|About||The Arc Maryland began in 1950 as a small group of concerned parents. Today we are the largest statewide advocacy organization assisting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland.|
|Mission||For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities|
To fulfill our purpose, The Arc Maryland actively pursues six goals:
1.To create and sustain a person-driven service delivery system that incorporates the preferences, addresses the needs, and protects the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities
2.To empower persons with intellectual disabilities and members of their families
3.To advocate for the full inclusion of all persons with intellectual disabilities in the life of the community
4.To create a strong beginning and a firm foundation for children with intellectual disabilities by supporting them and their families
5.To promote efforts to prevent and reduce the incidence of intellectual disabilities in the general population
6.To ensure that The Arc Maryland is financially stable and capable of fulfilling its mission
The Arc Maryland is proud to display this Seal of Excellence awarded by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Certification in the Standards for Excellence program is bestowed only to nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated compliance with 55 specific Standards for Excellence based on honestly, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability. The standards go beyond the minimum legal requirements by outlining how well-managed and responsibly-governed nonprofits should operate in eight areas of nonprofit operations:
•Mission and Program
•Conflict of Interest
•Financial and Legal Accountability
•Openness and Disclosure
•Public Policy and Public Affairs
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol of trust.
Organizations that display the seal not only obey the law, but go beyond the minimum requirements set forth by government regulation.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol for excellence in nonprofit management.
Organizations that display the seal are guided by a well defined mission, have evaluation systems in place to measure the effectiveness of their programs, and adhere to sound financial management policies.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol of excellence in leadership.
Organizations that display the seal are led by a volunteer board of directors that accepts responsibility to oversee the organization's mission, policies, programs, human and financial resources.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol of openness and disclosure in nonprofits.
Organizations that display the seal have information available to the public, provide truthful responsible stewardship of all donations, and provide a voice for their constituents.
The Arc Maryland has met, complied with, and integrated the Standards for Excellence into all its activities to successfully complete this voluntary certification program. For more information about the Standards for Excellence program, please visit www.standardsfor