Seminary Covenant Community (dba Prison Book Project)
3880 S. Washington Avenue
Suite 154
Titusville FL 32779
Mission

The mission of Prison Book Project is to improve the communities of released inmates by educating them in Judeo-Christian values, by exposing them to literature with life-changing principles through the distribution of books directly to prisons across the nation.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Al Taylor
Board Chair Affiliation Coldwell Banker
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
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Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1998
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $325,000.00
Projected Expenses $315,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
In the past four years, Prison Book Project has placed 1.1 million books into facilities across the nation and partnered with over 2,000 facilities in the United States
 
In the future we hope to: 
Increase yearly output of books by twenty-five percent (25%) to 312,500 books
Move 100 facilities from our waiting list to our active list (currently 900 facilities long)
Strengthen our relationship with chaplains and offer them more support 
Needs Statement
  1. $10 - Covers the cost of shipping three books to an individual 
  2. $25 - Covers shipping for one box of books to one facility.
  3. $150 - Covers the cost of the average shipment to a facility 
  4. $2,500 - Covers a county/region for one year 
  5. Volunteers with experience planning fundraisers; to help warehouse and pack books; in local communities to support chaplains in their outreach 
Background Statement

Prison Book Project started in 1994 when our founder, Ray Hall, was serving as a volunteer at the Brevard Correctional Institution. Feeling discouraged about the increasing crime rate and the great demand for rehabilitation in prisons, Ray pondered what could be done to fix the situation.  “One day, while I was standing outside on my patio, I heard a clear voice say ‘clean westerns.’  After arguing with God over it, I began to understand.  In clean westerns, the good guy always wins and the bad guy ends up either gut-shot or hung.”  God uses parables in the Bible and it seemed that the message of parable-like westerns would impact people.

Ray decided to find all the “clean westerns” he could and distribute them to local institutions and he became a well-known figure at flea markets and garage sales. Seeing that he was serious about helping, the jail gave him a tour. It was then that Ray saw the magnitude of the need to provide much more material of a higher quality than the romances and murder mysteries currently stored in the jail library. He went to local churches to ask for help and the Prison Book Project was officially birthed. With Ray’s finds and donations from local churches, he exceeded his two-year goal of 1,000 books for the jail by 38,000!

In 1997, two publishers promised and sent a total of 25,000 books within a couple of weeks. At the same time, one author called, having heard about the project from their publisher. The author began to send books and prisoner letters to Ray to answer. After sending four boxes to every Florida facility he knew of, there were still enough for some out-of-state facilities

Two years later, Ray and the Prison Book Project had gone beyond Florida and into twenty five other states. Using his talent for relating, Ray kept calling publishers to donate books to the Project. He told them that “if a prisoner reads one of your books and recommends it to another prisoner…and they recommend it to their family members…you will have a lot of people reading your books.” Twenty-six publishers and several authors began donating.

In 2001 after two more years, he was venturing into other countries through missionaries. By November 2002, all fifty states with an estimated 1,100 facilities had received books from Prison Book Project. Beyond anyone’s expectations, the ministry has grown to be one of the most successful prison ministries in the country.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
National
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments Prison Book Project serves mostly on a national level but we do support a few missionaries on an international level.  Within the four counties of interest we are in the following seven facilities:  Sarasota County Jail, Charlotte Correctional Institute, Charlotte County Jail, DeSoto County Jail, Florida Civil Commitment Center, DeSoto Juvenile Correctional Facility, DeSoto Correctional Institute.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Crime & Legal - Related
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type Religion- Related
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Programs
Description

One of the newest projects but easily the most rewarding of our projects is getting books to the children of inmates. We have partnered with chaplains who have the means of organizing a Christmas celebration with inmates and their children. At these events inmates are able to give books to their children as gifts. This program is one of the best ways we are able to directly impact the communities of the inmates by impacting their children in a positive way. As the chaplains are able and need demands, we would love to expand this program to include other events throughout the year.

