In the late 1990’s three concerned Arc’s from our local community decided, in effort to support individuals with special needs and their families, that they would work together and establish The Arc Community Trust of Pennsylvania (ACT). The Arc of Chester County, The Arc of Delaware County and The Arc of Montgomery County worked together, gained funding and launched ACT in 2001.
In 2001 ACT was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in Pennsylvania for the purpose of administering a pooled special needs trust for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. Over the years ACT also became Trustee for other special needs trusts, including Third Party Special Needs Trusts, which are funded with the assets of someone other than the Trust Beneficiary; Non-Pooled Special Needs Trusts, which are funded with assets belonging to the Trust beneficiary; and, educational special needs trusts.
From the beginning the vision of ACT was to provide individual’s and their families a charitable organization who understood their issues, shared the vision of independence and worked to provide a safe vehicle to preserve resources, safeguard individual’s governmental benefits and provide families the security of knowing their loved one’s financial interests would be cared for by a compassionate charity.
Over the years the three founding Arc Chapters have played a critical role in the oversight of ACT by nominating board members and supplying professional experience and support. Although ACT is an independent 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, we owe a great deal of gratitude to the three founding Arc Chapters. Today, The Arc Alliance (formerly The Arc of Montgomery County and The Delaware County Advocacy & Resource Organization (formerly The Arc of Delaware County) continue to be involved with ACT through their provision of board members.
Today ACT as a nonprofit organization serves more than 900 individuals, with more than $46 million in assets under management. Our growth is based on our commitment on the belief that everyone should have the chance to live securely and independently, and our services empower people to make choices that are meaningful to them and to their families.
The board and staff of ACT look forward to serving you and your loved one. As our history shows, ACT looks to provide quality trust management as well as resources and support to both individuals with disabilities and their families. If you have questions or would like additional information on how ACT and a special needs trust may assist you prepare for the future, please contact us.