The First Chance Campaign
Approximately 100 million people in this country are affected by incarceration, making it one of the most significant societal issues we face today. The First Chance Campaign is a $100 million fundraising effort chaired by World Wide Technology Founder and Chairman David Steward to expand our re-entry model to 11 additional U.S. cities over the next five years.
Most incarcerated individuals have experienced horrific trauma at a young age, which is the result of being born in neighborhoods that have been devastated by inequity and often lack social capital and positive support systems. With the imprisonment rate of Black males at nearly six times that of white males and Hispanic men at nearly three times, this is a problem disproportionately impacting Black and Hispanic communities across our country.
Concordance is working to break the cycle of reincarceration and forge a path toward equity by supporting people who have been released from prison and are re-entering society.
Our holistic, evidence-informed re-entry program is the first of its kind, working to dramatically reduce the rate of reincarceration.
Given the transformations we experience as we partner with participants on their journey, we are reminded, time and again, that our participants never needed a second chance. They needed their first.
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What We’re Up Against
Reincarceration has a devastating impact on not only individuals but also their families, communities and our society as a whole. This ripple effect includes increased unemployment, homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, utilized social services, ongoing crime, and more.
Nationally, 71% of individuals who return to their communities after being released from prison are rearrested within five years.
This number has not changed in more than 30 years, revealing the lack of a successful re-entry approach. We are working to break this cycle with the first holistic, integrated and evidence-informed re-entry model in the country.
The generational trauma of reincarceration is astounding.
Children of incarcerated parents are six to nine times more likely to go to prison themselves. Moreover, these children are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, school absenteeism and homelessness.
There are approximately 30 million individuals in this country who have been convicted of a felony.
This devastates communities all over our nation. Arrest rates for crime are 30 to 45 times higher for the formerly incarcerated than the general population, making failed prisoner re-entry a major contributor to the exceedingly high incarceration rates in the U.S.
Concordance has reduced the rate of reincarceration among its participants by more than
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Leading the Charge to $100 Million
Chairman & CEO
Over the last five years, we have developed a successful, holistic and evidence-driven approach that gives people their ‘first real chance’ — healing them first so they don’t commit crimes that send them back to prison.
Founder and Chairman of World Wide Technology
Chair of Concordance First Chance Campaign
The generational cycle of people returning to prison has enormous, negative impacts on all Americans, especially the family members of incarcerated people. By addressing generations of trauma, especially in the Black community, Concordance helps people released from prison achieve significant change and lasting success for themselves, their families and society at large.
Rodney C. Adkins
President, 3RAM Group; Board of Directors Member, UPS; Former Senior Vice President, IBM
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, U.S. Bank
Senior Policy Advisor, APCO Worldwide, Former President & CEO, Financial Services Roundtable, Former U.S. Congressman and Former Mayor of Dallas
Chairman, President & CEO, Ameren Corporation
Retired COO, Bayer Crop Science
CEO, Oliver Bell Inc.
Executive Director of Cloud AI & Industry Solutions, Google
President, Hunter Engineering
Executive Chair of the Board, Mercy
Founder & CEO, Robinson Brown Consulting
Founder, Chairman & CEO, B&C Associates, Inc.
Carlton J. Charles
SVP, Treasury & Risk Management and Member of the Board of Directors, Hearst
Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst; Former Chairman & CEO, American Express
Executive Chairman & Founder, Clayco
Managing Partner, Acorn Advisors; Retired Chairman & CEO, Medtronic, Inc.
LaTonia Collins Smith
President, Harris-Stowe State University
Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman, Mesirow Financial
Former COO, Convergys; Former Global COO, Barclaycard
Chairman, Crane Worldwide Logistics; Owner & Chairman, Houston Astros
Senior Fellow, The Aspen Institute; President Emeritus, University of Richmond
Chief Procurement Officer, HSBC
Bill DeWitt III
President, St. Louis Cardinals
Vice Chair of the Board, Former President & CEO, Carnival Corporation
Chairman, CEO & President, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
CEO & Head of Investment, NISA Investment Advisors
Jim Fish, Jr.
President & CEO, Waste Management
EVP, Vice Chairman of Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Bank
President, Howard University
Chairman Emeritus, Cary Street Partners; Former President, Wheat First Butcher Singer Inc.
President, University of Detroit, Mercy
William H. Goodwin, Jr.
Retired Chairman & President, CCA Industries
City Council, Lee Summit, MO; Partner, Zhou Brothers Art Center
Ernest LaMont Greer
H. Hiter Harris III
Managing Director & Co-Founder, Harris Williams
Robert R. Hermann Jr.
Chairman & CEO, Hermann Companies
COO, Hermann Companies
George C. Howell, III
Chair Emeritus, Huntor Andrews Kurth LLP
John M. Jennings
President & Chief Strategist, St. Louis Trust & Family Office
President & CEO, First Horizon
CEO, Keeley Companies
Founder, Bridge 2 Technologies
Head of Community Banking, Wells Fargo
Chairman & CEO, Stifel Financial Corp.
Former CEO, TDS/US and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Sagewind Capital, LLC
Chairman, Lux Holdings LLC
EVP, Head of Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Financial Services Group
President & CEO, Reinsurance Group of America
Executive Chairman, Maritz
Chairman, President & CEO, Graybar
Former CEO, UniGroup
Former Chairman & CEO, McDonnell Douglas
Founder, Invisibly; Co-Founder & Director, Square
Charles J. Meyers
President & CEO, Equinix
Chairman, Jordan Brand Advisory Board
James E. Nevels
Former Chairman, The Hershey Company; Former Chairman & CEO, The Swarthmore Group
Chairman & CEO, Lodging Hospitality Management
Managing Partner, Dock Square Capital; Attorney & Practice Group Leader, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
President & CEO, Regional Business Council
Retired, President, St. Louis, U.S. Bank
COO, Continental Grain Company
Managing Partner, Egis Capital Partners
Actress, Entrepreneur, Activist
CEO, The Redwing Group
William C. Rhodes, III
President & CEO, AutoZone
Pamela Kendall Rijos
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Director, Supplier Diversity, AmerisourceBergen
Chairman Emeritus, Schnuck Markets Inc.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR, MiTek
Ruth J. Simmons
President, Prairie View A&M University
President & CEO, Spire
Chairman, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Senior VP, Worldwide Channel Sales, Palo Alto Networks
President, The Staenberg Group
Retired Executive Chairman & CEO, AT&T Inc.
Former Chairman & CEO, Anheuser-Busch Companies
Former Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial
Chairman & Publisher, The St. Louis American
CEO, President & Chairman, Caleres
Christopher J. Swift
Chairman & CEO, The Hartford
Executive Vice President & CFO, Prudential Financial
Chairman & CEO, MiTek Inc
David A. Thomas
President, Morehouse College
Venture Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Owner, True Manufacturing
Former Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young
Chairman & CEO, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods
President, Claflin University
Founder, Former Chairman & CEO, Thomas Weisel Partners Group; Founder & Former Chairman, Montgomery Securities
Retired CEO, Evernorth
Jimmy Williams, Jr.
President and CEO, Estel Foods d/b/a McDonald’s
Retired President & CEO, Reinsurance Group of America
President, George Washington University; Chancellor Emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis
President, YFB Consulting; CEO & Managing Principal, Blackgem Advisors
Al Zollar, Sr.
Executive Advisor, Siris Capital
Shari and Garen Staglin
Co-Founders, Staglin Family Vineyard
Chairman, Mental Health Innovation
Co-Founders, One Mind