Changing Perceptions

Change A Mind, Change A Life

Washington, DC   |
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Changing Perceptions

EIN: 47-5462125


Our mission is to ensure returning citizens' smooth reintegration and success in the Washington metropolitan area through hands-on and authentic mentoring, guidance, training, and referrals to needed services.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Monte Pollard

Main address

200 Massachusetts Avenue NW Floor 8

Washington, DC 20001 USA

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Subject area info

Rehabilitation of offenders

Community and economic development

Human services

Population served info


Incarcerated people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Changing Perceptions aims to solve the challenges faced by individuals seeking to reintegrate into society after incarceration. We provide services and support to help these individuals successfully transition back into their communities and reduce recidivism rates.

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?

Peer Mentorship Program

Goals: 1. To provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment for individuals reentering society after incarceration. 2. To offer guidance and resources to help mentees navigate the challenges of finding employment, housing, and rebuilding relationships with loved ones. 3. To empower mentees to become self-sufficient and responsible members of society by fostering personal growth and accountability.

The Peer Mentorship Program provides up to 1-year of personalized mentoring to help individuals successfully transition to society. This program offers social services, support, and resources on various programs to help individuals build a positive reputation, become self-sufficient, and feel empowered to give back to their community.

Population(s) Served

Goals: 1. To provide job training and skill development opportunities to individuals previously incarcerated to help them successfully reintegrate into society and become productive members of their communities.
2. To create partnerships with local employers and businesses to facilitate job placement and provide ongoing support to program participants, including mentorship, job coaching, and other resources to help them succeed in the workplace. 3. To promote awareness and education about the challenges faced by individuals with criminal records and to advocate for policies and practices that support their successful reintegration into society, including fair chance hiring policies and access to education and training programs.

The Supportive Employment Program is an 8-week stipend-based workforce development program designed to support returning citizens with job readiness training, skills-building, on-the-job training, and career coaching to help obtain and maintain employment.

Population(s) Served

Goals: 1. To provide case management and advocacy services to individuals living in under-resourced communities, helping them to navigate the challenges of reentry and access the resources they need to succeed. 2. To empower individuals with the information and skills they need to reduce the likelihood of reoffending through education, vocational training, and other forms of support. 3. To foster a sense of community among program participants, providing a supportive and caring environment that helps them to build positive relationships and develop a sense of purpose and direction in their lives.

The CARES Program provides assistance to individuals living in under-resourced communities who need case management, advocacy, referrals, empowerment, and support. Changing Perceptions helps these individuals with detailed reentry planning, equipping them with the essential information and resources to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Unemployed people

1. To provide immediate financial assistance to individuals who need help with basic necessities like transportation, food, workforce development, and housing. 2. To support those facing challenges as they try to rebuild their lives after reentry by offering compassionate and equitable support. 3. To ensure that no one falls through the cracks by providing a safety net for those who cannot access other forms of assistance.

Changing Perceptions Flex Fund is a service that offers emergency funding to participants who require assistance with necessities such as transportation, food, workforce development, and housing. This emergency funding is a lifeline for individuals struggling to make ends meet as they navigate the reentry obstacles. Changing Perceptions is committed to providing fair and empathetic assistance to all in need.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of intake assessments completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people, Adults

Related Program

CARES Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Incarcerated people, Adults

Related Program

CARES Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

- Help individuals successfully transition back into society after being incarcerated
- Reduce recidivism rates
- Provide job training and placement services
- Address mental health and addiction issues
- Help individuals rebuild relationships with their families and communities
- Focus on policy and advocacy work to address systemic issues that contribute to mass incarceration and hinder successful reentry.

Changing Perceptions has a variety of strategies in place to help individuals successfully transition back into society after being incarcerated. One common strategy is to provide job training and placement services, as employment is a critical factor in reducing recidivism rates. Changing Perceptions also offers counseling and support services to address mental health and addiction issues and help individuals rebuild relationships with their families and communities. Additionally, our focus on policy and advocacy addresses systemic issues contributing to mass incarceration and hindering successful reentry. Overall, successful reentry requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the complex needs of formerly incarcerated individuals, and Changing Perceptions plays an essential role in providing these necessary services and support.

Changing Perceptions Board of Directors consists of six community members who possess diverse backgrounds and resources. Their main goal is to help the organization expand its reach and capabilities. Each board member has committed to serving for at least two years and contributing a minimum of $1,000. They also participate in fundraising events and attend quarterly board meetings to share their expertise and help the organization increase its capacity, sustainability, and visibility.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Changing Perceptions
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 2.50 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.7 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Changing Perceptions’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2016
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $60,653
As % of expenses 58.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $60,653
As % of expenses 58.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $281,807
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 53.4%
All other grants and contributions 46.6%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $103,935
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 55.0%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 45.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016
Total expenses (after depreciation) $103,935
One month of savings $8,661
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $112,596

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016
Months of cash 8.5
Months of cash and investments 8.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.0
Balance sheet composition info 2016
Cash $73,269
Investments $0
Receivables $110,462
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.2%
Unrestricted net assets $60,653
Temporarily restricted net assets $0
Permanently restricted net assets $117,218
Total restricted net assets $117,218
Total net assets $0

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016
Material data errors Yes


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Monte Pollard

Monte Pollard is a dynamic and accomplished individual who has made a significant impact in the field of reentry services and violence prevention. As the Executive Director of Changing Perceptions, he leads his team with passion and dedication toward creating a better future for returning citizens. Monte's experience in program management and outreach has equipped him with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those seeking to reintegrate into society. His commitment to second-chance hiring is a testament to his belief in the power of redemption and the value of every individual. Monte's diverse educational background, which includes a pending bachelor's degree in business, a culinary degree, certificates in business and entrepreneurship, and nonprofit management, showcases his versatility and adaptability. He is a true leader who strives for excellence, and passionate about his work, and is driven by a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

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Board of directors
as of 07/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ana Harvey

DuPont Underground

Term: 2022 - 2025

Monte Pollard

Changing Perceptions

Tom Mutryn

CACI (retired)

Graham McLaughlin

UnitedHealth Group

Talib Shakir

Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services

Thomas Penny

Donohoe Hospitality

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.