Educational Institutions

FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury

  • Forest, VA
  • www.friendsofcliff.org

Mission Statement

FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury provides financial assistance beyond the scope of traditional scholarships for at-risk, talented high school age students attending Virginia boarding schools. This does not include tuition. This includes those items that at-risk students to not possess which would assist them in fitting into the college-preparatory school environment: clothes, shoes, books, laptops, school trips, athletic uniforms or pizza on a Friday night with friends. This mission also includes a mentor for each child. Because they come from a challenging home, they sometimes need someone to talk -- about anything -- via e-mail, US mail, or face-to-face. Many times, the students seem to cherish this gift of time more than the clothing or other items supplied for their individual needs.

Main Programs

  1. At-Risk Recipients

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Service Areas

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Virginia

FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury serves "at risk" youth who are attending college preparatory schools throughout Virginia. There are those who are attending Christchurch & St. Margaret's. There are also those who have been reared in the "rivah" area & are attending boarding schools throughout Virginia. In fact, our first recipient was from Middlesex County who attended Chatham Hall. Several have come to us via Jacob's Ladder in Urbanna, Virginia.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2012

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Mrs. Georgia Willis Fauber

Keywords

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funding "at risk" high school students; mentorship of needy students at boarding schools; assisting VA college prep school students; improving society.

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EIN

65-1185448

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Accomplishments: (1) Hired a part-time Executive Director. This was a huge step for our young nonprofit. It was obvious, however, new energies needed to be fulfilled in order to approve the requests of the growing number of at-risk students attending Virginia's college preparatory schools. (2) Telling the stories about the 30 beneficiaries who have received 54 separate gifts since 2004. Some students received financial assistance for more than one year, thus, the difference in the number of students and the number of gifts. A stronger bond is built with the students who are assisted in the freshman or sophomore years in the mentoring program. (3) 100% of the beneficiaries have gone on to college. This is positive for society in that they are not in the welfare lines or incarcerated. This is positive for society in that they will hopefully be making a difference in their respective fields and building positive household environments. Goals for Upcoming Year: (1) To increase the number of students served to ten (10) for the fall and spring semesters, along with increasing the number of schools participating to nine (9). (2) To discover a minimum of two (2) new board members who will participate in mentoring and fundraising. (3) To develop a marketing brochure in order to communicate the importance of this mission and to tell the stories of those who have been assisted by this mission.

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

At-Risk Recipients

There is one specific program under the umbrella of FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury. It is to assist society as a whole by mentoring and enhancing the lives of at-risk high school students who are matriculating at college preparatory schools in The Commonwealth of Virginia. This cause fills a void in the lives of these children who receives scholarships for tuition; however, do not have the funds for clothing, shoes, books, laptops, SAT tests, athletic uniforms or a pizza on a Friday night with friends. Having these funds provides for the student a leveling of the playing field in a structured environment of study.

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Service Areas

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Virginia

FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury serves "at risk" youth who are attending college preparatory schools throughout Virginia. There are those who are attending Christchurch & St. Margaret's. There are also those who have been reared in the "rivah" area & are attending boarding schools throughout Virginia. In fact, our first recipient was from Middlesex County who attended Chatham Hall. Several have come to us via Jacob's Ladder in Urbanna, Virginia.

Funding Needs

1. Donations of $100,000 or more. The Executive Director and Fundraising Committee are planting seeds and cultivating in order to bring in the resources needed for this mission to grow. 2. Intense focus by the Executive Director to turn over all stones in order to discover available funds and increase the energies of this mission. 3. More board members are needed who are able to mentor and fundraise in their network environments. 4. A brochure is needed to communicate in detail the need for funds and the stories known to-date of the beneficiaries. Others need to know how this mission has impacted the lives of 30 at-risk high school youths. 5. Build a current data base of contact informaton of the 30 recipients to whom these funds were given since inception. This will enable us to stay in contact with them once they have graduated from their respective high schools and colleges. E-mails are used to stay in touch with current college students. For others, currently, communications have been sent to the parents of past beneficiaries.

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Operations

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FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Georgia Willis Fauber

BIO

The current part-time Executive Director position was instituted 07-01-12 after planning had been accomplished and the cost was subsidized. Georgia Willis Fauber had been the President of FRIENDS for six (6) years and was the ambassador for this mission. There was no training needed. She had served on the following boards: UVA Board of Visitors, UVA McIntire School of Commerce Board and Cornerstone Board, UVA School of Engineering Board, UVA School of Nursing Fdn. Board, State 4-H Foundation Board, State Jobs for Virginia Graduates Board, Rotary International, Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Culpeper County,Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, Germanna Community College Foundation Board & President for 6 years. Professionally, Georgia Willis was SrVP of Central Fidelity Bank's Northern Region, SrVP of Virginia Heartland Bank in Fredericksburg, President of Caroline Savings Bank in Bowling Green an Ladysmith.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" What a joy to see children learning and growing and becoming more self-confident. When they feel like they ""fit in"" with other students in their school by having appropriate school supplies, books and clothing, it makes all the difference in their world. They make better grades. They build stronger relationships. They develop leadership abilities and are respected by their peers in their respective grades. The recipients of these funds have diverse backgrounds. Some have come from single-family homes. Some have come from houses where there is physical, drug or alcohol abuse. For them to attend a boarding school assists in grooming them for a positive future. These students have received scholarships in academics or athletics; however, they do not have the funds for books, laptops, clothes, shoes, athletic uniforms or school supplies. Having the funds to go out with friends to a movie and a pizza is a gift in itself. Students can be quite unaccepting when others are different from them and can shut out the child who could be a good friend. FRIENDS of Cliff Asbury makes a difference in a child's life. I have seen this personally. To take a child shopping in order for her to have appropriate clothing in school or for her college interview takes one's breath away. To receive an e-mail of exclamation from a student when an A is achieved on a test or a paper is so fulfilling. To-date, there are 30 children who have benefited from the generous gifts of those who believe in this mission. One child at a time is being served - one child at a time to benefit society at a whole. The more resources received, the more students who can be served. The need to assist at-risk students is growing. Our mission is to serve more students each year; therefore, more funds are needed. As important as the funds to the student, is the mentorship provided. A caring smile, a positive e-mail, a one-on-one visit to the school --- all are received so positively by the child. The bond between the student and the mentor grows lovingly each year. It is an honor to hold this important position to assist in educating and growing this mission in order to help and guide needy youth who await our assistance. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jack Taylor

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Term: July 2012 - June 2013

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