To secure funding to support innovative learning opportunities for Goochland County Public School students.
Providing or expanding on innovative, visionary educational experiences designed to enrich and maximize the learning potential of Goochland County Public School students.
Board of Directors
President – Christina Griffith, Consultants Specialist
Vice President – Mark Barth, Luck Companies
Treasurer – Adeeb Hamzey, Dominion Energy
Secretary – Kavis Winston, Dominion Energy
Ray Drinkwater, University of Richmond
Wray Mills, CapTech Ventures
Jay Shively, Henrico Education Foundation
Joe Street, Education Networks of America
Betsy Woolf, Community Volunteer
Cynthia Roe Brown, Executive Director
Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, GCPS
Mike Newman, GCPS School Board Member
Elizabeth Nelson-Lyda, GEF Board President Emeritus
The GEF was formed in 2008 as an avenue for community members to donate their time and funds on behalf of the Goochland County Public Schools. In 2016, the GEF’s board of directors went through a strategic planning process, recognizing that the schools are limited by resources and regulated curriculum to provide much needed programming. As a result, the board revised the mission to secure funding to support innovative learning opportunities for Goochland County Public School students. In May, 2017, the board of directors hired an executive director to grow the organization through new programming, raised awareness, and increased revenues. Since that time, we have been able to implement a number of new programs to meet the needs of children in Goochland County to prepare them for an ever-changing and unknown global marketplace and community life.
The Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) exists today because of the vision and hard work of our founders. The GEF was formed in 2008, and today supports STEM and 21st Century skills as well as always working towards equity in education.
Elizabeth Nelson-Lyda, President Emeritus
2021 Financial Report
The financials reflect revenues and expenses during the period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. As we walked through a year unlike any other, the impact on GEF’s way of doing business was dramatic. When the doors closed on March 13, 2020, all our programming stopped. We had to pivot immediately to meet food assistance and broadband needs for the children. When the school year for 2020-21 began, we continued to make sure broadband technology was available in our rural county. We also had to determine what programming we could continue to do to provide those educational opportunities above and beyond the curriculum that help keep some level of normalcy during a school year that was anything but normal. We also needed to find ways to provide much-needed support to the teachers.
One great disappointing impact on our finances was cancelling our signature event in 2020 three weeks before it was to be held in March 2020. As the year progressed, it was apparent that it would be impossible to hold this event at all in 2021. The annual gala is the primary vehicle for our stakeholders to support the GEF. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of those who had already financially committed to the 2020 Gala, we were able to remain fiscally healthy and continue to meet the critical needs created by the pandemic.
During these unprecedented times, it is with the incredible support of our donors and careful management of our operating expenses that Goochland Education Foundation was able to end the year in a strong position. We ended this year positioned to meet the immediate needs of our students as we enter the 2021-22 fiscal year while also considering the organization’s long-term viability.
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to our dedicated donors for helping us weather a remarkable year!
Meet the three C’s behind GEF… working together for Goochland County Public Schools. We’re a small but mighty team!
Cyndy Brown, Executive Director
Cindy Williams, Accounting
Cindy Brown, Website & Social Media