Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

an enrichment program

Urbanna, VA   |
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Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

EIN: 54-1717138


Our mission is to aid and encourage intellectually gifted, at-risk middle and high school students to reach their full potential and become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations. Through a proactive summer residential camp and year-round advocacy program, middle school students receive enrichment and support to foster their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Through a high school advocacy program, students continue to receive mentoring to assist with challenges, course selections, scholarship opportunities, and the college application process.

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Exective Director

Catherine Coggeshall

Main address

P.O. Box 555

Urbanna, VA 23175 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Gifted education


Civics for youth

Population served info



Low-income people


Children and youth

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Programs and results

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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?

Summer Enrichment Camp

Jacob's Ladder Summer Residential Enrichment Camp and Advocacy/Follow-up is the primary program. All efforts are directed to make these four to five weeks over a five or four year period the best and most impactful for students.The Advocacy portion continues with visits to home and school, a spring retreat, winter gathering and other enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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To provide educational and holistic enrichment opportunities to gifted, at risk middle school, and secondary school students by providing a month long summer residential enrichment camp through the middle school years, and providing enrichment and mentoring opportunities through the secondary school years.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 104.42 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Jacob's Ladder, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $55,387 $22,383 -$54,947 $105,663 $40,249
As % of expenses 19.4% 6.4% -15.8% 28.8% 19.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $33,840 $1,163 -$76,167 $85,223 $16,126
As % of expenses 11.0% 0.3% -20.6% 22.0% 7.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $340,573 $370,483 $318,318 $442,752 $240,240
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.0% 8.8% -14.1% 39.1% -45.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 7.2% 3.9% 2.5% 2.0% 3.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 90.9% 96.1% 97.5% 98.0% 96.1%
Other revenue 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $285,186 $348,101 $348,399 $366,798 $203,306
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.2% 22.1% 0.1% 5.3% -44.6%
Personnel 50.6% 53.4% 46.4% 51.7% 78.9%
Professional fees 1.5% 0.7% 0.0% 1.6% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0%
Interest 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 47.8% 45.9% 53.6% 46.7% 18.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $306,733 $369,321 $369,619 $387,238 $227,429
One month of savings $23,766 $29,008 $29,033 $30,567 $16,942
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $38,778 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $330,499 $398,329 $398,652 $456,583 $244,371

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 7.6 11.2 5.4 5.0 12.1
Months of cash and investments 14.1 11.3 10.5 10.8 23.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 12.4 10.9 8.7 10.5 21.3
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $181,626 $324,961 $157,284 $153,861 $205,045
Investments $153,339 $4,176 $148,200 $177,396 $188,952
Receivables $756 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $111,137 $111,137 $114,973 $153,751 $154,670
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 41.1% 60.2% 72.4% 67.5% 82.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 0.6% 13.8% 0.8% 7.0%
Unrestricted net assets $360,232 $361,395 $285,228 $370,451 $388,246
Temporarily restricted net assets $42,245 $11,193 $6,000 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $42,245 $11,193 $6,000 $8,225 $3,225
Total net assets $402,477 $372,588 $291,228 $378,676 $391,471

Key data checks

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

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Exective Director

Catherine Coggeshall

A native of Richmond, VA, Catherine Coggeshall spent the last eight years in the Midwest (specifically, Illinois and Indiana). She attended Saint Mary’s College for her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, and taught special education in Chicago for two years. She returned to Saint Mary’s College to receive her Master of Autism Studies and then attended the University of Notre Dame to receive her Master of Nonprofit Administration.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Jacob's Ladder, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Charlie Vaughters

Primis Bank

Term: 2022 - 2025

Aubrey Hall

Jacob's Ladder. Inc, Executive Director, Emertius

Bruce Hemp

Augusta County Schools

Beth Monroe

Community Volunteer

Calvin Smith

Johns Hopkins University,Sr. Director of Leadership Engagement & Experiential Development, (Jacob’s Ladder Climber Alumni)

Molly Bittner

VP Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation, Richmond

Laura Domalik

VCU, Richmond Teacher in Residence Curriculum Coordinator

Charlie Vaughters

Primis Bank, Managing Director and Head of Commercial Banking Development

Holly Crockett

Davenport & Company, Sr. VP

Gail Stone

TEKsystems Global Services, LLC, Regional Controller

Diego Rayas

Student, University of Richmond, (Jacob’s Ladder Climber Alumni)

Elizabeth Fidler

FuturePlan/Ascensus SR Retirement Plan Consultant

Catherine Coggeshall

Executive Director

Torian Holt

Product Manager, Relias Learning, (Jacob’s Ladder Climber Alumni)

Pat Robertson

Bon Secours Healthsystem, retired

Shepherd Lewis

The Collegiate Schools, educator

Ashley Ward

Entertainer and Media Marketing Specialist

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/11/2022

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