Ridge Area Arc Foundation History

Ridge Area Arc was founded in 1957 by Franklyn and Mary Ellen Ward, along with a group of local parents who had children with developmental disabilities.

Our founding parents’ love for their children has grown into the Ridge Area Arc of today, which is the community’s largest, most comprehensive provider of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A special group of investors rallied around Ridge Area Arc in 1994 making large gifts to create the Ridge Area Arc Foundation.

The mission of the Foundation is to secure funds through estate planning and other measures and invest funds specifically for endowing the programs and services of Ridge Area Arc.

The Foundation is steadfast in its belief that with the help of caring members of our community, the Ridge  Area Arc will continue to provide necessary programs for people with developmental, intellectual, and other disabilities for generations to come.

Examples of Legacy Gifts

How Can You Help?

Make a Gift to the Foundation!

The following gifts are accepted:

  • Cash
  • Securities—Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
  • Real Estate
  • Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Retirement Plan Beneficiary  Designations
  • Bequests—Wills, Trusts

A planned gift usually involves financial, estate, or tax planning, and frequently involves a professional advisor. Some planned gifts can provide donors with income for life and most gifts provide significant income tax deductions.

When deciding what type of gift to give, feel free to contact Arc or visit us at www.ridgeareaarc.org, to learn more  about our areas of service, current
programs and upcoming events.

We appreciate your considering investing in a partnership with the Ridge Area Arc Foundation.