Ability Beyond Disability
4 Berkshire Blvd
Bethel CT 06801
Contact Information
Address 4 Berkshire Blvd
Bethel, CT 06801-
Telephone (203) 775-4700 x
Fax 203-775-8308
E-mail danielle.capalbo@abilitybeyond.org
Web and Social Media
Each year, we connect more than half of our clients with competitive part- and full-time jobs within communities of their choice.
 
Mission
At Ability Beyond, we discover, build and celebrate the ability in all people. Our goal is to advance independence, economic equality and social justice for everyone we serve, while empowering other nonprofit agencies to adopt our best practices.
 
Our story began in 1953, with a group of Danbury parents who shared a powerful dream for their children: that disability wouldn’t define who they were, what they could accomplish or where they could go. More than 60 years later, the grassroots efforts of those families has grown into Ability Beyond, an award-winning nonprofit that empowers 3,000 people with developmental disabilities to work and live as independently as possible in communities of their choice. We connect individuals with educational, recreational and social opportunities, and help them fulfill their personal goals.
 
With deep local roots and initiatives that span the country, AB provides one of the most comprehensive health and human service networks in Connecticut and New York for people with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, mental illness, and addiction.

The pillars of our work are: independence, inclusion and innovation. By choosing to invest in these principle areas, you can advance social justice, economic empowerment and true integration for people with disabilities. 
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
Ability Beyond will hold its annual fundraising gala on April 29, 2017, with the theme, "An Evening in the Garden: From Our Roots We Grow."
 
Each year, gala provides an elegant, social and exciting opportunity to celebrate the agency's accomplishments while sharing our story with the community, honoring our sources of great support and generating critical dollars for our life-changing programs.
 
Gala takes place at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, Conn. In past years, we've raised as much as $1 million in a single night, through a silent auction, a live auction, and lend-a-hand giving. The event runs from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
A Great Opportunity Ending Date Apr 29 2017
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1967
Former Names
The Danbury Association For the Help of Retarded Children, Inc.
The Danbury Association to Advance the Retarded, Inc.
Danbury Association to Advance the Handicapped and Retarded (DATAHR), Inc.
DATAHR, Inc.
DATAHR Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jane Davis
Board Chair Mr. Greg Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Maplewood Senior Living
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $67,359,217.00
Projected Expenses $67,245,068.00
Statements
Mission
At Ability Beyond, we discover, build and celebrate the ability in all people. Our goal is to advance independence, economic equality and social justice for everyone we serve, while empowering other nonprofit agencies to adopt our best practices.
 
Our story began in 1953, with a group of Danbury parents who shared a powerful dream for their children: that disability wouldn’t define who they were, what they could accomplish or where they could go. More than 60 years later, the grassroots efforts of those families has grown into Ability Beyond, an award-winning nonprofit that empowers 3,000 people with developmental disabilities to work and live as independently as possible in communities of their choice. We connect individuals with educational, recreational and social opportunities, and help them fulfill their personal goals.
 
With deep local roots and initiatives that span the country, AB provides one of the most comprehensive health and human service networks in Connecticut and New York for people with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, mental illness, and addiction.

The pillars of our work are: independence, inclusion and innovation. By choosing to invest in these principle areas, you can advance social justice, economic empowerment and true integration for people with disabilities. 
Background
Over the years, Ability Beyond has celebrated milestones that include:

Giving people a place to call home: After opening our first group home in 1968, Ability Beyond quickly became Connecticut’s largest private provider of residential services for people with disabilities. •Paving the way to the workplace: Next, we began helping hundreds of adults to find paid employment each year, and by 1997 achieved the highest number of job placements in the state of Connecticut.

Expanding our reach: Our track record for quality services yielded the opportunity in 2009 to offer transitional housing and educational services to children and young adults with mental illness through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Several years later, in 2012, Ability Beyond successfully completed a merger with Interlude, a Danbury-based non-profit agency that provides services for people with mental illness and substance abuse issues. Today we sustain and support residential Interlude drug recovery and mental health programs that serve more than 20 people.

Achieving consistent quality: For the past 30 years Ability Beyond has received the highest level of national accreditation in our field with accolades from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

On three separate occasions Ability Beyond has also been specifically invited to develop services to new populations by state agencies, based on the excellence of its services and commitment to community integration. The agency was also the second in the country to receive Housing and Urban Development funding for special housing for people with disabilities.

