Fundraising/Volunteer Work

The Arc of Rensselaer County Foundation

The Arc of Rensselaer County Foundation is the fundraising arm of The Arc of Rensselaer County. Its mission is to help raise money for the programs and services of The Arc of Rensselaer County.

Board Officers:

  • President: John M. Santora
  • Vice President: Mark Pattison
  • Treasurer: Martin Dunbar
  • Secretary: Peter Jones

Board of Directors:

  • Jack Bonesteel
  • Barbara Derian
  • Robert Hergrueter
  • Lisa Lewis
  • Eileen Marciano

The Arc of Rensselaer County Foundation raises money through special events, annual appeals, grants and major gifts.

Our premiere fundraising event is "An Evening in the Garden". This event began in 2010 as a way to showcase the beautiful sensory garden located at Brunswick Center Services (BCS). It is held every June in a tent at BCS located by the sensory garden. Also highlighted at this event is the artwork created by the participants at BCS. In 2012, over 200 people typically attend the event and have the opportunity to bid on almost 100 live and silent auction items.

  • Gifts of Cash or Appreciated Securities

    An outright gift of cash or appreciated securities is the easiest type of gift to make to ARC. Gifts of cash are fully tax deductible up to 50% of your adjusted gross income; gifts in excess of 50% may generally be carried forward and deducted over subsequent years. Gifts of appreciated stock (which you have held for more than one year) offer substantial tax savings as well. If you sell the stock, you must pay a capital gains tax. If you donate the stock to ARC, you avoid having to pay the capital gains tax. Furthermore, your gift of stock is fully tax deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income. The tax deduction is based on the fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift. Gifts in excess of 30% may generally be carried forward and deducted over subsequent years.

  • Gifts of Real Estate

    A gift to ARC of real property, such as personal residences, vacation home, farm acreage or vacant lot can offer a twofold tax saving. If the property has appreciated in value during your ownership, you must pay a sizeable capital gains tax when you sell it. If you make a gift of the property, you receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property and you also avoid having to pay the capital gains tax. You may also make a gift to ARC of a remainder interest in your personal residence, and continue to live there during your lifetime, while still realizing a tax deduction in the year you make the gift.

  • Gifts with a Retained Income for Life

    You may make a gift of cash, stock, real estate, or personal property to establish a Charitable Remainder Unitrust or a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust. Either option will provide income to you and/or a loved one for the rest of your life, after which the trust's assets revert to ARC. By making this gift, you can increase your income and make a tax-deductible contribution at the same time. (The rate of return you will receive is dependent on many factors, most notably your age at the time of the gift). This type of gift is irrevocable.

  • Charitable Lead Trusts

    You may make a gift to set up a trust whereby ARC will benefit from the interest income for a specified period of years. At the end of that time, the principal may pass to your heirs free of tax.

  • Life Insurance

    You may make a gift of life insurance to ARC that provides you with a significant tax deduction. This can be done by purchasing a new policy or by donating a policy that you currently own but no longer need. You may also use your tax savings from gifts of cash, appreciated securities, or property to ARC, to purchase life insurance in a tax-wise manner to "replace" these assets for your loved ones.

  • Retirement Benefits

    You may make a gift to ARC of retirement benefits, thus removing your retirement plan assets from your estate and avoiding taxes potentially as high as 80%.

  • Wills and Bequests

    You may wish to include a bequest to the Rensselaer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc., in your will. Your bequest is fully deductible for federal estate purposes and you also receive a New York State estate tax deduction. The following language is appropriate for donors who would like their bequest to become part of the Rensselaer ARC Endowment Fund, which will last into perpetuity:

    I give and bequeath to Rensselaer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc., of Troy, New York, the sum of $________(or, its equivalent value) (or, _____% of my residuary estate), the principal thereof to be invested and the income therefrom to be used to provide services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities, the same to be held as part of the General Endowment Fund of Rensselaer County Chapter NYSARC, Inc., and administered as an integral part thereof.

Testimonials and Success Stories

“They say the days are long, and the years are quick”

By Tracey Hempel
Associate Executive Director of Community Supports

April 29, 2016 will be my 20th Anniversary with The Arc of Rensselaer County; thankfully it’s also a Friday! I can say for certain that when I crossed over the river, I didn’t anticipate the journey that I was about to begin. We had 28 hour shifts back then, I was a floater (DSP) which meant I worked at every location, but Hoosick St., Detroit and Euclid Ave were places that I called home. They were the absolute joys of my work schedule; now that’s not to say that I didn’t love other place or people, but I had an undeniable, almost innate, connection with the people who lived in those places. I look back at those memories, like I do my childhood memories. For all intents and purposes, they could be because no place and no one person has defined me more than The Arc. Ok, maybe my kids and my husband have had a hand in shaping me too, but in three years, I will have been working at The Arc for half of my adult life. I would be lying if I told you that statement doesn’t impact me; I am who I am because of all of the people who I have crossed paths with over the years, all of the experiences they shared with me and the lessons that came along the way. For that, I am thankful.

(Tracey is shown in the picture above with Rob Beza in 1997)

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