Did you know that Special Olympics is Illinois' largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities? And today, when you donate to Special Olympics International, you'll contribute the equipment, attire, and health supplies that can help transform an athlete's life — both in Illinois and around the world.
For every athlete we’ve been able to reach, there’s an athlete still waiting on the sidelines. We're celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, so we want to lift up and celebrate EVERY champion with a dream of taking the field, but we can only do it if people from Illinois step up. There are thousands of athletes in Illinois, and millions around the world, counting on you to be their hero — please, chip in today. Thank you so much for your support.
Special Olympics International (SOI) is committed to efficiency and transparency. We communicate with our supporters, donors, and prospective donors by email, postal mail, phone, and other means, both to request contributions to our cause and to educate the public about Special Olympics’ year round sport and health programs, volunteer opportunities, and Unified events in local communities and around the world. These efforts help advance our mission to change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities and to transform lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. As a result, in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance, SOI allocates a portion of our fundraising costs to program services. As a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal taxation, we ensure our donors’ money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.