The Doe Fund

At a Glance

National Office: 
232 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (646) 672-4234

George McDonald
People Served: 
2,483
Year Founded: 
1985
Tax ID: 
133412540

Focus area(s):

Job/Career Development
Asset Development
Housing & Homelessness

Description

Through the transformative power of paid work, The Doe Fund’s innovative, mixed-market model reduces poverty, unemployment, crime and criminal recidivism, substance abuse, and dependence on public assistance. Having already provided thousands of formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals, including veterans and young adults, the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck, The Doe Fund empowers them to rebuild their lives, reconnect with their families, improve their communities, and achieve self-sufficiency.

Impact and Outcomes

2013 program results showed that 458 program participants placed in full-time jobs, average starting hourly wage of $10.63, and there was a 67% job retention after six months.
Ready, Willing & Able’s criminal justice program shows rearrest rates for graduates over a one-year period of 6% (the national average is 44%).
The Community Improvement Project helps beautify 150 miles of New York City streets and sidewalks, and removes 18.5 million pounds of garbage annually.
A rigorous cost-benefit study shows that a $1.00 investment in Ready, Willing & Able yields a social benefit worth $3.60, based on a combination of program data and employment and criminal justice outcomes.

Mission & Goals

The Doe Fund is a multi-disciplinary human services and workforce development agency that creates and implements cost-effective, holistic programs that help a diverse population break the interrelated cycles of homelessness, criminal recidivism, unemployment, and addiction. Among the services The Doe Fund provides are paid transitional work and advanced skills training through social entrepreneurial businesses; high-quality transitional, supportive, and permanent housing; comprehensive social services; educational opportunities; and substance abuse counseling.

Through its flagship Ready, Willing & Able Program, The Doe Fund strives to help participants find full-time employment (earning at least $10 an hour) and self-supported housing, maintain their sobriety, stay out of jail and prison, and maintain child support payments.  By offering a “hand up” rather than a “hand out,” The Doe Fund helps participants reconnect with their families, improve their communities, and become productive members of society.

Program

At the heart of Ready, Willing & Able is paid transitional work that teaches the critical “soft skills” that the long-term unemployed need to maintain employment. Participants – known as “Trainees” – begin work assignments in supplemental street sanitation, custodial maintenance, or landscaping, developing a strong work ethic while learning punctuality, teamwork, and other “soft skills.”  They earn above minimum wage, are paid weekly, and are required to contribute to program costs and save a portion of their earnings.  After working successfully in one of these assignments, Trainees apply for more advanced career-oriented positions and occupational training (e.g., pest control, food services, commercial driving, etc.) and receive pay increases. 

Throughout the program, Trainees receive supportive services (e.g., case management, relapse prevention, life skills, etc.), are drug-tested twice a week, and have access to myriad adult education and literacy classes, computer training, and community resources.  As they progress through the program, Trainees seek mainstream, full-time employment with the help of career developers.  After one to two months in their new full-time jobs, those residing in a program facility then obtain independent housing, at which point – presuming they have maintained their sobriety – they are considered Graduates of the program. The Graduate Services Department provides ongoing, life-long support, including routine follow-up, alumni events, and access to supplemental trainings. 

Impact

The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program is one of the nation’s premier providers of workforce training and has empowered thousands of individuals to move into lives of employment and sobriety.  In addition to participating in rigorous external evaluations (see below), The Doe Fund collects comprehensive program data through a sophisticated and custom-build database. They are are also engaged in formulating an evidence-based cost-benefit analysis.

The Doe Fund's programs have served more than 16,000 homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals since1990.  Despite operating just one 70-bed facility in Bedford-Stuyvesant for the first six years of operation, Ready, Willing & Able now serves 700 individuals each day and operates four successful social enterprises that offer paid work and training to more than 2,000 men each year.

Ready, Willing & Able’s dramatic impact on criminal recidivism has been verified in a recent study by Harvard professor Bruce Western, the nation’s leading researcher on criminal justice.  Dr. Western compared individuals who graduated from Ready, Willing & Able and those who spent any time in Ready, Willing & Able to a matched control group of New York City parolees who did not participate in the program.  Dr. Western’s key findings included:

  • Program participants experience 31% fewer arrests and 27% fewer convictions;

  • Program graduates are 60% less likely to be convicted of a felony;

  • Program participants are 56% less likely to be convicted of a violent crime; and

  • Program participants are 35% less likely to be resentenced to jail.

In addition, a forthcoming cost-benefit report, produced in collaboration with consultants from Marks, Paneth & Shron (MP&S), one of New York’s largest public accounting and consulting firms, shows that a $1 investment in Ready, Willing & Able yields a benefit worth at least $3.31 million, based on a combination of program data and employment and criminal justice outcomes.

