7501 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City MO 64132-2103
Empowering Those with Vision Loss
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 421-5848
Mission Statement

The mission of  Alphapointe: empowering people with vision loss to achieve their goals & aspirations.  

Our vision is: a world where everyone with vision loss rises to their desired potential.
Our key goals: Target unmet needs, Leading advocate, Employer of choice and an Enduring institution.

Through our services and programs our clients are able to live with independence, obtain job training and secure employment and/or continue into higher education. 

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Board Chair Mr Ed Marquette
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kutak Rock LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1916
Former Names
Kansas City Association for the Blind
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The mission of  Alphapointe: empowering people with vision loss to achieve their goals & aspirations.  

Our vision is: a world where everyone with vision loss rises to their desired potential.
Our key goals: Target unmet needs, Leading advocate, Employer of choice and an Enduring institution.

Through our services and programs our clients are able to live with independence, obtain job training and secure employment and/or continue into higher education. 

Background Statement

In 1911, Alphapointe's founder Catherine Hale brought together 30 blind individuals to form the Allied Blind Workers Association of Kansas City. The group incorporated in 1916 to become the Kansas City Association for the Blind and founded a men's employment workshop to make furniture and a home for blind women. In 1958, Alphapointe helped establish the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired. In 1993, the Kansas City Association for the Blind changed its name to Alphapointe Association for the Blind. In 1995, Alphapointe began to manufacture plastic, adding new employment opportunities for those with vision loss. In 2000, Alphapointe further expanded its services by establishing the region’s only Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Center. In 2010, Alphapointe cut the ribbon on the Low Vision Clinic. In 2012, the Association for the Blind was removed from the Alphapointe name and a rebranding campaign began (Alphapointe = Vision, Work, Community – Vision. For Life). Following a successful capital campaign, Alphapointe consolidated operations in 2002 and moved to the Life Skills Campus at 7501 Prospect in Kansas City Missouri. The Life Skills Campus offers rehabilitation, vocational education, employment, and support services not only to blind and visually impaired Kansas City residents but the region. Today we have 397 employees with 222 being legally blind.

Impact Statement

Alphapointe’s success is made possible by our Community, our Employees and our Volunteers. In 2016, we had 7,930 volunteers hours.  For people who experience vision loss, Alphapointe offers the highest level of care, expertise and comprehensive services. Alphapointe improves life for those who lose sight.  

Our 2016 accomplishments include: 
  • Serving 1,852 individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 
  • Our client outreach efforts provided 5,648 persons with educational materials focused on eye disease, vision loss and how Alphapointe services could address these issues and provide hope, where more often than not it is lost. 
  • In 2016 we had a satisfaction rate of 95.7%. 
  • We continued to expand our EYE program for youth - monthly activities explore our community & focus on social, educational, & instructional activities that align with their Expanded Core Curriculum - allowing children to discover new interests & passions & provide a framework for the future.  
  • We served the most youth ever, 286 and we are one of the TOP 25 Manufacturers in KC.  
  • We are still the largest employer of the blind in Missouri & 3rd largest employer of the visually impaired in the USA.

Our 2015-18 Strategic Plan has four strategic areas/goals: 
  • Employer of Choice for the visually impaired/blind; 
  • Enduring Institution, fiscal responsibility that ensures continued fulfillment of our mission and vision for future generations; 
  • Target Unmet Needs, determining the community needs our truly being met when it comes to low or no vision; 
  • Leading Advocate, we will lead efforts that promote & educate the community on the needs of the visually impaired and the resources needed to meet needs.  
Goals for 2017:
  • Place 50 legally blind individuals in local KC businesses.
  • Provide 370 seniors in-home occupational therapy
  • Increase outreach efforts by 400 individuals
  • Increase Low Vision Clinic capacity by at least 12 patients/month
  • Maintain a client satisfaction rate of 96%
Needs Statement

We are the only agency in the area that provide these critical services to those with vision loss. As the population ages, the need for vision rehabilitation will outpace the availability of services. Alphapointe needs to continue growing & providing vision rehab, low vision services, youth programs, education, training & employment services to those with vision loss in the region. Existing state and federal funding are unable to cover the entire costs of delivering services to the community. The states’ reimbursement rate is 60%, leaving 40% of programming expense unfunded. Insurance does not cover a portion of our low vision exams & does not cover adaptive aids (CCTVs, filters, lighting, magnification). These aids allow people to remain independent and age in place. We would like an increase in KC businesses participate in our Employment Services, that provide employers qualified candidates, on & off site training & ongoing support. Research indicates that customers favor companies that employ people with disabilities. We need substantial ‘lead gifts’ for Capital Equipment Needs. As a manufacturing business we need to stay competitive & vibrant being able to secure top-of-the-line equipment as machinery becomes obsolete & not cost-effective to repair. This equipment ensures that we are able to continue employing workers who are blind; whose rate of unemployment is 70%. 

