“CCF does AMAZING things with minimal funding and resources.”
—Jacqueline Kelly, Donor

It’s time our communities address the reality of incarceration and recidivism in our country. You can help stop the cycle of prison re-entry by donating to CCF’s direct service work. Our proven programs provide the necessary tools and support to help currently and formally incarcerated women achieve their college degree – effectively stopping the cycle for the individual and future generations.

Other Ways to Give:

Planned Giving– Many philanthropic-minded individuals support non-profit organizations with gifts made through their estates. While some planned gifts provide a life-long income to the donor, others use estate and tax planning techniques to provide for charity and other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor’s estate. Please contact our Development Director Melanie Steinhardt at either or (646) 380-7772 to discuss a planned gift or bequest.

Corporations and Foundation Impact – If you represent a foundation or corporation, please contact Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, to discuss how we can leverage your donation and meet you criteria.

Ask your employer about a donation matching program – Many companies offer matching programs that augment the charitable donations made by their employees, effectively doubling or tripling the impact of the initial contribution. Some companies allow their employees to nominate non-profit organizations for grants or other types of giving. Please check with your employer to see if they will match your donation.

Plus, policy is being created at state and federal levels to improve access to education and stop the cycle. Read about the initiatives through our partner Education from the Inside Out.

Gay-Le’s Story

Gay-Le came to CCF via one of our partners, the Women’s Prison Association in August 2010. After being released from prison in 2000, she made the decision to return to school to increase her chances of finding employment.

Gay-Le struggled with getting her associate’s from Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) in 2003 and knew that she would need help if she was to continue to her bachelor’s degree. Among the challenges in returning to school, was finding an affordable program that could cater to the older adult learner. Gay-Le had already taken out student loans for MCNY and was only working part-time. When Gay-Le came to CCF, the Recruitment, Intake and Retention Counselor together with the Academic Counselor helped Gay-Le find exactly what she was looking for, Center for Worker Education (CWE) at City College, CUNY.

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