Educational Institutions

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.reynolds.edu/foundation

Mission Statement

Reynolds Community College provides access to education that develops individuals for employment and career advancement, prepares students for successful transfer to colleges and universities, builds a skilled workforce that contributes to regional economic development, and promotes personal enrichment and lifelong learning. In fact, one in four workers (and one in three healthcare workers) in the Greater Richmond region has attended Reynolds. Fundraising activities at the college are carried out by the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. The college's foundation exists solely to support and promote the college. Foundation projects include scholarships, annual giving, projects to expand instructional capacity and help more at-risk youth enter college, among yearly initiatives.

Main Programs

  1. Urgent instructional and student needs
  2. Scholarships
  3. Support for At-Risk Older Youth
Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Reynolds Community College primarily serves the Virginia counties of Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, and Powhatan and the city of Richmond (north of the James River).

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 1996

Self-reported

Ms. Elizabeth S. Littlefield

Keywords

Self-reported

education, community college, workforce, economic development, training, Richmond, college, Virginia, central Virginia, junior college, adult education

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EIN

54-1130296

 Number

7953759196

Also Known As

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community/Junior College (B41)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

The fundraising carried out by the Educational Foundation, under the direction of an Executive Director and Board of Directors, is essential to fulfilling the mission of Reynolds. The Foundation serves as a vehicle for broad financial and community support; yet, the essence of philanthropy is much more personal: it springs from the generosity of the individual. Not just a desire to see positive change, but a commitment to give to that end.The monetary gifts the college is fortunate to receive have fascinating stories behind them, because every donor is unique. Every donor is precious. Every donor makes a difference. In 2010, individuals and community partners helped Reynolds complete the Campaign for Reynolds, the largest major gifts initiative in the history of Virginia's community colleges, raising more than $15 million to support instruction.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Urgent instructional and student needs

The Fund for Reynolds helps the college meet its most pressing needs, ranging from securing professional-caliber equipment for our classrooms to securing food and shelter for a student in dire circumstances. Private contributions cover costs that state funding cannot. For instance, the Educational Foundation operates an emergency loan program for students, using resources from the Fund for Reynolds. William, a veteran pursuing his Human Services degree, received financial assistance to remain safely housed while his military benefits were being processed. ""I'm so thankful that I did not have to leave school. As veterans, we can offer a different kind of leadership and perspective, but it can be an adjustment to transition to a new life as a student."" Because of donations to the Fund for Reynolds, the Foundation is helping students like William stay precisely where they need and want to be: enrolled at Reynolds and making progress toward graduating.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Program 2

Scholarships

Nearly 1,000 students apply annually for scholarships to help cover the cost of attendance at Reynolds. Currently, we are able to help about one-third of our eligible students; with additional funding, we could increase the number and amount of scholarship awards. Individual scholarship awards range from $200 to $4,000. The average award amount is $1,500.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 3

Support for At-Risk Older Youth

Middle College is a college entry program for 18-24 year-old high school dropouts. It prepares young people for GED completion and continuation with college classes or workforce entry. The program's focus on the transition to college or work, in addition to GED attainment, is what sets this program apart from other GED preparation programs. What motivates these young adults to persevere is the pride they feel in being a part of a college community, the surrogate family they find in Middle College faculty and each other, and role modeling for their young children that education is the foundation to a better life. The Middle College receives no direct state funding from the Commonwealth, yet it has changed the economic trajectory of hundreds of graduates and their families.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$375,252.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Virginia

Reynolds Community College primarily serves the Virginia counties of Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, and Powhatan and the city of Richmond (north of the James River).

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

The college's most pressing needs can be met through contributions to its annual fund, the Fund for Reynolds. As state expenditures decrease, philanthropy is hugely beneficial in expanding capacity and meeting today's instructional needs. Contributions to the Fund for Reynolds help programs draw down resources for academic programs and meet emergency student needs not covered through operational funding. Scholarship dollars also are a priority, as they provide critical financial assistance and increase graduation rates. Currently, we are able to help about 30% of eligible students. The average scholarship of $1,500 to $2,000 covers a significant portion of the cost of attendance for a semester. Especially as the region needs more trained STEM-H workers, resources to support scholarships and instruction will have long-term benefits.

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Northside Initiative for Older Youth

Bridging Richmond

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J.S. REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ED FNDTN
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Elizabeth S. Littlefield

BIO

Ms. Littlefield is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Reynolds Community College and is responsible for fund raising, grants, and oversees marketing and public relations. She also serves as the Executive Director of the College's Foundation. Since her appointment in 1996, Reynolds has obtained more than $50 million in gifts and grants. She has experience in strategic planning, board development, capital, major gift and annual giving campaigns at two-year and four-year colleges. Ms. Littlefield holds a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Did you know that 1 out of every 4 workers (and, 1 out of every 3 healthcare workers) in the Greater Richmond region has taken at least one class from Reynolds? An impressive statistic made possible through community support. ""RVA"" is a special place. Sure, we're steeped in history, but innovative and globally-connected companies call us home. And, there's nothing small about our small business community. The bright minds, ideas and technical know-how of local industries preserve the region's excellent ratio of big and small business. What makes all of this work? Rather, who makes all of this work? It's a diverse group of people, but what they have in common is exceptional education and training. This is what Reynolds is committed to providing. Our graduates, whether earning an associate degree or occupational certification, enter the workforce ready to contribute and take their places on the rosters of international, national and local businesses."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mitchell F. Haddon

ColonialWebb Contractors

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

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