In 2014 alone, we helped more than 500 people with disabilities maintain independent housing with various levels of customized supports; we provided community-based day programs to more than 1,050 people; we provided clinical supports to more than 500 people; and we delivered award-winning job training to more than 1,200 people -- with almost 50 percent of those individuals gaining competitive part-time or full-time employment.
Impact
1) Vision achieved. With incredible board and community support, we completed our multi-year Vision Campaign and raised $24 million dollars—the largest amount ever at Ability Beyond. These dollars funded the design and opening of fully accessible, best practice homes for people with disabilities in both states, the creation of our award-winning Pathways program for direct support staff, and major investments in technologies to keep our services cutting-edge. 

2) Turning a new page. After 42 years as our visionary CEO, Tom Fanning was succeeded last summer by Jane Davis. Jane is a 30-year veteran of the agency who began her career in direct care before serving most recently as the Chief Operating Officer. Tom has shifted gears to focus on planned giving and fundraising. We also welcomed Paul Bernetsky as the new VP of Development.

3) One click away: Through a unique partnership with New York State and peer organizations, AB has launched a free Online Resource Center for other service providers and families to follow our lead in technology and community employment.
 
In years to come, our goals are to:
 
1) Advance independence and inclusion for a growing number of people with disabilities through home-based programs, job training, transportation and strategic partnerships with community agencies.
 
2) Help young adults with special needs clear "the cliff" between high school and independent, community-based adulthood. This national crisis can be seen throughout Connecticut and New York, and Ability Beyond is committed to redefining the way we prepare our children for the future. 
 
3) Emerge as innovative thought leaders by merit of our successful work, including a consulting initiative called Disability Solutions that seeks to change corporate cultures of hiring people with special needs, and a burgeoning series of technology pilots that redefine "assistive technology" as well as what's possible for the people we serve. 
Needs
Government support is declining for social services, making private investments key to pioneering efforts at Ability Beyond. Our greatest needs can be understood in terms of our core values: 

Independence

1) Capital investments to make all homes universal design. A $25,000 investment would support the installation of an accessible bathroom or kitchen.

2) Program investments to support employment training, particularly our Young Adult Services. A $5,000 investment would fund a summer entrepreneurship program for young adults with autism disorders. 

Inclusion
 
3) Expand Disability Solutions. An investment of $25,000 would help the agency AB create and deliver a high-demand online training program in diversity best practices for corporate leaders and their employees.

Innovation
 
4) Partnerships with technology companies, as well as capital investments in our technology program. A $10,000 investment would provide an entire home with greater independence and safety through 21st-century tools.
 
5) Support for Pathways to Excellence. A $25,000 investment would support curricula in high-needs areas like aging care and advanced supports for individuals with behavioral issues.
CEO Statement As we look back on the past couple of years, we've never been more proud of the accomplishments that we've made together. Nonprofits like Ability Beyond continue to face the nearly impossible challenge of serving more people with fewer resources. Our committed employees, volunteers, donors and partners have stood with us as we reach beyond the expected to develop creative new ways to provide quality services that support the individual goals of each person we support in a more efficient manner than ever before.

Fueled by passion, creativity and a rich history of experience, we are continuing to claim our place as leaders in the field. In addition to our commitment to each individual we serve directly, we are working hard to create systematic and systemic change that would improve the lives of all people with disabilities. We are pursuing innovative best practices to address the fundamental need to deliver better results more efficiently.

We are creating replicable programs and models we hope will benefit other organizations in other communities. We are embracing technology to support the autonomy of people with disabilities, and to increase our business efficiency. We are actively seeking partnerships with both governmental and private entities to facilitate changes needed in services and systems.

We are going beyond what was ever imagined possible.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Residential Care & Adult Day Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Areas Served
State wide
Branford
Cheshire
Guilford
North Branford
Oxford
Seymour
Shoreline
Other
Lower Naugatuck Valley

Ability Beyond has a presence in 90 communities in Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven and Hartford Counties in CT and in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess Counties in NY. The agency is headquartered in Bethel, CT and Mt. Kisco, NY. Other geographic areas in CT include Bethel, Bridgeport, Bridgewater, Bristol, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwich, Kent, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norwalk, Oakville, Plainville, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Southbury, Southington, Southport, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Willimantic, Wilton, Wolcott and Woodbury.

