July 18, 2019
Northeast Arc Names Chief Development Officer

Craig Welton
November 12, 2018 — Northeast Arc, a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides lifelong support to children and adults living with disabilities, recently announced it has hired Craig Welton as chief development officer.

In his role, Welton will be responsible for fundraising, public relations, and marketing support to support the overall mission of Northeast Arc.

Welton most recently served for 10 years the Massachusetts and Rhode Island state director at Best Buddies International. In that role, Welton oversaw operations, management ,and fundraising responsibilities at the nonprofit, which serves more than 8,000 Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I’m very excited that Craig is joining our team in the critical role of chief development officer,” said Jo Ann Simons, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Arc. “His experience with Best Buddies matches perfectly with the skill set needed to be successful in his new role.”

Welton said, "I have had an amazing opportunity to work on behalf of people with disabilities for over 10 years, and I’m incredibly excited to continue pursuing this passion at the Northeast Arc. The Northeast Arc has a great reputation for providing life enhancing opportunities to the people it serves and I am humbled to join such an accomplished organization. I look forward to working alongside this dedicated team to continuing raising the bar for people with disabilities."

Welton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Saint Anselm College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University. In addition, he earned an executive certificate in nonprofit leadership from Duke University and an executive certificate in social entrepreneurship from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Welton serves as a board member for The Sisters Wish, a New England-based nonprofit that provides life enhancing experiences and support to young adults with chronic and terminal illness.

For the year ending June 30, 2016, Northeast Arc reported $192.7 million in revenue, of which $313,000 came from contributions and grants, and $192.6 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Founded in 1954, Northeast Arc today has an annual operating budget of about $200 million and serves 10,000 people in nearly 190 cities and towns in Massachusetts. It is one of the largest employers on the North Shore, with more than 500 hundred full-time employees and about 100 part-time employees.

Northeast Arc is the largest Arc (historically designating Association for Retarded Citizens) in the state of Massachusetts and the second largest of 700 Arcs in the country. Services include adult family care, autism services, day habilitation, deaf services, employment services, family support, personal care assistance, shared living and transition, and skilled intermittent home health care.

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