Applicant Details & Scoring

ARC State Program Manager Comments

Back to List of Applicants


The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier

Total Qualifying Score: 8
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
Binghamton, Broome County, New York 13903

County (ARC Region) Broome
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is committed to creating an environment that fosters the intellectual, physical and
emotional well-being of children through education, participatory exhibits and programs.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier is invested in the education of Appalachia through our licensed child care programs, including our preschool program as well as after school care. We are committed to providing a space where children can learn through play and it is our hope that every child that walks through our doors will use our unique space to think critically. We are a hands on facility that focuses on fostering intellectual, physical and emotional well being of the children of the Southern Tier.

In addition to our commitment to education, we also use our space to highlight our region. Each one of our participatory exhibits shines a spotlight on local businesses, culture and nature. We collaborate with local businesses and organizations to make our space truly one of a kind.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 11/19 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 14/33 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $775,550.06/$929,829.27

Q6. Fiscal Year: June 1 – May 31

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $863,146.20 / $925,378.98

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $775,550.06 / $929,829.27

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($16,539.64)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($)
Received From: City of Binghamton   Date Received: Ongoing
For What Purpose(s): Insurance and utilities

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

The Museum is currently generating little to no revenue as a direct result of COVID-19. We had to lay off the majority of our staff and though some have returned, we are still not fully staffed. Currently our Museum is operating on limited capacity and only open 4 days a week after being closed for several months. We were fortunate enough to offer childcare services for essential workers at the onset of COVID-19 however that also closed for several months. Fortunately, now we are able to offer childcare services however due to COVID-19, enrollment has been down compared to previous years. 

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Another regional pause due to an uptick in cases, which would result in the closure of the museum
School closures impacting our childcare program
Loss of donors/members due to regional unemployment numbers

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

This program would help grant us the tools to create sustainability for our organization both in the long term and short term as well as create a better plan for Development through fundraising. We have been able to adapt our operations slightly, providing resources virtually, however a long term plan would be extremely beneficial to our organization. We want to provide resources to our community whether they can be here in person or not.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? Yes

List of Organizations in Proposed Cohort:
NYSARC Inc., Broome Chenango Tioga Chapter, DBA ACHIEVE

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Mallory Evans, Director of Development

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

ARC State Program Managers Review
ARC State Program Managers: Please use the form below to submit your comments regarding this applicant.
(This is a read-only field displaying the name of the applicant organization you are reviewing)
(Select your name from the drop-down field above)