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
Timeline:The need for the services FFCE provides is significant, and we've created positive momentum since our inception in 2020.
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
IRS approved nonprofit status retroactive Feb 2020
Provided due diligence around FDC’s identified opportunities for implement support
Unveiled Strategic Roadmap Part I; Released ABCs of Sunshine Rules/Laws to Board; FDC released press announcing additional appointment to FFCE Board
Submitted application to IRS for 501(c)(3) status; Adopted operation docs; Onboarded new Board members
FDC identified opportunities for which FFCE could implement support; Established Vice Chairman and Treasurer for Board of Directors
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
Appropriated initial quarterly drawdown release of funds
Established fiscal agency agreement
Engaged organizational vendors; Board visit to re-entry institution, Polk C.I.
Confirmed recurring appropriation funding
Initiated Direct Support Organization infrastructure
Governor Desantis announced budget recommendation
Nominated new Board Chair; Confirmed Governor’s office budget support
Initiated industry partner research
Board visit to Lowell Correctional Institution (C.I.)
Established Board fiscal account; Created donation structure
Developed mission statement
Nominated Board Chair
Began scheduled board meetings
Governor Desantis announced creation of FFCE