Programs
Description
A secure and welcoming home does more than meet a basic physical need for shelter. It goes beyond – serving as an anchor in a challenging world, providing protection, comfort and support. Our residential programs provide dignity, self-respect and the foundation for economic and social success.

Community Living Supports: We provide as many as 24 hours of support each day to folks with special needs who wish to live in the community. These supports include rehabilitation, nursing, behavioral support and direct supervision by staff. We also provide residential supports for people with mental illness and addiction.

Independent Living: For individuals who are able to live more independently, Ability Beyond offers support in individual homes and apartments. Our supported independent living services are offered for as long and as often as needed, with the flexibility required to meet a person’s changing needs over time.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our short-term success is defined by our current services: 
  1. Oversee more than 100 community-based group homes and apartments for individuals with disabilities. 
  2. Support more than 500 people with home-based programming.
  3. Employ 1,000 direct-care staff to deliver high-quality services. 
  4. Provide upward of 24-hour support, as needed.  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
  1. For all people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in communities of their choice.
  2. For 100 percent of the people we serve to maintain their housing continuously, as well as access to critical social entitlements.
  3. For 100 percent of the homes we operate to represent universal design for maximum safety, accessibility, comfort and autonomy.
  4. For 100 percent of the homes we operate to include Smart Home technology.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Ability Beyond measures the success of our residential programs based on the number of individuals who maintain their housing year after year, the number of individuals who avail themselves of social entitlements, the number of individuals who benefit from residential programming (including lifeskills instruction) to find competitive employment, and the number of individuals who participate actively in their communities. 
 
We track this data day-to-day, with annual reporting requirements to state agencies that fund our homes. We also deliver client satisfaction surveys annually to determine the impact of our work on quality of life and  personal fulfillment. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Our residential programs impact people of all ages, at all stages in their lives--and there are far too many stories of success to list here. Here are a couple of our favorites:
 
Susan, a Beacon, N.Y. resident in her late 50s, spent the majority of her life bouncing from one institutional setting to another. Her dream was to one day have a forever home where there were people who would love her and take care of her. At the age of 54, Ability Beyond helped to make that dream a reality. Today Susan lives at Howland House, our state-of-the-art group home designed for aging with dignity. There she watches birds flock to a grant-funded garden installed on the home's property, participates in group activities and receives personalized, 24-hour care.

For Cathleen Sulli’s son, Brian, Ability Beyond has made a world of difference. Brian receives in-home services to work on life skills and behavioral supports. Brian is 15 years old and is in his first year high school. But Brian is not your average teenager. Brian has Downs Syndrome and is also a survivor of cancer. At three years old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. With guidance from Ability Beyond, Brian is learning to care for himself and eventually live with independence in a group home. 
Description Having a job and earning a paycheck are essential to independence and self-worth. Ability Beyond’s over 50-year track record of success in job training and placement has helped thousands of people to gain meaningful employment in their communities. Through our Employment Programs, we help individuals by:

  • Training them for fulfilling work opportunities 
  • Providing job placement assistance 
  • Helping them maintain their job for the long term 

Our dedicated and experienced staff will design individualized strategies to help meet personal employment goals. We provide group supported employment, career development services, work readiness/youth employment services, supported employment, customized employment, assessment services and job shadowing.

As part of the Social Security Administration’s “Ticket to Work” Employment Network, we also help people -- including veterans -- move away from entitlement programs and find jobs.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our short-term success is measured by our current accomplishments: 
  1.  Each year we connect more than half of our job-seeking clients with competitive employment, meaning that more than 500 people with disabilities go from joblessness to earning a living. 

  2. We have cultivated partnerships with almost 300 employers in Connecticut and New York to improve our programming with hands-on experiences, access to resources and streamlined job placement.
     
  3. We serve more than 1,000 people with job training as our fastest-growing program. 
  
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
  1. For all job-seeking clients to find competitive, community-based work that aligns with their personal interests and allows them to make livable wages while accessing health care. 

  2. For all job-seeking clients to ultimately support themselves through their work.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Ability Beyond measures our success based on short- and long-term outcomes of our clients, including whether or not they're employed, the length of time for which they maintain employment, changes in wage earnings, access to health care and satisfaction surveys that keep us apprised of improvements to quality of life and personal fulfillment. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. For decades, Warner, a Norwalk resident, was unemployed or worked minimal hours here and there. A quiet, gentle man, Warner is very uncomfortable working with people but has an affinity for animals – particularly taking care of them. However, he had no relevant work experience and struggled to make a strong first impression in job interviews.

