The Arc of Indiana Master Trust

Indiana’s leading special needs trust, serving
Hoosiers of all disabilities since 1988.

The Arc Master Trust offers families and people of all disabilities an experienced, professional option for special needs trust administration at an affordable price, allowing resources to be saved and easily used for qualified disability and personal expenses.

The trust was founded by The Arc of Indiana, a statewide association established in 1956 by parents of children with developmental disabilities who came together to build a better and more accepting world for their children.
Today, the combined strength of The Arc at the local, state and national level makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc Master Trust Offers Two Trust Programs

Trust I, established in 1988, helps families provide for the financial future of their loved one without affecting eligibility for government benefits.

Trust II, established in 1995, allows people with disabilities to save their own money in a trust while maintaining eligibility for government benefits.

Open to People of All Disabilities

The Arc Master Trust serves Hoosiers of all disabilities, including people with physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Safeguarding Assets

Safeguarding the assets of trust beneficiaries is a primary concern of The Arc Master Trust. Trust funds are safely and securely on deposit with The National Bank of Indianapolis, and a trust advisory committee and The Arc of Indiana board of directors provides advice and oversight of The Arc Master Trust.

The Arc Master Trust is a founding member of the Alliance of Pooled Special Needs Trusts. Its mission is to inform, educate and facilitate communication among pooled special needs trust providers by establishing and maintaining best practices for the benefit of the communities they serve. Melissa Justice, senior trust officer, currently serves as secretary.

Learn more about our safeguard protections.

The National Bank of Indianapolis is a proud financial partner with The Arc of Indiana and provides expert banking, administration, and investment management services for The Arc and its clients. To learn more about The National Bank of Indianapolis and its services, please visit

The Arc Master Trust Advisory Committee

  • Tom Ewbank – Retired, Krieg DeVault
  • Dennis Frick – Indiana Legal Services
  • Kevin McDowell – Retired, Deputy Attorney General, office of the Indiana Attorney General

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