Arc’s Open Letter: To Its Community Partners and Stakeholders
On June 19, 2013, an article appeared in the Ventura County Star, reporting alleged embezzlement of funds at The Arc of Ventura County. It is necessary that we clarify information included in the article.
The Arc of Ventura County provides support and services to 700 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc Foundation of Ventura County operates thrift stores for the purpose of raising funds for The Arc of Ventura County. The two organizations, while sharing a common mission to improve the lives of the people we serve, are separate organizations with separate boards of directors and separate banking and accounting. Both groups are routinely audited by independent auditors.
The Arc of Ventura County receives funding from the State of California through Tri-Counties Regional Center and receives other federal and state funding, grants and private donations, as well as financial support from The Arc Foundation of Ventura County.
For a number of years, The Arc Foundation contracted with The Arc of Ventura County to perform its accounting services. In September 2012, a serious accounting irregularity was discovered during an audit of The Arc Foundation’s finances, which was reported to the Ventura Police Department.
As a result of an investigation by law enforcement, an employee of The Arc of Ventura County’s Accounting Department, who had performed accounting duties for The Arc Foundation, was arrested.
The Arc of Ventura County assures our community partners that its funds are not involved in the embezzlement. No private donations, grant dollars, federal or state funding were involved with this matter and services and programs have not been affected.
This incident, however unfortunate, will not deter us from our commitment to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively support their full inclusion and participation in their communities.
Robert E. Hogan, President
Patricia G. Schulz, Chief Executive Officer