FRANKFORT KY 40601-2408
Contact Information
Address 706 E MAIN ST. STE A
FRANKFORT , KY 40601 2408
Phone (502) 875-5225
Fax 502 875-5226
Contact Name Patty Dempsey
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1962
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations can be made to The Arc of Kentucky through mail or online checking, credit card, telephone, in-kind donations. Volunteer opportunities include assistance with various activities within the office that could include assistance in compiling educational materials, collating materials, dissemination of materials, answering phone, newsletter preparation/mailing, assisting at statewide conference and regional trainings.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence community policy.
Background Statement
 The Arc is a statewide grassroots parent, family, caregiver and consumer-driven organization with over 55 years of experience in working to enhance and enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  It is the largest statewide volunteer organization and a member of The Arc of the United States and the National Disability Policy Collaboration.  The Arc and its local affiliate chapters throughout the state have been an active independent voice involved in disabilities and health care issues, education, advocacy, outreach, and partnership.  The Arc has an outstanding record in conducting high quality training, promoting advocacy and self-advocacy efforts, person-centered and self determination training, parent and family outreach, and the development of support initiatives and resources. The Arc holds a Vision of a positive future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; a future of communities with services and supports that promote lives of value for Kentucky's citizens with disabilities.  The Arc of Kentucky believes that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are contributing members of schools, work places, churches, synagogues, neighborhoods, and their communities.  The Arc values services and supports that enhance the quality of life through interdependence, friendship, choice and respect for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc has a history of involvement across disabilities and all age groups of individuals with disabilities, experience in personal advocacy, concern with quality of life and program quality, interest in expanding community opportunities, and an extensive network concerned self-advocates, family members and volunteers throughout the state.
Impact Statement
(1) The Arc of Kentucky hosted its 60th Annual Best Practices Statewide Conference for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities that provided information for individuals with disabilities, their family members, the elderly, providers, caregivers, community leaders, businesses, advocacy organizations, education professionals, policymakers, etc.  (2) An  IAM DETERMINED Transition from School to Adult Life Directory of Resources and Services was released. The purpose of the Directory is to identify the quality of transition services for students age 14-21 who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with Individual Education Plans within the state. (3) The Arc hosted several Future Is Now Project - Safe and Secure Workshops throughout the state that provides families with information and guidance on creating a support plan, financial planning, estate planning/special needs trusts, etc. (4) Hosted and/or participated in additional educational trainings, i.e. Navigating through the School and Service Delivery System.
Needs Statement
 Appropriate funding to support expansion of advocacy and education efforts for individuals with disabilities and their families statewide:
1.   Funding for additional staff and volunteer travel,
2.   Website designer and maintenance,
3.   Printed material and distribution i.e. newsletter, program brochures,
4.   Additional meeting space for meetings and necessary trainings, and
5.   Volunteers to assist with office activities.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The Arc of Kentucky's uniqueness centers around its statewide grassroots formation made up of PEOPLE - people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, neighbors, and friends advocating for fairness and equality. I have been a part of this organization for over 30 years.  As a family member of an individual with an intellectual disability, I believe strongly in the values and principles upon which The Arc of Kentucky was built.  I have seen firsthand the effectiveness of families networking together and with community/business leaders and policymakers.
Board Chair Statement
From a President's perspective, the primary challenge of a non-profit organization is appropriate funding and the need to continuously identify funding sources whether they be individual, foundations, corporations, fundraising activities or grant searching, etc.  As a parent of  a young man with an intellectual disability, I understand the many unmet service needs that must continually be addressed.  As a parent, I was unaware of community services that helped my son until I participated in The Arc's Advocates in Action Self-Determination Leadership program that empowers you to become a strong advocate.  Participation in The Arc's Future is Now Program helped me to understand the need to plan for my son's future.
Geographic Areas Served
The Arc of Kentucky is a statewide organization.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.
The Arc of Kentucky advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; provide resources; inspire communities and influence community policy.  
The Arc of Kentucky wants all citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in and be included in all phases of community life and to make choices about and take control over their own lives to as large extent as possible including where and with whom they will live and work in the community.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?
This is accomplished primarily by our organization's ability to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through advocacy (the process of presenting their needs to local, state and national governmental and organizational bodies), education (informing such persons and their families of the programs and processes that they can use, and by raising awareness of the general population of the needs and abilities of such persons so that they will be accepted as individuals by the general public), and providing resource information.
This is also accomplished by by initiating and supporting local, state and national prevention efforts to reduce the incidence and limit the consequences of intellectual and developmental disabilities through research, advocacy, education and family support, by providing leadership, pursuing quality and justice, and developing human and financial resources to reach the above goals.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? As a statewide organization with 14 local affiliate community chapters,  The Arc of Kentucky is striving to reach out to all citizens who would benefit from our experience and help.  Our long standing relationships with the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, Protection and Advocacy, the Commonwealth Council on Disabilities, and the Kentucky Department for Behaviorial Health, ensures that our organization will continue to benefit all citizens of the state.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

