Code of Ethics and Donor Bill of Rights

The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham is a member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals. As such, we subscribe to its Code of Ethics which ensures that our fundraising practices and handling of philanthropic gifts meet the highest ethical standards, and that the donor’s intent is honestly fulfilled.

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits

Independent Sector
National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)
National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
Council for Resource Development (CRD)
United Way of America

Adopted in 1993
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Recurring Donation Program

For the price of one or two of those fancy coffee drinks, you could put aside a few bucks each week to support The Arc. It doesn’t have to be $5 and it doesn’t have to be on a Friday. It doesn’t even have to be every week. Any recurring donation makes a difference and is an easy way to support The Arc without hurting your wallet. Just click the Paypal button below, then check the “Make This Recurring – Monthly” box next to your donation amount.


Treats For Dreams

Service Project Bake Sales

If you’re looking for a service project, we have a fun and easy one for you. Hold a bake sale! We’ve got everything you need except the treats.

House Parties

Many of our friends have asked about turning birthday parties, cookouts, holiday parties, and neighborhood get-togethers into fundraisers for us. We’re happy to help you make it happen.

Monetary Gifts

Make a one-time donation or make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one.

Your Gift Helps People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Have A Life Like Yours

Other Amount: USD

Or mail your check to:

The Arc of Harrisonburg & Rockingham
620 Simms Ave.,
Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

In-Kind Donations

We always appreciate your non-monetary gifts. You can’t go wrong with these. They are ongoing needs.

  • Books with current and accurate information about intellectual and developmental disabilities for our Resource Library
  • 8.5 x 11 copy paper
  • 13 gallon garbage bags
  • 55 gallon garbage bags
  • paper towels
  • paper napkins
  • paper plates
  • plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • snacks: applesauce, cheese crackers, fruit snacks, cookies, chips, microwave popcorn, individual cups of ice cream, anything that can be divided into individual servings


Major Project Gifts

At present we have two projects underway for which we are seeking major gifts funding.

Resource and Respite Services

The Arc Resource Center will be a one-stop-shop for families, caregivers, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, professionals, students seeking information, and the general public. It will include information, advocacy, individual
assistance, and referral services, as well as a lending library and literature collection.

The Respite Services program is currently in the process of becoming licensed. Caring for someone with an intellectual or developmental disability is a full-time, exhausting job. When licensed, our Respite program will provide in-home care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so that parents and caregivers can attend to other needs.

For detailed information on how your major gift can support Resource and Respite Services, please call Amanda Brothers at 540-437-9214, x133 or email her at

GOLD Integrated Day Support

GOLD stand for Growing Opportunities for Lifelong Development, and that is what the GOLD Integrated Day Support Program aims to do for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities I/DD. We believe that all people, even those with the greatest needs and most severe challenges, have much to bring to our community and much to gain from it. As we have worked with the participants in our current Op Shop center-based program, we have often been astonished at how people have come alive in community settings in ways we never imagined.

Integrated Day Support is built on the promise that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with have the opportunity to participate as fully as they choose in their communities, not in groups of other people with disabilities but in the community at large. Not only is this now the law throughout the United States, it is the mission of The Arc as well. Through the GOLD program we are committed to creating a Center of Excellence for integrated day support for adults with I/DD in Harrisonburg and Rockingham.

To learn more about how your major gift can transform lives, please contact us today.