• The Arc of Dutchess Announces Appointment of New Director of Donor Relations





    As part of its impactful work in the community and to further its fundraising efforts, The Arc of Dutchess, one of the county’s largest providers of support services for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, announced the addition of Sarah Weikel, director of donor relations, to the executive administrative team.
     
    Weikel brings several years of fundraising and donor management experience to her position. She will provide strategic direction for the organization’s fund development efforts by identifying and cultivating support from individuals, corporations and foundations, while raising awareness of The Arc of Dutchess’ mission, vision and core values. Previously, Weikel served as the community relations manager for The Art Effect in Poughkeepsie, where she was responsible for securing and stewarding sources of support, overseeing annual giving campaigns and promoting the organization’s work within the local community.
     
     “Sarah will play an integral role in the organization’s fund development efforts, which guarantees our ability to      continue vital services, programs and platforms for individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Crys McCuin, executive director of The Arc of Dutchess. “Her expertise and proven record of donor management and grant writing, as well as her passion for helping individuals with disabilities achieve their potential, made her the ideal candidate for this position. I am confident that her addition to the team will vastly broaden our development initiatives and help us move our mission forward.”
     
    Weikel graduated summa cum laude from The State University of New York at New Paltz with a master’s degree in English.  She is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Cerebral Palsy Inspire Foundation Board, The United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Young Leaders United and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s nonprofit committee.
     
    About The Arc of Dutchess
     
    As one of the region’s largest non-profit organizations devoted to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, The Arc of Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, NY, serves
    1,000 people with disabilities and their families through clinical therapies and habilitation programs, along with vital services related to residential support, respite and other family resources, student and parent assistance in the transition from school to adulthood, educational advocacy and guardianship, plus recreation and youth programs. For information, visit The Arc of Dutchess at www.arcdutchess.org or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

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