Northstar's Transformative Capital Campaign

Northstar Gym Rendering

About the Campaign

Northstar sees students for who they are today and who they can become tomorrow. As Northstar looks toward its own future, we seek to create a school that provides the best possible learning environment.

To realize this vision, in 2020 the Board of Directors launched a Capital Campaign to support the acquisition of a new facility and campus site.

Excitingly, a property fitting the diverse needs of our School community was identified in 2021, and a year later in September 2022, we officially opened our doors to students at Nuckols Road. At last our Academic and Career Center campuses have been merged into one location.

In addition to EDC, Baskervill, and Youngblood Tyler, CT Purcell is working to complete our track and field. We’ve also hired RVA Construction to build our gymnasium and community center. We are on target to open the new space in the fall of 2024.

We are currently fundraising for the last $1.4M to finish the approximately 15,000 sq ft gymnasium and community room.

The gymnasium will be used daily for physical education classes. In addition, it will allow us to host school assemblies and performances, as well as graduations on campus. We are excited to be one of the first in our area to install a hearing loop in the floor that will help those with hearing impairments.

We invite you to be a part of the campaign by making a meaningful gift.

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Your Gift Matters

At Northstar, we provide educational excellence and career opportunities for students with disabilities who have academic, physical, and social challenges.

Northstar empowers students to value their diverse abilities, chart a successful course for their lives, and create their own futures. We cultivate communities where people of all abilities thrive.

With a strong spirit of community, we develop students with active, creative minds and encourage compassion and a respect and understanding for individual differences and for one another.

Because of friends like you, Northstar provides our students with a path filled with hope for a meaningful life as a contributing community member. Your gift will transform lives and empower our students to embark on a journey to a world full of possibilities.

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Thank you to all our amazing donors who have already supported the campaign.


  • The Robert G. Cabell III & Maude Morgan Cabell Foundation
  • The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
  • Red Gates Foundation
  • Mrs. Virginia Spratley
  • Mrs. and Mrs. Watson Wright


  • The Beirne Carter Foundation
  • CSC Leasing Company
  • Margaret Massie Disharoon Charitable Trust
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel L. Doss III
  • The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
  • Richard S. Reynolds Foundation


  • Mr. and Mrs. H. Richard Bower, Jr.
  • The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
  • Shannon and Hank Carter
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Childrey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Daly
  • Judy and Richard Glazier
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lee P. Hatcher
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brett Hayes
  • Herndon Foundation
  • The Honey Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. William T. Hupp
  • The McGue Millhiser Family Trust
  • Moses D. Nunnally, Jr. Charitable Trust B
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Russell Parker, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Pruitt
  • Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Foundation
  • The William H., John G., and Emma Scott Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Scott R. Warren
  • Gloria and Ernest Taylor
  • The J. K. Timmons Foundation
  • Vicki and Scott Warren
  • Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Yount


  • Lile and Rob Benaicha
  • Dr. Richard Bennett
  • H. Gray Broughton
  • Ashley and Will Charlet
  • Claire and Tommy Cottrell
  • Dr. Tracey Deal
  • The Estes Foundation
  • Kathleen and F. Robertson Hershey
  • Markel Foundation
  • Charlotte and Gil Minor
  • Guilford Foundation
  • Lindsay Lane Robinson
  • Nancy and Daniel Volante
  • Meg and Mike Walker
  • Melissa and Tyler Whitley
  • The Windsor Foundation Trust
  • Rebecca and Ben Winters

Look What Your Gift Can Do!

$50 will buy one new piece of equipment for our PE classes, like a volleyball net, batting tee, or trampoline!

$100 will purchase circuit kits for students to build in Robotics class, allowing them to design and create.

$250 will add Adobe Creative Cloud to one classroom tablet for students to create digital art and design in a variety of learning contexts.

$500 will cover a year’s worth of acrylic paint for our students’ art projects.

$1,000 will provide a full cooking station for students to learn vital work skills in Northstar Career Academy’s Hospitality course.

$1,500 will purchase a 3D scanner to be used in conjunction with 3D printers in our new Think Tank technology lab and maker space.

$5,000 will supply our Think Tank with six new tablets to enhance students’ STEAM learning.

Questions about giving to Northstar?

Contact our Development office. We’d love to hear from you!

Susan Herzick
Director of Development
804-747-1003 ext. 1040

Northstar is a private, non-profit organization designated tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and does not discriminate. Contributions to Northstar are tax deductible as permitted by federal and state tax laws.

The students, faculty, and staff of Northstar Academy thank you for your generous support.