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Capabilities, Inc

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $1.5 million up to $3 million – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Capabilities, Inc
Elmira, Chemung County, New York 14901

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


Q1. Mission:

To assist people with disabilities obtain their optimum occupational goals. We will create opportunities and environments that empower people with disabilities to choose, get, and keep the job of their choice.

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

The goal of Capabilities is to provide support and assistance to individuals to meet their education and employment goals. We strive to assist the individuals we serve to reach economic self sufficency. We believe that with proper supports in place anyone who wants  to work, can work. We also recognize that the lack of a high school diploma is oftent he barrier for many people so we provide support to individuals who are studying for their high school equivalancy. We believe that education and employment are critical pieces to individuals maintaining their overall physical and emotional health.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 39/55 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 40/65 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $2,000,000/$2,450,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $2,364,913 / $2,413,013

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $2,000,000 / $2,450,000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($355,800)
Received From: Chemung Canal Trust Company   Date Received: 4/12/2020
For What Purpose(s): Paycheck Protection Program

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 presented our agency with a unique set of problems. Many individuals we serve were either laid off from their jobs due to shutdowns or were unabale to leave their residential group homes to go to work. We are funded to provide employment supports and had to quickly adapt to providing services over the telephone. The services were more supportive for the individual’s overall life than just employment related. Staff struggled with delivering services remotely and our technology infrastructure was not well equipped to adapt quickly. In addition to the change is service, our funding was immediately impacted. Service reduction combined with state aid being held back we are facing a significant financial loss for 2020 that will likely continue into 2021.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
The reduction in state/federal funding that supports the bulk of our service delivery
The emotional and physical health of our employees and clients we serve
The overall economic impact and high unemployment which results in fewer job placements/opportunities for our clients

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

As a small organization we will benefit from guidance on how to be more agile and adapt to the sudden loss of funding. Revenues have been fairly steady for many years and this is the most significant fiscal crisis our agency leadership has faced. We are hoping to learn from other agencies about ways to naviagte the uncertain financial future and create more efficiencies in our operations.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

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

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Short-term Financial Management

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

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Aj Kircher Kircher, Executive Director

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

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