Growth Plan

Ready, Willing & Able: America is seeking partnerships to help launch self-sufficient programs, based on our proven paid transitional work model, to address local community needs.  We are seeking $1.5 million in seed funding for Ready, Willing & Able: America, support that will allow us to help meet widespread demands for technical assistance and local program support in cities across the country.  These efforts will formalize information sharing opportunities for interested partners, streamlining the overwhelming number of requests we receive for information and tours.  We will share the Ready, Willing & Able model through expert technical assistance, workshops and customized tours, and we will work to create a national conference for shared learning and dissemination.  These efforts will provide orientation, training, and staff development for local program staff during start-up and ongoing operation.  In addition, this funding will leverage local dollars for program start-up and ongoing operations.

With sufficient support, we would be able to provide seed funding for select geographies.  We will work to secure grants and funding to support this effort.  Ready, Willing & Able: America is also working to designate federal funds to support scaling, making funds available to local nonprofits as well as to Ready, Willing & Able: America to cover technical assistance costs.

Our goal is to launch one new program in the next year, and at least two additional programs in each of the following two years.

Local Funding: Private funds will be raised from foundations, federal support, state and/or local government contracts or grants, earned revenue through ventures, and local private donations.  Ready, Willing & Able: America will seek foundation support for initial capital, as well as start-up and early operations.

National Office Funding: To support national operations and technical assistance to local partners, Ready, Willing & Able: America will seek grants from foundations and high net-worth individuals interested in the model and its potential to have systemic impact on criminal recidivism and homelessness.  

Currently, The Doe Fund is finalizing local partnership discussions in several key cities, with the goal of launching at least five new programs in a three-year span.  While in pursuit of local partnerships, we will also work with the federal government to explore new funding opportunities for wider replication. 

Location of Sites

National Office: 
232 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (646) 672-4234
List of locations

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$1,593,085
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$24,670,206
Contributions from Individuals: 
$9,581,147
Special Events: 
$1,696,710
Program Services Fees: 
$2,457,082
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$5,713,260
Other Revenue: 
$239,873
Total Revenue: 
$45,951,363

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$30,629,696
Occupancy: 
$3,079,902
Travel & Entertainment: 
$192,203
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$1,194,006
Telephone & Communications: 
$469,412
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$10,546,993
Other Expenses (Description): 

Staff training, trainee training, client services, aid to clients, drug testing, insurance, food services, work clothing supplies & materials, operating expenses, financing & bank charges, mortgage interest, miscellaneous expenses, depreciation expense.

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$46,112,212

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$-160,849

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$2,481,014
Foundation Grants: 
$0
Government Funding: 
$23,463,069
Contributions from Individuals: 
$9,797,745
Program Services Fees: 
$2,422,795
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$5,302,086
Other Revenue: 
$642,948
Special Events: 
$1,709,935
Total Revenue: 
$45,819,592

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$30,593,967
Occupancy: 
$2,818,367
Travel & Entertainment: 
$294,310
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$1,135,787
Telephone & Communication: 
$641,061
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$10,708,238
Other Expenses (Description): 

Staff training, trainee training, client services, aid to clients, drug testing, insurance, food services, work clothing, supplies & materials, vehicle operating expenses, financing & bank charges, mortgage interest, miscellaneous expenses.

Total Expenses: 
$46,191,730

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$-372,138

Major Funders

$1,000,000 and above

Anonymous

Carson Family Charitable Trust

The Simons Foundation

 

$500,000 and above

Anonymous

HSBC Bank USA, N.C.

Robin Hood Foundation

 

$250,000 and above

Anonymous

The Oak Foundation

Andrea and Peter Resnick

 

$100,000 and above

Anonymous

Barclays Capital

The Clark Foundation

Lois Collier

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Christina and John Horner

The Ira W. DeCamp Foundation

Wendy and Steve Madden

Paula and Thomas McInerney

Lisa Minsky-Primus and Yaron Moshe Minsky

Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Donna and Marvin Schwartz

Robert W. Short

Leah and Michael Weiserg

 

$50,000 and above

Anonymous

Barclays Wealth

Claire and Jason Capello

The Dalio Family Foundation

Earle K. & Katherine F. Moore Foundation

Eleanor Schwartz Charitable Foundation

Joy and Jack Fishman

Julius Gaudio

Chandra Jessee

Miriam & Arthur Diamond Charitable Trust

Wendy and John Neu

The Renco Group, Inc.

Linda and Richard Schaps

Andrea and Quint Slattery

Mary and David Solomon

Lucille Tayama

Janis Weiss

Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

 

$25,000 and above

Anonymous

Susan K. Allen

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

BNY Mellon Foundation

Concordia Foundation

Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

Donovan Foundation

Ford Foundation Good Neighbor Committee

The Fortin Foundation of Florida, Inc.

Goldman Sachs Gives

James S. Peterson Foundation

Katherine and Craig Lucas

The Marc Haas Foundation

Khronos LLC

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Putnam Foundation

Pinnacle Trustees Limited Fund

Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust

Rhodebeck Charitable Trust

Franci Blassberg and Joseph Rice, III

Judith and Leslie Schreyer

Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation

The Rona Jaffe Foundation

Lisa and Michael Schultz       

Andrew Shiva

The Sol and Margaret Berger Foundation

State Street Foundation

Toyota

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

The Vincent Mulford Foundation

Vital Projects Fund