The ARC Foundation

A ‘Legacy of Love’ Gift
That Keeps Giving
Your ‘Legacy of Love’ to individuals with Intellectual and other developmental disabilities can be greatly served by naming the Schoharie County ARC as beneficiary of memorial contributions, honorariums, and planned giving. 
The mission of the Schoharie County ARC Foundation is to ensure  that our commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities is sustained through long-term financial support. With increasingly diminishing government funding, it is necessary for the ARC to seek private donations to maintain and enhance its high level of services which enrich the quality of life of the people we serve. 
Your contribution to the Schoharie County ARC Foundation  can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people we serve and your legacy will live on forever by assisting us to provide needed services and supports for a lifetime of care! 
How do people contribute?
Our family members have shown a strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Similarly, they have shown a strong financial commitment over time that has helped many programs to be established, facilities to be developed and services to be provided. Family members and other friends make donations through cash gifts, pledges over a period of time, payroll deductions through United Way and State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA), and regularly scheduled payments through planned gifts. They also make donations of stock and other property. Even people who are not in a position to write a check still contribute. In fact, these are some of the most important gifts that are made. They are gifts made in exchange for the payment of a lifetime income. They are bequests that designate the Schoharie County Chapter NYSARC as a partial beneficiary for a retirement plan or insurance policy. 
What are the types of planned gifts?
Outright Gifts 
Securities (stocks & bonds)
Real Estate
Wills & Bequests
A gift made by naming the Schoharie County ARC a beneficiary of an individual’s will or living trust (a “bequest”).  The gift can be for either a specific amount or a percentage of residual estate.
Charitable Gift Annuity
In exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, the     
     Schoharie County ARC agrees to pay a fixed dollar amount   
     during the donor’s life and/or the life of a designated loved one
The amount received is determined by the size of the gift and the age of the income beneficiary (usually the donor)
The income is guaranteed by the Schoharie County ARC and is not subject to market fluctuation
Pooled Income Fund
The donor makes a gift of money or securities to the Schoharie County ARC and the assets are “pooled” with assets from other donors in an investment similar to a mutual fund.
In return the donor receives income (based on his/her share of the fund) for the rest of his/her life.
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
The donor irrevocably transfers cash, securities or other property to the trust in return for a negotiable percentage of income based on market value of the trust
The annual income will increase or decrease with the value of the trust assets
This trust is attractive for donors who desire growth potential and flexibility
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
The donor irrevocably transfers cash, securities or other property to a trust in return for a fixed dollar amount of income which he/she will receive annually for life.
This trust is attractive to those individuals who need a steady income
Charitable Lead Trust
Similar to the other trusts described, the donor places cash, securities or other property in a trust
The recipients of the income and principal are reversed – the Schoharie County ARC receives a fixed amount of income or a percentage for a set period.
At the end of the trust, the principal reverts to the donor or another named beneficiary
When the beneficiary is a family member, they can receive the assets with a sizable reduction in estate/gift tax
Gifts of Insurance
The Schoharie County ARC is named the owner and/or beneficiary if an existing policy is no longer needed
It is an opportunity to make a contribution more substantial than might otherwise be possible
Gift of Retirement Plans – IRA, 401(K), 403 (b)
Like with life insurance, the Schoharie County ARC can be named as beneficiary of the plan
What’s in it for the Donor?
Depending upon the type of planned gift, it can guarantee professional management of funds
Offers the ability to make a larger gift
Opportunity to make the gift without hindering the donor’s ability to meet family obligations
If the gift is irrevocable, it can provide substantial tax advantages. 
For more information concerning your deferred giving or charitable bequests to the Schoharie County ARC, please call the ARC Director of Development at (518) 295-8130 Ext. 256 or consult with your tax advisor. 



The Schoharie County ARC Foundation hosts a series of events throughout the year. The purpose of these events is to increase awareness of our organization and our mission, by raising funds that supplement unfunded and underfunded needs of those we support. Sponsorships are requested yearly.

For more information on how you can tie your Company's philanthropy with the good work of the Schoharie County ARC, please take a look at our yearly sponsorship brochures by clicking here: /arc/assets/File/SponsorPackageBrochure4.pdf (for sponsorship packages for all events) or here for sponsorship opportunties by the applicable event (customize it to fit your investment budget): /arc/assets/File/EventSponsorBrochure2016-4.pdf

For more information, please contact Tammy Ruise, Director of Fundraising & Development at (518) 295-8130, Ext 256.


The Schoharie County ARC
Foundation Board
The Foundation Board was established in 1993.  The specific purpose of this Board is 
1) “To raise funds and provide a continual financial source for the benefit of individuals with disabilities, including intellectual and other developmental disabilities, by donating and contributing monies and assets which will be solicited from both private and public sources, to the Schoharie County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc.”  
2) “To promote the work and causes of the Schoharie County ARC through activities which will make the public more aware of the services available, the goals and the achievements of the Schoharie County ARC.  These activities will include, but are not limited to seminars, publications, addresses, press releases and social and fundraising events.”
3) “To engage in any and all activities consistent with or in furtherance of the above purposes.”
Simply put, it is the goal of the Foundation to solicit funds for the Schoharie County ARC to ensure a quality and fulfilling future for our participants.  It is also the responsibility of the Foundation to promote the Schoharie ARC in a positive light as a valuable and vital part of our community.
The Foundation will, on occasion, support individualized consumer needs when no other source of funding is available. Disbursements are evaluated and made on a case by case basis.  
In addition, each year the Foundation awards the Jean Emerson Memorial Scholarship to college students pursuing a career in the field of Human Services.  For  more information on the Schoharie County ARC or the Jean Emerson Memorial Scholarship, please contact Tammy Ruise, Director of Public Relations & Fund Development at (518) 295-8130. 

2017 Foundation Board of Directors 

Carolyn Richter, President
Greg Hurd, Treasurer
Betsy Matthias, Secretary
LeeAnn Arnold
Bonnie Bowes
Irmgard Buess
Dale Case
Gail Chase
Nancy Cooke
Karen Davis
Julie Fancher
Brian Hayes
Gregory Hurd
Wanda King
Sheryl McNerney
Carolyn Richter
Geoffrey Righmyer