Discovering each child's lifelong potential

How We Use Your Donations

Mary Cariola directs undesignated donations to the Agency’s general fund.  These important donations are applied to a variety of programs and items that are not reimbursable from New York State Education.  Our Social Work Department and Music Therapy Department receive no State funding and rely on donors like you to continue their important work.  Classroom supplies and technology enhancements like iPads and apps are purchased from the general fund as well. 

Our auditor recently rated the Agency’s overall financial position as “above average to outstanding.” According to, the average non-profit overhead for administration and fund raising expenses is 17 % of the overall budget. In 2009, only 8% percent of the Agency’s budget was spent on administration and fund raising. 






Our Programs

Teacher and StudentAt Mary Cariola, our Day Program is the largest service we offer. Our staff—teachers, aides and clinicians—support more than 400 children and young adults annually who range in age from three to 21 years old. More about our programs