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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Correctional Association of New York

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Correctional Association of New York
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
Suite 200
New York, NY 10027
Year, State Incorporated:
1846, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Founded in 1844, The Correctional Association of New York is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. Through prison monitoring, in-depth research, public education, coalition-building, leadership training programs, policy, and advocacy, the Correctional Association works to build the power of the communities most negatively affected by the criminal justice system and decrease the state's use and abuse of incarceration as a response to the socioeconomic problems facing our communities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Correctional Association of New York (CANY) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Correctional Association works to counter the abuses inherent in the criminal justice system, to affirm the value of all people, and to promote policies that transform individuals and society for the better. Through coalition-building and leadership training programs for formerly incarcerated people, the Correctional Association works to build the power of the communities most negatively affected by criminal justice policy. One of only two private organizations in the country with unrestricted access to prisons, the Association has legislative mandate to inspect conditions of confinement in New York. The organization utilizes its unique mandate to educate the public about what goes on behind prison walls and to advocate for far-reaching progressive change to the criminal justice system.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Peter v.Z. Cobb
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Partner, Retired / Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, Jacobson
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, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), grant proposals, internet, Major Donor
Fund raising costs were 26.4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,123,427, 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 CANY's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Grants and contributions


Amounts appropriated for current operations from Board designated endowment fund


Government contracts


Direct mail income


In-kind contributions


Special event income (net of special event expenses)


Other income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Women in Prison Project


Juvenile Justice Project


Prison Visiting Project


Public Policy

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 69%  Fund Raising: 22%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $6,732,473
Ending net assets 6,303,607
Total liabilities 248,004

Total assets



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