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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Women's Prison Association

A BBB Accredited charity


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Women's Prison Association
110 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Year, State Incorporated:
1845, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Works to help women with criminal justice histories realize opportunities for themselves and their families. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Women's Prison Association (WPA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Women’s Prison Association (WPA), founded in 1845, is the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to working with criminal justice-involved women and their families. Our mission is to create opportunities for change in the lives of women, families and communities directly impacted by incarceration. WPA’s services support women as they obtain work and safe housing, access drug treatment, physical and mental health care and rebuild their families. Our approach prioritizes working collaboratively with women and their families to define their own goals, lay out plans to achieve them and utilize an expanded realm of resources and opportunities. WPA’s programs are organized into three broad service areas including Family and Children’s Services, Reentry Services and Public Policy and Advocacy. WPA serves over 1,500 women and 500 children per year and operates from three community sites in Manhattan and East New York. WPA also has jail-based offices at Rikers Island’s Rose M. Singer Center, and at Taconic and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Georgia Lerner, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Tina Daniels
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Chief Revenue Officer / Synapse
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 3.9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,110,891, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on WPA's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Government Grants


Contributions and Grants


Special Events and Direct Expenses




Unrealized Gain on Investments


Realized Gain on Investments


Interest and Dividend Income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Direct Client Services


Public Outreach and Education

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative 17% 
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Beginning net assets $(2,041,600)
Ending net assets (2,408,460)
Total liabilities 4,398,700

Total assets



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