 At Ability Beyond, Warner was paired with an employment specialist who knew his interests and his strengths. She connected with the Animal Wellness Veterinary Center and the business created a cleaning position just for Warner. Now he can work near animals while slowly adding to his responsibilities. He is thriving in his role.
Description
Our Transition Services help young adults acquire all the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to ensure a successful transition into adult life. Our services are designed to help young adults discover answers to critical questions: Who am I? What am I good at? What do I like? What do I need? What are my challenges and resources? How do I get from here to there?

We help young people develop their unique interests and strengths; expand their networks of support; learn through experience; gain meaningful employment; and achieve their personal goals

Through unique internship opportunities and workshops for families, we help young people building critical and transferable employment and social skills in an industry specific setting. We also use Discovery-Based Career Training, a therapeutic relational model of transition services designed to bring young adults to maximum independence in community living and employment. 
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities / People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The short-term success of this project can be measured with our current outcomes: 
  1. Each year we serve 130 young adults in Connecticut and New York, connecting at least 45 of them with immediate, competitive employment.
     
  2. Among our program graduates, 20 pursue education at the college or vocational level. 

  3. Among our program graduates, six are fully self-employed. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
  1. For all high school graduates with special needs to be prepared for the world ahead. 

  2. Among program participants, to seamlessly transition from special education to adult social services, community engagement opportunities, independent housing and employment.

  3. For parents of special needs children to feel confident in their education about navigating the world after high school.

  4. To change the way public schools approach transition services, by inspiring them to start sooner in children's lives, provide realistic job training, and partner with nonprofit agencies like Ability Beyond to connect their students with all available resources. 

  5. To advance entrepreneurship as a viable model of employment for young adults with disabilities. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Ability Beyond measures the success of our transition programming based first and foremost on the percentage of individuals served who find and keep meaningful employment, as well as the percentage that connect with adult service agencies for community-based programming, the percentage that continue their schooling, the percentage that explore entrepreneurship and the results of satisfaction surveys from parents and young adults. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Justin was a recent high school graduate when he came to Ability Beyond, unprepared for the realistic world of work ahead. 

“Ability Beyond has so many things that can help kids with getting a job and keeping a job," he said. "The thing I like most is that the Staff is very helpful in the way that they teach to make things seem less difficult. I have learned how to use the Internet to get job info off the Internet. I have since applied for many jobs at local stores and restaurants and have learned what to say in an interview.

We have also done some graphic designs for Roses For Autism and have learned programs such as Photoshop. The only other thing I can say is that ever since I have been at Ability Beyond, I have learned that once you get a job you need to listen to your supervisor and co-workers. You will go far if you work well with them.”
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As Chairman of the Board of Directors, my perspective on Ability Beyond is unique in that it encompasses the public efforts of the agency, its internal procedures, our strengths in the field and the challenges we’ll face—as well as the ways in which AB is poised to lead change regionally and nationally for people with disabilities.

With that perspective, I'm privileged to guide, serve and invest in AB’s efforts, inspired by the agency’s vision, and capacity to effect change. Our successes include meaningful employment for more than half of the people we serve who are looking for jobs, the chance for people with disabilities to live safely and independently in one home for their whole lives, and a bright future for more young people with disabilities who might otherwise be stuck on the fringes of society.

Ability Beyond is committed to this work because they know that each of us has a gift, a goal and a vision for our lives. The greatest opportunity as Chairman of the Board of Directors is to see those gifts and goals realized; to share in the vision that our Ability Beyond family members have for themselves.

In coming years, the agency’s greatest challenges will be financial - State funding has plateaued or dwindled for the kind of life-changing services Ability Beyond provides. That means the agency will need to pioneer cost-effective solutions for complex problems, and create strong partnerships with all community stakeholders based on the proven success of our work and the value of diversity to everyone. Philanthropic gifts from the community will have a significant impact on the agency and its thousands of clients in coming years. And we have reason to feel inspired; the agency just completed a capital fundraising campaign that generated more than $20 million to advance Ability Beyond’s vision for universal design homes, economic equality for people with disabilities, and independence for all.