Service Categories
Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Vocational Rehabilitation
Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Atchison County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Leavenworth County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The Alphapointe Board of Directors has established guiding principles that provide a constant long term model to guide the organization to meet our strategic goals. We are working together to manage our finances such that we can ensure continued support of our mission for the future generations of individuals with vision loss. The board continues to assist the agency to pursue business partnerships that will expand the operations to ensure security and fuel future growth. We also will strive to continue to be the expert in the field of blindness in the Midwest, recognized as THE service provider for people who are blind.

Agencies refer clients to Alphapointe for training and placement services. These agencies include Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB), Kansas State Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Administration and Missouri Assistive Technology. Alphapointe staff conducts a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation intake assessment for each client including information on the client’s medical, academic, social, and vocational background. An eye report from a vision care professional is required for program admission. The Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation Program, is a multi-discipline approach to vision rehabilitation and is the only one of its kind in the region. Clients typically spend about three months in the program learning a variety of skills to maximize their independence in the sighted world. The program has 5 components: Activities of Daily Living, Orientation and Mobility Training, Adaptive Technology Training, Communication Skills, Vocational Placement.

Program Budget $578,350.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Adults,
Short-Term Success

Clients will:

  1. Complete necessary activities to secure work experience. 
  2. Demonstrate improved ability to use adaptive computer technology for personal or vocational needs. 
  3. Exhibit new confidence while traveling in customary & new environments. 
  4. Develop a new approach to the activities necessary for everyday survival in a home environment. 
  5. Achieve a basic written & oral communication skill level that is appropriate for the identified vocational goal.

2016 Results: 

  • 90% of our clients were able to complete their goals.
  • 70% of those who completed their goals are currently employed or have entered college.
  • 14% are currently working on job placement.
  • 96% Client satisfaction rate after training complete.
  • 94% Exhibited new confidence when traveling in customary and new environments.
  • 91% Improved ability to use adaptive Technology for personal and vocational needs.
  • 93% Learned activities necessary for everyday safe living in a home environment.
Long-Term Success Adults, youth, and seniors who have recently lost their vision, been blind since birth, or whose sight is endangered or at risk will achieve enhanced independence, productivity and quality of life. Clients will pursue and maintain competitive employment. A key component of the transition to the workforce is gaining the necessary technical skills with regard to technology. Clients are evaluated and trained in the use of high and low tech adaptive technology to function independently at home, school and in the workplace. Improved mobility skills will allow clients to live independently and safely travel to school or work-sites. Clients will become proficient with computer adaptive technology and be successful in accessing community services. Clients will have accomplished basic written and oral communication skills which can be transferred to use in the home, school and workplace.
Program Success Monitored By

Skill areas are measured via staff observation; pre and post-test instruments determine client progress over time. The level of community involvement and use of adaptive aids and technology are verified by trained staff. Client satisfaction is measured through a survey instrument. Follow-up evaluations are conducted by staff via three, six and 12 month post-program interviews. In addition, Alphapointe programs are the focus of an annual state review and a three-year National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC) review. The NAC evaluation process measures each program against the NAC standards.

CRS program graduate said, “What I liked best about my training was learning new skills every day, having wonderful teachers, and being in an environment that I felt safe in. The staff & clients are so helpful. My general feelings about blindness have changed. I feel less of a minority, more confident, & at peace with my situation.”

Examples of Program Success

  • “I am more confident and I now believe a blind person can do anything that they want to do.”
  • When Joe was asked what he liked about Alphapointe he said, “The self-confidence it gave back to me - on my knowledge and ability to go out there and to perform successfully.

  • After training in Braille, Computers, ADL, and O&M, June returned to the education system and is now working as a special education teacher in St. Louis.

