About FFCE


Genesis of FFCE

In February 2020, the Governor’s office and the leadership of Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) set forth the vision to create Florida Foundation for Correctional Excellence (FFCE). FFCE was established as a nonprofit DSO (direct support organization) to serve DOC by bringing together public and private partners to increase investment in transition programs and workforce training to further expand re-entry efforts.

Leaders who represent important sectors for this initiative (e.g., trucking, restaurant/hospitality, corrections, public service, workforce, etc.), along with folks from the faith sector, and fair chance employers were appointed to the board of directors to lead efforts that amplify correctional excellence across the state.

Mission for FFCE as a Direct Support Organization

  • Reduce recidivism and improve public safety by expanding career readiness, training and re-entry programs
  • Initiate and support job training programs
  • Work with businesses, nonprofit organizations and community leaders to strength the economy by expanding the workforce
  • Further expand online and classroom academic training and wellness programs
  • Support opportunities FDC has identified as needs, based on program enhancement it is prioritizing across the state


The need for the services FFCE provides is significant, and we've created positive momentum since our inception in 2020.
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March 2023

Approved expansion of certificate programs, technology investments, and a capital purchase for program expansion at Lowell C.I.; Released statewide checklist for benefits of fair chance employment at Right on Crime Second Chance Employer Forum

February 2023

IRS approved nonprofit status retroactive Feb 2020

January 2023

Provided due diligence around FDC’s identified opportunities for implement support

December 2022

Unveiled Strategic Roadmap Part I; Released ABCs of Sunshine Rules/Laws to Board; FDC released press announcing additional appointment to FFCE Board

November 2022

Submitted application to IRS for 501(c)(3) status; Adopted operation docs; Onboarded new Board members

October 2022

FDC identified opportunities for which FFCE could implement support; Established Vice Chairman and Treasurer for Board of Directors

September 2022

Announced expansion of Board of Directors; Presented at Governor’s Faith & Community Initiative Community-Based Advisory Council; Registered with Florida Administrative Register; Unveiled logo and brand collateral

August 2022

Appropriated initial quarterly drawdown release of funds

June 2022

Established fiscal agency agreement

May 2022

Engaged organizational vendors; Board visit to re-entry institution, Polk C.I.

March 2022

Confirmed recurring appropriation funding

January 2022

Initiated Direct Support Organization infrastructure

December 2021

Governor Desantis announced budget recommendation

October 2021

Nominated new Board Chair; Confirmed Governor’s office budget support

August 2021

Initiated industry partner research

May 2021

Board visit to Lowell Correctional Institution (C.I.)

April 2021

Established Board fiscal account; Created donation structure

December 2020

Developed mission statement

October 2020

Nominated Board Chair

August 2020

Adopted by-laws

June 2020

Began scheduled board meetings

February 2020

Governor Desantis announced creation of FFCE