Fortune Society, Inc.

Building People, Not Prisons

aka The Fortune Society   |   Long Island City, NY   |  http://www.fortunesociety.org

Mission

The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful re-entry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. We do this by: BELIEVING in the power of individuals to change, BUILDING LIVES through service programs shaped by the needs and experience of our clients, and CHANGING MINDS through education and advocacy that work to rectify unjust and brutal criminal justice policies.

Ruling year info

1969

President & CEO

Ms. JoAnne Page

Main address

29-76 Northern Boulevard

Long Island City, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

13-2645436

NTEE code info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

Crime Prevention N.E.C. (I20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1967, we have helped thousands of formerly incarcerated people successfully reenter the community. Our holistic range of services has helped our clients transform and rebuild their lives after incarceration.

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?

Alternative to Incarceration

Our court advocates obtain alternative sentences for defendants who would otherwise receive sentences
averaging at least one year of incarceration in exchange for rigorous participation in Fortune’s services.
Successful participants receive sentences requiring no further incarceration.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Our nationally-recognized Fortune Academy provides short and long-term housing to individuals who are homeless after release from incarceration.
Castle Gardens is a congregate mixed use building that provides 63 permanent supportive housing apartments for singles and families, with on-site support services. An additional 50 affordable and subsidized rentals are occupied by low income families and individuals.
Our Scatter Site Housing program provides supportive community-based housing in shared and single units.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people

Our in-house-school – with a library and a computer lab – provides classes in Adult Literacy, Adult Basic Education, Math and preparation for the High School Equivalency exam.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

We provide our clients with the tools to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment through our two-week job readiness workshop, job placement assistance and two years of post-placement support and follow-up services.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Our Family Services program gives formerly-incarcerated mothers and fathers the opportunity to learn vital interpersonal and parenting skills, develop the tools needed to escape a life defined by crime and/or substance abuse, and become positive role models for their children. Clients also receive assistance with child support cases and family reunification issues.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

We offer a range of HIV/AIDS-specific services to people who are currently and formerly incarcerated, including outreach, case-management, supportive counseling and treatment adherence. In addition, Monday through Friday, from 6:00am-5:00pm, we provide needs assessments, crisis intervention services, transportation, and immediate linkage to care and services for HIV positive individuals released from Rikers Island and all city jails.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Our licensed outpatient substance abuse treatment program includes a wide array of supportive services for men and women who are in recovery.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

The I-CAN (Individualized Corrections Achievement Network) program provides skill-building discharge preparation services to eligible men and women during their incarceration at Rikers Island jails, as well as continuing reentry support following their release.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Supports the educational, emotional, and cultural development of individuals impacted by criminal justice system through creative writing, poetry, spoken word, video production, animation, visual arts, music, and theater.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Offers nutritious, hot meals, and distributes fresh, locally grown produce to participants through partnerships with local farms. The program offers cooking demonstrations and nutrition education workshops.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Awards

#1 Expert-Identified Nonprofit in Local Criminal Justice 2011

Philanthropedia

LEED Gold Certification 2013

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Service Rendered to Young Men Returning to Society 2011

Audience Development Committee, Inc. (AUDELCO)

The Linda Mills Memorial Award 2010

New York State Division of Parole

Award for Excellence, Project of the Year 2011

New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Fortune Society provides over 7,000 men and women each year with alternatives to incarceration and delivers programs for successful reentry from prison back to their communities, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.

Since its founding in 1967, The Fortune Society has evolved into one of the nation's most recognized reentry service organizations. We provide formerly incarcerated men and women with skills and wrap-around services needed to break the cycle of crime and incarceration.

We do this by believing in the power of individuals to change; building lives through service programs shaped by the needs and experience of our clients; and changing minds through education and advocacy - all while promoting a fair, humane, and truly rehabilitative correctional system.

Fortune's programs feature low-threshold eligibility requirements to adequately serve all of our clients, regardless of type of conviction and/or incarceration history.

70% of Fortune's staff have graduated from our programs or have experienced issues similar to those of our participants, including incarceration, homelessness, and substance abuse. The cultural competency that such staff bring to Fortune's work informs program design and helps retain participants in our comprehensive array of services.

Fortune has provided one-on-one intakes, assessments, and internal and external referrals for 51 years through our Admissions unit, and benefits enrollment assistance through our Single Stop program for 8 years; discharge planning on Rikers Island, transportation, and connection to the community for over 10 years through our I-CAN program (formerly known as RIDE); court advocacy and alternatives to incarceration for 49 years; external housing referrals for 50 years, scatter-site housing for 18 years, emergency and transitional housing for 16 years, and permanent supportive housing for 8 years; tutoring and adult education for 49 years, and Youth Education and Career Exploration for 8 years; job readiness training and placements for 50 years, and vocational training and transitional work for 7 years; licensed substance abuse treatment services for 23 years; licensed mental health treatment services for 3 years; HIV/AIDS counseling and case management for 27 years, peer training in jails and prisons for 19 years, and Rikers Island Transitional Consortium discharge planning for 16 years; family services, including counseling, parenting workshops, and family law for 49 years; and food and nutrition services, including cooking demonstrations, nutrition education workshops, youth-run food stands, and community gardening activities for 7 years, healthful hot meals for all clients for 7 years at our housing facilities and 6 years at our Queens Service Center for 5 years.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Fortune Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

L. Dennis Kozlowski

Betty P. Rauch

Yvette Brissett-Andre

Anne L Gray

Jean Jeremie

Roland Nicholson

Jr.

Mark Lebow

Richard Eisner

Alphonzo Elder

Martin F. Horn

Gabriel S. Oberfield

Eric A. Seiff

Monique Carter

Gerald D Eber

L. Dennis Kozlowski

Caroline Marshall

Nalika Nanayakkara

Alphonzo Albright

E. Patricia Haversham-Brown

Stephane Howze

David A. Kochman

Fredrick J. Patrick

Stewart C. Raphael

Shu-aib Abdur-Raheem

Danny Franklin

Ray Tebout

John S. Zeiler

Cheryl Wilkins

H. Anna Suh

Jennifer Millstone

Coss Marte

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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