Jacob's Chance Inc.

Focusing on Ability not Disability

aka River City Buddy Ball   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.jacobschance.org

Mission

The mission of Jacob's Chance Inc. is to enrich the lives of children, teens, and young adults with special needs along with their families through shared activities, athletics, socialization, and education; while promoting acceptance, understanding, and inclusion through public awareness. Jacob's Chance promotes unique opportunities for these often isolated youth to fully participate in activities that may be available through local athletic leagues, schools, and community centers but for which their disability (ies) often excludes them. Jacob's Chance is unique in that participation is open to all at minimal to no cost and regardless of diagnosis. Programs are operated with a focus on inclusion and volunteers play alongside as buddies.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Kate Mardigian

Main address

1385 Overbrook Rd

Richmond, VA 23220 USA

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EIN

46-2106307

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The biggest problem we are facing now a decrease in financial support due to COVID-19. The model has increasingly been supported through program fees that often generate a donation upon registration. We are offering more weekly programs than ever on a virtual basis so the need for program staff has been raised while our ability to charge fees has decreased.

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?

River City Buddy Ball

River City Buddy Ball runs through Jacob's Chance and offers basketball, baseball, tennis, flag football, soccer, bowling, and surfing.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Managed by our high school board of Directors, Teen Scene offers monthly social events for teens/young adults ages 11-20. The UHBD seeks donations for events when possible but is also given a budget to manage annually as they learn about nonprofit leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People with disabilities

Often young adults with differing abilities who have graduated from high school andor homeschooled youth may find themselves isolated. To help with this isolation Jacob's Chance offers multiple virtual classes five days a week. (In-person classes will happen again once it is safe.) The classes are in art, music, dance, language, skills for success, culinary, photography and a social get together, Check in with Kate.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families
Children and youth
Young adults

Adventures with Jacob's Chance is an outdoor adventure program that works with Beyond Boundaries that provides a Fishing Club, white water rafting, rock wall climbing and a Walking Club that explores nature while exercising and socializing with friends.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults
People with disabilities
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Sustain virtual programming until in person sports, classes, fitness programs and social events are safe for our clientele that is made up of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Provide mental wellness checks and social support for individuals with special needs further isolated by current events.

Help youth and teens focus on overall wellness through activity, fitness, and healthy eating.

Find alternative sources of funding to keep operations going during this challenging time.

Utilize volunteer instructors for virtual classes and programs
Extend our outreach beyond the local region to garner more donors and serve more people.
Develop a virtual fundraiser that will supplement income when larger gala is not possible.
Seek business sponsors and grants to support our operational needs.

The organization has the ability to do this but will need the support of a larger operational grant to cover the cost of increased program and administrative needs. Volunteers and player families are dedicated and we feel they will step up to help support the organization.

In response to Covid-19 Jacob's Chance has been able to provide the following to our participants and their families:
Summer Camp - 4 Weeks of "Around the World" experiences.
Classes and sessions in cooking, art, music, socialization programs, reading, science
Outdoor Adventures with safety measures: Fishing and Rafting

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Families that we had served for years since their child with a disability was young through buddy ball sports expressed their concerns that has the child entered high school they became more isolated and had fewer activities. As a result of these conversations and data collection the United High School Board was formed bringing students both typical and disabled together to organized, develop and implement a social activities program serving youth/young adults with disabilities ages 13-23. Programs are run twice a month and include social nights out, sports activities, outdoor adventures, and friendship activities. In addition last year we added The Arts programs for teens and young adults during the weekdays in music, dance, culinary, theater, and fine arts.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Jacob's Chance Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

John White


Board co-chair

Joe Lovell

Britney Pollock

Kristi Rike

Shaheen, Ruth, Martin, Fonville Real Estate

Lyn Dodge

Kira Jenkins

Darrell Richard

Henrico County Schools

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data