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The Petey Greene Program Inc. - Massachusetts

 9 Mercer Street
 Princeton, NJ 08540
[P] (609) 203-5206
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EIN 30-0499760

LAST UPDATED: 01/10/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Petey Greene Program (PGP) supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.

Mission Statement

The Petey Greene Program (PGP) supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,212,300.00
Projected Expense $1,212,300.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The Petey Greene Program Massachusetts

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

The Petey Greene Program (PGP) supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.

Background Statement

Our organization is named after Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, Jr., a TV and radio talk show host and community activist who overcame drug addiction and a prison sentence to become one of the most notable media personalities in Washington, D.C. history. While incarcerated, Greene became the prison’s disc jockey and subsequently a role model for many other individuals incarcerated in the facility. Greene’s close friend and mentor, Charlie Puttkammer, was inspired by Greene’s life, and founded the Petey Greene Program in his honor, to strengthen correctional education services for incarcerated people and offer college students the opportunity to pursue meaningful and valuable work in the criminal justice system. Since 2009, the Petey Greene Program has operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Impact Statement

Our accomplishments derive from the college volunteers we successfully recruit, train, and place into correctional facilities; the number of incarcerated people we serve; and the relationships we maintain with our partner colleges and correctional facilities.

In the 2016-17 academic year, PGP recruited, trained and placed 715 volunteers who tutored who over 2,000 incarcerated people in GED preparation as well as adult basic education. Our volunteers donated 9,268 tutoring hours to 37 correctional facilities. In Massachusetts, we recruited, trained and placed 110 volunteers who donated 1,630 tutoring hours to 4 correctional facilities. We reached nearly 350 incarcerated students. We expect 10% growth in volunteers in Massachusetts next year.

Gary Lanigan, Commissioner, New Jersey DOC provided this endorsement:

“Petey Greene tutors provide expertise in a wide range of subjects. The volunteers conduct themselves professionally and respectfully. An in-house research evaluation found that reading and math tutoring accelerated test scores of incarcerated students by more than one full grade during tutoring semester. Students tutored by Petey Greene volunteers passed their GED at a rate of 90%. I strongly recommend the Program to every commissioner, educator and prison administrator who is serious about our collective commitment to providing incarcerated students with the education and life skills necessary to reenter society.”

We work to improve educational outcomes for incarcerated people and to restore their dignity. The 2014 RAND Corporation Study: How Effective is Correctional Education? documented the importance of prison education for incarcerated people. Those who receive education are 43% less likely to return to prison. The Program provides an educational solution for incarcerated students while cultivating future leaders, advocates, and voters for criminal justice reform. We seek to change lives – that of the incarcerated students and of our volunteers.

Needs Statement

In the 2017 fiscal year, Massachusetts Petey Greene Program budget is $237,950. We raise funds to cover general operating expenses. Our top 5 most pressing needs include funding for:
  • Staff compensation -- $139,698 
  • Facilities -- $54,000
  • Transportation of volunteers from college campuses to and from correctional facilities -- $20,000
  • Travel, Meals and Conferences -- $10,000
  • Volunteer Support Events -- 3,000

CEO Statement

Every dollar spent on correctional education yields $4 to $5 in eventual savings, according to a 2013 RAND Corp report: "How Effective is Correctional Education?" The study also found that prisoner education reduces recidivism by as much as 43%. More than two-thirds of incarcerated people lack a high-school diploma. When they earn one, it's one of the first accomplishments they can remember. They learn that while success is never easy and may be delayed, it is still attainable if you work hard enough. These facts compelled me to make a later-in-life transition from marketing for multinational corporations to co-founding the nonprofit Petey Greene Program.

The Petey Greene Program recruits and trains volunteers to tutor incarcerated people and help them achieve their GED and other high school equivalency. Our Program is unique among correctional education programs in that our primary focus is high school equivalency, adult basic education, and ESL (vs. college-level work) and our volunteers are primarily undergraduate and graduate students (vs. professors and teachers). Our Massachusetts Program collaborates with 4 Massachusetts colleges and 4 correctional facilities. We bring together two very disparate communities and together, we are achieving highly positive results. Our volunteers and incarcerated students report their lives are transformed. In the nearly ten years since our founding, I could not be more proud of our volunteers and the academic and career choices they have made after experiencing Petey Greene tutoring. It's the desire to give more incarcerated people a second chance that keeps pushing me to expand our reach to more donors who can help us sustain and build our Program. There is nothing like being in a correctional facility and seeing one of the graduates' moms start to cry because she is so proud of her graduate.