  • Don stated that shortly after beginning Braille instruction, he was able to read the numbers on the elevator and use the elevator independently for the first time in 10 years.
  • Rebekah stated that she had always assumed she was much more limited in what she could do and after her evaluation here, she realized that her vision loss did not have to significantly limit her goals or activities.
  • Kevin's goal was to go to massage therapy school. He stated that he is four months away from finishing. When asked how Alphapointe helped he stated it, “It got me motivated and showed me that I could accomplish whatever I set out to do.”  
Description Senior Adult Services program is a community based program that provides services and outreach impacting more than 5,000 area older adults, their families & caregivers. The focus of the program is on the health, safety & well being of visually impaired seniors and includes Alphapointe's Low Vision Clinic. Our doctor provides thorough low vision evaluations with follow up in-home appointments with an Occupational Therapist.  The program promotes self-sufficiency for seniors by teaching new skills that enable adults to remain in their homes, maintain an active lifestyle and stay committed to their families and communities. Trained and licensed Alphapointe staff conduct home assessments and consultations designed to adapt home environments for seniors who are losing or have already lost their sight. Additional training with low tech aids and in adaptive skills enable individuals to gain confidence, increase self care, and continue to live independently in their homes.
Program Budget $212,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success

  1. Provide 2,400 direct service hours including in home instruction in activities of daily living and the use of low tech aids and appliances. 
  2. Maintain and increase community awareness about this program among the growing number of older individuals experiencing vision impairments through the distribution of 15,000 brochures. 
  3. Provide 55 older adults with in-home assessments and Individualized Plan of Care. 
  4. Refer 30 newly diabetic seniors to diabetes education and counseling and provide direct training in using adaptive equipment. 
  5. Provide instruction in hi-tech adaptive technology to 40 seniors. 
  6. Increase the number of written referrals to other social service agencies to connect seniors with emergency services.

In 2016, Alphapointe provided direct services to 545 seniors with vision loss in 15 KS/MO counties; totaling 3,179 units of direct services. Individual Service Plan completion 93.2%. Referrals senior services/info - 281 persons. Educational Outreach to 5,409 KC residents.

Long-Term Success The overall goal of this program is to provide intervention and education for older adults who have vision loss and help them achieve a healthy lifestyle. Program success is measured when clients demonstrate their abilities to use residual vision and family members and caregivers report increased activity levels of program participants. These individuals also show decreased need for daily assistance and begin to monitor their vision loss. In addition, there will be an increase in the number of seniors who choose to and are able to remain in their home environment. The program participants will self report fewer injuries and health concerns based on learned accommodations from the Alphapointe program. – 88% said they would rely less on family members.
Program Success Monitored By Progress toward the goals established within each client’s Individualized Plan of Care is measured through direct observation by staff, reports from the families, care providers and self report by clients. Quantitative results are tabulated at the end of six months and again at the end of the year. Qualitative outcomes are indicated through participant satisfaction surveys administered in person or by phone. A six-month evaluation is conducted by the project manager to ensure objectives are being met and to implement changes necessary to expand and meet the needs of all clients.
Examples of Program Success

John came to the Low Vision Clinic extremely down and unsure if anything could help him take care of his farm and the large stack of mail that was overwhelming him. When he was seen in the low vision clinic and started Occupational Services in our Senior Adult Services, he was ecstatic to find that there were many adaptive strategies and devices to help him read his mail, see his crops to look for weeds, write his letters to his family, and dial the telephone without making errors. John states, that his OT service provider has helped him so much, that he was sad to graduate services because the OT brought him so much hope and help that I never knew was available! John continues to farm and loves the devices he has been provided and trained on; and also the strategies that help him manage his diabetes and support his safety and independence.

