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Human Services : Multipurpose Human Service Organizations

Special Olympics

Sports that creates inclusive communities throughout the world, ending intolerance, injustice, and inactivity.

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four stars

90.49

1133 Nineteenth Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 700-8585   Web Site
EIN: 52-0889518

Board Leadership
Timothy Shriver
Chairman

CEO
Mary Davis
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.49 four stars
  Financial 88.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes come from more than 170 countries. The goal of Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID to offer continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities (ID). Through sports, our athletes are seeing themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. Their world is opened with acceptance and understanding. They become confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They are also making new friends, as part of the most inclusive community on the planet -- a global community that is growing every day. Our 4.5 million Special Olympics athletes come from more than 170 countries. The goal of Special Olympics, which was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is to reach out to the almost 200 million people in the world with ID to offer continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

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Financial

three stars

88.52

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
83.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.71
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Special Olympics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Special Olympics on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Special Olympics (DC) 90.49 four stars
Special Olympics North Carolina (NC) 92.74 four stars
Special Olympics Colorado (CO) 89.32 three stars
Special Olympics Arizona (AZ) 92.52 four stars
Special Olympics Minnesota (MN) 87.44 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $100,520,096
   Federated Campaigns $232,713
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $15,461,400
Total Contributions $116,214,209
   Program Service Revenue $5,462,706
Total Primary Revenue $121,676,915
   Other Revenue $7,460,421
TOTAL REVENUE $129,137,336
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $92,724,594
   Administrative Expenses $3,271,589
   Fundraising Expenses $14,969,549
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $110,965,732
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $18,171,604
   
Net Assets $80,065,522

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
Program Assistance $63,300,369 68.3%
Public Education and Communications $21,268,957 22.9%
Sports Training and Competition $8,155,268 8.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.49 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 88.39 three stars
2015-12 02/01/2017 85.00 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.43 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 86.57 three stars
2013-12 11/01/2015 74.31 two stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 74.17 two stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 76.98 two stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 87.23 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 90.65 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 92.22 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 87.42 three stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 81.94 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 85.44 three stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 75.05 two stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 67.91 one star
2004-12 01/01/2006 61.09 one star
2003-12 12/01/2004 78.25 two stars
2002-12 01/01/2004 82.66 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 80.00 three 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 52-0889518
Name in IRS Master File SPECIAL OLYMPICS 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 (123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
(349) Other youth organization or 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 July, 1969
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$453,564 0.40% Mary Davis Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$2,500 0.00% Mr Benjamin Haack Member

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Special Olympics (DC) 90.49 four stars
Special Olympics South Carolina (SC) 88.35 three stars
Special Olympics Delaware (DE) 88.10 three stars
Special Olympics Tennessee (TN) 85.72 three stars
Special Olympics Oklahoma (OK) 88.22 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Special Olympics
1133 Nineteenth Street, NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
tel: (800) 700-8585
fax: (202) 824-0200
EIN: 52-0889518

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Board Leadership

Timothy Shriver
Chairman

CEO

Mary Davis
Chief Executive Officer

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