Groundwork RVA
3001 Meadowbridge Rd
Richmond VA 23222
Mission Statement
Groundwork RVA cultivates young conservation leaders by creating green infrastructure in Richmond, Virginia's urban neighborhoods.
CEO/Executive Director Kathryn Giles Harnsberger
Board Chair Robert S Argabright III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 3001 Meadowbridge Rd
Richmond, VA 23222
Telephone 804 545-0866
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2013
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $275,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Groundwork RVA cultivates young conservation leaders by creating green infrastructure in Richmond, Virginia's urban neighborhoods.
2015/16 Accomplishments: 
  1. Completion of five youth conservation projects.
  2. Completion of 900 volunteer hours through Green Team projects.
  3. Increasing the number of youth reached through Green Workforce program.
2017 Goals:
  1. To collaborate with other stakeholders in maintaining and expanding Richmond’s network of green spaces and sustainable infrastructure by converting brownfields to active use; enhancing the health of the James River and urban tributaries; and maintaining Richmond’s parks and schools in cooperation with the City of Richmond.
  2. To prepare youth for career success by designing, interpreting, building and maintaining Richmond’s green network through enduring participation in Green Workforce. 
  3. To improve quality of life and enhance the health of Richmond residents by improving pedestrian connectivity in Richmond neighborhoods to parks and recreational spaces; to jobs and service centers; and to places of cultural importance.
  4. To realize racial equity and promote social justice by cultivating youth leadership in conservation, recreation and civic participation related to the development of public assets.
Bronze - $25
Green Team runs on granola bars! Thanks for providing snacks for a month! 
Silver - $50
This donation pays for new gear for one youth in our program. 
Gold - $100
We appreciate your dedication! This pays for all work gear for a youth. 
Platinum - $250
We couldn't do it without you! Your donation provides for the cost of one greening project! 
Diamond - $500
Thanks for making an impact! A donation at this level helps us grow our program with the purchase GRTC bus passes. 
Philanthropist - $1,000 
Thank you for helping Groundwork RVA achieve our mission! A donation of this level allays the cost of youth stipends for five young adults for one session!

Founded in 2012 by a collaboration of community leaders, state and city employees, and teachers.  Groundwork RVA is a proud partner of the National Park Service, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Richmond; and is a member of the Groundwork USA network.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
City of Richmond
Oak Grove Neighborhood
Highland Park Neighborhood
Fairfield Court Neighborhood 
James River Park System 
Board Chair
Board Chair Robert S Argabright III
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2016 to Aug 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Robert S. Argabright IIOak Grove Bellemeade Community Leader
Dr. Kevin Brosnan Virginia Commonwealth University
Nathan Burrell James River Park System
Tara Dacey City of Richmond Health District
Kenneth Dance Euroclassics Porsche
Anne W. Darby Comcast
Edward W. Elmore Jr.Richmond BridgePark Foundation
Amy George CarMAX
Amelia E. Lightner Bellemeade Civic Association Leader
Mike Mayo HandyReps
Ryan C. Rinn Storefront for Community Design
Julian Meade Ruffin-Anderson Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Summer L.W. Schultz Richmond Community High School
Lawrence Ellis Williams Sr.Eastview Civic League Leader
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Kathryn Giles Harnsberger
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2017

Green Workforce operates from community facilities that are walking distance from participants’ homes. During the months of September through May, Green Workforce participants earn a stipend while learning landscape management and horticulture through the maintenance of Richmond Public Schools, such as John Marshall and George Wythe High School, Richmond Technical Center and Oak Grove Bellemeade Elementary School.

Participants earn $8.50 per hour, and are eligible for an increase in compensation with measured improvement in work ethic and leadership skills. Groundwork RVA’s horticulture instructor and program manager perform weekly and monthly evaluations to give team members regular feedback. Through the improvement of their high school sites, youth learn marketable skills in horticulture, develop a strong work ethic and cultivate a sense of community pride that impacts residents, students and school staff.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $108,493.00
Description Green Team offers students opportunities to gain up to $200/session through conservation efforts in Highland Park or in their neighborhoods. During Green Team they focus on how conservation ideas develop and are implemented through real world applications in controlled areas. 
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $40,008.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $275,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$229,057$84,580--
Administration Expense$20,069$16,259--
Fundraising Expense$12,096$630--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.07--
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%83%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%1%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$108,144$57,803--
Current Assets$107,785$19,847--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$300--
Total Net Assets$108,144$57,503--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--66.16--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose To fund a build out of a maker's space in Six Points Innovation Center to better teach our youth how to use tools and build projects.
Goal $100,000.00
Dates Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 1/2017View