Jim Farrin, Executive Director/Co-Founder

Board Chair Statement


The Petey Greene Program is my decades-long, major passion. When I met Ralph “Petey” Greene, he had just finished serving a prison term for robbery. He immediately impressed me. Seldom have I met anyone of his intelligence and sense of humor. Against great odds, here was a man who was turning his life around and becoming the extraordinary activist and Washington television and radio talk-show host he ultimately became. When Greene died of cancer in 1984, I knew I wanted in some way to honor him and his legacy. The idea for a prison-tutoring program goes back to my Harvard graduate school days. I participated in a project where I spent one-on-one time, weekly, with a person with a mental disability. I learned first hand that students and patients alike benefited from the regular interactions. As my thinking evolved, I came to believe this individualized approach, meeting people where they are, could certainly be applied to incarcerated people. A person’s life and their patterns can be changed. The Petey Greene Program in getting our bright, enthusiastic college students into correctional facilities, tutoring, and witnessing first hand how our criminal justice system works has made a difference in their and our incarcerated students’ lives. The Petey Greene Program is only doing on a small-scale what the country should be doing on a larger one. The goal should be to take advantage of the temporary incarceration of people and do well with them while there is the opportunity. 90% of those incarcerated return to their communities. Isn’t it better for incarcerated people to return with GEDs and improved prospects for re-entry? Our successes over the nearly ten years we’ve been in operation include the now thousands of volunteers and incarcerated people who have directly benefitted from the Petey Greene tutoring experience. As of the most recent academic year, we have many more college student volunteers interested in tutoring than we have correctional facility tutoring placement opportunities. Our challenge today is to broaden the Petey Greene Program appeal to reach donors similarly invested in correctional education, social justice, and criminal justice reform.

Charles W. Puttkammer, Board Chair/President/Co-Founder

Geographic Area Served


The Petey Greene Program operates in 8 northeastern states (MA, NJ, RI, PA, DC/MD, CT, NY). In Massachusetts, volunteers serve as tutors and teaching assistants in 4 correctional facilities: Boston Pre-Release Center, Massachusetts Correctional Institution (Framingham, Norfolk, Concord, Shirley), Middlesex County House of Corrections, and South Middlesex Correctional Center. We recruit from 4 colleges: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Inmate Support

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The Petey Greene Program Massachusetts

The Petey Greene Program recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteer tutors and teaching assistants to support educational programs in correctional facilities. We build partnerships with colleges and universities to recruit our undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. Our Program management also create partnerships with prison education programs to place our volunteers. We support existing academic programs in prison, including adult basic education (ABE), high school, high school equivalency, pre-college, and college (or post-secondary). Our focus on high school equivalency, the first rung of the ladder of academic achievement, is unique within supplemental correctional education. We are also unique in bringing together two disparate communities -- colleges and correctional facilities.

Our volunteers undergo an application and training process before being allowed to enter a correctional facility. The training consists of workshops on mass incarceration, cultural humility, and tutoring skills and logistics. It is designed to prepare volunteers to be effective tutors, as well as to promote dialogue and reflection about the overall tutoring experience. During trainings, our staff facilitates conversations about the ethics of volunteer work, the challenges of volunteering in a correctional facility, individual privilege and mass incarceration in the United States. In addition to the initial training, follow-up workshops and events are held throughout each school year to give our volunteers the opportunity to debrief their experiences, hone their skills, and continue to discuss issues related to education and incarceration.

The Tutoring Model

Within correctional facilities, our volunteers fulfill a supplementary role in a variety of educational programs and settings. In the standard model, our volunteers are matched with specific teachers (federal, state, or county employees) in a facility and then work one-on-one or in small groups with students in that teacher’s class. Volunteers commit to visit the prison at the same time once a week for the duration of a semester -barring teacher absences, facility closures or university holidays. In a variation of this model, our volunteers may also work as tutors in study halls held in a prison. In a study hall, volunteers are not matched with a specific teacher, but instead tutor any students who attend the study hall sessions seeking extra help. In the final variation, our volunteers work as teacher assistants alongside a professor in a college level class. All volunteers commit to visit the facility at the same time once a week for the duration of a semester. In all cases, our tutoring model is based on building positive and professional relationships between volunteers and students, in which the student takes the lead role and sets his/her own goals, while the volunteer works in a supporting role and helps to achieve these goals.

Program Evaluation

Evaluative surveys of our tutors are conducted throughout the tutoring experience to determine the efficacy of our training. At the conclusion of each semester, tutor interviews are conducted to gain valuable feedback. We also seek input from the incarcerated students, correctional facility educators and administrators on the impact and quality of our tutoring services.

