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NCE Newsletter
July 7, 2017

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Your Investment in The Arc

We know this is a time of great uncertainty for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families — as well as chapters of The Arc — as forces are working to dismantle all that we have worked together to build over the 67-year history of The Arc. It is for that reason too, that your investment in The Arc’s national operation is more important than ever.

The Arc’s Board of Directors is considering the possibility of a dues increase in 2018 to make sure we have the resources for the battle ahead. But we won’t proceed without your input about how we are doing and whether you can manage a modest increase in your investment in The Arc. So please take a few minutes to review the linked memorandum from Board President, Elise McMillan, and yours truly, and then use the link in the memo (or here) to provide your input via a short SurveyMonkey poll.  Also feel free to provide your input to me directly via email to We welcome your input and advice. –Peter Berns, CEO

Gateway to Change - NCE SLI 2017

SLI registration: Online registration closing July 17 

It’s not too late to register online for 2017 Summer Leadership Institute: Gateway to Change (July 24-26)—but it will be soon! Join us for an experience that unites executives and leaders from across the disability sector in pursuit of a shared mission. Register today!

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Convention Registration is open which means it's time to register for The NCE Professional Development Seminar!

Appreciation! Excitement! Enthusiasm! The Engagement Clinic is Open! The 2017 NCE Professional Development Seminar will feature 2012 TEDx Speaker and AcknowledgementWorks Founder, Chris Littlefield. Chris is conducting The Engagement Clinic to give us the tools and resources we need to build a culture of appreciation for our most valuable resource: our STAFF! Sign up for this highly interactive session today!

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Congratulations to our 2017 NCE Award Winners

The Arc’s community answered the call and submitted 15 excellent candidates for an NCE Distinguished Professional Achievement award. This process made clear to us that our Executives and their staff are remarkable individuals, respected for all they contribute to their organizations and to people with I/DD. Thank you! 

  • Diversity & Cultural Competence Achievement – John Nash, Executive Director, The Arc of North Carolina, NC
  • Executive Excellence – Thomas Kendziorski, Executive Director, The Arc of Oakland County, MI AND Kim Dodson, Executive Director, The Arc of Indiana, IN 
  • Exemplary Career Leadership – Marijo Rymer, Executive Director, The Arc of Colorado, CO
  • Exemplary Mentor – Penny Spillman, Executive Director, Y.E.S. The Arc, AZ
  • Lifetime Achievement – Mary Gonzalez, Founder, Gamaliel Foundation, IL
  • Rising Star – Rob Malone, Executive Director, The Arc of Prince George’s County, MD
  • Outstanding Professional Achievement – Kevin Crosley, Executive Director, The Arc Herkimer, NY
  • Program Innovation – Mary Van Haneghan, Executive Director, The Arc of the Capital Area, TX

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New NCE Emeritus Award

NCE is committed to finding ways to let our members know we recognize and appreciate all they do. Welcome the NEW NCE Emeritus Award. This award is for executives or senior managers who have dedicated at least 15 years to The Arc and who are retiring in the current year. The NCE Emeritus Award will provide the receiver with a lifetime honorary membership with emeritus status in NCE in addition to other great benefits. The Latin definition of Emeritus is literally 'veteran soldier'! Thus we are recognizing are veteran members. Please send Dawn Cooper,, the names of any retiring staff who meet the above criteria. Thank you!

NCE Silent Auction

NCE Silent Auction Website is Open! Are you ready to donate an item?

Do you have a great item you’d like to donate to the NCE Silent Auction? Well, our Auction Giving website is now open. Visit the site and click on donate an item. It’s just as easy as that.  Thank you for your support!

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Chapter Benefits Spotlight - Development and Fundraising Resources

Looking to upgrade and energize the strategies you use to connect with your state and local donors? Want to increase private local philanthropy? The Arc has numerous ideas and resources (most are free) for your benefit including:


  • The Planned Giving Workgroup to learn about building sustainability for your chapter 
  • WealthEngine to help you focus on donors strategically to increase revenue
  • Car Donation Program:  Sign-up and earn 90% from the sale of cars donated to your chapter 
  • Employee Giving and CFC support
  • Materials to showcase how easy it is to make gift of stock

Contact Jennifer Henke or Robyn Goldsmith for additional information.

Relias Corner – What’s happening with our partner!

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Product Launch: Relias PATHS

While it’s essential for training programs to, at the very least, fulfill regulatory requirements and help organizations remain compliant, don’t you want more from your investment? 

Relias Learning is pleased to announce its newest learning offering, Relias PATHS™. PATHS can focus on specific, measurable behavior change. PATHS target deficiencies in staff competency that are directly linked to clinical and managerial shortcomings that can put your organization at risk. 

Relias PATHS can help your organization:

  • Get staff up to the necessary skill level and keep them there;
  • Stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market;
  • Gain confidence to deliver high quality services that positively impact the care experience; and
  • Improve its bottom line.

Visit Relias PATHS online.

Look who’s joined - New Relias Customers

  • The Arc of Greater New Orleans, LA
  • The Arc of Iberville and West Baton Rouge, LA
  • The Arc of East Ascension, LA
  • The Arc of St. Charles, LA
    The Arc of St. Mary, LA
  • The Arc of Caddo-Bossier, LA
  • Terrebonne Arc, LA
  • Beauregard Arc, LA
  • Donaldsonville Arc, LA
  • Stone Belt, IN
  • The Arc of Southside, VA
  • The Arc of Jackson County, AL

Request a demonstration with Relias to see how you too can bring interactive training to your employees.

Relias Events: Impact Nation

Register today!

October 2-4, 2017 | Orlando, FL

Pricing: $499 through July.

Learn more about The Arc and Relias Learning Partnership

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Interested in learning about NCE and The Arc's partnership with NTEN? Read more. NCE members, you and your staff members are eligible for NTEN membership! Log in to learn more!


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