PACER Center, Inc.

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life and expand opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her full potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments PACER Center continued to provide projects that serve children and young adults and their families and the professionals who work with them, through more than 35 different projects. PACER Center responded to more than 38,000 calls and requests for information, provided over 500 workshops and trainings. The PACESETTER newsletter has a circulation of over 135,000 and the PACER websites had more than 2.3 million visits.
Current Goals PACER's overall goal is to improve lives of children and help all children achieve their full potential. Individual programs have many, various goals; they depend on specific project objectives. Overall, PACER programs provide individual assistance, information and workshops, responding to over 35,000 requests for information each year; PACER bullying prevention websites get over 1.6 million visits per year, and over 2,000 children and school staff view PACER puppet shows annually.
Community or Constituency Served Parents, families, children, young adults, and the professionals who serve them.
Geographic Area Served Variety of statewide programs, national projects, and websites. Statewide parent training throughout Minnesota, specific to Minnesota Special Education laws and rules, with national reach for bullying prevention and many other projects, and international reach with website.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 04/03/2021

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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8161 Normandale Blvd.
Mpls., MN 55437
Phone: 952 838-9000

General Information

Alternative Name: PACER, PACER Center, PACER Center, Inc.
EIN: 41-1306304
Principal Staff: Paula Goldberg
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 55
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: Over 38,000 requests for information were responded to, and over 2.3 million people visited the websites in the past fiscal year.
Ruling Year: 1980


Board Chair: Mark O'Leary
Number of Board Members: 23
Board Meetings with Quorum: 8
Average Member Attendance: 17.3

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