As we look forward, Ability Beyond will remain committed to our mission - to discover, build and celebrate the ability in all - while pioneering better, more efficient and even more personalized ways of empowering the people in our care.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Jane Davis
Term Start July 2016
Email jane.davis@abilitybeyond.org
Experience As Chief Executive Officer, Jane is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a culture of continuous improvement promoting health and safety, appropriate risk management, commitment to quality services and achievement of organizational objectives. Jane also leads the senior management team in establishing organizational objectives and quality improvement initiatives and directs the Information Technology initiatives to support organizational needs, priorities and objectives. Jane has been with Ability Beyond for 30 years, and holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Leadership at Quinnipiac University. She is a member of a variety of public outreach committees and leadership teams.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 737
Number of Part Time Staff 145
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 83%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 260
Asian American/Pacific Islander 25
Caucasian 418
Hispanic/Latino 149
Native American/American Indian 3
Other 27 Mixed Race
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 258
Female 624
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mr. Thomas H. Fanning Sept 1974 - June 2016
Senior Staff
Title Chief Financial & Administrative Officer
Experience/Biography As Vice President, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer, Lori is responsible for all fiscal responsibilities ranging from strategic financial planning, capital planning, maintaining banking and lending relationships, and managing government funding supporting Ability Beyond. In addition, Lori is responsible for setting the strategic direction for our Workforce and Human Resource needs. Prior to joining the organization in 1995, Lori worked in the Health Care Practice of Deloitte and Touche as an auditor in Boston, and Bridgeport Hospital as the Director of Reimbursement. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Title Philanthropic Advisor
Experience/Biography Since 1979, Tom has guided Ability Beyond’s transformation to the organization that it is today. In 2005, under Tom’s leadership, Ability Beyond became one of the first organizations of its kind to eliminate sheltered workshops and structured day programs and now provides 100% community-based employment, recreational and volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities. When Tom first joined Ability Beyond, there was only one residence that served 12 people. Today there are over 100 residences and more than 2,300 people receiving our services annually. With a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation, Tom’s primary concern has always been the people that we serve. He has worked tirelessly to create an organization devoted to developing creative strategies and effective services that enable people with disabilities to participate fully in their communities and live a life of independence.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations

Ability Beyond and the people we serve benefit from the agency's strong partnerships with businesses, advocacy networks and community organizations throughout Connecticut and New York, as well as fellow service providers.

Ability Beyond maintains partnerships to avoid duplication of services and, where possible, leverage funding and share resources. These groups include the Department of Developmental Services, Western CT State University, the CT Brain Injury Assoc., the Brain Injury Assoc. of NY, the CT Assoc. of Non-Profits, the Health Care Financial Management Assoc., the American Network of Community Options and Resources, the Danbury Hospital Ethics Committee, the CT Community Providers Assoc.

The “Provider Collaboration Information Network” is a group of nonprofit providers of State- and federally-funded contract services for people living with disabilities. Other agencies in the network include ABD, ARI of Connecticut, STAR Inc., The Kennedy Center and Abilis.

Our board relationships are collaborations, as well. The agency’s volunteer Board of Directors and volunteer Board of Trustees are comprised of community leaders that steer the direction of programmatic services offered and help secure viable resources to fund the expansion of programs across the agency. The Board provides monetary support (100%) to Ability Beyond with 37 percent providing gifts-in-kind. 

All Directors sit on at least one board committee and are involved in agency strategic planning for longer term plans and goals. The subcommittees include Governance, Financial Oversight, Mission Validation, Human Resources, Campaign Committee and the Executive Committee.

Corporate partnerships also help the agency’s bottom line through grant funding for specific programs and services, volunteer support such as through the United Way Day of Caring and with in-kind donations of products like office supplies and professional expertise.

