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RVA Beard League

Putting the “hair” in charity since 2011 through the 3 C’s of Community service, Charitable fundraising, and Camaraderie

Richmond, VA   |  www.BeardLeague.org

Mission

Founded in 2011, the RVA Beard League in Richmond, Virginia is a social volunteer organization that puts the “hair” in charity. We represent Richmond around the world at charity facial hair competitions & work to improve our hometown through the 3 C’s of Community service, Charitable fundraising, and Camaraderie. We are active members of the World Beard & Moustache Association (WBMA) and the North American Competitive Beard and Moustache Alliance (NACBMA). The League served as host for the international 2018 Great American Beard & Moustache Championship, and have donated over $100,000 to non-profits through the power and common threads of facial hair and community.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Mr. Chad Roberts

Main address

4310 Dorset Road c/o RVABL GS

Richmond, VA 23234-3643 USA

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EIN

46-0625007

NTEE code info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are here to help make our hometown a better place through our volunteer work and projects, the donations made to other local non-profits enabling them to have a greater positive impact on Richmond, and building a network of friendships and community that people can rely on in hard times and in good.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships

First held in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships is a charity facial hair competition consisting of 15 categories and a Best In Show award representing a diverse array of facial hair styles and lengths, including two categories for fake beards so that everyone — including ladies, kids, and the (in)voluntarily shaven — can join in the fun! We provide no cash awards, just trophies and bragging rights, that way all of the money raised goes to our assigned charity.

Our friends and colleagues have traveled to Richmond for the Mid-Atlantic Championships from throughout Virginia, the East Coast, and 30 states across the country (that’s 60% of the U.S.) including Alaska, and even across the pond in Great Britain! For our friends who can’t make it, our live stream of the event is a must-watch for beardsmen and Whiskerinas all over. The Mid-Atlantic Championships is our fun event that helps us bring people from all over the country together as they help us give back.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans
At-risk youth
Victims of crime and abuse
Emergency responders

One of the core principles of the RVA Beard League is giving back to our community and supporting it however and whenever we can. Here are some of the type of events we participated in.

Roadside Cleanups
- Dunncroft Castle Point Park - Our new cleanup spot is so kids can join their parents and learn stewardship and responsibility first hand
- Hungary Spring Road in Henrico County & Newton Road in Richmond

Event & Festival Volunteering
- 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb - Since 2014
- Special Olympics Virginia - Summer Games & Speed Skating Finals
- Richmond Folk Festival - Since 2012
- Dominion RiverRock
- Richmond Marathon

Cash Mobs
We choose a local business for the group of us to go patronize all at once, where each person spends at least $20. We love shopping and supporting local.

And General Do-goodery
- School Supply & Holiday Toy Drives
- Essentials for the Homeless
- Blood Drives
- Central Virginia Autism Bowling Buddies
- Habitat For Humanity

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

North American Competitive Beard & Moustache Alliance 2011

World Beard & Moustache Association 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grassroots organizations supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Local charities directly supported through our programs. In 2018 a donation to the national Humane Society of the U.S. was also made, but is not included in these data as it's a national charity.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are here to help make our hometown a better place through the 3 C's of community service, charitable fundraising, and camaraderie.

Community service - we continue to focus and grow our volunteer work around town and the impact we can have to help our neighbors.

Charitable fundraising - even through the pandemic, we were able to pivot and hold one of the largest live charity competitions over Zoom, drawing in international competitors from the UK and India, and all of the U.S. time zones.

Camaraderie - we continue to build a community here of supportive friends to lean on in hard times and celebrate the good ones.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RVA Beard League

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chad Roberts

Cassie Morgan

Ed Heffington

Wes Fleming

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data