Better Business Bureau Report for
Special Olympics Illinois

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Special Olympics Illinois
Address: 800 Roosevelt Rd Building B220
  Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: 630-942-5610
Web Address:
Also known as:Illinois Special Olympics
Special Olympics of Illinois
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Illinois Special Olympics
Special Olympics Illinois

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Illinois
Affiliates: Illinois Special Olympics Foundation, Special Olympics Inc., Special Olympics Illinois 18 Area Offices
Stated Purpose: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-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.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Special Olympics Illinois meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Special Olympics Illinois (SO ILL) offers 150+ sanctioned competitions throughout the year in 19 different sports. These competition opportunities include local Spring Games, numerous District and State-level Tournaments, and our high profile State Games. They have also developed health and leadership programs designed to complement the core athletics component. These include: The Young Athletes Program--An all-inclusive, developmental play program for children, ages 2- to 7-years-old, with intellectual disabilities and their peers who are not intellectually disabled, preparing them for transition to full eligibility to participate at age 8; Athlete Leadership Programs--This program provides athletes the additional training and tools necessary to take on non-traditional roles such as program advocates, coaches, and SO ILL Board members; Motor Activities Training Program--MATP is for persons with severe limitations to participate in recreation training curriculum; Healthy Athletes-- Special Olympics also offers free health screenings and health information at local, regional and State Games. This includes opportunities such as Opening Eyes (eye screening and securing prescription eyewear) and Healthy Hearing (hearing exams); MedFest--This is a single-day event, held at eight different locations around Illinois, during which 1,300 – 2,000 school-aged athletes receive a free sports physical (a requirement for competition) from local volunteer clinicians; Family Action Network--From financial planning sessions to nutrition information, as well as social gatherings, SO ILL has developed a network of support and resources to help families navigate the world of special needs.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Special Olympics Illinois's program expenses were:

Program Services 7,178,534
Total Program Expenses: $7,178,534
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Chief Executive : David Breen, President & Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Suzanne Thompson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired, Grundy County Special Education

Board Size: 29

Paid Staff Size: 73

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 21% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,501,963, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Special Olympics Illinois's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Other contributions 6,531,050
Direct marketing contributions 1,615,937
In-Kind Support 1,235,078
Other income 239,498
Net realized and unrealized gains on investments 167,104
Grants 119,898
Net Investment Income 38,216
Interest Income 8,986
Registration Fees 3,814
Total Income $9,959,581


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 73%  Fund Raising: 21%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $9,959,581
Program expenses $7,178,534
Fund raising expenses 2,023,341
Administrative expenses 551,460
Total expenses $9,753,335
Income in Excess of Expenses 206,246
Beginning net assets 5,462,535
Ending net assets 5,668,781
Total liabilities 649,466
Total assets $6,318,247

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