The Osborne Association

At a Glance

National Office: 
809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-707-2600

Elizabeth Gaynes
People Served: 
10,000
Year Founded: 
1931
Tax ID: 
13-5563028

Focus area(s):

Personal & Leadership Development
Health Services/Access
Job/Career Development

Description

As the lead service provider for the nation’s first social impact bond, the Osborne Association improves the justice system by encouraging those individuals, families and communities most affected by it to assume responsibility for their past and their future. Osborne’s scalable programs offer proven approaches to reentry and meaningful alternatives to incarceration. Osborne reduces the cost of the justice system and increases the opportunity for individuals to transform, for families to reunify and for communities to rebuild. 

Impact and Outcomes

Last year, 122 graduates from our employment programs were placed in jobs at an average hourly wage of $12.83, far higher than minimum wage. 91% had no re-conviction at one year following program completion.
96% of women participating in our HIV prevention/risk reduction services for women partners of incarcerated men are more likely to insist that their partners use condoms following program completion.
Our Court Advocacy Services produce more than $40,000,000 in net savings to corrections systems annually by successfully advocating for effective alternatives to incarceration for individuals with substance abuse and mental health needs in court.
61% of participants in our substance abuse treatment programs completed and attained positive outcomes including long-term sobriety, non-jail disposition, and placement in permanent housing.
Osborne’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents has created an arrest protocol for police officers to use to minimize trauma for children witnessing the arrest of a parent. The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police has included our protocol in their Law Enforcement Handbook, used by every department in New York State.

Mission & Goals

Mission

Osborne works in partnership with individuals, families and communities to create opportunities for people affected by the criminal justice system to further develop their strengths and lead lives of responsibility and contribution. We design, implement and advocate for solutions that prevent and reduce the damage caused by crime and incarceration.

Short-term Goals for Individuals

  • No new criminal justice involvement
  • Increased accountability for consequences of decisions
  • Improved family relationships and support networks
  • Reduced health risks
  • Freedom from drug and alcohol abuse
  • Stable housing
  • Better employment and increased employability

Long-term Goals for Individuals

  • Lead fulfilling lives free of criminal behavior
  • Experience increased ability to make decisions that produce positive results
  • Maintain positive involvement with family and community

Goals for Criminal Justice System and Communities

  • Alternatives to incarceration wherever possible and safe
  • Communities are supportive and welcoming of people returning from prison or jail
  • Criminal justice system is focused on reconciliation, not retribution
  • Services all take place in a family context, with awareness of impact on children and families 

  

Program

Osborne believes that all people and social systems are capable of transformation.  Research shows that people are successful in reentry from prison or jail when they address all the diverse areas of their lives that are affected by incarceration.  Research has demonstrated that there are specific areas (known as "criminogenic " risks and needs) that affect recidivism, including family, employment, sobriety, "criminal thinking/antisocial peers", and leisure.  Our program services address these issues by offering evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and working with people in :

  • gaining employment and improving their employability;
  • reconnecting to families and support networks
  • reducing health risks and maintaining sobriety
  • getting and keeping stable housing
  • developing attitudes and skills to live toward a better future that they envision and choose for themselves.   

Osborne also works with organizations and leaders of social systems to bring about changes that move the criminal justice system toward reconciliation rather than retribution.  Wherever possible, we support individuals in addressing their life challenges through alternatives to incarceration rather than prison or jail.   We view all people in the context of their families.  We show participants how to strengthen family relationships, and work to mitigate the traumatic impact of incarceration on families and especially upon children.  

The central administrative office of the Osborne Association is located in the Bronx, New York.  The central office provides leadership and management for all program services and sites of the agency.  Management services include: 

  • visionary leadership by our distinguished Executive Director Elizabeth Gaynes;
  • an accomplished fiscal/grants management office, headed by an experienced MBA/CPA with over 20 years experience in the business and nonprofit sectors;
  • evaluation and IT departments that help all units of the agency to focus on achievement of outcomes and continuous quality improvement;
  • a director of planning and organizational development to support the organization in leading and managing change;
  • Human Relations, Development, and Public Relations.

Program sites are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Poughkeepsie, in Rikers Island jails, and in 21 New York State prison facilities. 

Impact

Osborne’s employment, family, youth, housing and treatment services reach 7,000 people impacted by the criminal justice system each year. 

In a 3rd party evaluation, the 90-day reentry services Osborne offers to men returning home from Rikers Island jails have been demonstrated to significantly reduce their chances of returning to incarceration when compared to a control group.  See attached evaluation study.  

Osborne has worked effectively with state and city officials and with corrections administrators to make major improvements in the criminal justice system, such as increasing alternatives to incarceration, creating child-friendly Family Centers at state prisons, and encouraging police and courts to pay more attention to the impact of incarceration upon children. 

