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Special Olympics Arizona

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four stars

94.78

2455 N Citrus Road Building 64
Goodyear, AZ 85395
tel: (800) 289-4946   Web Site
EIN: 86-0307564

Board Leadership
Casey Strunk
Board Chair

CEO
Jamie Heckerman
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.78 four stars
  Financial 93.27 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all 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. The first Special Olympics Arizona competition in 1975 consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers. Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 22 sports, 170 programs in 15 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 5,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.

The mission of the Special Olympics Arizona is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all 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. The first Special Olympics Arizona competition in 1975 consisted of a one-day track and field event with 100 athletes and 20 volunteers. Today, Special Olympics Arizona offers 22 sports, 170 programs in 15 regional areas, and five statewide competitions for 9,100 athletes and, 1,300 Class A volunteers and 5,000 day-of-event volunteers on an annual basis.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Number of competition entrants
21,461
Total number of competitions held
678
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

93.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 10/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
89.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.21
  Program Expenses Growth 1.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Special Olympics Arizona on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Special Olympics Arizona on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Voice

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person)
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
Established new Unified Arts program to engage students and adults with and without disabilities through creative forms beyond sports including music, photography, esports, robotics, gardening, and art contests This came from a suggestion of a Unified pair at a local High School in Arizona
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Special Olympics Arizona (AZ) 94.78 four stars
Special Olympics Massachusetts (MA) 89.06 three stars
Special Olympics Minnesota (MN) 88.08 three stars
Special Olympics North Carolina (NC) 93.14 four stars
Special Olympics Missouri (MO) 95.10 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,363,403
   Federated Campaigns $75,907
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $366,930
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $375,000
Total Contributions $6,181,240
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,181,240
   Other Revenue $97,485
TOTAL REVENUE $6,278,725
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $4,456,670
   Administrative Expenses $212,775
   Fundraising Expenses $475,838
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,145,283
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,133,442
   
Net Assets $5,898,175

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Athletic Competition $3,032,711 67.6%
Public Education $760,434 17.0%
Outreach & Volunteers $690,237 15.4%

Ratings History
Special Olympics Arizona has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2020 94.78 four stars
2017-12 12/01/2019 93.64 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 90.73 four stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 92.52 four stars
2015-12 04/01/2017 97.23 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 95.98 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 96.95 four stars
2011-12 05/01/2013 85.10 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 88.01 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 85.76 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 77.85 two stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 89.45 three stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 71.89 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 86-0307564
Name in IRS Master File SPECIAL OLYMPICS ARIZONA INC
NTEE Code N72
NTEE Classification Special Olympics
NTEE Type Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (160) Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
(298) Training in sports
(317) Other sports or athletic activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date April, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$111,052 2.15% Jamie Heckerman President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$82,059 1.59% Tim Martin Former President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Special Olympics Arizona (AZ) 94.78 four stars
Special Olympics Massachusetts (MA) 89.06 three stars
Special Olympics Maryland (MD) 87.78 three stars
Special Olympics Colorado (CO) 90.78 four stars
Special Olympics New Jersey (NJ) 93.72 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Special Olympics Arizona
2455 N Citrus Road
Building 64
Goodyear, AZ 85395
tel: (800) 289-4946
fax: (602) 230-1110
EIN: 86-0307564

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Board Leadership

Casey Strunk
Board Chair

CEO

Jamie Heckerman
Chief Executive Officer

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