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Arc of the United States (National Office)

CharityWatch report issued
March 2019

Top-Rated Charity
A-
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
 
83%
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
 
$25
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Arc of the United States (National Office)
1825 K Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20006

Other Names

None

Tax Status

501(c)3

Website

www.thearc.org

Stated Mission

Promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2017

Program Percentage: 83%

The percentage of Arc of the United States (National Office)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).

$9,400,000

Calculated Total Expenses

(rounded)

 

Cost to Raise $100: $25

How many dollars Arc of the United States (National Office) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.

$3,700,000

Calculated Total Contributions

(rounded)

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources

 

Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The Arc of the United States IRS Form 990 13-5642032
The Arc of the United States Combined Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: The Arc of the United States
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-5642032
Entity: The Arc of the United States
Document Type: Combined Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
 
Arc of the United States (National Office)
meets governance benchmarks.
 
Arc of the United States (National Office)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Transparency
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Peter Berns CEO $542,743
2 Martha Ford Senior Executive Director, Public Policy $262,411
3 Darcy Rosenbaum Senior Executive Director, Operations $169,755
1
Name: Peter Berns
Title: CEO
Compensation: $542,743
2
Name: Martha Ford
Title: Senior Executive Director, Public Policy
Compensation: $262,411
3
Name: Darcy Rosenbaum
Title: Senior Executive Director, Operations
Compensation: $169,755

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to The Arc of the United States combined audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 10, Contributed Services):

"During the year ended December 31, 2017, The Arc was the beneficiary of donated services in the amount of $1,951,014..." This included donated advertising in the amount of $1,115,099.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to The Arc of the United States combined audit of December 31, 2017 (Note 7, Management Services Contract):

"The Arc entered into a management service agreement with The Arc of the District of Columbia, Inc. (The Arc of DC). The Arc of DC is a non-profit organization and is affiliated as a state chapter of The Arc. Both organizations do not share voting directors, therefore, The Arc does not have an economic control over The Arc of DC and their financial activity is not combined. The Arc charged The Arc of DC $108,960 for the management fees..."
According to The Arc of the United States 2017 tax filing, The Arc reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"The CEO earned bonuses under the terms of a written bonus plan that includes quantitative goals that are based, in part, on achieving increases in certain types of revenue..."

"During the year, the Organization provided bonus compensation to the following individuals for performance above and beyond the regular expectations of their positions:"

(1) Peter Berns, Chief Executive Officer: $46,396, with reported total compensation of $542,743.
(2) Martha Ford, Sr. Executive Officer, Public Policy: $15,898, with reported total compensation of $262,411.
(3) Darcy Rosenbaum, Sr. Executive Officer, Operations: $17,407, with reported total compensation of $169,755.
(4) Trudy Jacobson, Sr. Executive Officer, Development & Marketing: $8,685, with reported total compensation of $141,058.
(5) Julie Ward, Director, Health Policy: $4,037, with reported total compensation of $149,470.
(6) Karen Wolf-Branigin, Sr. Executive Officer, National Initiatives: $2,383, with reported total compensation of $142,152.
(7) Robin Shaffert, Sr. Executive Officer, National Initiatives: $5,678, with reported total compensation of $136,855.

[Employee titles and reported total compensation amounts are based on IRS Form 990, Part VII & Schedule J, Part II.]