Budget  $237,950.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Boston Program, which began in 2014 as a modest undertaking with 13 volunteers, has grow more than 10 fold. We collaborate with 4  major Universities and 4 correctional facilities. In 2018 we will have the results of an on going study of our effectiveness conducted by Harvard University. I am confident that the study will demonstrate our effectiveness and reveal challenges that we will confidently address.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jim Farrin
CEO Term Start Jan 2009
CEO Email
CEO Experience Jim Farrin is the co-founding executive director of the Petey Greene Program, a non-profit organization that supplements education in correctional institutions by providing individualized tutoring to incarcerated people. The Petey Greene Program promotes academic achievement in prison classrooms to support the future success of people in prison and to build stronger communities. To accomplish this goal, Petey Greene builds partnerships between universities and correctional institutions. The Program collaborates with universities to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers, typically undergraduate and graduate students, and then works with correctional facilities to integrate these tutors into established adult basic education, high school equivalency, and college programs. In 2008, Jim recruited the first 28 volunteers from Princeton University to work as tutors in a prison in Bordentown, NJ. During the past seven years, Jim has guided the Program’s expansion within New Jersey and to seven other northeastern states. Currently, the program works with 31 universities. In the 2016-17 academic year, the Program coordinated over 700 volunteers who tutored weekly in 37 correctional facilities, donating over 9,000 tutoring hours. Prior to his work with Petey Greene, Jim spent the majority of his career in international marketing management with several high-profile, retail companies including Colgate Palmolive International and The Mennen Company. In 2002, he was a Candidate for the US Congress, Eighth Congressional District where he was defeated but accomplished the best ever challenge to the incumbent. Jim has served as a consultant and on the faculty of the American Management Association. Just before launching Petey Greene, Jim served as the Interim CEO of World Water & Power, a publicly traded company where he increased sales from $3 million to $17 million in 2006. He received his BA from Princeton University and his MBA from Stanford Business School.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Jessica Weis Program Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Purpose Prize AARP 2017
Service Above Self The Rotary Club of Princeton 2017
Distinguished Contributions to Law & Justice Award Rider University 2016


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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The Petey Greene Program collaborates with the colleges, universities, and correctional facilities we serve. In Massachusetts, we work with 4 colleges: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University; and 5 correctional facilities: Boston Pre-Release Center; Massachusetts Correctional Institution Framingham, Middlesex County House of Corrections, and South Middlesex Correctional Center.
Since 2014, we have collaborated with the Prison Education Program of Boston University. We are also collaborating with the Harvard School of Economics on evaluating program effectiveness.
Hudson Link, a prison college program, is a partner in New York. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Petey Greene Program and our tutoring purpose currently attracts more college student volunteers than we have correctional facility placements. We are addressing this in Massachusetts through building strong relationships with the state department of corrections.  While we have enjoyed stable funding from our co-founders. We see the need to further diversify our funding sources. This year, we developed one new government and 5 new corporate sources of funds. Due to the need for confidentiality, we have access to limited data on the incarcerated students we serve and their progress post tutoring. We are addressing our evaluation and data collection need by working with Rhina Kohl, Executive Director for the Office of Strategic Planning and Research of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 715
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr Charlie Puttkamer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder and Philanthropist
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Terrell Blount Vera Institute of Justice --
Celia Chazelle The College of New Jersey --
Jim Farrin Petey Greene Program --
Peter Gates Executive Advisor of Parthenon-EY --
Lee Gladden Founder and CEO Witherspoon Asset Management Voting
Terence Greene Entrepreneur and Nephew of Petey Greene --
Clare Herceg Director, Strategic Initiatives First Place for Youth Voting
Jacki Kelly Chief Development Officer, Harlem Educational Activities Fund --
Daniel Kowalski Program Analyst Office - Educational Services, NJ Dept. of Corrections --
John Kuhlthau Vice President; former New Jersey Circuit Court Judge --
David H. McAlpin Retired Presbyterian Pastor, founder of Habitat for Humanity of Trenton --
George H. McLaughlin II Food Industry and Finance Executive --
Andrew Nurkin CEO, AlumniCorps --
Fred Patrick Director, Vera Institute of Justice --
Cordelia Puttkammer Assistant Secretary; former Professor at Howard University --
Dick Scribner Treasurer --
Gene Shahan Former Equities Manager --
Irwin Silverberg Treasurer, Educational Division of Outward Bound --
Martha S. Staniford Managing Director, Sontag Advisory --
Michael Theodore VP of Learning and Development, Interactive Advertising Bureau --
Sarah Walzer Executive Director, Parent Child Home Program --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Arthur Bembury Partakers - Nonprofit supporting incarcerated people Voting
Hilary Binda Tufts University Voting
Amanda Klonsky Harvard University, Professor Voting
Rhiana Kohl Massachusetts Department of Corrections Voting
James Matesanz Boston University, Professor Voting
Benjamin Oseroff Non Profit Manager Voting
Eleanor Roberts Former Petey Greene Massachusetts Field Manager Voting
Larry Schwartzol Harvard University, Professor Voting
Eric Seligman Former Petey Greene Program Volunteer Coordinator Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 16
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have a very active and engaged Boston Advisory Board. They include representative from the MA Dept. of Corrections, Harvard and Boston Universities, the Public Defenders Office, among others. These individuals are programatic advisors. They continue to strengthen and improve the Program. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,212,300.00
Projected Expense $1,212,300.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $923,108 $988,539 $332,339
Total Expenses $905,377 $594,923 $322,133

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions $923,472 $988,528 $332,338
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue -- $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-364 $11 $1
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $725,812 $508,324 $258,042
Administration Expense $130,061 $86,599 $64,091
Fundraising Expense $49,504 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.66 1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 85% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $474,995 $437,169 $42,472
Current Assets $459,173 $434,598 $39,993
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $26,069 $5,974 $4,893
Total Net Assets $448,926 $431,195 $37,579

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $308,121.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 10.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 17.61 72.75 8.17

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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