Budget $5,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Short Term Success Each year we are able to partner with facilities to provide children's books and Bibles to the children of inmates.  We are dependent upon local chaplains and organizations to arrange the events, and we provide the books for the children.
Long Term Success Family support is critical to reducing the recidivism rate of inmates.  Providing books for the inmates' children gives the inmates opportunities to strengthen their relationships with their families while they are in prison and opens up a channel for them to discuss some of the things they are learning from the books we provide.  It also helps to reduce the number of second and third generation offenders.
Program Success Monitoring Each year we partner with the chaplains and communities that are doing the most to reach the inmates and families of inmates.  By partnering with the communities where there is already a focus on the inmate population we experience higher success rates from the materials seeded into those communities.  We look for feedback from the community volunteers and staff we partner with to improve the means and selections of materials distributed to communities.
Program Success Examples Last year we were able to put 10,000 children's books into the hands of inmates' children across the nation.
Description Our biggest project is putting books that specifically teach the principles consistent to most denominations within the Protestant faith into facilities. The majority of our publishers that donate books are Protestant and therefore the majority of our books placed are Protestant. This program is where we started and makes up over eighty percent (80%) of our ministry's daily operations.
Budget $150,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success We have been able to put over 250,000 books into the hands of inmates in the past year.  Our success is most measurable in the stream of letters averaging 1,300 per week either requesting books to read or from inmates eager to learn more, or from those whose lives have been touched while behind bars, thanking us for making the material available to them.
Long Term Success In the past four years we have put over 1.1 million books in facilities across the nation.  We have received thousands of letters from inmates who have turned their lives around in prison and went on to lead successful lives after their release.  Prison Book Project has been operating for over twenty-one years and has delivered consistently high levels of books into the nation's prison system.
Program Success Monitoring We are in constant communication with the chaplains who serve the facilities we send books to.  They give us the best indication of how the books are being received by the inmates and whether lives are being changed.  With inmate ministry there are a lot of factors that are out of our hands.  We trust the chaplains we work with, and do our part in providing the resources they need to do the rehabilitation work needed to reduce recidivism.
Program Success Examples
Excerpts from Inmate Letters:
 
You don't know me and we may never meet this side of Heaven, but I want you to know I love and appreciate all you and your organization is doing for prisoners!  This past week we received twelve boxes of books from you.  Praise God!  Reading is very important  to most inmates and one book could touch the lives of many.  I thank you, and please pass that along to those who donate to you that make this all possible.
 
I am in federal prison and last night at mail call, I received a Bible and a daily devotional as well as a book to read from your organization.  I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to you all.  Every day and everything is a blessing from God, so to Him I give praise always.  Thank you!
 
Thank you for the ESV Study Bible and the two word study books you sent me.  What a tremendous gift!  Your work is such an encouragement to me.  It is nice to find someone who cares for the forgotten of society.  I praise the name of my Savior Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father.  I thank Him for your ministry and ask Him to bless and keep your ministry.
Description

Recently we have partnered with several publishers that specifically publish books for those of the Jewish faith. These new alliances have given us greater resources to get more books congruent to the Jewish faith into the hands of those that need them most. The ability to begin the relationship with publishers by first purchasing their books has led us to many great relationships with publishers that later provided books as in-kind donations.  When we first begin a program we require additional funding for the purchase of books until the stream of books on a donation basis is established.

