ACCESS College Foundation (Norfolk, VA)


  • Name:Mrs. Bonnie Sutton
  • Title:President and CEO

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:ACCESS College Foundation
  • Address:7300 Newport Avenue
    Suite 500
    Norfolk, VA 23505
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:757-962-6113
  • Main fax:757-962-7314

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:757-962-7285

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The ACCESS College Foundation helps students go to college by fulfilling our mission of inspiring the hope that a college education is attainable, supporting them in achieving the requirements for college acceptance, guiding them through the college application process, and assisting them in gaining the funds to attend college.

    According to an analysis of Census statistics, increased education leads to better overall health and well being. ACCESS works in Portsmouth public high schools to provide direct college advisory services to students and their families. ACCESS assists low-income and/or first-generation college students with all aspects of the college admission and financial aid process. Over 19 years in Portsmouth, ACCESS has:

    •Assisted more than 6,500 students in taking college entrance examinations, applying for financial aid, submitting final applications and enrolling in college.
    •Leveraged $50 million in financial aid and scholarships for Portsmouth students.
    •Provided over $1 million in waivers and fees for college entrance tests and admission applications for the students ACCESS serves.

    On each step of the education ladder, students born into low-income families are least likely to succeed:

    •At the first hurdle, they are least likely to graduate from high school.
    •Among those who do graduate from high school, they are least likely to continue their education in college.
    •Among those who do make it to college, they are least likely to complete a bachelor’s degree.

    ACCESS can change the odds that are stacked against students from low-income families. We have the ability and the experience to provide students with the encouragement necessary to realize their fullest potential and achieve their educational dreams.

    We tackle these challenges with a three-pronged approach:

    •Our Early College Awareness Program gives students a head start by providing Portsmouth public middle school students from low-income families the tools and information necessary to begin their journey earlier toward higher education.
    •Our on-site advisors in each of the three Portsmouth public high schools help guide students through the complicated pipeline of college applications and financial aid toward the goal of college enrollment and success.
    •Our College Success Program assists students in meeting the requirements of remaining in college and graduating within six years; amazing results are evident in the first three years of this program.

    Our newest initiative, the Early College Awareness Program, has impacted more than 200 Portsmouth students halfway through its inaugural year. These students have enrolled in ACCESS through the Early College Awareness Advisor.

    The main objectives of the Early College Awareness program are:
    •To ensure that students are well-informed about their options regarding a postsecondary education.
    •To ensure that students receive the inspiration, guidance and financial assistance needed to attain a postsecondary education.
    •To equip students with the tools and information necessary to attain higher education.
    •To encourage students to plan ahead as they work to attain postsecondary education.

    We continue to strive for successful outcomes for the students we serve and instill the hope that they can and will reach their educational goals. Now in its third year, the College Success Program is having a tremendous impact on the persistence rate of our college students. Results show that 96% of our targeted Scholars are still enrolled in the five “Success Colleges,” exceeding the national average retention rate of 63%.

    In order to promote the excellence of the education of our youth, they must be able to make informed decisions about postsecondary education and the options available to them. ACCESS College Foundation uses a collaboration of human and financial resources to realize our mission: that a college education is attainable for all.

  • History:
  • The ACCESS College Foundation was founded in 1988 to address the growing deficit of a trained/educated labor force in our nation as compared to our global competitors. Knowing that education is a way to reverse that trend, local founders Frank Batten and Joshua P. Darden, Jr. began to look for a way to help more local students go to college. ACCESS helps students go to college by fulfilling our mission of inspiring the hope that a college education is attainable, supporting them in achieving the requirements for college acceptance, guiding them through the college application process and assisting them in gaining the funds to attend college.

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:38
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:25

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Frank Batten, Jr.
    Barry C. Bishop
    Joan P. Brock
    William L. Chorey, Sr.
    Clyde T. Clark, Jr.
    William A. Copeland, Jr.
    Joshua P. Darden, Jr.
    Todd C. Davidson
    John A. B. Davies, Jr.
    Cindy C. Earhart
    Paul J. Farrell
    Conrad M. Hall
    Raymond K. Hamilton
    Susan B. Hirschbiel
    Thomas G. Johnson, Jr.
    Dr. Stephen C. Jones
    Aubrey L. Layne, Jr.
    Miles B. Leon
    Dr. Milton R. Liverman
    Gary T. McCollum
    Dr. James G. Merrill
    George H. Metzger
    Harry A. Murphy
    Dr. W. Randolph Nichols
    Audrey Darden Parrott
    Anita O. Poston
    Alfred M. Randolph, Jr.
    Thomas E. Robinson
    W. Douglas Russell
    Louis F. Ryan
    Jean H. Shackelford
    Anne B. Shumadine
    Lorraine B. Skeeter
    Lisa B. Smith
    Robert M. Stanton
    Dr. David C. Stuckwisch
    Bonnie B. Sutton
    Dr. Stephen W. Tonelson

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Bonnie B. Sutton, President and CEO

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Bonnie B. Sutton, President and CEO (FT)
    John Gilbert, Director of Financial and Administrative Services (FT)
    Cheryl L. Jones, Program Director (FT)
    Gina M. Madden, Director of Development (FT)
    Elizabeth E. Klein, Annual Giving Manager (FT)
    Joanne Forbes, Western Region Coordinator (FT)
    Adria Phillips, Eastern Region Coordinator (FT)
    Ashley Woodous, Central Region Coordinator (FT)


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:54-1440734

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:541440734
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% PAMELA JIMERSON
  • Organization Address:7300 NEWPORT AVE STE 500
  • Organization City:NORFOLK
  • Organization State:VA
  • Organization Zip:23505-3357
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:June, 1988
  • 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 public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):043, 149
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other student aid, Other instruction and training
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B82Z
  • Asset Amount:$49,620,484
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$10,158,386
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,062,362
  • Last Updated:3/20/2018 10:22:31 am

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