Description The Diabetes Management and Education Program helps visually impaired persons retain optimal lifetime vision. The program addresses training in adaptive equipment, independent living skills, nutrition, fitness, self management and self-advocacy. Target population includes individuals who are medically indigent, have diabetes with vision impairment, and are unable to access these services through other channels.
Program Budget $90,650.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success

The short term success for each individual in the program means the following is achieved: 

  1. Improved client knowledge of diabetes, its risks to vision, and how to manage this risk  (FY16 = 92%).  
  2. Improved Glycosylated Hemoglobin lab results among program clients (FY16 = 81%).  
  3. Clients demonstrate independence and accuracy in the use of adaptive devices for insulin administration and glucometer operation (FY16= 91%).  
  4. Clients make at least one positive lifestyle change to manage diabetes (FY16 = 74%).   
  5. Clients are better able to communicate with health care providers (FY15 = 81%).   
Long-Term Success Diabetes is a lifelong disease and the long-term goal of this program is for clients to pursue successful management of diabetes through regular medical appointments,routine exercise, appropriate diet, and blood glucose management. Long term success means that clients maintain their current level of residual vision, significantly reduce the side effects of diabetes, and maintain stabilized kidney function. Successful program participants develop a new level of confidence about their own health care and communicate to family and community members the risk factors of uncontrolled diabetes.
Program Success Monitored By Client outcomes are tracked and measured via pre-post tests administered by an Alphapointe Occupational Therapist before and after the client completes the diabetes education program. Improvements in client glycosylated hemoglobin levels are evaluated via lab tests pre-and post-intervention. Client satisfaction is captured through a survey instrument and compiled and analyzed by staff. In addition to the evaluation activities mentioned above, Alphapointe programs are reviewed every three years by NAC for followup, outcome measurements and client satisfaction.
Examples of Program Success

When Lucy started her evaluation leading to vocational rehabilitation; including diabetes management she had difficulty administering accurate dosages of insulin; didn't have a home exercise program; had difficulty choosing healthy meals which included a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats; was unable to count carbohydrates, & had limited knowledge of current information available concerning diabetes. At evaluation, she scored 35% on a diabetes pretest. Near the end of training, she scored 91%. She has a 4x hand held magnifier & a magnifier desk lamp to enable her to administer accurate dosages of insulin independently & an alternative method to identify & administer her other medications. She’s been educated on nutrition which enabled her to prepare diabetic friendly recipes. She’s developed her own exercise program. She’s aware of checking her blood sugar before exercising & after to make sure her levels are okay and has noticed the difference exercising has made.


Alphapointe’s continuum of Youth Services meet the needs of visually impaired youth, ages 6-21. We want children to develop and advance not only through K-12 but into adulthood.

  • Expanding Youth Experiences monthly gathering of youth that “experience” our community. New interests and passions are discovered; guiding a youth’s future through social and educational opportunities.

  • Adventure Camp traditional outdoor camp experience with like peers. Helping process the challenge of each day’s activity, adapt to obstacles and achieve success.

  • Technology Camp adaptive technology focusing on the most modern devices to ensure that our future youth are prepared for the ever changing world of tomorrow.

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Regaining independence, coping with the emotional challenges of vision loss, independent living and employment skills to live a productive life.

  • Summer Transition Employment Program eight-week program providing competitive work experience to youth so they have skills after graduation to enter the work force.

  • College Preparatory Program first-time college students learn life skills needed for higher education success during one semester.

Program Budget $125,250.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), , Adults
Short-Term Success

  • Outcome #1 - Participants in “Expanding Youth Experiences” will have opportunities (social, educational & rehabilitative) that reinforce skills learned & discover new characteristics about themselves.
  • Outcome #2 – Youth campers will increase the skills to process challenges & diminish doubt, while increasing their independence & mobility. They will increase comprehension of current technology & utilize knowledge to enhance skills & stay competitive with peers as they proceed through school.
  • Outcome #3 – After program completion STEP and PREP youth will acquire the knowledge, training and skills to be successful in the school to work transition and completion of higher education. 
  • Short-Term indicator: Assessment of own skills and interests are determined to begin the process of determining monthly opportunity outings and creating Individual Service Plans that addresses challenges. 
  • Intermediate indicator: Individual Service Plans are developed, personal and social skill sets are acquired and progress towards goals are tracked.    
  • Long-Term indicator: Youth will age/move into the STEP/PREP programs. Personal independence and community involvement (employment/college) is achieved.

