Project 180 Sarasota
PO Box 25684
Sarasota FL 34277-2684
Project 180 seeks to reintegrate former offenders into community life.
CEO/Executive Director Barbara Richards MS
Board Chair Surry McFaul MBA
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Project 180
Project 180 Reentry
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2015
State Registration Yes Oct 2014
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $118,052.00
Projected Expenses $118,052.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

In 2014, Project 180 received a welcome contribution designated specifically for an executive director salary. Beginning in 2014, the organization began planning for a January 1, 2015 Project 180 start date for full time staffing. And it has made all the difference.

In Spring, Project 180 hosted "Strong Voices/Strong Subjects," a luncheon lecture series featuring keynote speakers Sarasota Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino, Leslie Loveless of Suncoast Coalition to End Homelessness and Nancy A. Page of First Step of Sarasota. Designed to educate the general public about prisoner reentry issues, we included panelists from numerous local organizations and agencies.
In July, Project 180 partnered with Cadence Bank to bring a Financial Literacy Course to Hardee Correctional Institute. Working with a pilot group of 17 men, the program was such a success that Project 180 was invited to take the program to other prisons. We've continued to deliver the program in 2015 to prisoners in four counties.
Needs Statement


  1. $0: Zero dollars but invaluable for Project 180: your time, talent and introductions to potential supporters and board members. We're currently seeking (1) volunteers with marketing and PR skills and (2) CEOs of felon-friendly industries to participate at the prison in Project 180's workforce education program. 
  2. $125: one round-trip to the prison for Project 180's CEO (workforce education) or Financial Literacy Program, including travel expenses and educational materials.
  3. $150: gently used clothing, a backpack and new underclothes (from Goodwill Manasota) plus new work boots for an indigent prisoner.
  4. $300 to $3,000: sponsorships for Project 180's public lecture series.
  5. $2,500: membership in Project 180's Founder's Circle, a group of 180 individuals, couples and business who wish to support the opening of our Residential Program and its first year of operation.


Background Statement

Community safety. Homelessness Prevention. Change agency.

The game needs to be changed. Project 180 thinks outside the box to bring thoughtful programs to prisoners and reentry education to the general public.

 This is why we care and why we hope you’ll care.

·        Former Offenders Need Help: Offenders get out of jail or prison every day, return to our communities with few resources and struggle with homelessness, unemployment and addiction issues. Many wish to do the right thing but face an uphill battle.

·        Community Safety is a Concern: Socially and economically excluded, over 60% of former offenders will be re-arrested for a new crime within three years. The crimes for which they are arrested are not the only crimes they will commit.

·        The Cycle Costs All of Us: Over 45% of Florida’s 104,000 state prisoners have been in a Florida state prison before, swelling the Department of Corrections budget to $2.3 billion annually. Families and children pay a high price when a parent can’t escape the cycle of release and recidivism. The need for social services escalates as agencies strive to reduce homelessness, unemployment and crime.

 Project 180 seeks to reduce these social ills by providing motivated offenders opportunities to turn their lives around.

 A crime reduction and homelessness prevention program, Project 180 currently delivers a workforce education program, The CEO Program, to state prisoners who will be released within 180 days. In the CEO Program, Project 180 takes CEOs and hiring managers of local businesses behind prison walls to give inmates insider tips and practical, cost-conscious instructions on how to apply for, interview for, obtain and retain entry-level jobs in the CEO’s industry.

The organization’s long-term goal is to serve the community by offering long-term housing, educational opportunities, job skill training and volunteer opportunities to former offenders in a two year, clean and sober Residential Program.  Project 180's intention is to increase public safety and decrease public spending while helping former prisoners help themselves. Change the game with Project 180.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
FL- Manatee
FL- Hardee
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Crime & Legal - Related
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
crime reduction, reentry, offender, rehabilitation, job skill training
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Bureau of Justice Statistics and statistics from the Florida Department of Corrections tell a story that should concern all of us:  1 in every 32 US adult residents is under some form of correctional control. The average offender has a 6th-7th grade literacy level, few job skills and is addicted to one or more substances. Release from jail or prison is likely to mean a return to crime, even for an offender who is motivated to do the right thing.

