Capital Trees
200 South Third Street
Suite 101
Richmond VA 23219-3700
Mission Statement
Capital Trees envisions a greener, more beautiful Richmond through the thoughtful planning and planting of trees and public gardens, mindful of the city’s extraordinary heritage and location on the banks of the James River.

Capital Trees works to transform Richmond into a greener, more beautiful, more livable city. We advocate for the powerful connection between people and nature.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Jeanette Felton McKittrick
Board Chair Mrs. Susan Fitchett Robertson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 200 South Third Street
Suite 101
Richmond, VA 232193700
Telephone 804 788-6450
E-mail info@capitaltrees.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $794,465.00
Projected Expenses $765,878.00
Statements
Mission
Capital Trees envisions a greener, more beautiful Richmond through the thoughtful planning and planting of trees and public gardens, mindful of the city’s extraordinary heritage and location on the banks of the James River.

Capital Trees works to transform Richmond into a greener, more beautiful, more livable city. We advocate for the powerful connection between people and nature.
 
 
Impact
2015 was a break-through year for Capital Trees (CT), setting the organization up to build on projects, management and fundraising. Achievements were driven by board members and accomplished by volunteers, including the board.

CT shifted from a steering committee structure, comprised of representatives of the four Richmond Garden Club of Virginia chapters, to a stand-alone board representing the broader community, including expertise in law, journalism, business and nonprofit management.

After 18 months' work, we signed contracts with CSX and the City of Richmond to allow dramatic improvements to a 5.5-acre site on Dock Street and the James River and Kanawha Canal known now as the Low Line. With legal and insurance documents in place, CT broke ground in June, installing thousands of native plants and trees, working up until a city-imposed deadline for the 2015 UCI World Races.

Great emphasis was placed on fundraising to accomplish this, including a $200,000 gift from the City of Richmond and $100,000 from CSX, key to other gifts. A $200,000 matching grant announced by The Cabell Foundation in May provided momentum to a surge in individual donations. CT trustees provided 29% of individual giving, and we developed successful relationships with other foundations resulting in an overall increase in gifts of 251% from the prior year. With a self-narrated video, trustees conducted a “road show,” visiting businesses and community organizations, sharing our vision for Richmond. These efforts and fundraising mailings created a large increase in giving over 2014.

CT funded and installed the second phase of the 14th Street Initiative, expanding the gardens, trees and bio-filtration cells northward. Additional improvements were made to Great Shiplock Park.
After many months’ work, CT finalized the many documents and filings necessary to apply for and receive our own 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Previously, we had been working with Three Chopt Garden Club as our fiscal agent.
 
 
Needs
Capital Trees’ greatest need is the capacity to support and sustain our rapid upward growth trend. Support from government, individual, corporate and foundation donors is encouraging, as well as the donation of professional services and countless volunteer hours, but we’ve stretched the limits of what we can support as volunteers ourselves. We recently hired a part-time administrative director but will need to expand our human resources.

CT needs support with governance. Having grown organically from a committee, now matriculating as an incorporated nonprofit organization, we must put policies in place that can support our mission.
Fundraising continues to challenge as goals are high. All monies raised so far have been raised by trustees and associated supporters without outside counsel. We need development advice and help with identifying government and national grants. This impacts capacity, as these grant applications require heavy data and reporting.

Greater marketing and outreach are necessary to support fundraising and our mission to raise awareness and educate while collaborating with other related organizations. Website and social media are key.
The capacity to develop a sustained volunteer organization will be fundamental to our success.
 
 
Background
Capital Trees (CT) began in 2009 when a Richmond-area Garden Club of Virginia chapter transformed a large, ugly median at the intersection of Cary St. and Three Chopt Roads the western terminus of the Native American Three Chopt Trail. With success, the organizer was emboldened to take on another project, recruiting the other three GCV clubs’ presidents to come together to work toward a greener, more beautiful and environmentally-sound Richmond.

In 2010, the four leaders identified a concrete-choked corridor in a historic gateway area to the city, central to government, business and tourist traffic. 14th Street possessed dead and dying trees and a steep slope, conducting high-velocity polluted storm water run-off directly to the James River. CT raised funds from the City, private foundations and individual donors, and also awareness of the importance of trees and green spaces in the city for the health of people, as well as the river and its inhabitants. We removed tons of concrete, installing a triple allee of trees, rain gardens and engineered bio-filtration cells to manage storm water. The first phase was completed in 2012, and extended in 2015.

In 2013, CT renovated Great Shiplock Park (GSP), the western trailhead of the Virginia Capital Trail, located on the James River and Kanawha Canal. Thousands of native plants and trees replaced weeds and compacted soil and a large rain garden was installed to filter storm water rushing off of Dock Street into the canal. More improvements were made in 2015.

In 2014, CT developed its vision for the Low Line with months of negotiations with the City and CSX to allow dramatic improvements to a 5.5-acre site on Dock St. and the James River and Kanawha Canal, with an intense campaign of friend- and fundraising. With legal and insurance documents and significant funds raised, CT broke ground in June 2015, removing trash and invasive weeds and installing thousands of native plants and trees, also making improvements to adjacent GSP. Local media, along with nonprofit, business, state and local government leaders took note.

Also in 2015, CT matriculated from a steering committee to an independent nonprofit organization, establishing its own 501(c)(3) status and board structure, broadening community representation.

In March 2016, CT began extending the Low Line Gardens westward. In April, CT received Virginia Treasures status from the Governor of Virginia for the 14th Street Initiative, Great Shiplock Park and the Low Line.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Richmond, City
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Susan Fitchett Robertson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2019
Email snfrobertson@me.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Molly Graham Anderson Community Volunteer
Ms. Mary Adams Bacon KPMG
Mrs. Madge Bemiss Community Volunteer
Mrs. Hylah Haile Boyd Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Robison Cabell Community Volunteer
Mrs. Jane Milton Cowles Community Volunteer
Ms. Stacey Farinholt Community Volunteer
Mrs. Melinda Culvahouse Hardy Community Volunteer
Mr. John Adam Hugo 3north
Mrs. Aurelia Brown Lewis Lewis Media Partners
Mrs. Jeanette Felton McKittrick Community Volunteer
Mrs. Susan Fitchett Robertson Robertson Landscape Design
Mr. Frank L. Robinson Retired
Ms. Anne McCracken Rogers Community Volunteer
Mrs. Clare Osdene Schapiro Richmond Times-Dispatch
Mrs. Alice Horsley Siegel Bizarre Bazaar
Mrs. Mary Glen Taylor Community Volunteer
Mrs. Margaret K. Turner M Turner Landscape Design
Mrs. Cabell Goolsby West Community Volunteer
Mr. Keith P. Whipple Water Street Studio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 17
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
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
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Kathryn Angus Community Volunteer
Mrs. Anna Galusha Aquino Community Volunteer
Mrs. Alison Fauls Community Volunteer
Mrs. Mary Claiborne Frediani Community Volunteer
Mrs. Deborah Valentine Community Volunteer
Mrs. Peyton Wells Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathryn West Real Estate Agent, Long & Foster
Mr. David White Developer,Main Street Realty
Mrs. Brooke Coleman Wick Community Volunteer
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Jeanette Felton McKittrick
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mrs. Margaret Higgins Clinard Administrative Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 30
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $794,465.00
Projected Expenses $765,878.00
Form 990s
Form 9902015
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$550,302----
Administration Expense$3,064----
Fundraising Expense$2,539----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.11----
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$301,462----
Current Assets$250,295----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$301,462----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 9/2016View