Long-Term Success

These programs help youth with visual impairments to meet the following goals:

  1. Successful school-to-work transition 
  2. Attainment of personal independence 
  3. Youth involved in STEP, Student Transition Employment Program, identify their vocational preferences, interests and abilities, learn about appropriate workplace behaviors and how to self-advocate in the workplace 
  4. Youth involved in the College Preparation Program will successfully complete their semester in college. The students will understand how to navigate all aspects of college life and continue to be successful in meeting their educational goals.
Program Success Monitored By

Data is collected and progress is monitored and measured through direct observation with staff and others who help implement programming to the visually impaired/blind youth. When appropriate, goals/outcomes are monitored via an Individualized Service Plan by the Manger of Youth Services; then tracking and monitoring progress of each clients’ goals and records in the database system. Individualized Service Plans, Pre/Post tests and satisfaction surveys are all utilized to track the effectiveness of our Youth Services. Evaluation and progress towards goals are reviewed by Manager of Youth Services and the Director of Education and Rehab Services who then evaluates the program’s outcomes as a whole. Clients are also asked to take a Satisfaction Survey that indicates the level of satisfaction each one has. 

Examples of Program Success

286 youth in the KC metro served. 24 of these children were new to our services. We had the most youth ever attend college 13. We helped 5 teens secure their first job. Record numbers at Camps - 22 were new to camps. Kids attended activities in the community to build on life skills: Fishing, Royals Game/Tour, Nelson Museum Tour, Movie Night, Rock Climbing, Worlds of Fun, Golf Clinic at 1st Tee, Challenge Air @ Downtown Airport & Tubing at Snow Creek.      

  • 82% of parents agreed that camp leads to improved independence
  • 90% of parents stated their child felt more confident in his/her ability to problem solve with technology challenges
  • 82% of parents “strongly agree” that Camp helps improve their child’s social, communication & decisions making skills
  • 82% agreed that Alphapointe services will help improve their child’s future 88% of our PREP clients continued into their 2nd semester of college

CEO Comments When studies indicate that over 70 percent of working age blind persons are unemployed or underemployed, it becomes a mandate for Alphapointe to provide jobs as well as to teach job skills and provide job placement services. More than 100 persons who are legally blind work at Alphapointe on a continuing basis. An additional 250 new clients each year receive job skills training and placement services. Alphapointe has been part of the remedy for unemployment and serves many visually disabled persons who could not be employed elsewhere. The Alphapointe Education and Rehabilitation Department is highly regarded in the Midwest with very high success and satisfaction rates among its clients. In addition, Youth Services, Audio Reader, transcription services, and volunteer services all reach out to help provide support for visually impaired individuals, to maintain independent lifestyles that allow them to work or to interact socially in a sighted world. Alphapointe serves 1800+ individuals through CRS services and other programming and thousands more through education and outreach programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Term Start July 2007
Experience Reinhard Mabry, President and CEO, holds an MBA from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from FSU. Mr. Mabry has extensive experience in marketing, sales and operations management in not-for-profit companies focused on expanding employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. The past fourteen years have been spent in management roles overseeing multi-million dollar organizations  in Florida and South Carolina which included operations in multiple locations. Reinhard joined Alphapointe in May of 2006 as the Chief Operating Officer.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Thomas E. Healy Nov 1981 - Sept 2005
Dr. Daniel E. Walker Sept 2005 - July 2007
Senior Staff
Title Director of Rehabilitation and Education
Experience/Biography As Director of Rehabilitation and Education, Clay Berry plans, manages, and evaluates all rehabilitation services including Comprehensive Rehabilitation, Senior Adult Services, Adaptive Technology, Diabetes Education, youth services and the Work Adjustment Center. Mr. Berry joined Alphapointe in 2000 as the Assistant Director of Rehabilitation and Education with extensive experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation, training, and mental health services. He served in that position for four years. Berry holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Psychology from William Jewell College. He has addtional training in vocational rehabilitation strategies, blindness, deaf-blindness, low vision, mental illness, and a wide variety of medical conditions. He is Mandt certified, CPR affirmed, CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention, and Med 1 Certified. Berry's professional involvement includes serving as a Governor Appointed Executive Member of Missouri State Rehabilitation Advisory Council, (2004 to present), and he is President of the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Education & Rehabilitation Professionals for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
Title Director of Development & Public Relations

Gina Gowin joined Alphapointe in August, 2008 and has nearly twenty years experience in non-profit management and community development. Prior to joining Alphapointe, Gina served as the Executive Director of the Diabetes Freedom Foundation and was the Director of Development for Synergy Services, Inc. Gina was a co-developer and Director of the Northwest Communities Development Corporation (CDC) where she served as the National Department of Justice Weed & Seed Program Coordinator and as the HUD Drug Elimination Program Director for the Housing Authority of the City of Independence, Missouri. Gina has also served as a child abuse investigator for the State of Missouri. Gina holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the University of Central Missouri.

