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NORTHEAST ARC RECEIVES SECOND $1 MILLION GIF | Philanthropist Steven P. Rosenthal Makes Another Historic Donation

Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with, or at risk for developing, disabilities become full participants in the community, is pleased to announce it has received a second million-dollar gift from Steven P. Rosenthal of Marblehead, Chairman of West Shore, a multifamily real estate investment firm.


In 2017, Rosenthal’s initial $1 million gift to Northeast Arc, established the Changing Lives Fund, which provided the vehicle for Northeast Arc to expand services in creative and innovative ways that traditional funding has not allowed.  It also led the organization to raise additional visibility, supporters, and funds.


“When Steve made his initial $1 Million donation it was a real game-changer for us,” said Jo Ann Simons, President & CEO of Northeast Arc. “Since that time Steve has been actively engaged with the Northeast Arc and has encouraged us to look beyond what we are currently doing and find new and exciting opportunities.  This second gift solidifies his belief in what we are doing to change lives for people with disabilities and their families every day.”


The Northeast Arc plans to activate Rosenthal’s generous donation in three primary areas:

  • Focus on workforce investment though its new Pathways to Opportunities program
  • Continue to execute on bold ideas such as the ArcTank
  • Replicate successful programs and services, such as the Center for Linking Lives, into a wider geographical area while also expanding the use of technology for people the agency serves

“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the work that Jo Ann and her team have done with my initial donation and I’m confident they will continue to be innovative with these additional funds,” said Steven P. Rosenthal.  “I urge others who are looking at organizations to support to talk to the folks at Northeast Arc.  I know they will be equally impressed and want to be part of changing lives in a very positive way.”


Rosenthal earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard and a law degree at Boston University. He practiced corporate law for 25 years and served as co-managing director at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. Prior to forming West Shore, he served as president and president and CEO at Northland Investment Corporation.


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Steve Rosenthal, who recently made his second $1 Million gift to the Northeast Arc, gets a high five from J.J. Millard of Peabody while visiting the Greater Beverly YMCA to see the organization’s Water Wise program in action.  Water Wise is a unique program that combines the expertise of Northeast Arc and the YMCA swim lesson program to provide children with autism the life skill of knowing how to swim. This is just one of the programs made possible by Rosenthal’s initial donation to Northeast Arc.  Pictured (l-r): John Millard, J.J.’s Dad, J.J., Joanna Millard, J.J.’s Mom, Rosenthal, and Jo Ann Simons, President & CEO, Northeast Arc.