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Friendship Circle of VA

Building an Inclusive Community One Friendship At a Time

aka Friendship Circle of Virginia   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.friendshipcircleva.org

Mission

Friendship Circle of Virginia (FCVA) is a non-profit organization that aims to create an inclusive community through facilitating friendship and social opportunities for people with and without disabilities by helping to create meaningful social experiences at home and throughout the community. Friendship Circle of Virginia aims to create an inclusive environment where every person is valued as an integral member of our community that celebrates our differences and our similarities. Vision: Building an Inclusive Community one Friendship at a Time

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Dr. Sarah Kranz-Ciment

Main address

212 N. Gaskins Road

Richmond, VA 23238 USA

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EIN

81-5132419

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inclusion for people with disabilities throughout the community is a challenge. People without disabilities are often unsure how to interact with or support someone with a disability and community events are often not inclusive by design. Children and young adults with disabilities often find true friendships hard to make and a challenge to find inclusive opportunities to participate in throughout the community.

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?

Friends@Home

Children with disabilities are matched with Teen Friends in the community without disabilities for weekly visits throughout the school year in the child's home to encourage friendship and acceptance.

Population(s) Served

Monthly events throughout the community bringing all our members with disabilities, siblings and Teen Friends together to celebrate birthdays in that month, as often children with disabilities do not get the chance to celebrate birthdays with friends.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adolescents

Events and Programs that encourage awareness and inclusion throughout the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A special gift from Friendship Circle to our Friends with Disabilities and Teen Friends! Current Friendship Circle friend with a disability or a Teen Friend, you are eligible to receive a free birthday box that will be delivered during the month of your birthday!

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

Friends with and without disabilities write letters to each other.

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

Where we work

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.

Friendship Circle builds an inclusive community one friendship at a time. We do this by creating inclusive social experiences in the home and throughout the community where children and youth with disabilities and Teen Friends without disabilities interact and meet each other in a fun and carefree environment.
1) Friends@Home - Friends@Home is our core program that matches 2 Teen Friends with a child with a disability for weekly visits in the child's home throughout the school year for consistent friendship.
2) Birthday Circle - Birthday Circle is our monthly event program that promotes inclusion in the community by bringing all our friends with disabilities and Teens without disabilities together (with all siblings) at different venues throughout the community where birthdays in that month are celebrated with friends. All our events are free for all who attend.
3) Community Engagement Events - We create events throughout the community to encourage inclusion to the general community not involved in our organization.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Friendship Circle of VA

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Helen Griffin

N/A

Term: 2022 - 2023

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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