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Why Your Membership Matters

Making a Difference in the Lives of Individuals in our Community

When the Arc of Yates was founded in 1975 it was established by a committee of local parents, community members and volunteers. These individuals created a grass roots movement to ensure that people with all levels of ability would have the services and opportunities they needed to succeed, and in doing so had the foresight to recognize that an organization created by community members would always need the support of the community to thrive.

Over the past four decades, responses to the Agency’s annual membership drive have result in donations, community advocacy and volunteerism. At the State level, community support allows our Chapter a stronger voice to influence national policy-makers; at the local level it has a direct and positive impact on more than 300

individuals whose lives are enriched by our supports and services.

Ben Green is a participant of the DRIVE program, a college experience program based at Keuka College. Ben commutes daily from Ontario County to participate in classes on campus and participate in college activities with his peer mentors.

“The DRIVE Program has provided Ben with a great educational experience and allowed him to make many new friends,” reports Sara Cobb, Manager of DRIVE. Ben adds that he enjoys his classes, particularly math.

“We are very grateful that Benjamin has been given the opportunity to attend the DRIVE Program at Keuka College and we are very proud of all he has accomplished while at DRIVE,” says his mother Patricia Green.

The success Ben has experienced at DRIVE is one of many stories throughout the programs and services at the Arc of Yates, but we continue to need your support. Please consider a donation to the Arc today to allow us to continue to support our community in the decades to come.


Daniele Lyman,

President & CEO


Thank you for supporting the Arc of Yates

Planned Giving

Your deferred gift can provide valuable support for programs that benefit developmentally disabled persons served by the Arc of Yates. In turn, you will receive tax advantages, in addition to the deep appreciation of those who will benefit from your thoughtfulness and your generosity.

As you consider options for your estate plans, your financial future and your valued possessions, you can explore gift options that will benefit you, your family and favored organizations.

Among ways you can make a gift to the Arc of Yates for a specific program, or unrestricted, and maximize your tax advantages:


  A Gift Via a Will or Trust

Commit a percentage of your estate or a specific amount at no cost to you at the time of commitment, which can be revised if necessary. The amount of the eventual gift is tax deductible for estate purposes


  Gifts of Common or Preferred Stock

The donor avoids capital gain tax and takes an income tax deduction; stock must have been held for at least one year. Gift is tax deductible up to 30% of the donor's adjusted gross income.


  A New or Paid-Up Life Insurance Policy

If your family situation allows this gift, The Arc of Yates becomes a designated beneficiary.


  A Retirement Plan

Donor maintains income during lifetime; after donor's death, the residual benefits will pass to the Arc of Yates free of estate and income taxes.


  Personal Property

Items that will benefit programs at the Arc of Yates (to be reviewed for suitability).  Donor can receive gift-in-kind tax benefits.


  Retained Residence

Donate your home, continue to live there during your lifetime and receive a tax deduction for your commitment. You continue to be responsible for maintenance fees, insurance, property taxes and repairs. (The Arc of Yates Board of Directors must approve proposed residential gifts following a review of the condition and marketability of the residence.)

  Real Estate
Non-residential property that will benefit the mission and programs of the Arc of Yates.  Donor avoids capital gains tax and receives and income tax deduction. (The Arc of Yates Board of Directors Must approve proposed real estate gifts.)

Although The Arc of Yates receives a portion of its operating revenue from federal, state and county funding, nearly 25% of our operating budget is from non-governmental sources. Non-tax based revenue originates from the services we provide to the community via Keuka Lake Enterprises, Keuka Lake School and most important, from gift income received from Arc of Yates members, other area residents, businesses, civic and fraternal organizations.

Gift income from community donors is vital to programs offered to 350 developmentally disabled individuals by 190 staff members. Your consideration of a planned gift will be especially meaningful and sincerely appreciated.

We invite you to consider a gift that will benefit you, family members and, eventually, The Arc of Yates. Consultation with an attorney, financial planner, certified public account or a trust officer is advised when considering a planned gift to a charitable organization.

For information regarding these gift options, how your estate gift will benefit The Arc of Yates and to learn more tax savings information please contact: Office of Community Relations (315) 536-7447 ext. 225 or by filling out the form to the right.

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Penn Yan, NY 14527

 (315) 536-7447