Budget $15,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Short Term Success As we specifically focus on acquiring books in line with the tenets of Jewish beliefs, we have to first establish the relationship with publishers that produce those books.  We use funding that comes in for the Jewish Book Project to specifically fund the purchase of books with the Jewish messages needed by inmates.  As we continue to purchase books and establish rapport with these publishers the number of books and discounts we receive increases which allows us to ship more books and divert the money toward shipping.
Long Term Success When our Jewish Book Program is no longer needing to purchase the books we put into facilities but has relationships established with the publishers that we are currently purchasing books from.  We would like the Jewish Book Project to be as established as our Protestant Book Project.  Currently the project is only one year old and has not achieved the level of book placement as some of our more established projects.
Program Success Monitoring We will monitor the success from the number of books we put into facilities.  Our goal is to increase the number of books we put in by ten% (10%) each year.
Program Success Examples We received several letters from inmates who are excited to receive books to read that are familiar to the religious history they were raised with.
Description The Catholic Book Project specifically focuses on getting books that align to the tenets of the Catholic faith into prisons.  This program is still in its infancy and most of the money goes toward purchasing books from publishers as we have not yet established the relationships with them that we have with our Protestant publishers.  We feel it is necessary to put books into facilities that may spark memories or experiences from an inmate's history, which is why we are seeking to diversify the types of books we are putting into the nations prison system.
Budget $15,000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Inmate Support
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success We've recently received funding for this specific project that has allowed us to buy Roman Catholic Bibles for distribution to the correctional facilities we service.  Because we have not yet established close relationships with publishers of Catholic material we need to purchase all the materials.  Our first goal is to get one Roman Catholic Bible into each of the prisons we serve.  We are currently ten percent (10%) of the way to accomplishing that goal.
Long Term Success The project is only a year old and hasn't had any long-term success, in the future we want to increase the number of Roman Catholic bibles and materials we get into the prisons each year by ten percent (10%).
Program Success Monitoring We monitor the program's success by tracking the amount of funding we receive for a specific project and the number of Bibles and books we distribute.  As we continue to work with publishers to purchase books and Bibles, we hope to develop relationships with them that will one day provide in-kind donations to the same extent we receive from some of our Protestant publishers.
Program Success Examples Our biggest success to date for this program was receiving funding specific to this program, which allowed us to purchase Roman Catholic Bibles.  Because the backgrounds of the inmates in prison are so diverse, we find it vital to provide diverse material to meet the inmates in ways that they can best connect with, learn and grow.
Description While those brave men and women serving in our nation’s military are not prisoners, they are in need of reading material. Our founder is a veteran who has a heart to make encouraging material available to our service men and women, so we do our best to get books to them as well. We have encountered a few obstacles in working with the military to send books but we are pursuing other avenues and hope to soon have another channel to deliver books to the nation's bravest men and women.
Budget $5,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups Adults
Short Term Success We have been able to get metal-cased Bibles to the troops who are stationed across the world.  We have also partnered with some veterans outreach groups to get camouflage Bibles to veterans who are struggling with re-entry to civilian life.  We are very proud to be able to support those who give so much to protect us.
Long Term Success Over the years we have delivered over 10,000 Bibles and other books to our troops and veterans.
Program Success Monitoring We continue to set aside books and Bibles that are beneficial to those in military service to ensure that when we find a need or opportunity to give we are prepared to do so.  The means by which we once delivered materials to our troops has been closed and we are pursuing other options.  We are currently looking to partner with an organization that sends care packages to troops to have them include our books in their packets.  We will monitor the success of this project by following up to ensure the relationship is created and established and continues going forward.
Program Success Examples We have received thousands of letters from our nation's military men and women thanking us for the books and Bibles we have sent to them.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email touchinglives@prisonbookproject.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Collaborations
We collaborate with facility staff and volunteers, authors and publishers across the nation.  While there are too many to list in each category below are five from each category.
 
Publishers include:
   Destiny Image
   Crossway
   Tyndale House
   P&R Publishing
   Baker Publishing 
 
Facility staff and/or volunteers include:
   Programs Officer Sergeant Tracy, Sarasota County Jail, Florida
   Chaplain John, Brevard County Jail, Florida
   Chaplain Ben Lopez, North Kern, California
   Chaplain Trey Little Johns, Sierra Conservation Center, California
   Chaplain Carlos Ortiz, Federal Medical Center Lexington, Kentucky
 
Authors Include:
   Mark Cahill
   Francine Rivers
   Catherine Sheller
   Beverly J. Powers
   Stephen Canup
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Non-Profit of the YearBrevard County Chamber of Commerce2011
Honorable RecognitionBrevard County Commission2014
Certificate of AppreciationGood News Jail and Prison Ministry2004
Certificate of AppreciationDepartment of Corrections2008
Excellence in Community ServiceDaughters of the American Revolution2005
Letter of AppreciationWounded Warrior2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Al Taylor
Company Affiliation Coldwell Banker
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2021
Board Chair Email Al@altaylor.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dennis Adamson Mutter Real Estate
Lillian Clover Attorney
Terry Coon Retired Air Force & Church Administrator
Fred Foote Retired NASA Public Affairs
Ray E Hall Retired US Air Force and Lockheed Martin
Joyce A Hall Community Volunteer
Kristen R Hall Community Volunteer
Jim Kastner Retired
Tom Kelly Far and Away Ministries
Dean L Matteson DLM Enterprises
Ken Ross Retired Engineer with Florida Power Light
Al Taylor Coldwell Banker
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $325,000.00
Projected Expenses $315,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are currently renting our building and are seeking to purchase a building.  Purchasing a building will allow us to better control our costs and increase our efficiency.
Campaign Goal $500,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2017 to Dec 2022
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of Feb 2017
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$305,403$269,569$302,553
Administration Expense$2,742$4,755$5,662
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.900.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%98%98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$50,138$42,323$66,658
Current Assets$50,138$42,323$66,658
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,468$5,059$2,929
Total Net Assets$47,670$37,254$63,729
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $318,559Contributions, gifts, grants $247,721Contributions, gifts, grants $268,725
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $2Government Grants - Unspecified $100Government Grants - Unspecified $174
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Investment Income $28Investment Income $66
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities20.328.3722.76
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990, which is reported at the national level.  The only local financial information available is de minimis expenses for the cost of books distributed.
Nonprofit Seminary Covenant Community (dba Prison Book Project)
Address 3880 S. Washington Avenue
Suite 154
Titusville, FL 32959
Phone 321 269-4100

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