November 2012

Giving Thanks
IPP logoAs we approach the national holiday that we have set aside to give thanks, I am moved by the generosity and support that we have received this year from the many, many members of the Insight Prison project "family" on both sides of the wall.  During this season of thanks, we would like to thank all of those that make our work possible. To those of you that give your time, talent and treasure to this transformative work; we could not do this without you! On behalf of the men and women we serve, and the communities that are positively effected as a result, we give you our deepest and heartfelt thanks.


Please read below to learn more about some exciting recent events and happenings at IPP including our 3rd Annual Fall Fundraising Luncheon, a wonderful visit from a local chapter of the Young President's Organization, and welcoming aboard three new board members and a new staff member to the IPP family.


As we come together to give thanks, let us also reaffirm our commitment to building a world of peace and justice.   

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Ellen M. Barry


Fall Fundraising Luncheon a Huge Success!
Nancy Mullane with Don Cronk
Keynote speaker Nancy Mullane and Jesse Reed
This month, we hosted our 3rd Annual Fall Luncheon in San Francisco to celebrate our efforts in the past year and to bring together a diverse group of allies and donors who understand that with personal commitment, understanding, collaboration and the right tools, our broken system need not remain that way.

Thank you to keynote speaker Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder - Five Men in Search of Redemption, survivor Ericka Huggins, and IPP success story honoree Jerry Elster for sharing their stories on insight, accountability, and compassion.  

The funds we raised will help support an average of 300 men per month inside of Sa
n Quentin State Prison who participate in IPP's 20 weekly classes,
Jerry Elster
support our replication efforts into Bay Area County jails and local women's prisons, and enable the men and women we serve to re-enter society as contributing members.   


A very big thank you to our staff, board, table hosts, guests, and extraordinary volunteers who helped make the luncheon a huge success! A very special thank you to our supporting sponsor the Omnia Foundation. Your generous support is what allows IPP to transform the lives of those impacted by incarceration.


Please visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the luncheon. Thank you to Dominic Colacchio Photography for volunteering his time and talent to take pictures.    


Welcome Aboard!
Insight Prison Project is fortunate to continually attract the talent and dedication of a wide range of professional staff and volunteers to assist us in our mission. We are proud to include former members of our programs within the ranks of our Board of Directors and volunteers.

Please help us welcome three new board members, Karen Jandorf, Jerry Elster, and Reggie Daniels. To learn more about these great new additions to the board, please click here.

Young President's Organization Visits IPP's Programs
In October, thirty members of a local Young President's Organization chapter visited San Quentin Prison. While there, they observed firsthand the impact of the programs that the Insight Prison Project (IPP) offers prisoners.

One member commented:

"To say I was impressed with every aspect of the organization and those they are helping would be a dramatic understatement. I had no idea that there were organizations such as IPP, and my entire view of the prison system was changed for the better because of the interaction.

Someone once told me that being humble is not about thinking less of yourself, it is about thinking more of others. I can tell you the entire experience with IPP, their management and the men they are helping, left me humbled."

The Young President's Organization (YPO) is an international non-profit, member run organization, whose purpose is fostering better leaders through education and idea exchange . Members are young CEO's and presidents of successful business who meet on a monthly basis for support in small forum groups and on a chapter level for monthly educational events and networking opportunities. For information on YPO please visit their website at

Your Help Counts!

You are absolutely critical to our work. All of the funding for our transformational programs comes from individuals and foundations inspired by our work. We do not seek funding from correctional entities. IPP started in 1997 from the efforts of community members who saw a need to shine a light in one of the dark places in our culture. Ever since, our staff members, facilitators, volunteers and supporters continue to shine this light and make it possible for us to do this important work. Only with your help can we succeed at transforming the lives of those impacted by incarceration. Please join us in working together to make a better future for the men, women, and communities we serve.  


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Having you as a partner in this work is what enables the men and women we work with to re-enter society as a contributing member. The demand only grows and your support helps us respond.
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