptable that 1 in 4 suffer, yet of that number, only 33% actually receive help. Suicide rates are climbing among young people at a horrifying rate. I believe the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation is an integral player to changing those numbers and changing society’s perception on teenage depression and anxiety. We can help our community become a proactive and positive influence instead of constantly having to be reactive to tragedy.

 
Board Chair Statement

We all running from, or to, something. Make no mistake; we wake up daily with a purpose. Some of us are just barely in front of the demon. Others, miles ahead. Some run to calm their minds, feel the peace, share nature. Others need the physical pain offering up sacrifice to a cause. Their physical pain is a contribution. Their pain contribution is the only offering they have in the name of another.

 

Mine is a contribution. Mine is a deep need to feel pain in the name of Cameron. My contribution is an honor and a commitment. And… the pain becomes relief. The relief manifests achievement. Achievement becomes inspiration. Inspiration keeps a legacy alive. I’d run forever to keep Cameron’s legacy alive.

 

I changed my life on October 1, 2013, preparing for March 16, 2014 propelling me towards November 1, 2014. On October 1, 2013 I became vegan and made a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle forever. Grace and I completed the Miami Marathon comfortably in February 2014. March 16th is the day my life changed forever. My life will always be defined by me as before and after March 16th. My crucifix was attached, my burden delivered, my purpose instilled. I immediately signed up for Ironman Florida, November 1, 2014.

 

So here I am. In some ways, a shell of the man I was. Yet, in other ways, I’m now so much better than I ever was. Cameron has given me that gift. She took my heart, stripped away meaningless behavior and gave back a heart focused on good, purpose, love, awareness and achievement. My time on earth is now a gift, my time is dedicated, and my love is real. My endeavors have purpose and that purpose is fueled by being a husband, father, and now Chairman of a foundation that bears the name of my daughter, Cameron.

 
As a local business owner, I look at investment and return on that investment. I evaluate product development and customer satisfaction critically. This organization continues to deliver to its target audience in the most important role any of us have. That role is quite simple yet extremely impactful. Give them hope. Let them know we care and we are listening and we will give them skills they can count on to pull through their darkest moments.

The Cameron K Gallagher Foundation has already delivered programming to over 8,000 teens in the Richmond community. We will triple those numbers easily in 2017. The need is great and my confidence in the capability for CKG to successfully answer to those needs as well as specifically tailoring programs to meet individual populations is strong. We have the passion and the talent on staff to make it happen. We have an extremely supportive, active and talented board who invest in the foundation’s success in a variety of means.

I see groundbreaking movements in the not so far off future of the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation as it strategically plans the expansion of its programs and curriculum, including our Mindful program that grew by 300% in a year. We are well on our way to being the gold standard in how we view, educate, and help those who suffer.

 



Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
In addition to serving the greater Richmond area, our ace series has expanded into San Diego, CA, Boone, NC and Tampa, FL.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David A Gallagher
Company Affiliation Dominion Payroll Services
Term May 2014 to Dec 2020
Email dgallagher@dominionpayroll.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Matt Bitsko PHDHealth of VA
Mrs. Karen Coleman Mount Royal Associates
Mr. Tyler Crone Towne Bank
Mr. David Fratkin Dominion Payroll Services
Mr. David Gallagher Dominion Payroll Services
Mr. Andrew Gallagher Student
Dr. Marion Herring M.D.OrthoVa
Mr. Rodney Jefferson Little Scholars, LLC
Mr. Darrell Jervey Worth Products Group
Mr. Chuck McBride Forsyte IT Solutions
Mrs. Rupa Murthy YWCA of Richmond
Mrs. Sara Paxton La Diff
Mr. Brian Pitney Sands Anderson PC
Mr. Patrick Sanderson Neumann & Dunn Real Estate & Development, LLC
Mrs. Leslie Strickler ETRE Communications
Mr. Jeff Tunstall Craftmaster Homes, Inc.
Mr. Sandy Wiggins ACG Worldwide
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 4
Governance
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Grace H. Gallagher
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 250
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Top 3 Family Friendly RacesStyle Weekly Magazine2016
Programs
Description Minding Your Mind is a stigma-reduction based program aimed at providing mental health education to teens, adolescents and their parents. The goal is to break the silence, to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental illness and move away from a crisis-based response to prevention through education.
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $125,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $700,000.00
Projected Expenses $694,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$53,915$5,396--
Administration Expense$137,137$8,966--
Fundraising Expense$39,938$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.1914.40--
Program Expense/Total Expenses23%38%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$235,992$192,518--
Current Assets$213,834$192,518--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$235,992$192,518--
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? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Acquisition of building in order to expand headquarters and house a Mindfulness institute
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View