Of eight experienced criminal justice service organizations in New York City invited to apply, Osborne was selected to be service provider for the nation’s first social impact bond that is working with 3,000 adolescents each year at Rikers Island.  

Additional examples of program impact include:

  • Last year, 122 graduates from our employment programs were placed in jobs at an average hourly wage of $12.83, far higher than minimum wage.    91% had no re-conviction at one year following program completion.
  • 96% of women participating in our HIV prevention/risk reduction services for women partners of incarcerated men are more likely to insist that their partners use condoms following program completion.
  • Our Court Advocacy Services produce more than $40,000,000 in net savings to corrections systems annually by successfully advocating for effective alternatives to incarceration for individuals with substance abuse and mental health needs in court.
  • 61% of participants in our substance abuse treatment programs completed and attained positive outcomes including long-term sobriety, non-jail disposition, and placement in permanent housing.
  • Osborne’s NY Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents has created an arrest protocol for police officers to use to minimize trauma for children witnessing the arrest of a parent. The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police has included our protocol in their Law Enforcement Handbook, used by every department in New York State.

Growth Plan

GROWTH PLAN

Osborne's growth plan over the next seven years includes the following :

  • Double the total number of individuals served annually from 7,000 to 14,000. 
  • Develop the Fulton Reentry and Economic Develop Center, a new multi-purpose program site bringing together multiple service providers, expanding our capacity to provide low income housing services for our participants, and incubating new businesses to strengthen the economic base of the Bronx and hire our participants;
  • Increase our presence at New York State prisons from 21 prisons currently to 35 prisons;
  • Expand capacity through mergers, acquisitions or strategic alliances when appropriate;
  • Enhance adolescent services by expanding around our 3,000 individuals per year ABLE program, newly funded through the nation's first social impact bond. 

ECONOMIC MODEL

Osborne currently has a stable $15 million annual budget, funded by:

  • 60% - government contracts - federal, state, and city - many multi-year
  • 31% - earned income, including Medicaid, janitorial service, and catering program
  • 6% - foundation grants
  • 3% - individuals.

To meet the resource needs of the growth plan, while simultaneously diversifying its funding base, Osborne will maintain current funding levels for government contract funding but increase funding levels from foundations, individuals, corporations, earned income, and social impact bond funding.  To accomplish this, we are increasing development staff resources, building public relations, and enhancing social media communications.  As a major sign of progress during FY 12, attendance at our annual Lighting the Way breakfast doubled from  300 to over 600. 

Location of Sites

National Office: 
809 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 718-707-2600
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$925,669
Government Funding: 
$9,883,435
Contributions from Individuals: 
$500,000
Special Events: 
$200,000
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$4,123,449
Other Revenue: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$15,632,553

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$12,108,135
Occupancy: 
$1,122,459
Travel & Entertainment: 
$135,547
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$545,081
Telephone & Communications: 
$157,813
Payments to Affiliates: 
$130,285
Other Expenses: 
$1,299,127
Other Expenses (Description): 

Client Assistance                              $  649,026

Insurance – liability & vehicle               269,385

 Bank, audit, payroll                              167,287

Equipment lease/purchase                     76,430

  Member/donor cultivation                      62,500

  Staff training                                          51,029

 Contingencies/other                               23,470

 

 Total Other Expenses                      $1,299,127

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$15,498,447

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$134,106

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2012

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$0
Foundation Grants: 
$2,970,873
Government Funding: 
$8,831,890
Contributions from Individuals: 
$422,511
Program Services Fees: 
$5,147,982
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$26,013
Special Events: 
$73,500
Total Revenue: 
$17,472,769

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$13,187,988
Occupancy: 
$690,790
Travel & Entertainment: 
$143,496
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$670,761
Telephone & Communication: 
$177,560
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$2,117,463
Other Expenses (Description): 

 Other expenses include direct client assistance, insurance, bank fees, audit, payroll, equipment, staff training, and miscellaneous.  

NOTE:  FY 12 revenue and expense figures reflect June 30, 2012 interim financial report but are pre-audit.  The audit is currently in process.

Total Expenses: 
$16,988,058

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$484,711

Major Funders

The Osborne Association

Major Foundation, Corporate and Government Funders

Fiscal Year 2012-2013

 

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

Barclay Investments

Simón Bolivar Foundation

Florence V. Burden Foundation

Congregation Beth Elohim

Consolidated Edison Companies of NY

Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Dyson Foundation

Ernst & Young

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

M.A.C. AIDS Fund

MDRC

Marble Collegiate Church

New York City AIDS Fund

New York City Council

New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

New York City Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State Department of Health- AIDS Institute

New York State Industries for the Disabled

Open Society Foundations

St. James' Episcopal Church

Sills Family Foundation

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

van Ameringen Foundation

Weissberg Foundation

Wolf, Haldenstein, Adler, Freeman & Herz