When we help former offenders successfully reenter the community, we help ourselves. Project 180's ultimate goal is to open our Residential Program. No other program in the state of Florida offers such a comprehensive answer to the problem of prisoner reentry. Project 180's future residential program is modeled after an organization in California that is considered the gold standard in reentry programs and has been serving former offenders for over forty years. Its annual revenues top $20 million--a strong indicator that this model is not only viable for former offenders but can be a strong economic driver in the community. This is a program that restores dignity to the offender and trust to the community.

     In this program, Project 180 takes CEOs and workforce specialists behind prison walls to teach inmates how to find, apply for, interview for and retain jobs in each CEO's industry. 
     Our CEOs deliver insider tips on finding and keeping work in felon-friendly industries like foodservice, construction and IT. Since the program began in 2013, we've served 348 inmates. Thanks to full-time leadership at Project 180, that number will increase in 2015.
    Inmates appreciate the program: 84% experience a Good or Excellent increase in knowledge and 82% perceive the value of the program to be Good or Excellent.
     The program also helps CEOs understand the impact of reentry on the community. As Nancy Krohngold of Nancy's Bar-B-Q in Sarasota, says, "I've been to the prison many times [as a CEO]. It feels good to give back and help solve the recidivism problem. It's just common sense to give people the tools they need if we expect them to succeed."  
Budget $21,825
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
Through pre- and post-presentation surveys, Project 180 tracks "increase in knowledge," "perceived value" and "helpfulness" of the presentations.
Pre-determined measures of success are as follows:
  • A minimum of 65% of inmates will experience a good or excellent increase in knowledge. 
  • A minimum of 65% of inmates will rate the presentations as being of good or excellent value.
  • A minimum of 75% of CEOs will rate their overall experience as good or excellent.
  • A minimum of 75% of CEOs will be willing to recommend the experience to other CEOs.
  • A minimum of 75% of CEOs will be willing to return to present again.
Long Term Success
The long-term success of the CEO Program ideally would be measured by the number of individuals who were able to find full-time employment because of the information presented in the program. It is not possible at this time to track the employment of individuals who are released from the state prison system.
In lieu of tracking employment, Project 180's goal is to see an improvement in the percentages of good and excellent ratings on our CEOs' presentations.
Program Success Monitoring
The success is monitored through pre- and post-presentation surveys which are evaluated to track success and improve upon future presentations.
Program Success Examples
In Project 180's pilot program:
  • 67.5% of inmates experienced a good or excellent increase in knowledge
  • 70.5% of inmates perceived good or excellent value
  • 93% of inmates found the presentations helpful
  • 75% of CEOs found the overall experience to be excellent
  • 100% of CEOs would recommend the experience to other CEOs
  • 100% of CEOs would like to return to present again
Project 180's long-term goal is to open a two-year Residential Program that addresses the factors known to contribute to recidivism:
  1. unemployment and lack of job skills
  2. homelessness
  3. low literacy levels
  4. substance abuse
  5. a deviant social network

Project 180's Residential Program will preclude unemployment through job skill training, homelessness through a stable living environment, low literacy levels through academic education, addiction through abstinence support and deviant social networks through the creation of a new social circle.

