Endowment Partners Spotlight: The Arc
In Indian River County, approximately 15.9% of individuals live with a disability. The Arc of Indian River County was founded in 1975 to help support people with special needs and provide a continuum of care for their life. The Arc has grown from a grassroots organization to an agency with an operating budget of $4.2 million dollars helping over 200 participants with 75+ employees.
The organization's services include two Day Programs supporting social and community integration; six community Group Homes where 4 to 6 special needs adults live their lives with 24 hour assistance; a 22 vehicle fleet to provide door to door transportation; employment program where people with all types of disabilities are assisted in job placement in the community; a behavior services program and a supported living program to help people who live out on their own with executive functions (e.g. doctor’s appointments, banking).
Tommy had always lived at home with his mom until she passed away. Unfortunately, Tommy's mom had not taken any steps to provide care for Tommy when she was no longer there. For a while Tommy's siblings took turns caring for him, but this was not a viable situation. This is where The Arc comes into play. Tommy is now happy in one of the group homes, being taken care of, having a productive life and socializing with his peers.
The ARC joined our Endowment Partners Program (EPP) in 2022. The purpose of the EPP is to help local charities plan for their long-term sustainability by growing a permanent endowment fund. During a 12-month program, participants learn about endowments, planned giving, investment management and marketing solutions that inspire loyal donors to make planned gifts from their estates. The program is coordinated by IRCF team member Yamilet Cendejas.
To learn how to give outright contributions today or bequests and other planned gifts for future support, please see “Planned Giving: Leave a Legacy” under our “Giving” section or go to The Arc's website.