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Donate by Mail

Please make checks payable to The Arc of Chemung, and mail it to: The Arc of Chemung, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY 14901.


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The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Arc of Chemung. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Arc of Chemung when you shop and it is at no cost to you. Once logged in to AmazonSmile, simply select NYSARC, Inc. Elmira, NY as your charity.

Thank you for your support of The Arc of Chemung! Your gift will truly make a difference in the lives of the people we support. The Arc of Chemung is a 501c3 charitable organization and all donations made to the agency are tax-deductible.

The Arc of Chemung offers a secure website for you to make your gift. The information you provide is confidential, will be used exclusively for The Arc of Chemung's purposes, and will not be shared with other organizations.

Gifts received by The Arc of Chemung are placed in the general fund unless specifically designated for a program or need by the donor.


Ways to Give

All of us at The Arc of Chemung feel fortunate to be part of a community that has a true philanthropic spirit. With many worthwhile organizations to choose from, we are honored when a donor selects ours. There are various ways to support The Arc of Chemung, and the many individuals and families we serve each day, including:

  • Cash Contributions. One of the easiest ways to support The Arc of Chemung is in the form of cash or check. We also appreciate cash pledges that are payable over time.

  • Gifts-in-KindAlso known as non-cash gifts, a gift-in-kind is a type of charitable giving in which, instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the items and/or services themselves are given. Gifts-in-kind may include gifts of property, artwork, equipment, securities, food, clothing, furniture and even labor.

  • Corporate Support. The Arc of Chemung values the wonderful relationships we have with companies in our community and are grateful for their unwavering support of our vital programs and special events. Many of these businesses also offer a Matching Gifts program, helping to increase donation amounts to our agency. Please check with your employer’s Human Resources Department for more information.

  • Event Sponsorships. Support our fundraising events by making a tax-deductible gift. Opportunities include: Shot On Goal Membership Campaign Kick-Off EventGolf TournamentPoker Run Motorcycle Ride; and/or Spooktacular 5k and Scarecrow Sprint 1 mile Event. Sponsorship contributions can be made as a one-time gift or multi-year pledge, depending on the need and interest of each business or individual. Contact us for more information about each, or with any questions you may have about our sponsorship opportunities.

  • Bequests. Include The Arc of Chemung in your will, or add a codicil to an existing will. You can donate a percentage of your estate or a fixed sum. Your bequest is fully deductible for federal estate purposes and you also receive a New York State estate tax deduction.

  • Appreciated Stock. It makes sense to give a gift of appreciated stock, which you have held more than one year. If you sell the stock, you must pay a capital gains tax. If you donate the stock, you avoid the capital gains tax. Furthermore, your gift of stock is fully tax deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.

  • Real Estate. Gifts of residences, vacation homes, farm acreage or vacant lots offer a twofold tax saving. If a property has appreciated in value, you must pay capital gains tax when you sell it. But if you donate it, you can deduct the full fair market value of the property and avoid the capital gains tax. We’ll even help you create a remainder interest in your personal residence, so you can still live there during your lifetime while still realizing a tax deduction in the year you make the gift.

  • Planned Giving. Planned giving covers a broad category of giving options, including Bequests, Retirement Assets, Stocks, Life Insurance and Charitable Trusts. Please consult with your Estate Planning advisor for additional details.

  • Memorials & Honorary Contributions. A memorial or honorary gift is a wonderful way to recognize a loved one who has passed away or to honor someone special in your life. In addition to increasing awareness for The Arc of Chemung, these gifts enable us to carry out our mission and work. To say “thank you,” our staff sends acknowledgement cards to all donors.

  • Car Donation Program. The Arc of Chemung is a participant in The Arc of the United States’ Car Donation Program. The Arc's car donation program supports our efforts in ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy full participation in the community and are granted the same respect, equality, and security as every member of society. Click here to learn more

Donate to The Arc of Chemung Fund

The Arc of Chemung Fund is a local endowment administered through the Community Foundation of the Elmira-Corning Area, Inc. Your gift today builds the principal of this investment, making its earnings greater over time and increasing the amount of money available for use. Further, the principal can never be used. Only its earnings are spent periodically. 

The Fund is not intended to replace or supplement money budgeted for The Arc of Chemung's operations. It is used to "fill the gaps" and provide for special needs or unforeseen expenses beyond those provided for by various other agencies, including government supports. 

Gifts to The Fund are tax-deductible and can be made by check, payable to "The Arc of Chemung." Note "The Fund" in the memo field.


Donate to Support Recreation

Recreation is a program that requires continuous, additional funding. The Arc of Chemung’s Recreation Program creates recreation, socialization and leisure opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the community are very often socially isolated and lack the social skills to pursue a life with meaningful relationships. Funds raised enable The Arc to provide opportunities for individual successes and meaningful relationships. Activities include bowling, swimming, dances, Special Olympics, occasional day trips, and more.


Gifts to The Recreation Program are tax-deductible and can be made by check, payable to "The Arc of Chemung." Note "Recreation" in the memo field.


For more information about any of the above ways to give, please contact Missy Goetschius, Public Relations Director, at 607.734.6151 ext. 122 or email