Become a Board Member!

The committed members on our Board of Directors are primarily parents and family members of people with disabilities. They have experienced firsthand both the challenges and the triumphs associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their personal stake in The Arc’s mission provides our volunteers, members, and professional staff with wisdom, inspiration, and guidance. Download the files below and send your application to our Board Development Committee!


Board Member Application
Board Member Agreement
Code of Ethics


Terri Schonfeld, Past Board President, Committee Chair

Ana Martinez, Chief Executive Officer

Frank Dykes, Board Development Committee Member

Allison Fischer, Board Development Committee Member

Ellen Goudeau, Board Development Committee Member

Mel Hocker, Board Development Committee Member

Planned Giving

Take care of yourself and family and take care of your community. Join a society of supporters that is helping advance the mission of The Arc of Texas. If you’d like a copy of our free Wills Guide which can help you organize your assets in advance of a meeting with your attorney, please contact us at 512-454-6694.

With tax season in full swing, most of us have taxes on our mind. If you owe income taxes for 2016, we want to help you change that situation for 2017. This is a great time to consider how you can reduce your 2016 tax liability while providing much needed support to The Arc of Texas now.

If you are age 70 or older and own a traditional IRA, you will need to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from it. This is mandated by the federal government. In fact, the government imposes a significant penalty on those who do not take their RMD. If you find yourself in this position and are already planning to make a gift to The Arc of Texas in 2016, you could make a gift of some or all of your RMD.

Did you know that by making your gift using an IRA charitable rollover (a direct transfer from your account to The Arc of Texas) you will not pay income taxes on that amount which is given as a gift? Since there is no tax deduction available on the transfer, this type of gift can work well even for those who do not itemize their taxes.

To learn more, please contact us at:




Make a donation today to help The Arc of Texas promote, protect, and advocate for the human rights and inclusion of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Staying informed is one of the best ways to get involved! Let us keep you updated on important issues and events with our quarterly newsletter.

Join The Arc of Texas + RSVP program!

Through the support of the Corporation of National Community Service, the first pilot of  the Retired & Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) pairing volunteers 55+ with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) has launched through The Arc of Texas in Williamson County. The program is designed to help:

  • Increase social connectedness
  • Develop important life skills
  • Ensure each member of our community with I/DD are able to live their safest, happiest, self-determined life.


  1. Sign-up to join as a member to receive volunteer support
  2. Apply to be an RSVP Volunteer
  3. Join as a community partner

Tell Us Your Story

Our mission is to promote, protect, and advocate for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We’d love to hear your experience about how The Arc of Texas has supported the I/DD community! We will feature a new story every month, so stay tuned for updates. No one tells better stories than the voices that should be heard!

More ways to get involved

Get in touch with your local chapter

We have 32 affiliated local chapters working to provide additional supports and services to families in communities throughout the state.

Work with The Arc of Texas

Our mission is to promote, protect, and advocate for the human rights and self-determination of Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Are you interested in joining our team as a board member, staff, or intern?

The Arc of Texas is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. We rely on funding from a variety of sources, including private donations, fundraising events and special government grants.

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