Determination, Incorporated is a 501C3 nonprofit based in Kansas City, MO. 

OUR MISSION: Empowering formerly incarcerated people to seize employment and entrepreneurial opportunity in home building, home improvement, and affordable housing. 

OUR VISION: That formerly incarcerated people, by starting viable, hiring businesses, will help to solve the problem of recidivism and ultimately end mass incarceration. 

Check out our 2021 Impact Report. 

What we do

Back to Business

Our in-prison workshop prepares returning citizens with a business and action plan so they can hit the ground running upon release.

Be the boss

In our business support group formerly incarcerated people receive the knowledge and guidance they need to succeed as entrepreneurs.

Rise Up, Get Started

Second chance entrepreneurs complete a business plan and save money to put toward their endeavor. After saving $300, we triple their savings and help them grow their business.

Strong Start

Learn more about our refocused mission and our new for purpose business, Strong Start Make Readies.

I am investing in the Determination, Incorporated community of second chance entrepreneurs because they…

  • create jobs for people who need a chance.
  • break the cycle of poverty and build wealth for their families.
  • show us that our past doesn’t have to hold us back.
  • are willing to put in the work to reach their goals.
  • give me hope & I want to learn from their stories.
You get a free INVESTOR t-shirt when you invest $20 a month or for a $250 one time investment.

Your “investment” is a tax-deductible donation to Determination, Incorporated, a 501C3 nonprofit.

Meet the Team


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Stand up for freedom and opportunity for all. $25 plus taxes and shipping (if necessary). Proceeds benefit our mission to empower formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs.  


Determination, Incorporated

4747 Troost
Ste. 207
Kansas City, MO 64110


Telephone: 816-607-1873



Thank you to our supporters

Our work is made possible thanks to the support of many organizations and individuals in the community. 

Determination, Incorporated is proud to be a 2019 grantee of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Inclusion Open.

Thank you to Balanced to a T Bookkeeping for providing affordable services to our second chance entrepreneur community. 

See our 2019 annual report.