The Arc Minnesota is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization founded in Minnesota more than 70 years ago by parents of children with disabilities. The organization and affiliated chapters provide information and assistance, advocacy, and training and education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout their lifetime. The Arc advocates for systems change at the local, state, and national level.
The Arc Minnesota promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families will have the hope, confidence and knowledge they need to live a life they choose, and equitable systems will support them where they live, learn, work and play.
The Arc Minnesota supports individuals by addressing their immediate needs, navigating eligibility, identifying options and providing education and training to address issues that arise across their lifespan.
The Arc Minnesota supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the state.
The Arc staff includes full-time and part-time professional advocates, administrative staff in regions across the state, and retail staff at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Stores and Donation Centers.
Volunteers contributed more than 16,000 hours of support in 2018.
The Arc Minnesota operates with a budget of more than $5 million. Advocacy, programs, and services that directly benefit people are made possible through the generosity of individual donors, corporations and foundations.
No, our organization is named The Arc. The name is derived from the original name “The Association for Retarded Citizens.” The name was changed as the “R” word is considered hate speech because it offends people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as the people that care for and support them.
Yes, The Arc is a private, 501(c)(3) organization.
The goal is to leverage the impact of a larger and more focused statewide organization while retaining local presence and a deep commitment to grass-roots engagement.
The immediate goal of The Arc Minnesota is to provide a set of consistent, essential services throughout the state. Those services include:
Person-first language in a respectful way to speak to and about people with disabilities. In person-first language, the person is referred to first, then the disability. This reflects that the disability is a characteristic of the individual, but does not define that person.
A statewide Board of Directors governs the Arc. A CEO and staff lead operations.
The statewide organization is funded through current philanthropic efforts including Annual Fund campaigns, grants, United Way partnerships, corporate partnerships, events, and Arc’s Value Village thrift businesses, as well as current and new program and services revenue including Person-Centered Planning and online planning tools.
On January 1, 2018, six chapters of The Arc across Minnesota and he state organization came together as one organization to help more people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc Minnesota also support independent affiliated chapters in the state.
Working together, chapter representatives concluded that a merger of chapters into one organization was the most promising way to provide breadth and access to quality programs and services across Minnesota.