Title Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Title Director, Human Resources
Title Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Title Director, Information Technology
Title CFO
Paid Full-Time Staff 344
Paid Part-Time Staff 53
Volunteers 237
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 82%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 99
Asian American/Pacific Islander 75
Caucasian 148
Hispanic/Latino 61
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 10
Other (Please Specify) bi or multi-racial
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 150
Male 245
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
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

Alphapointe has a commitment to improving the quality of life for those with vision loss. We have multiple accreditations and affiliations. We are an accredited agency of the National Accreditation Council for the Blind and Low Vision Services. We are ANAB Accredited ISO9001-2008; AbilityOne Program participant and an accredited United Way agency. We also partner with the Missouri and Kansas Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, State of Kansas Division of Children & Families, Association of Education & Rehab for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Children’s Center for Visually Impaired and NY Commission for the Blind. We are associated with the National Association for Employment of people who are blind, VisionServe and American Federation of the Blind. We work closely with the Delta Gamma Alumnae and local civic clubs like the Lions & Optimists. Collaborators for our Youth Outreach Program include: Starlight Theatre, Royals Baseball, 1st Tee Foundation, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Camp Fire and multiple school districts within multiple counties in the metro area. Community Outreach activities are facilitated through organized visits/presentations with clubs, civic organizations, churches and other health and human service agencies. 

National Industries for the Blind - Associated Agency1938
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2011
National Association for the Employment of People who are Blind - Member2017
External Assessment and Accreditations
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness and Visual Impairment1971
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Medicare Certification 2005
Outstanding Service to the Visually ImpairedNational Accreditation Council2008
ISO 9001:2010 Certified ManufacturerBureau Veritas2016
Upward Mobility AwardNational Industries for the Blind2008
Top 25 Manufacturing CompaniesBusiness Journal2016
Employment Achievement AwardNational Industries for the Blind2016
Business Partner AwardKCATA - Rosa Parks Spirit Award2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments The complexity of the organization and the need to face new challenges requires an involved Board of Directors and senior staff.  The Board of Directors takes its duties seriously and provides excellent leadership in its management responsibilities. The Alphapointe Advisory Board assists with publicizing the needs of visually impaired youth, adults, and seniors, and helps secure community support and funding. An aggressive team of managers experienced in issues of blindness, rehabilitation, business, finance, and development executes and promotes the goals of the organization.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr Ed Marquette
Company Affiliation Kutak Rock LLP
Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Board Members
Mr. Marc Bailin Rubin & Bailin LLP
Mr. James Barry Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation-Retired
Mr. Danny Davis C&C Group
Mr. Jim Day JD Day & Company
Ms. Kathy Dusenbery Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Greenstein NYU Polytechnic School
Mr. Fredric Hugue Astoria Federal Savings & Loan
Ms. Sheri Johnson Morningstar Communications
Mr. Jeff Lynch Idle Smart, LLC
Mr. Ed Marquette Kutak Rock LLP
Mr. Stephen Mock BKD
Mr. Jack Muhlstein Golden Fortune Industries LLC
Brigadier Gen. Mark O'Neil retired military
Major Gen. Gale Pollock retired military
Mr. Kenneth Roberson Citizens Bank & Trust
Ms. Sheila Seck Seck & Associates LLC
Mr. David Westbrook Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Michael Williams United Healthcare
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Jim Badzin Investments
Mr. Robert Bernstein Bernstein-Rein Advertising
Ms. Jo Blagovich Sprint Nextell Business Solutions
Mr. Michael Braude Journalist
Mr. Kent Crippen Development Research Corporation
Mr. Steve Dunn Dunn Construction Company
Mr. Thomas E. Healy Community Volunteer
Mr. Jim Johnson 3M - Retired
Mr. Homer Kay Hallmark Cards, Inc
Mr. Richard Knight Community Volunteer
Ms. Cheryl Linder Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP
Mr. Julius Madas INTRUST Bank
Mr. Ed Marquette Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
Mr. Al Mauro Kansas City Missouri School District
Ms. Claire McCaskill State Senator, Missouri Senate
Congressman Dennis Moore U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd KS District
Ms. Karen Reintjes McLeese CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services
Rev. Norman Rotert Visitation Church
Dr. Felix Sabates M.D.UMKC School of Medicine/Eye Foundation of Kansas City
Mr. James Stacy DST
Mr. Bob Steinbach Steinbach Brokerage Company
Mr. Monroe Taliaferro Community Volunteer
Ms. Helen Taliaferro Community Volunteer
Mr. David H. Westbrook Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
Mr. Charles Wheeler Retired State Senator
CEO Comments
Alphapointe faces a unique set of challenges as we enter into our 100th year of service.  With unemployment rising, visually impaired individuals who already have the highest level of unemployment in the metro area are further challenged to find work of any kind. 
Alphapointe's mission is to help individuals who are visually impaired maximize their independence and over 100 blind and visually impaired employees demonstrate our commitment.  The staff and board take these challenges seriously as we recognize that rehabilitative services and job creation both provide avenues to employment and employment helps a person find dignity in their life.  Our efforts to increase awareness by the public of the need to support visually impaired individuals coupled with new alliances with companies outside of our traditional government based marketplace are first steps to more effective solutions.  Efforts to build a strong endowment fund have begun but need much more public support.  Our strategic plan includes both charitable and business development goals to markedly reduce the barriers faced by visually impaired individuals.  The Alphapointe Board of Directors, the staff and management, and your assistance are all critical to this well managed and focused organization's continued success.
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $50,258,274
Projected Expenses $50,020,945
Endowment Value $2,446,941
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe 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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$290,918$837,563$606,360
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$11,939$10,351$4,714,197
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,353,256$6,353,060$5,673,347
Administration Expense$4,217,754$5,885,136$5,374,847
Fundraising Expense$277,987$265,497$170,940
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.051.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%51%51%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue----192%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$34,875,708$32,840,776$36,605,563
Current Assets$7,566,752$5,151,883$7,658,945
Long-Term Liabilities$873,767$1,936,472$2,294,662
Current Liabilities$9,285,982$7,744,529$10,425,544
Total Net Assets$24,715,959$23,159,775$23,885,357
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.810.670.73
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%6%6%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Dear Interested Party: The purpose of this communication is to inform the reader of some peculiar IRS tax reporting requirements that introduce difficulty in analyzing our financial performance (990 FY2016).