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
2011 Business of the Year in Connecticut (Roses for Autism Program)Connecticut General Assembly2011
The Moving Mountains Best Practices Award (Pathways to Excellence Program)National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals2011
The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition ProgramThe Business Council of Fairfield County2011
The Freedom AwardDepartment of Defense - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve2010
Direct Support Professional State of CT (Susan Hancock)American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)2010
Direct Support Professional State of CT (Kim Brown)American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)2008
Direct Support Professional State of CT (Robert Popp)American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)2007
The Healthy Workplace Employer Recognition ProgramThe Business Council of Fairfield County2012
Board Chair
Mr. Greg Smith
Company Affiliation Maplewood Senior Living
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Fred Baker Baker Law
Mr. Robert Bedoukian Bedoukian Research
Mrs. Mary Borba Boehringer Ingelheim (Retired)
Mr. Joseph Clouse Ernst & Young
Ms. Jane Davis Ability Beyond
Mr. Gerald Garavel Coca-Cola (Retired)
Mr. James Kennedy Network Support Co, LLC
Mr. Harvey Kramer MDWestern CT Health Network
Mr. George Mulvaney Mulvaney Mechanical, Inc.
Ms. Lori Pasqualini Ability Beyond
Mr. Sanford Proner MDPodiatry Private Practice
Mr. John Richards First Light Home Care
Ms. Candy Shaughnessy IBM
Ms. Carol Steiner Community Volunteer
Mr. Stephen Tracy Ed. DFairfield Public Schools
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 5
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Robert Bedoukian
Company Affiliation Bedoukian Research
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Email rhb@bedoukian.com
Standing Committees
Trusteeship
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Investment
Human Resources / Personnel
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mr. Darren R. Beylouni Colonial Automobile Group
Mr. Robert M. Brown Branson Ultrasonics Corp.
Ms. Tamar Christopher-Hord Community Volunteer
Mr. Peter D. Davis Ameriprise Financial Inc.
Mr. Steven Finkelstein Mount Kisco Truack & Auto Parts
Mr. Gerald Garavel Community Volunteer
Mr. David Kasiarz American Express
Ms. Gail H. Matthews Esq.The Law Office of Gail H. Matthews, LLC
Mr. Jay McDougall Presidio Technology
Mr. David Pearsall People's Power & Gas
Mr. Thomas L. Ringwald Community Volunteer
Mr. Charles S. Salup Morgan Stanley
Mr. Kevin Siebrecht Greenleaf Energy Solutions
Mr. Gregory D. Smith Maplewood Assisted Living
Mr. David Steinmetz Esq.Zarin & Steinmetz, Esq.
Mr. Stephen Tracy Superintendent - Derby Schools
Ms. Paula R. Walsh Community Volunteer
Mr. Jordan B. Young Fairfield Processing Corporation
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $67,359,217.00
Projected Expenses $67,245,068.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Fact Sheet2011View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$52,166,264$50,152,984$51,440,599
Total Expenses$52,441,506$50,057,775$48,742,993
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,081,159$2,270,591$2,138,397
Government Contributions$463,418$25,315$779,653
Federal------
State$463,418----
Local------
Unspecified--$25,315$779,653
Individual Contributions------
------
$48,062,667$46,540,872$45,686,185
Investment Income, Net of Losses$497,751$191,519$220,244
Membership Dues------
Special Events$932,639$802,093$1,017,395
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$128,630$322,594$1,598,725
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$44,860,233$42,841,933$42,216,485
Administration Expense$6,638,373$5,881,208$5,245,163
Fundraising Expense$942,900$1,334,634$1,281,345
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.001.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%43%33%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$34,824,794$37,022,591$36,354,413
Current Assets$7,320,352$9,171,719$8,467,311
Long-Term Liabilities$15,854,866$16,774,652$13,469,450
Current Liabilities$2,432,329$2,139,350$5,305,598
Total Net Assets$16,537,599$18,108,598$17,579,365
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountState of CT Office for Policy Management $886,500Kessler Foundation $450,000The Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation $150,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNew York State Office for People with Dev. Disabilities $673,388Poses Foundation $450,000United Way of Western CT $84,806
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Transportation $49,600Autism Speaks $100,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.014.291.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets46%45%37%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments For several years, Ability Beyond and other agencies serving people with disabilities in New York and Connecticut have seen their funding dwindle. Given the State budget challenges that continue to be faced by both States, we anticipate this trend will continue and we recognize that steps to reduce our spending must be taken to assure a healthy and solid future for our organization.

At the same time, Ability Beyond has made a commitment to a “Total Rewards” program designed to increase the compensation of our staff who work most closely with the people we serve and have the greatest impact on the quality of our services. This is a commitment we intend to keep.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 4 Berkshire Blvd
Bethel, CT 06801
Primary Phone 203 775-4700
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jane Davis
Board Chair Mr. Greg Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Maplewood Senior Living

 

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