The unique length of Project 180's Residential Program increases the odds of success as offenders slowly and thoughtfully move toward full reintegration into the community, steady employment, safe housing, reliable transportation and a stable social network.
Budget $165,000
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Adults
Short Term Success
By the end of each resident's first month, he will work 32 hours a week in a Project 180-approved, paid apprenticeship, participate 10 hours weekly in the Academic Program, be clean and sober, and volunteer 6-8 hours a week at a nonprofit of his choice.
Long Term Success
Each graduate of Project 180 will have a GED or vocational certificate and be competent in three marketable job skills: a labor-related skill, an interpersonal skill and a clerical skill. 80% will have a full-time job at a living wage, safe housing and reliable transportation.
Program Success Monitoring
Success will be monitored by the number of graduates who remain arrest-free for three years after graduation from Project 180.
Program Success Examples
Our Residential Program is not yet open.
One of Project 180's primary areas of focus is to educate the public about the impact of prisoner reentry upon the community and its effects when reentry is unsuccessful: unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and victimization.
Project 180's luncheon lecture series, "Strong Voices/Strong Subjects," expands the discussion about prisoner reentry beyond the walls of the criminal justice system to encourage a community conversation about the social problems engendered by reentry and viable solutions to those problems. The 2015 three-part luncheon lecture series, "Crime, Punishment, Redemption," will be held on April 3, May 1 and June 5. Keynote speakers will include Professor Joshua Cochran, PhD, USF Tampa and Laurence Eger, Public Defender of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. For more information, please contact Project 180 Executive Director Barbara Richards at   
Project 180 is committed to educating the public about the reentry phenomenon and has presented to Rotary Clubs, at New College of Florida, to the Sarasota Chapter of Criminal Defense Lawyers and churches. Please contact to schedule a presentation for your group.
Budget $5,480
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Adults
Short Term Success
Increased awareness of prisoner reentry issues. No immediate outcomes have currently been identified.
Long Term Success
Increase public awareness regarding the prisoner reentry phenomenon and its effects upon the community followed by increased community action to address the issues of former prisoner homelessness, unemployment, poverty, substance abuse, illiteracy and a return to a criminal lifestyle.
Program Success Monitoring
No tools are currently in place to track program success.
Program Success Examples
Public interest in our program resulting in donations and increased volunteerism with Project 180. 
Program Comments by Organization
Moving toward opening Project 180's Residential Program is like building a house. We've had the blueprints for some time and have laid a strong foundation. Along the way to raising the roof, though, we've (figuratively) had to move a wall here and redirect plumbing lines there. Things haven't always gone as planned or as quickly as we'd like but the goal has remained the same: support community safety through successful prisoner reentry by creating a more reasonable response to the cycle of reentry, recidivism and re-incarceration with a creative program that lies on the cutting edge of a new paradigm in criminal justice.
 Project 180's Residential Program will feature 24/7 housing, marketable job skill training through paid apprenticeships, academic education and volunteer opportunities in the community. A local businessperson has agreed to rent a house to the organization when Project 180 is ready to open its residence and six paid apprenticeships are lined up for future residents.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Barbara Richards MS
CEO Term Start Mar 2008
CEO/Executive Director Email
A former San Francisco restaurateur, Ms. Richards has advocated for a more reasonable response to the reentry/recidivism/re-incarceration cycle for seventeen years.
In 1997, Ms. Richards became aware of the educational disparity between offenders and the general population and offered to volunteer in the San Francisco County Jail system. She became the Coordinator of the Men's Support Group in the felony wing of the jail system.
Dismayed by the great number of inmates who had low literacy levels, Ms. Richards acquired an Adult Education Credential and began teaching Adult Basic Education and GED in the jails.
Her observations that the jails were filled with the impoverished, the illiterate and socially, politically and economically marginalized members of the community motivated her to enroll in a Master's program in Criminology and Criminal Justice which she began at FSU in 2004. Her area paper (thesis) explored the relationship between employment and successful prisoner reentry.
Upon obtaining her Master's degree in 2006, Ms. Richards began the groundwork to establish Project 180. She became active in the Hillsborough County reentry effort through membership in HERN (Hillsborough Ex-Offender Reentry Network) and volunteered with state-level reentry professionals through the Governor's Task Force on Ex-Offender Reentry. Upon moving to the Manasota area, she and the founding Project 180 Board of Directors established the organization as a Sarasota-based nonprofit. Ms. Richards continues to build support for Project 180 throughout the Twelfth Judicial Circuit community.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Barbara Richards MS
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 24
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Project 180 is formally partnered with
  • Florida State University's College of Criminology & Criminal Justice Center for Criminolgy and Public Policy Research.
  • The Office of the Public Defender of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit
  • West Coast Resource, Conservation and Development (RC&D) for farm training for future Project 180 residents.
 In our Strong Voices/Strong Subjects lecture series in April, May and June, Project 180 collaborated with numerous organizations and agencies throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties to educate the public about reentry issues. The following individuals and organizations participated in our series:
  • Sarasota Police Department , Chief Bernadette DiPino
  • Sarasota County Health & Human Services, Kim Wiles
  • Florida Department of Children & Families, April May
  • Florida Department of Corrections, Ann Casey
  • Manatee County Commission, Robin DiSabatino
  • WSRQ Radio, Susan Nilon
  • Suncoast Coalition to End Homelessness, Leslie Loveless
  • Goodwill of Manasota, Kathy Goeller
  • Turning Points Manatee, Joe Mercado
  • ACLU of Florida, Michael Barfield
  • First Step of Sarasota, Nancy A. Page
  • Sarasota County Schools, Superintendent Lori White
  • UnidosNow, Jeanette Ocasio
  • Salvation Army, Catherine Hart 