The Arc of Kentucky is committed to all people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, as well as families, and works to develop public policy which will assist them in realizing their goals of learning, living, working, and playing in the community. The Arc's mission is advocating for the human rights and full inclusion and participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence community policy. In line with the Mission, Vision, and Core Values, The Arc of Kentucky has a five year Strategic Plan in place with identified goals, objectives, activities and timelines that determine the direction and progress of the organization.

The goals set out in the Strategic Plan include: Advocacy, Education and Outreach, Collaboration and Partnership, Membership, and Revenue. The Strategic planning, goals and objectives are reviewed at quarterly board of directors meeting and at the best practices annual conference to assess the organizations progress. Additional periodic planning sessions are help with the governing body for an orientation of new board members, mentoring, review of procedural policies, etc. New pilot projects are developed during these sessions, i.e. a statewide sibling network, self-advocacy council, a curriculum to reach aging caregivers of individuals with disabilities, and a self-determination/leadership program.

Additionally, the qualitative and quantitative indicators for the organization's progress are measured through participation in outreach of various training evens, regional trainings, conferences, meetings, gatherings, etc. to reach individuals with disabilities, caregivers, families, friends, etc. Through the annual statewide conference, members are contacted throughout the state to assess the needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their quality of life. Surveys are developed to assure the most up-to-date best practices information and topics are provided.

The Arc's Annual Statewide Conference is a best practices conference held in collaboration with Kentucky TASH, Kentucky Department of Education, Simpson County and Jefferson County Parent Resource Centers and Kentucky Self Advocates for Freedom. Through the overarching themes each year of Education, Community Living, Inclusive Communities, Self-Advocacy, Employment, Federal and State Funded Programs, the conference serves as a platform to individuals with disabilities, family members, friends, the elderly, service providers, community leaders, advocacy organizations, education professionals, policymakers, etc. to network, share ideas and exciting information within the disabilities arena. Participants are recruited through mailings, newsletters, website, e-mails, webinars, etc.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

The Arc of Kentucky’s progress is measured by its supports and services offered and provided. It is an ongoing process. Supports and services offered include information and referral services, independent advocacy to address education, employment, health care and other concerns. Other initiatives include self-advocacy, a sibling network and family support. The Arc’s various training events and programs assist in reaching goals and objectives of the organization. The Arc’s programs include the Advocates in Action Self-Determination/Leadership Program which is a statewide innovative self-determination leadership academy designed to train individuals with disabilities; family members, siblings of individuals with disabilities; or professionals working with these individuals. The program empowers individuals and families to advocate for themselves and others. The Future is Now is a program to reach aging caregivers of individuals with disabilities and others to plan for their future and make decisions and create plans for the future of their family member in terms of residential, social, financial and legal decisions and planning. The Arc of Kentucky is a partner of the Project SAFE Kentucky program that works to end domestic violence against individuals with disabilities. The Arc is involved in the Transition from School Interagency Council, Employment First initiative and ongoing efforts to assist students and families during the period of transition from school to community life. Most of these initiatives are ongoing. Some barriers that exist are identifying ways to best reach caregivers, employments goals, and the sustainability of these programs in the future.

