Friends of Richmond Community High School
201 E Brookland Park Boulevard
Richmond VA 23222
Mission Statement

Friends of Richmond Community High School’s purpose is to support experiential learning opportunities to the students of Richmond Community High School. Richmond Community High School is an urban public high school focused on serving minority and low income students and helping them realize their potential to excel educationally and pursue higher education.

The organization’s function will be to coordinate community members interested in the continued success of the students of Richmond Community High School and to support the school programmatically, with volunteers, and through raising funds. The Friends of RCHS focuses on activities that help the school meet its strategic goals.

Richmond Community High School, is a nationally recognized leader in urban education, committed to preparing students to excel in a demanding, technologically sophisticated, global society by providing a college preparatory and experiential learning environment that nurtures individual achievement while embracing diversity. Funds raised for the school will be distributed to programs that are outside of the Richmond Public Schools budget but that help the school provide the unique programs that help urban students experience a world bigger than their neighborhood and find their place in it. Funds are distributed regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Alison Owens
Board Chair Latonya Waller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Richmond Public Schools
Contact Information
Address 201 E Brookland Park Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23222
Telephone 804 475-6134
E-mail rchsfund@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Former Names
NameYear
Richmond Community High School Advisory Board2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $102,000.00
Projected Expenses $102,000.00
Statements
Mission

Friends of Richmond Community High School’s purpose is to support experiential learning opportunities to the students of Richmond Community High School. Richmond Community High School is an urban public high school focused on serving minority and low income students and helping them realize their potential to excel educationally and pursue higher education.

The organization’s function will be to coordinate community members interested in the continued success of the students of Richmond Community High School and to support the school programmatically, with volunteers, and through raising funds. The Friends of RCHS focuses on activities that help the school meet its strategic goals.

Richmond Community High School, is a nationally recognized leader in urban education, committed to preparing students to excel in a demanding, technologically sophisticated, global society by providing a college preparatory and experiential learning environment that nurtures individual achievement while embracing diversity. Funds raised for the school will be distributed to programs that are outside of the Richmond Public Schools budget but that help the school provide the unique programs that help urban students experience a world bigger than their neighborhood and find their place in it. Funds are distributed regardless of race, ethnicity, or religion.


Impact
Accomplishments:
  • Developed comprehensive database of alumni and community members interested in donating to school initiatives and serving as volunteers.
  • Conceptualized a Future Career Initiative to help students understand professional career choices and their personal aptitudes.
  • Obtain grant funding for student mini-mester trips that include science experimentation, college campus visits and history.
  • Supported teacher grant requests for technology, novels, fitness equipment, school newspaper and art (outside the RPS budget).

Goals: 
  • Provide for week long Freshman Orientation program for team building and to prepare incoming 9th graders for the rigor of RCHS.
  • Involve 30+ business professionals in the Future Career Initiative to help students understand professional career choices and their personal aptitudes.
  • Establish a STEM lab at the school housing up to date technology including IPADS and 3-D Printers.
  • Renovate and revitalize onsite greenhouse for student education and community gardens. 
  • Continue to support student mini-mester program taking them to visit college campuses and to learn history and science through experience and research.
Needs
Technology - there is a limited budget for technology. These students who are some of the best and the brightest in the area often don't have access to technology that they need to pursue advanced study in math, science, computers and engineering.

As the cost of mini-mester trips increase (a 40-year tradition), families are struggling to fund their child's trip. With over 90% of students on free and reduced lunch finding the additional money is difficult. We continue to seek support in offsetting the expense of these valuable experiences.

Background

Friends of RCHS was established to coordinate community members interested in the continued success of the students of Richmond Community High School and to support the school through programs, with volunteers, and through raising funds. The Friends of RCHS focuses on activities that help the school meet its strategic goals. Richmond Community High School, is a nationally recognized leader in urban education. The school's staff is committed to preparing students to excel in a demanding, technologically sophisticated, global society by providing a college preparatory and experiential learning environment that nurtures individual achievement while embracing diversity. Funds raised for the school will be distributed to programs that are not funded or underfunded through the Richmond Public Schools budget.

Richmond Community High School (RCHS) is a college preparatory alternative high school with an enrollment of approximately 250 students in grades 9 – 12 within the Richmond Public Schools. Enrollment is open to all public, private and home schooled children who reside in the city. The school is currently housed in the historic J. A. C. Chandler building located at 201 East Brookland Park Boulevard on the city’s north side.

RCHS was initiated by the late Andrew J. Asch, Jr., who envisioned a public-private partnership that would provide outstanding education for students with potential and gifted students whose socio-economic circumstances limited their ability to succeed. Mr. Asch provided leadership as well as giving and garnering financial support to begin the school. Educator Margaret Dabney wrote the curriculum and designed the experiential learning components that hold strong today.


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
The students who benefit from service of Friends of RCHS come from all over the city of Richmond. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Latonya Waller
Company Affiliation Richmond Public Schools
Term Jan 2105 to Jan 2018
Email edukatng@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Donna Dockery
Company Affiliation Virginia Commonwealth University
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kevin Allison Virginia Commonwealth University
Veronica Blount PTA President
Christine Booker Alumni Association RCHS
James Brown RCHS Principal
Donna Dockery Virginia Commonwealth University
Twandra Lomax-Brown VA Tech Cooperative Extension
Gregory McCallum Teacher Representative
Chrystal Neal ChamberRVA
John Outland Univeristy of Richmond (retired)
Alison Owens Development Director RCHS
Dawn Page City Council
Teshawna Threat Alumni - Richmond Public Libarar
Latonya Waller Richmond Public Schools
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 9
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Finance
Academic Affairs
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Alison Owens
Experience
  • Nonprofit and for profit management and executive director experience.
  • Education background and teaching/training experience.
  • Director of Development for small service based nonprofits and large for profit health care company.  
  • President/CEO of health care consulting firm.
Staff
Volunteers 35
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2015
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $102,000.00
Projected Expenses $102,000.00
Endowment Value $75,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
Budget2017
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 3/2017View
Comments
Organization Comments The Friends of Richmond Community High School was established in July of 2016 as a 501c3. Prior to this designation the entity operated as the RCHS Advisory Board as a sub entity to the Richmond Public Schools Foundation.