The theme for our 2015 series on April 3, May 1 and June 5 is "Crime, Punishment, Redemption" and will include:

  • USF Tampa, Professor Joshua Cochran, PhD 
  • Office of the Public Defender, Larry Eger
  • Cadence Bank NA, Robert Harris
  • WSRQ Radio, Susan Nilon
  • Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
  • Author and Journalist Tony D'Souza
  • State Attorney's Office
  • Sarasota County Human Services
  • Bridges of America, national
  • Former Secretary, Department of Corrections (OR, MD, MA)
  • Harvest House, Sarasota
  • Goodwill of Manasota
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization
2014 was a challenging yet fruitful year. Family illnesses kept several of Project 180's inner circle from being as active as each wished and from making the transition to full-time staffing. In spite of the difficulties, the organization was able to more fully develop its relationship with the Department of Corrections and others, deliver its lecture series and CEO Program, pilot the Financial Literacy Program and, toward the end of the year, aggressively seek new board members. 
Current challenges include locating office space which, due to budget limitations, must be donated and having audits performed for 2013 and 2014.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Surry McFaul MBA
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Mar 2015 to July 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Michael Gonzalez Labor Ready
Nancy Krohngold Nancy's Bar-B-Q, Nancy's at the Ranch
Surry McFaul MBACommunity Volunteer
Barbara Richards MSCEO, Project 180
James P. Roque SunTrust Wealth Advisors
Duane Saunders CPACavanaugh & Co.
Max E. Shaw Jr.Cadence Bank
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 85
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 43
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization
Surry McFaul has offered to act as Board Chair in April, May, June, July or until a permanent Chair is elected by the Board. Max Shaw will stand in during August, September, October and November if a suitable Chair has not yet been elected.
For reasons of confidentiality, the current Board Chair's company affiliation is not listed.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $118,052.00
Projected Expenses $118,052.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$21,841$8,968$3,937
Administration Expense$2,303$1,404$335
Fundraising Expense$105$1,135$66
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.371.663.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%78%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%6%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$33,368$19,818$12,401
Current Assets$33,368$19,818$12,401
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$75$0$142
Total Net Assets$33,293$19,818$12,259
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $18,032Contributions, gifts, grants $16,759Contributions, gifts, grants $12,752
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $10,980Fundraising $1,586Fundraising $1,095
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation/Corporate Support $4,128Program service revenue - Board contributions $7200 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities444.91--87.33
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The most recent financial documents audited were those of 2012. The organization intends to complete an audit of 2013 and 2014 financial documents in 2015.
The Balance Sheet and P & L for EOY will be uploaded after reconciliation in January.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Organization files 990N with the IRS because gross receipts are $25,000 or less. Financial information taken from financial compilations.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Project 180 Sarasota
Address PO Box 25684
Sarasota, FL 342772684
Primary Phone 850 445-5682