Board Chair
Board Chair James Cheely
Company Affiliation Board President
Term Apr 2014 to Apr 2016
Board Members
James Cheely PresidentVoting
Bob Gray TreasurerVoting
Ellen Nicholson SecretaryVoting
Nancy Prather SecretaryVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 80
Female 20
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Nancy Prather
Company Affiliation President-Elect
Term Apr 2014 to Apr 2016
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Patty Dempsey
Term Start Jan 2010

The Executive Director has been serving in this position for eleven years and is the overall manager of the organization and grant projects. Prior to assuming this position she was employed by the Arc as the Associate Director/Program Director for the organization and was involved in several programs and grant initiatives through the Arc.

Patty Dempsey is from Frankfort and is the family member of a person with an intellectual disability. She attended Franklin County High School and Kentucky State University majoring in Public Administration. Her involvement and membership in national and stat organizations include The Arc of Kentucky, The Arc of Central Kentucky, the Arc of the United States, AIDD, The Arc of the U.S. Executives, the Association of Providers of Supported Employment, The Commission for Persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (Governor appointment), the Center for Self-Determination, Kentucky TASH, Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children, and United Partners of Kentucky.

Prior Executive Directors include Chris Brown from Hazard, KY who served in that position for three years and Cecilia Arbuckle from Nashville, TN who served for three years also.

Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 28
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A

Advocates In Action is an innovative self determination leadership academy designed to train individuals with disabilities; family members, siblings of family members with disabilities; or professionals working with people with disabilities.

Advocates In Action provides state-of the-art knowledge about issues relating to developmental disabilities and builds the competencies necessary for Advocates in Action participants to become advocates who can effectively influence public policy.

Population Served , ,
Description The Future is Now of Kentucky Project is a program designed to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in making future plans for residential, financial and legal future plans for their later years. The purpose of The Future is Now is to engage families and their relative with a disability to jointly make plans for the future by preparing a Letter of Intent at regional training sessions that will identify the dreams and plans for the future of the individual with a disability.
Population Served , ,
This council is made up of self advocates that work as an Advisory Council to The Arc of Kentucky Board of Directors.  The mission of this group is to promote full inclusion of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in all aspects of everyday life. 
Budget 2500
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled, People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short Term Success
The self advocacy group was formed as an advisory council, set mission and goals and meeting dates that coincide with the Arc of Kentucky quarterly board meetings.  They provide input on the self advocacy track of the Arc of Kentucky Annual Best Practices Conference.
Program Long term Success
 Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities on the Advisory Council will provide input that helps the Arc Board set policies and priorities for services and supports that will impact individuals with diabilities to live independent lives.
Program Success Monitored By
Reports provided to the Arc of Kentucky Board of Directors at quarterly meetings.
Examples of Program Success
Self advocates advise and actively participated in the Annual Best Practices Conference in which some 350 people attended.  They shared their success stories on living independently in the community, working, social and recreation activities in the community.  One of the goals of this group is to strive for community inclusion and jobs.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $226,600.00
Projected Expenses $226,600.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$184,890$208,829$241,134
Individual Contributions$5,008$1,655$6,381
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0--
Membership Dues$2,823$2,280$6,577
Special Events$12,539$17,343$13,754
Revenue In-Kind--$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$180,683$205,070$234,134
Administration Expense$56,950$77,224$90,511
Fundraising Expense--$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.940.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%73%72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$23,071$40,070$51,820
Current Assets$23,071$40,070$51,820
Long-Term Liabilities--$0--
Current Liabilities$4,449$33,507$27,685
Total Net Assets$18,622$6,563$24,135
Form 990s
2014 Form 990
2013 990 2013
2012 990 2012
2011 990 2011
2010 990EZ 2010
2009 Form 990
2008 Form 990
Audit Documents
2014 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 706 E MAIN ST. STE A
FRANKFORT , KY 406012408
Primary Phone 502 875-5225
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Patty Dempsey
Board Chair James Cheely
Board Chair Company Affiliation Board President