The Arc of Benton County primarily raises money through two thrift store operations located in Corvallis and Philomath. These stores are run well and pay slightly above minimum wage for workers who generally have difficulty finding employment at other employers. Item donations to these stores stay local and provide, in themselves, a reasonable benefit for people in the area; they have a modest collaborative effort with area charities to help keep prices lower and selection higher. Other funds come from periodic grants and rental of residential units to families of people with IDD. These properties are reasonably well maintained and run essentially at cost.
A long term executive director provides inconsistent leadership that changes based on opportunity rather than purpose. A volunteer board is intermittently and minimally involved in directing the organization. The social benefits of the organization are modest and in good intention but do not provide leadership for social change or disruption of known problems.