The IRS 990 instructions require that a non-profit’s Manufacturing Sales and Cost of Goods Sold be reported on Lines 10(a) and (b) respectively of the Statement of Revenues (Part VIII). Alphapointe has reported $43,241,423 of sales on Line 10(a) and $37,238,006 of manufacturing program costs on Line 10(b), yielding a meaningless $6,003,417 of Net Income from Sales of Inventory. The Line 10 reporting requirement effectively eliminates these large amounts of sales and expenses from the report totals. Alphapointe’s combined sales totals for FY 2016 were $49,017,769, not the $12,164,308 shown on Line 12 as Total Revenue.

The IRS instructions require that the $37,238,006 of manufacturing program costs be excluded from the Statement of Functional Expenses (Part IX). Thus, our Total Expenses are shown to be only $10,848,997, of which our Program Service Expenses are shown to be only $6,353,256. Our combined expenses for FY 2016 per the 990 line details were $48,087,003, of which $43,591,262 (91%) relate to Manufacturing and Service Programs.

Our reported Management and General Expenses of $4,217,754 support the entire Alphapointe enterprise – including our primary source of blind employment - our product manufacturing programs. We are proud that our Management and General Expenses are again very low, at only 9% of all combined expenses.

We apologize for the interpretation challenges presented by our 990 report. We are grudgingly satisfied that this peculiar reporting is indeed how the IRS wants to see it. We offer that our FY 2016 audited financials portray a cleaner summary of our financial performance and efficiency. Please ask for such if you desire a copy.

Jeff R. McHenry, CFO

Organization Name Alphapointe
Address 7501 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, MO 641322103
Primary Phone (816) 421-5848
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reinhard Mabry
Board Chair Mr Ed Marquette
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kutak Rock LLP
Year of Incorporation 1916
Former Names
Kansas City Association for the Blind