The mission of the Corrections Foundation is to support the programs, personnel, and services of the Department through grants, contributions, and community partnerships in the interest of public safety. The Corrections Foundation was established in 1996 as the non-profit Direct Support Organization to the Department of Corrections. (Chapter 944.802, Florida Statutes).
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are appointed by the Secretary of the Department and serve under the leadership of President Louie L. Wainwright. The Corrections Foundation was the first Direct Support Organization of its kind nationally in the field of Corrections. Membership is comprised of Department employees and others who support public safety.
Donations to the Corrections Foundation are tax deductible and receive the maximum charitable deduction allowed by law. In FY 2011-12, the Corrections Foundation's Employee Assistance Program assisted 575 employees with $613,150 in assistance for emergencies, critical illnesses, house fires, hospitalizations and out-of-town travel due to death or illness. Since the program's inception more than $4.8 million in assistance has been distributed to employees in need.
Other programs the Corrections Foundation supports through private donations include the Inspector General's K-9 Drug Interdiction Team, Flags for Freedom (supporting the Department’s soldiers), Bloodhound Tracking Teams, Dog Obedience Training Programs, Computers for Florida's Kids, and Chaplaincy/Education.