Blue Sky Fund (Richmond, VA)


  • Name:Mrs. Lawson Wijesooriya
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Blue Sky Fund
  • Address:PO Box 8108
    Richmond, VA 23223
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:804-938-9961

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  • Mission:
  • Blue Sky Fund's mission is to provide transformational experiences for urban youth through outdoor education.

  • History:
  • Our founder, Fritz Knapp, began sending kids to summmer camp out of a personal passion to connect City of Richmond students with the summer camp experience. Inspired by his late father, a man committed to mentoring and serving at-risk children, and with admiration for the Fresh Air Fund based in New York, Knapp looked for many ways to get youth into the outdoors. In 2003, Knapp helped 3 students experience summer camp. Knapp quickly found support for his model and managed to send 16 kids in 2004, 54 kids in 2005, and then partnered with Richmond Hill to send 96 City of Richmond children to five different summer camps in the summer or 2006. Dreams for our city's youth grew throughout 2006, and the Blue Sky Fund began to take shape. We soon took steps to include more in-house programming throughout the school year in addition to funding camp tuitions. In 2007 we chose to focus on our organizational structure and sustainability as an organization. We incorporated as a non-stock (non-profit) organization under Virginia law, applied for tax exemption, began to pay staff, and formed our board of directors. In October of 2007, Knapp moved out of day-to-day operations, leaving the executive leadership to Lawson Wijesooriya.
    Today, Blue Sky Fund continues our work sending kids to summer camps, as well as provides year-round opportunities for children to learn through outdoor adventures. Our participants are building teamwork on the ropes course, testing their expertise with a fishing rod, and pushing their physical and emotional strength by backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our year round programming includes unity projects such as Outward Bound Together, science environmental education programs like Explorers, weekly adventure programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and many outdoor expeditions such as fishing, rock climbing, and hiking. See our program descriptions for details

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:14-1985225

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:141985225
  • Organization Name:BLUE SKY FUND
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% FREDERICK KNAPP
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 8108
  • Organization City:RICHMOND
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:23223-0208
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 2008
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O50
  • Asset Amount:$368,920
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$603,210
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$591,677
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 11:40:41 am

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